5 - 9 p.m. July 18, 2014


This Friday night, artist Jessica Goldfinch will lead an Artist Perspective gallery talk on the newest exhibition Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898. After, stick around for a screening of the 2002 film Frida in the Stern Auditorium.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Victor Andrada
  • 6 p.m.: Artist Persepctive on Behind Closed Doors with Jessica Goldfinch, “The Familiar Unfamiliar”
  • 7 p.m.: Film: Frida

About Jessica Goldfinch

Growing up in an urban commune in 1970s New Orleans, Jessica was exposed to unconventional worldviews from a very early age. From her elementary school years at the countercultural Free School through her graduate studies at the University of New Orleans, she has focused on studying world ideologies and creatively incorporating them into her art. Her artistic curiosity has led her to travel to places as diverse as Nicaragua, Indonesia, and central India. Raised as a Secular Humanist but schooled in many other religions, she is fascinated with blind faith as well as religious artwork. Religious views of mortality infuse her work, and are often framed in scientific depictions of issues of life and death.

Her artistic commitment has lead her to work in many diverse artistic fields such as medical illustration, blacksmithing, wood working, screen printing and now teaching. It has driven her education and she has obtained an AA in printing and graphic art, a BA in sculpture with a painting minor and a MFA in sculpture with a printmaking minor. Her intellectual curiosities lead her to an additional BA in Sociology which she feels allows her to explore her work more conceptually.

Since 2000, Jessica’s artwork has been exhibited in dozens of venues, including museums, universities, art centers, and galleries, in New Orleans and the Gulf South as well as in New York City, Washington DC, and Europe. She maintains her studio and home in New Orleans.

Jessica will discuss the icons in the exhibition Behind Closed Doors, and will explain how religious art work influenced the theories and imagery in her own secular work.

About Victor Andrada

Vocalist/guitarist Victor Andrada combines hints of jazz, folk blues, Latin, swing and the Americana genres, drawing from 25 years in music, creating a sound that reminds some of James Taylor and Jose Feliciano. Starting as a bassist in the 1990’s and morphing into a singer/guitarist and eventually songwriter in late 1999, Andrada is busy with performances in various parts of the country and working on a 4th CD of original music.

About Frida

This biography is of the artist Frida Kahlo (portrayed by Salma Hayek), who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.

This event is related to the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898.