5-9 p.m. July 10, 2015


Tonight at NOMA: enjoy live music by Amanda Walker, plus Dawn DeDeaux, whose Water Markers can be found in the exhibition Ten Years Gone will give a lecture in the Stern Auditorium. Visitors can also stop by Cafe NOMA for a cooking demonstration with Chef Austin Kirzner. Join us!

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 6-8 p.m.: Music by Amanda Walker
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Artful Palate with Chef Austin Kirzner, Red Fish Grill
  • 7 p.m.: Artist Perspective with Dawn DeDeaux: “Reflections of Turbulence: The Effect of Disaster on Art”

About “Reflections on Turbulence: The Effect of Disaster on Art
This lecture will consider the history of disasters and the corresponding impact found throughout the history of art. DeDeaux will offer a few examples such as the Great War’s influence on the emergence of abstractionism and minimalism; the impact of diseases, such as the plagues that impacted the art of the middle ages and the mark of AIDS on late-20th century art; and that of environmental disasters, such as Pompeii’s Mount Vesuvius eruption, Japan’s tsunamis as depicted by late-Edo artist Kokusai in “The Great Wave of Kanagawa,” and the impact that Hurricane Katrina, the BP Gulf Oil Spill and the vanishing Louisiana coastline has had personally on DeDeaux’s own work of the past decade.

DeDeaux says, “Throughout the ages art has captured and defined our cultural memory. It is created to memorialize life and loss and the paradox of mankind’s mysterious, unlikely existence. Art is our collective love never destroyed by death. It is found in the residue of our rituals, paintings and sculptures… within our temples, caves and galleries, art stands as WITNESS.”

About Dawn DeDeaux
Dawn DeDeaux’s work can be seen in the NOMA exhibition Ten Years Gone. DeDeaux is considered a pioneering artist in new media and has been acknowledged in text books and publications including a recent four page tribute in the New York Times. She has exhibited in museums throughout the country including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Baltimore Museum of Contemporary Art, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Delfina Studio Trust, London, the Blanton Museum and Ballroom Marfa in Texas, and the recent Prospect 3+ presentation of selections from her MotherShip series by Tulane University School of Public Health and A Studio in the Woods. DeDeaux is a recipient of a 1997 American Academy in Rome Prize as Knight Foundation Visiting Artist; 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence Fellow; and 2014 Prospect Biennial honoree together with Robert Wilson and Robert Ferris Thompson.

DeDeaux is among the founders of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center and served on its Board of Directors as Executive Vice President throughout the Center’s formative years. Her support has continued as the current CAC Silver Circle Artist of the Year. DeDeaux was the founding editor of NOMA’s former journal Arts Quarterly and produced offsite educational programming for the Museum including African Art presentations at the annual Louisiana Jazz and Heritage Festival in the late 1970s and the City’s first radio program on the arts, ART NOW, for NPR affiliate WWNO. She is a co-founder of the organization COLORBLIND dedicated to the healing and advancement of race relations in post-Katrina New Orleans.

About Artful Palate
Café NOMA’s Artful Palate summer cooking series returns in 2015 with seven art-inspired cooking demonstrations led by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs. NOMA’s exhibition A Louisiana Parlor: Antebellum Taste & Context celebrates the acquisition of a superb rococo revival parlor from the Butler-Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. In honor of the exhibition, the Artful Palate demonstrations will feature Creole-inspired dishes and traditions. Chefs from Café NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill, Brennan’s, Heritage Grill, Napoleon House and café b will lead the demonstrations, along with local guest chefs and purveyors. Artful Palate is free of charge and open on a first come, first served basis.