- This week in Louisiana history. April 23, 1831. Pontchartrain Railroad opened, first west of Alleghenies.
- This week in New Orleans history. From April 22 to 26, 1970,
the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was held at
Beauregard Square (now Armstrong Park) and the Municipal
Auditorium. Music was performed noon to midnight.
Duke Ellington, Mahalia Jackson, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, the
Preservation Hall Band, and "Hundreds of Others" were
scheduled, according to advertising posters. The
festival was produced by George Wein. Tickets were
available at Werlein's, 605 Canal Street.
- This week in Louisiana.
Senga Nengudi: Improvisional Gestures
March 16-June 18
"Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures," sculpture retrospective
When: Through June 18
Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp St., New Orleans Warehouse District
phone (504) 528-3800
In 1975, artist Senga Nengudi began a series of sculptures, entitled R.S.V.P., which evoke the elasticity and durability of the human body.
Made of everyday materials, such as pantyhose and sand, the works invite viewers to not only respond but to engage with them physically. Stretched and twisted, knotted and looped, the works occupy their space in the gallery much as a figure does—by projecting outward and reaching into the space of the viewer in unexpected ways. Improvisional Gestures includes works from the 1970s to the present, and is the first museum presentation to examine these sculptures together and in such depth.
Senga Nengudi: Improvisional Gestures is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Gallery of Contemporary Art.
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