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Katrina and the Waves of its Diaspora: New Orleans and Gulf Coast artists in New York City

Bronx River Art Center
305 East 140th Street, #1A, 718-589-5819
May 12 - June 17, 2006
Reception: Friday, May 12, 6 - 9 PM
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The Bronx River Arts Center presents an exhibition of new work by 13 transplanted New Orleans and Gulf Coast Artists. This group exhibition, curated by Aristides Logothetis, brings focus to the fervent, diverse, and ongoing community responses to Katrina through new paintings, photographs, sculptures, video and installations.

The devastation caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has caused many Gulf Coast artists to be without homes and studios. In response, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council has created a one-time, emergency residency providing studio space, living stipends and funding to 14 artists from the region. This significant response enables these artists to continue making art in a supportive environment and provides an opportunity to rebuild their Gulf Coast community in TriBeCa.

The Artists:

Elizabeth Bick is a conceptual documentary photographer. ‘The Sacred’, completed in New Orleans in 2005, is a noted body of work surrounding themes of divine intervention and possession.

Christine Catsifas received her MFA, in Transmedia, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. She continues to work between media including 3D modeling, video, photography and information-based works. She also participates in extensive collaborative efforts with artist Kyle Riedel.

Stephen Collier received his BA from the University of New Orleans. He lives and works in New Orleans and New York. His video piece Roshambo: A Game of Honor No. 1 won first place in the 2004 20” x 20” x 20” A Compact Show held at Louisiana State University.

Beth Dary is a mixed media artist originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA from Memphis College of Art. Beth has exhibited throughout the United States and was most recently curated into the “Louisiana Contemporary Art” exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Clifton Faust After receiving his BFA in photography from the Academy of art in San Francisco he returned to New Orleans. While living in Louisiana during the past 7 years, Clifton has exhibited his work in galleries, museums and art festivals.

Shawn Hall received her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she was a Patricia Harris Fellow. Exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Center, Barrister’s and Jonathan Ferrara in New Orleans, Wolfson Gallery at Miami Dade, N.A.M.E. and Christopher Stokes in Chicago.

Chris Jahncke was born in New Orleans 1972, he studied at the Atlanta College of Art for his BFA and then went on to receive a Louisiana State Fellowship to study at the University of New Orleans where he recieved his Masters.

Vidho Lorville moved to New Orleans from Haiti (via New York) in 2001. His work contains social and political comments in response to the development of contemporary urbanization and its indirect effect on subcultures within urban environments.

Rachel Perkoff was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to NYC to study theater at NYU and Hunter College. She worked professionally for many years as an actor in the Obie award winning, multi- media theatre Co. “Ridge ”.

Julie Anne Pieri received her BFA from the University of New Orleans and had begun working on her MFA at the her Alma-Ata until Hurricane Katrina swooped her up to the Gulf Coast Artist in Residency Program. Her performance-based videos have screened at the New Orleans Film & Video Festival and the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.

Christopher Saucedo was born in Brooklyn, New York where he grew up. He received his BFA from New York’s School of Visual Arts and his MFA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Saucedo has exhibited his artwork throughout the United States and abroad, with recent exhibitions at the Ormeau Baths Gallery in Belfast, The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri and the New Orleans Museum Of art.

Christy Speakman was born in New Orleans, spending her childhood between Louisiana and her mother’s home in Caribbean Honduras. She recently received her M.F.A. from Ohio University resulting in a photographic and video installation dealing with post-colonial and feminist views of the landscape.

Dan Tague attended grad school at the University of New Orleans where he received his MFA. After graduate school, he remained in New Orleans where he established his studio and curated exhibitions throughout the city. Tague has shown around the country as well as Austria and Italy.
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