September 19, 2014


Tonight at NOMA we’ve got activities for the whole family, both inside and out of the museum. In the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, join NOMA and the New Orleans Film Society as we present a screening of the classic film Sunset Boulevard.

Inside the museum, artist Alexis Rockman will discuss his drawings for the feature film Life pf Pi with Brett Littman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center and Jean-Christophe Castelli, Associate Producer in the Stern Auditorium. Plus, Chef Chris Montero will be giving a cooking demonstration in Cafe NOMA.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot (in the sculpture garden, details here)
  • 5-7 p.m.: Music by Cindy Scott (in the sculpture garden, details here)
  • 5-8 p.m.: Music by Wayne Daigrepont (in the Great Hall)
  • 6 p.m. Discussion with Alexis Rockman, Jean-Christophe Castelli, and Brett Littman (in the auditorium)
  • 6:30 p.m.: “Artful Palate” with Chef Chris Montero, café b and Café NOMA
  • sundown: Film: Sunset Boulevard (in the sculpture garden, details here)

About the panel discussion

Artist Alexis Rockman, associate producer Jean-Christophe Castelli, and Brett Littman, executive director at The Drawing Center, will participate in a panel discussion on the development of and artwork for the Academy Award winning film Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee, which The New York Times called “one of the greatest achievements in digital cinema.”

About Alexis Rockman

Born in 1962, in New York City, Rockman grew up near the American Museum of Natural History, where his mother worked for Margaret Mead, the famed anthropologist. His fascination with animals, theories of evolution, and natural history dioramas is reflected in his paintings, which range from fantastical scenes of prehistoric animals to bloated farm creatures shaped like the meat packages they are destined to become. Following in the tradition of naturalists such as John James Audubon and the American painters of the sublime such as Frederick Edwin Church, Rockman’s work explores how natural history is as much shaped by culture as it is by non-human forces.

About Jean-Christophe Castelli

Jean-Christophe Castelli worked as a magazine editor and freelance writer, publishing articles in Vanity Fair, Esquire and Filmmaker, before moving into film. For seven years he was the story editor at the New York independent production company Good Machine. There he developed many film projects and began a long working relationship with Ang Lee, first with the cultural research for The Ice Storm (1997), followed by the story development of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). While pursuing his own writing projects, Castelli has continued to do development and research for Lee, most recently as Associate Producer on Life of Pi (2012). He is currently working on Lee’s next film. He lives in New York City with his wife and twin sons.

About Brett Littman

After four years as deputy director of MoMA PS1, where he managed five departments and oversaw the Warm Up summer DJ festival and (now radio, Brett Littman assumed the post of executive director of The Drawing Center in 2007.

As a curator, Littman has organized a number of noteworthy exhibitions. For The Drawing Center, he curated Yüksel Arslan: Visual Interpretations; Greta Magnusson Grossman: Lighting and Furniture; Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?, which was awarded the `Best Show in Non-Profit Gallery’ award by AICA USA in 2010, as well as Drawing and its Double: Selections from the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome (2011) and co-curated with Joanna Kleinberg, Sean Scully: Change and Horizontals (toured to four Europe venues in 2012-2013 and will be at TDC in September 2013). Littman organized Guillermo Kuitca: Diarios, the inaugural exhibition for the Center’s newly expanded space in November 2012; Notationotations, a collaboration between Susan Hefuna and choreographer Luca Vegetti and Alexis Rockman: Drawings from the Life of Pi which both opened in September 2013; and Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity, the first exhibition to explore the drawings of the world renowned chef from el Bulli, which opened in January 2014.

Along with his curatorial responsibilities, Littman collaborates with board and staff members to frame The Drawing Center’s vision and strategic course. He oversees all aspects of running and programming the museum and managed and oversaw the Center’s $11 million capital campaign and building expansion which was completed in November 2012.

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 Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi.