Some regions have trees with leaves that change to brilliant colors as a way of ushering in fall. New Orleans has Art for Art’s Sake, which is just as colorful—though contained to walls instead of tree limbs. Created by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in 1980, Art for Art’s Sake is a way of closing out one art season and ushering in another. It began small with just the CAC and a few nearby galleries, but now it reaches all the way Uptown.
For the CAC, Art for Art’s Sake includes art in all its forms. The night serves as the museum’s annual showcase of their Artists In Residence. This year, experience three works in the CAC Black Box Theater from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public. The first is “Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever,” a multidisciplinary performance set to new music by Haitian-American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla, exploring the legacy of Haiti’s first privately owned Kreyol-speaking radio station, and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000.
The next work is “Raw Fruit” led by KM Dance Project Artistic Director, Kesha McKey and Associate Director Catherine Caldwell. This work examines legacy, identity, socialization, unity, and friction inside the Black family dynamic.
The final work of the evening is “Requiem For A Stranger” by Vagabond Inventions featuring Renee Benson. This work explores the nature of grief – both personal and cultural – by giving form to how this culturally repressed experience exists in the heart space of humans.
October 5 is also the last night to view two Open Call exhibits that have been on display at the CAC since August. Afterwards, head Uptown along Magazine Street, and you’ll find over 30 different businesses participating in Art for Art’s Sake, with special deals in select shops, restaurants, and spas. Visit local galleries to see what’s new while you’re there. It’s a night of endings, of beginnings, and maybe even a few fall-like breezes.