This Friday Night at NOMA, stop by and enjoy music by Davell Crawford, art activities, and two film screenings.
- 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
- 5-8 p.m.: Music by Davell Crawford
- 6-8 p.m.: Artist Reception for Heather Elizabeth, the Museum Shop artist of the month
- 7 p.m.: Film: Andre Kertesz
- 8 p.m.: Film: Edward Steichen
About Davell Crawford
The genius of Davell Crawford arises from his ability to play and sing the music of his passion—the music of his life. The New Orleans keyboardist, vocalist, composer and arranger soaked up the surrounding rhythms and harmonies that were his deep musical roots and nurtured his natural talent.
Acclaimed as the "Piano Prince of New Orleans," Crawford brings equal exuberance to both modern and classic jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, blues, gospel, soul, pop, American folk and touches of country-western. Growing up in New Orleans and presently residing there and in New York City plus spending many youthful days in Southwest Louisiana, Crawford's influences run the gamut from Fats Domino to Sarah Vaughan, to Patsy Cline and even Liberace. In the tradition of those from the Crescent City who came before him, Crawford also believes in the art of entertainment. He'll get up from the piano, move to the apron of a stage, prance, joke and make folks feel at home.
On his latest album, My Gift To You, Crawford celebrates his musical roots and becomes their ambassador. As the Prince of New Orleans joyfully expresses on the opening track of My Gift To You: "I am the Creole man, I come from foreign lands to spread the news..." He also expresses, just as momentously, on the closing track, "Louisiana, I love you for all you've given to me, I promise never forget you as I travel o've the stormy sea." Davell Crawford's My Gift To You will be released June 11, 2013 on Basin Street Records.
About Heather Elizabeth Designs
Heather Elizabeth is a fifth generation New Orleanian. Her company, Heather Elizabeth Designs was formed in 2002. She creates New Orleans photograph jewelry & accessories for the home. Every item is hand crafted in her New Orleans studio. You may have seen her pieces featured in The Times Picayune, Gambit and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles. Please visit hedesigns.com to learn more about her work.
About Andre Kertesz (30 mins)
The father of 35 mm photography was born Andor Kertesz in Hungary in 1894. He made his reputation in the Paris of the 20s and 30s before emigrating to the United States. He was a constant experimenter until his death in 1985.
In this film (from 1978) Kertesz takes us through his archive and out into the streets of New York City to watch him shoot in his beloved Washington Square.
About Edward Steichen (30 mins)
Widely regarded as the most influential photographer of the 20th century, Steichen was born Eduard Jean Steichen in Luxembourg in 1879. He worked in every aspect of the art – fashion, industrial, nature, combat, portrait, table-top. As a leading museum curator he created the famous "Family of Man" exhibition.
This informative documentary was shot in 1964 when Steichen, at 86, reflected on his long life and many achievements.