DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT CAC’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON In the fall of 1976, a passionate group of New Orleans visual and performing artists, and early patrons, championed the dream of an arts center focused on living artists. In the four decades that followed, the CAC has become a place that boldly presents works by our vibrant artistic community— and their peers from across the world—in an iconic American city that is rapidly transforming. We dedicate our 40th Anniversary Season of Visual and Performing Arts to the interdisciplinary spirit of these forward-thinking dreamers. Photograph: Sara Essex Bradley
I would be remiss if I did not thank our curators— Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Art, and Raelle Myrick-Hodges, the CAC’s former Curator of Performing Arts. These visionaries have worked tirelessly with me to envision the Season of stunning new works that you will find in the following pages. It has been a great privilege to work with them both. In what will be the first of Andersson’s many curatorial explorations of the vibrant New Orleans visual arts scene, “A Building With A View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture opens our Season with an exhibition that features the diverse work of more than 40 of our finest regional artists, and echoes the interdisciplinary spirit of the founding years of the Center. Next on view is the world premiere of zoe | juniper’s Clear & Sweet, choreographed by Georgia native Zoe Scofield. This interdisciplinary work will be the first in a series of commissions supported by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the CAC’s new Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation (I3)—a program of commissions and public programs that feature artists born or living in the American South. The 2016–17 Season continues with New Orleans-based choreographer Meryl Merman’s playfully enigmatic dance work, The Lipstick. Following close behind is Theater Mitu’s JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology—a work which illuminates the devastation and rebirth of Juárez , Mexico, while drawing many parallels to our own New Orleans. Tony Award-nominees Stew & Heidi follow, with their genre-bending blues-rock piece, Notes of a Native Son, which celebrates the noted African American writer and activist, James Baldwin. The New Year welcomes our second I3 commission, Mélange. Created by New Orleans native Rashaad Newsome, this interdisciplinary piece features the artist’s world renowned films, works on paper, live music, and vogue dancers in a bold examination of sociallyconstructed identity, to be presented in the CAC’s newly-renovated The Helis Foundation First Floor Galleries. In the spring, our Season continues with Cecilia Vicuna: About to Happen, the first major U.S. solo exhibition of the distinguished Chilean-born artist. This multimedia collection scrutinizes the impact of humanity’s climatic influence on our world. Presented in tandem will be the exhibition Senga Nengudi: Improvisional Gestures, which includes a series of sculptures the artist began in 1975—a year before the CAC was founded. This exhibition will be the first museum presentation to examine her sculptures altogether and in such depth. One of the most anticipated performances of our Season mixes puppet theater, video and music in Nufonia Must Fall, a project of DJ and spoken word artist Kid Koala, best known for his musical work with Gorillaz. Our Season then closes with New Orleans’ own devised-theater ensemble Goat in the Road’s production of Foreign to Myself—a visually arresting performance that explores how trauma victims learn to navigate and adjust to new realities. Bon Anniversaire, CAC! May the years that follow be as captivating, provocative, and adventurous as the first forty. Neil A. Barclay Director and CEO
CONTENTS 1 Director’s Statement 2 “A Building With A View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture August 6–October 1, 2016 4 Clear & Sweet zoe | juniper September 22–24, 2016 6 The Lipstick FLOCK September 30–October 1, 2016 8 JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology Theater Mitu November 18–19, 2016 10 Notes of a Native Song Stew & Heidi December 9–10, 2016 12 Rashaad Newsome: Mélange January 14–February 12, 2017 14 Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen March 16–June 18, 2017 16 Senga Nengudi: Improvisional Gestures March 16–June 18, 2017 18 Nufonia Must Fall Kid Koala April 14–15, 2017 20 Foreign to Myself Goat in the Road Productions May 18–21, 2017 22 The Cafe at the CAC The Stacks, art & design bookstore Education 23 Join the CAC! Gallery, Ticket, & General Info 24 CAC Staff & Board of Trustees 25 Rent the Center Front Cover Video still: Juniper Shuey and Zoe Scofield. Back Cover Performance still: FIVE, 2014.