On the first Saturday of every October, the streets of New Orleans are abuzz with creative energy, and it’s not just because fall is here and the weather is primo! The time has come for Art for Arts’ Sake, an annual event started by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) over 20 years ago to kick off art season in New Orleans. This year’s events will take place on October 5. As you might expect, the Warehouse Arts District, Julia Street, and Magazine Street are the main locations to visit, but there will be galleries participating city-wide, as well. Aside from the spectacular art on display, there will be cash bars, performance artists, and food served along the way, and in some areas, the streets even close down to accommodate pedestrian traffic.
This year, as part of an ongoing collaboration with New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), aptly titled “NOMA –> CAC”, the CAC will be featuring the nationwide opening of artist Edward Burtynsky‘s latest body of work, “Edward Burtynsky: Water”. “Water” will run until late January 2014 and includes more than 50 color photographs that illustrate the multi-layered human relationship with water, a relationship I imagine many residents, or those visiting New Orleans, will be interested to explore. The artist himself will be doing a special preview event on October 4 at the CAC that is $100 for members and $150 for non-members.
Lindsay Ross, Director of External Affairs for the CAC, said she expects over 15,000 people will be attending Art for Art’s Sake this year. Julia Street will have a block party featuring DJ Rotten Milk, and there will also be a collection of installations called “ART-mosphere,” which are site-specific and will be up only during the night of October 5. The official reception, hosted at the CAC, takes place from 6-9 p.m. and is free to members of the CAC and NOMA, and $8 for the general public. Check back with the CAC’s website for updates on gallery and artist participants.
Art for Arts’ Sake
Julia and Magazine Streets
October 5, 6-9 p.m.