5 - 9 p.m. August 22, 2014


Tonight: the NOMA and New Orleans Film Society’s “Murals on Screen” film series on cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa continues with La Perla. Before the movie, catch artist Jim Richard’s gallery talk on Behind Closed Doors, Art in the Spanish-American Home, 1492-1898, or a cooking demonstration with Chef Chip Flanagan in Cafe NOMA.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by The Pfister Sisters
  • 6 p.m.: Artist Perspective on Behind Closed Doors with Jim Richard
  • 6:30 p.m.: “Artful Palate” in Café NOMA with Chef Chip Flanagan, Ralph’s on the Park
  • 7 p.m.: Murals on Screen: La Perla

About Jim Richard

Born in 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, Richard is best known for his paintings of modernist works of art situated in richly decorated and ominously claustrophobic home interiors. Since 1977 Richard has been producing domestic scenes adorned with modern paintings and sculptures. Mining magazines, books, and advertisements for examples of wallpaper, furniture, upholstery, and artwork, Richard fuses these elements into invented residential spaces. In his paintings and collages, works of art compete against loud examples of décor. His work straddles the line between celebrating and critiquing kitsch and rampant consumer culture.

Richard has a long history of exhibiting at NOMA, having been included in ten exhibitions over the past decades, including five iterations of the juried New Orleans Triennial (more than any other artist in its history). As a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans for the past thirty-seven years, Richard played a pivotal role in maintaining the strength of the Fine Arts program at UNO, which for several decades has been a fount of artistic activity in New Orleans. Through UNO Richard influenced a generation of students, including painters Wayne Gonzales and Peter Halley, and sculptor Lucky DeBellevue.

About “Murals on Screen: The Work of Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa”

This “moving image” summer series aims to showcase the work of Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. His world-renowned cinematography earned him the recognition as the “Fourth Muralist” after Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco. Figueroa, alongside director Emilio Fernández, was responsible for the creation of a visual language and national identity in post-revolutionary Mexico. This film series focuses on his early collaborations with Fernández through the films Río Escondido and María Candelaria. The series would also include the recent documentary Multiple Perspectives (The Crazy Machine), about Figueroa and his work as a cinematographer.

About La Perla (The Pearl) (1947, 85 minutes)

La Perla (The Pearl) is a 1947 Mexican film based on the novella The Pearl by John Steinbeck, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie. The story takes place in a fishing village, where Kino (Pedro Armendáriz) and his wife Juana (María Elena Marqués) are in anguish because their little son Coyotito was stung by a scorpion, the local doctor (a foreigner) refuses to treat the child and the boy is taken to a curandera. Later the doctor and his brother (Fernando Wagner), a loan shark, meet Kino again, after he finds an expensive pearl and decide to steal it from him.
In 2002, this film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

About The Pfister Sisters

Original members, Holley Bendtsen, Suzi Malone and Yvette Voelker made their public debut as the Pfister Sisters at the 1980 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Since then, The Pfister Sisters, with Amasa Miller on piano, have brought traditional jazz in three part harmony to bar-rooms, festivals, state penitentiaries, and foreign dignitaries. Their first 20 years found the “sisters” on stage with New Orleans royalty like the Neville Brothers, Ernie-K-Doe, Frankie Ford, Marcia Ball, Leigh “li’l Queenie” Harris, Charmaine Neville and Banu Gibson; and superstars in the ranks of Linda Rondstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Dr. John. They have performed on the wing of an airplane with Maxene Andrews (of the Andrews Sisters) and have sung Boswell Sisters songs side by side with the one and only Vet Boswell. Their first recording presented a mix of traditional jazz, original songs and New Orleans standards. Their second record, All’s Well That’s Boswell, was a loving tribute to New Orleans own Boswell Sisters, inventors of jazz vocal harmony, and presented several songs that were previously used only in film, unreleased in an audio format.

They were singled out in 1981 by Variety as one of the best new acts of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and 30 years later, their Jazz Fest performances are described in newspaper and online media as “sublime” and “sparkling.” The Pfister Sisters have an expansive repertoire that includes music from all the decades of the past century, as well as some of their own contemporary original compositions. As young singers like Maude Maggert and the Ditty Bops mine Boswell material for its exacting and exciting harmonies, tempos and organized musical mayhem, the Pfister Sisters remain the masters of the style. Holley Bendtsen, Yvette Voelker, Debbie Davis and Amasa Miller are all residents of New Orleans and can be heard most often in their beloved City.

About “Artful Palate”

Every other Friday night at 6:30 p.m. from June 27 to September 19, chefs from Café NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill and café b will be demonstrating distinctive culinary favorites from around the world, highlighting a different aspect of the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American home, 1492-1898. From classic Creole cooking techniques to globally inspired gourmet eats, the chefs will embrace their own heritage or their culinary passion with each presentation.

“Artful Palate” is free of charge and open on a first come, first served basis. Come early for an evening of delicious and instructive fun for all!

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