“A Building with a View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture

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“A Building with a View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture

900 Camp St.
70130 New Orleans
August 6th, 2016 - October 1st, 2016
Opening: August 6th, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

United States
504 528-3805
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“Methods of Occupation (A term of transforming space to suit one’s needs)
By Superimposition
By Envelopment
By Consumption
By Digestion”
“A response to cosmetic design
Completion through removal
Completion through collapse
Completion in emptiness”
“A Building With A View”
—Gordon Matta-Clark, excerpts from his Art Cards


In 1974, roughly two years before the founding of the CAC, the artist Gordon Matta-Clark, together with a group of artists including many native to Southeastern Louisiana, coined the term Anarchitecture. A word used to title an exhibition, to describe a form of thinking, to bind a community of friends and artists, and to acknowledge space as a social and formal condition, Anarchitecture pointed to an interdisciplinary spirit of the times that helped usher in contemporary arts centers across the country and, significantly, here in New Orleans.

As we begin our commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the founding of the CAC, this exhibition also serves as a formal meditation on the concept of Anarchitecture, an elision of the words architecture and anarchy. This exhibition presents the work of regional artists who examine the relationships between spatial and social conditions.

The organization of the Contemporary Arts Center at 900 Camp Street, in the former Katz & Besthoff (K&B) warehouses, serves as a demonstration of creative reuse and the power of space to articulate an image of the future. As we embark on a redevelopment of our own physical galleries, we imagine the next forty years of the CAC through the reinvention of historic forms and structures.

This exhibition is curated by Andrea Andersson, Ph.D., The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts, and organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.

Aaron Collier

Adam Mysock

Anastasia Pelias

Anita Cooke

Anne Conway Jennings

AnnieLaurie Erickson

Avery Lawrence

Bill Sawicki

C+J (Cecelia & Jose Fernandes)

Charles Lovell

Christopher Saucedo

Chung-Fan Chang

Craig Damrauer

Dan Rule

Dawn DeDeaux

Elizabeth Shannon

Francesca "Frahn" Koerner

Francis Wong

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Helen O'Leary

Hye Yeon Nam

Jacqueline Dee Parker

Jan Gilbert

Jane Cassidy

Jebney Lewis, Rick Snow, Chris Staudinger

Jennifer Odem

Joseph P. Walton

Kevin Brisco, Jr.

Kyle Eyre Clyd

Maiwenn Raoult

Manon Bellet

Marianne Desmarais

Mary Jane Parker

Monica Zeringue

Nicole Charbonnet

Nurhan Gokturk

Robert Tannen, Carly Lynn Neel, Matthew Foreman

Sally Heller

Shawn Hall

Shayna T. Blum

Ted Calas

Teresa Cole

Valerie Corradetti

Valerie Corradetti (b.1977, Clayton, New Jersey) is a multimedia artist living in New Orleans. Her practice frequently includes collecting natural materials that form the basis for her detailed drawings and photographs. She received her MFA from the University of New Orleans. Corradetti's work has been included in exhibitions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and Boyd Satellite Gallery in New Orleans.
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