“(De)Tangled – A Living Salon,” presented by Pelican Bomb

Pelican Bomb Presents
(De)Tangled: A Living Salon
UNO-St. Claude Gallery
2429 St. Claude Avenue

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9, 6 – 9 PM featuring hair-themed DJ set by Bouffant Bouffant

May 10 – June 7, 2015
Every Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM

NEW ORLEANS — Pelican Bomb is pleased to present “(De)Tangled,” a multi-platform exhibition exploring historic and contemporary attitudes around hair and the politics of beauty. The central focus of the exhibition is an interactive gallery that invites the residents of New Orleans to see themselves as works of art. Every Saturday and Sunday, May 9 – June 7, Pelican Bomb is taking over the UNO St. Claude Gallery (2429 St. Claude Avenue) to create the 2015 New Orleans Hair Archive. Visitors will have their hairstyles photographed, drawn live by a cartoonist, and will be asked to name their styles. All drawn portraits will be added to the wall to create a growing, changing, living archive of current hairstyles in New Orleans.

Over the course of five weekends, Pelican Bomb will attempt to document as many hairstyles as possible. The goal of this interactive gallery is to create a fun, lively, and safe space to connect wide audiences to important ideas in contemporary art and explore the ways that art can offer entry points to deeply personal, complicated, and often contested areas of dialogue in everyday life.

Given Pelican Bomb’s role as a digital platform for writing about contemporary art in New Orleans, the interactive gallery will be complemented by a digital exhibition and series of commissioned writings. Throughout the exhibition run, Pelican Bomb will be rolling out a series of artist projects using photography, video, and animation; essays; and artist interviews. The digital artist projects and commissioned writings address a range of topics: conceptions of “good” and “bad” hair for black women; fantasy hair and identity in drag performance; body hair and the sexualized body in photography; barber loyalty and ideas of masculinity; and more. Offering diverse perspectives and multiple entry points for discussion, the exhibition is in direct conversation with museum and gallery shows happening throughout the country, critical writings, and pop culture interest in the subject.

Since its launch in 2011, Pelican Bomb has been New Orleans’ home for critical writing and thinking about art. Dedicated to making the city a viable and sustainable place for artists to live and work, Pelican Bomb builds infrastructure to support artist communities through its main programs: an online publication of contemporary art, an affordable art sales program, a roving exhibitions program, and a critic-in-residence program. As part of its roving exhibitions program, Pelican Bomb activates empty, underutilized, or otherwise transitional spaces through unique thematic exhibitions that explore the intersection of New Orleans’ social history and contemporary art.

For all press inquiries, contact Amanda Brinkman at 504.252.0136 or amanda@pelicanbomb.com, and Kathy Rodriguez at 504.280.6410 or klrodri2@uno.edu.


Photo by Nakeya Brown

UNO-St. Claude Gallery April Exhibitions – Master of Fine Arts Thesis Shows

We are extremely pleased to announce that the UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host two concurrent Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions during the month of April. Brad Stire will exhibit video and photography in “Armchair Tourist,” and Craig Branum will show video, sculpture, and prints in his exhibition, titled “esc.” Stire employs image and installation to “speak of memory, nostalgia, and the integration of media and representation into experience.” Branum states, “My artwork is about the impact of the digital revolution on every aspect of life, such as relationships, war, and self image. I explore this in the creation of sculptures that represent abstracted globes or virtual worlds, digital animations concerning the virtual and simulated, and prints as allegories for embodied post-human experience. The visual themes of my work are bitmapped patterns, early computer graphics, and twenty sided dice.”

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold an opening reception on Saturday, April 11, from 6-9 p.m. Exhibit dates are April 11 – May 3, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, from 12-5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu, or call the gallery during open hours at 504.948.6939.


Craig Branum

Athena Quotes Baudrillard


Still from digital animation


Brad Stire

Florida 2 (detail)


UNO-St. Claude Gallery March Exhibitions – Society for Photographic Education

We are pleased to announce that the UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host two concurrent photography exhibitions during the Society for Photographic Education conference in the month of March. Artist in Residence Ariya Martin curated an exhibit of images taking landscape as their subjects titled “Southern Landscape: Bearing the Mark.” The works are from The Do Good Fund, Inc., a collection of contemporary Southern photography based in Columbus, GA, with a mission to exhibit the work throughout the region alongside community-based programming. Artists included in the exhibition are Eliot Dudik, Joshua Dudley Greer, Jeff Rich, Mike Smith, Rylan Steele, and Walter Pickering.

In addition, Southerly Gold, a collective of female photographers residing in New Orleans – Aubrey Edwards, Ariya Martin and Elena Ricci – will exhibit photographs from their explorations of the far reaches of Louisiana’s landscape in an exhibit titled “God’s Country: Images of Louisiana’s Frontiers.” The artists state, “For two years, Southerly Gold followed the trail of desire for Southern Utopia. From agriculture to oil, from land to sea, they captured images along the routes of the past, uncovering, in the contemporary landscape, the residue those promises left on the land.”

The gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., will hold an opening reception on Saturday, March 14, from 6-9 p.m., with artists from the collection and Southerly Gold present. Exhibit dates are March 14 – April 5, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Sat-Sun, from 12-5 p.m. Please direct any inquiries to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu, or call the gallery during open hours at 504.948.6939.Rylan_Steele

Rylan Steele

Oratory Interior

Archival pigment print of Museo Silver Rag

20” x 24”

Ed. of 25


Southerly Gold

Tallulah Deer

Archival print

“Framed” – Nora See / “isthmus = anchovy” – Bradford Willingham: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery will begin its spring exhibition programming with two concurrent Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions. “isthmus=anchovy” will feature installation by Bradford Willingham, and “Framed” will include paintings by Nora See. Willingham “employs commonplace language, objects and means of communication, to create situations and sculptures that are at play with the familiar.” See “appropriates & dislocates paintings as miniature trinkets to reference the consumption and altered continuum of art.  Her alterations to original pieces further personalize their context to address specific autobiographical ideas.”

The exhibitions open Saturday, February 14, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. The gallery will additionally host a closing reception on Saturday, March 7, from 6-9 p.m. Exhibit dates are February 14 – March 8, 2015. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Inquiries may be directed to Kathy Rodriguez at klrodri2@uno.edu.


Nora See, Self-Portrait, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 30 inches

Ist = Anc (front)-1

Bradford Willingham, isthmus=anchovy (postcard image), 2015

UNO Alumni Association Event for Second Saturday in November – “Shrine” for P3

The UNO-St. Claude Gallery will host an Alumni Association networking event during Second Saturday reception hours in November. Please join us to view “Shrine” by The Propeller Group and Christopher Myers. University of New Orleans President Peter Fos; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Kevin Graves; and Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans, Brooke Davis Anderson, will give a few words about the gallery and the exhibit between 7:30 and 8 p.m.


The reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery, located at 2429 St. Claude Ave., on Saturday, November 8. Refreshments will be served!  We encourage all our arts alumni to attend.

UNO-St. Claude Gallery – Official Venue for Prospect 3

The Propeller Group
Matt Lucero
Tuan Andrew Nguyen
with Christopher Myers
UNO-St. Claude Art GalleryThe Propeller Group and Christopher Myers, based between New York City, Los Angeles and Saigon, have encapsulated the elusive butterfly effect — the theory of “nonlocality” whereby two distinct phenomena affect one another across a vast expanse of space and time. The film, The Living Need Light, And The Dead Need Music, a phrase taken from a Vietnamese proverb, documents the funeral tradition of Saigon from the vantage of New Orleans: two cities, two cultures, mirroring each other from worlds apart. A cast of spiritual mediums, professional criers, and musicians guides mourners through a euphoric public ritual; their costumes and instruments are arranged here in a “shrine”. “One of the gifts of the Global South,” the artists say, is “this ability to be many things, many places at once.” Such a feat may seem absurd — but that’s part of the magic and the Einsteinian science: here, distance collapses to reveal “otherness” as no more than an optical illusion.

This exhibition will be on view from October 25, 2014 – January 25 2015.  Gallery hours are extended for the period.  The gallery will be open Wednesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4p.m. The gallery will be closed on November 27, 2014, November 28, 2014, December 24, 2014, December 25, 2014, December 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015.

For more information during gallery hours, please call the gallery at (504) 948 – 6939. However, email is typically the best way to get in touch with the Gallery Manager / Director, Kathy Rodriguez, who can be reached at klrodri2@uno.edu.

“environmental scanning”, work by Katharina Cibulka and Nicole Weniger

Nicole Weniger, "Animal Performance"

Nicole Weniger, “Animal Performance”

Katharina Cibulka, "48°32´52˝N 16°33´53˝E"

Katharina Cibulka, “48°32´52˝N 16°33´53˝E”

In the exhibition  ‘environmental scanning’ at the UNO St. Claude Gallery in New Orleans, artists Katharina Cibulka and Nicole Weniger explore the relationship between human beings and human modes of perception of surrounding spaces. The works on exhibition thematize and visualize the impact of a given environmental field on one’s identity as a human being and the human behavior which is born of that impact. 
Katharina Cibulka was born in 1975 in Innsbruck. She studied media and performance art at the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna and analog film at the New York Film Academy. In her films, photographic works, installation art pieces, performances and textual works, she thematizes the relationship of individuals to their immediate environment, thus highlighting a precarious balancing act between subjective desires and demands placed on individuals by the external world. Her critical scrutiny of deeply entrenched habits in order to counteract this syndrome by presenting proof of the contrary through artistic means – thus making change possible – forms an integral part of her handicraft.
Nicole Weniger was born in 1987 in Innsbruck. She studied transmedial art at the University of Applied Art. In her artistic works she addresses the inner needs of urbanized people and the disparity between nature and culture. Nicole Weniger views urban city space as theatre. Her performance-like stagings and interventions are aimed at provoking irritations among city inhabitants and the concomitant responses; as well as depicting certain social, spatial and economic relationships.
The exhibit will be held from September 13 – October 5, 2014.  The opening reception will be held September 13 from 6-9 p.m. The gallery is located at 2429 St. Claude Ave. Regular gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5 p.m.