September 4 through October 30th, 2015 - House Group Exhibition Andrew Hopkins, Ben Hamburger, Loren Schwerd, Marta Maleck , Daniel J. Victor, Shawn Waco Opening Reception September 4, 2015 25% of proceeds to benefit Blights Out
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House: Group Exhibition
September 4 through October 30th, 2015 Opening Reception September 4, 2015 6 - 10pm
25% of proceeds to benefit
The Foundation Gallery is excited to present House: Group Exhibition with Andrew Lamar Hopkins, Ben Hamburger, Marta Maleck, Loren Schwerd, Daniel J. Victor, and Shawn Waco. The exhibition will run from September 4th through October 30th with an opening reception on September 4th from 6 – 10pm. 25% of proceeds from the show, as well as the gallery shop, will be donated to Blights Out, collaborative and creative model for development that shares the tools for New Orleans residents to build the destinies of their own neighborhoods.
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The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. - Maya Angelou
The search for shelter, sanctuary, and structure, whether physical or emotional, is, and has been, a constant source of inspiration and motivation for artists throughout history. We strive to create a sense of belonging, safety, and ownership for what we have built. In House, the art showcased, explores these pursuits in a variety of ways, each piece calling upon a different layer of what a “house” is and can be. From historical folk artist Andrew LaMar Hopkin’s paintings of 18th and 19th century Creole homes to Loren Schwerd’s series of woven hair houses that honor the city’s losses, both individual and collective, after Hurricane Katrina, the works shown serve as vessels for memory, community, and reevaluating how we create a sense of self.
Access to shelter and the resources to create a sense of safety and of place is a struggle for far too many people in our community and beyond. Through working with Blights Out and donating 25% of proceeds, the Foundation Gallery hopes to offer support in their mission to engage residents in a conversation about housing and development in New Orleans. In their own words, Blights Out is "a cultural organizing ally of the permanently affordable housing movement; our mission is to share the tools and inspiration for New Orleans residents to build the destinies of their own neighborhoods. We will purchase, design, and restore a blighted structure in Lower Mid-City/ Upper Tremé, New Orleans, into a cultural resource center that will house and seed creative action and advocacy around issues of blight, disinvestment, and housing affordability." To learn more about how you can support Blights Out and their mission to build a cultural resource center visit: www.blightsout.org .
The Foundation Gallery will host an accompanying Arts and Activism event on September 24th from 6 – 8pm with presentations from Blights Out, Cypress Building Conservation, and exhibition artist Loren Schwerd.