Presented by The Helis Foundation
Collection of Large-Scale Murals in Downtown New Orleans
Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project of Arts Council New Orleans, brings the vibrancy of New Orleans Arts District from the gallery walls into the streets.
Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a project of the Arts Council New Orleans launched in summer 2019 with the unveiling of five new murals throughout the Arts District New Orleans. Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation is the first multi-mural exhibition of large scale artwork in Downtown New Orleans.
The exhibition now includes seven murals commissioned by local and international artists after open calls. A selection committee reviewed hundreds of submissions during the two open calls for artists, selecting a diverse slate of artworks to add to the exhibit.
The Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation exhibit includes:
- Etam Cru (Poland): 600 O’Keefe St.
- Team A/C (New Orleans): 746 Tchoupitoulas St.
- MOMO (New Orleans): Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.
- Brandan “B-Mike” Odums in partnership with Young Artist Movement (New Orleans): 636 Baronne St.
- Carl Joe Williams (New Orleans): 827 Tchoupitoulas St.
- Danaé Brissonnet (Quebec): 315 Julia St.
- Jessica Strahan (New Orleans): 730 Baronne St.
Text to Find the Murals
Text “Unframed” to 56512 for locations of the murals and more information!
Muralist selections were made by the Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation selection committee comprised of:
- Andrea Andersson, Founding Director and Chief Curator of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought
- Brandan B-Mike Odums, Artist and Curator of Studio BE
- Chris Alfieri, Esq., Arts District New Orleans Resident and President & Board Chair, Prospect New Orleans
- Danielle Del Sol, Executive Director, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
- Leslie-Claire Spillman, Director and Curator at Soren Christensen Gallery and Board Member of Arts District New Orleans
- William Andrews, Director of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
As New Orleans’ largest signature mural collection, Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation helps generate economic benefit for artists, stimulate pedestrian traffic in the area, and reinforce New Orleans’ position as a national and international destination for contemporary art.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Etam Cru is comprised of Polish street artists Sainer and Bezt, known for their building-sized murals. Etam Cru impresses their worldwide audiences with their drawing skills as well as their handling of spray cans and mastery of classical painting with acrylics and oil. The way Sainer and Bezt unite pop-cultural with realistic imagery results in a deeply surreal, fantastic ambiance.
Team A/C is comprised of Adam Modesitt and Carrie Norman. Adam Modesitt is a designer with extensive experience in the area of digital design and fabrication. Carrie Norman is a registered architect and partner in the award-winning office, Norman Kelley. Both are educators at Tulane University’s School of Architecture. Their work samples and repurposes historic imagery to re-represent familiar concepts of New Orleans’ industrial past.
MOMO is an American artist working in public spaces with homemade tools. His current interests lie with an evolving range of adapted masonry techniques to draft, design, and organize wall murals. The artist has been commissioned for murals by the New York City DOT, the John Hancock Tower in Boston, the Millennium Iconoclast Museum of Art in Brussels, The Contemporary Art Museum in Oaxaca Mexico, Art Production Fund NY, Facebook, Pepsi, NFL, World Trade Center, and The European Capital of Culture, all while living and keeping a studio in New Orleans.
Brandan B-Mike Odums in partnership with Young Artist Movement. Brandan B-Mike Odums, New Orleans muralist and founder of Studio Be will collaborate with Young Artist Movement, New Orleans’ first city-wide youth mural initiative, engaging youth, artists, and communities in sustained public art and place-making.
Carl Joe Williams was born in Uptown New Orleans and was accepted to The New Orleans Center for Creative Art (NOCCA) at the age of 14 where he began his formal training. Upon completing high school, Williams continued his studies at the Atlanta College of Art. Williams’ work involves figures and narratives. His work also includes many complex color combinations, rhythmic patterns inspired by geometric patterns found in nature and through cultural echoes of African diasporic memory. Rhythms and harmonies converge into a symphony of colors, repurposed objects, reflective, and textured surfaces that work together to create a transportive visual experience. Over the years Williams work has expanded to involve murals, sculpture, sound and videography. Williams continues to explore narratives that speak to our collective human condition.
Danaé Brissonnet is an international artist from Quebec, Canada who specializes in public murals, illustration, mask making and puppetry. Her most recent colorful, fantastical folk-inspired body of work is scattered from Mexico, Puerto Rico to Morocco, as well as in India and Spain. Creating imagined worlds for the viewer, her work invites a deeper consideration into the power of symbolism, myth, and metaphor. Brissonnet’s art enforces connections between her work, herself, and the public in which it engages. Most importantly, her process is about becoming involved in communities where she can tell stories of peoples, their land, and their culture.
Jessica Strahan is inspired by the vibrancy of her native city New Orleans, as well as the African diaspora. Her artwork consistently depicts the city’s rich culture, distinctive landmarks, and colorful people juxtaposed with tribes of Africa. With works already on the walls of homes in London, England, New York City, and Athens, Greece, Strahan is set on sharing her art throughout the world. Other works include the Treme Fall Fest poster, an art installation with Felicity Redevelopment, and 300 for 300 Where Y’art in partnership with the Times-Picayune. Strahan was also the 2019 winner of The Helis Foundation Art Prize for Louisiana Contemporary at Ogden Museum of Southern Art, selected by the exhibit’s juror, David Breslin, Director of Curatorial Initiatives at the Whitney Museum of American Art.