All that empty space

On Sunday I headed down to the CAC to check out the Katrina exhibit. I found the video documentaries insightful and the photographs amazing. There is also an elaborate architecture exhibit that was interesting but way over my scope of understanding. That being said, I was mildly disappointed. Let me preface that I have absolutely no knowledge or experience in what it takes to get a viable exhibit running but my impression was the CAC’s exhibit was small– too small for such an enormous event. And the number and range of photographs we minor in comparison to NOMA’s exhibit. And with all that empty space…

The potential for greatness in expression is lacking from this exhibit. Where are all the artists? Where are the exhibits that question popular notions of art? I expected to find an MRE in one corner huddled next to kernels of cat food and a half-empty Kentwood 12 ounce bottle of water. Or sheetrock that has been sealed and framed (because let’s face it– it may have smelled awful but the patterns and colors were breathtaking.)

Or was all that empty space the exhibit itself?

2 Comments so far

  1. Drury (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 2:38 am

    I suspect the “empty space” was the unintentional message.

    From what I’ve been reading from the trenches of New Orleans for the past year, everyone is fried. I don’t mean to diminish the power and effort of photographs and video documentation, but those mediums require a commitment to the moment when it is observed. You can kind of walk away from it after it’s been absorbed. Inventing and living with a piece of art through painting, sculpture, writing or what ever requires excessive contemplation and “real time”. Perhaps it seems pointless to represent what everybody already knows, especially when the artists are most likely struggling to get through the day.

    To everyone on the NO Metro blog: you sound weary. That’s understandable. My heart goes out to you.

  2. Laurie (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 4:47 pm

    Turn off the T.V.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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