Art for Art’s Sake, back for its 34th iteration, once again promises beauty and excitement as galleries throughout the city burst alive with new exhibitions this Saturday, October 4th. Attracting local, national, and international artists, this celebration of the new season will feature art attractions, food, and music from the boutiques of Magazine St. down to the French Quarter with perhaps the biggest events slated for Julia St. and the Contemporary Arts Center.
In a move away from White Linen Night festivities, Julia St.’s AFAS offerings promise to “bring the art back to it.” Introducing Park(ing) Day, an international event that places artists in charge of city parking spaces for exterior landscape installations, Julia St. hopes to bring the celebration of grassroots urban planning to New Orleans in style. Organized by Tulane professor of architecture Marcella Del Signore in conjunction with the DDD and the New Orleans Arts District, eight local groups were chosen as finalists from dozens of contest entries and given one parking space each to turn the cement and tar into a green-inspired “PARK” space. In order to keep the focus on the art, the street itself will be clear of vendors, but rest assured that galleries will offer refreshments galore.
Marking another anniversary, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery will revisit “Guns in the Hands of Artists” for the first time since the gallery inaugurated the exhibition 18 years ago. Working with NOPD to secure 186 handguns and long barreled weapons collected from the street through a city orchestrated buy-back program, the gallery charged over 30 local and national artists to remake the weapons into works of art. Alongside the exhibit, the gallery will offer educational tours for school children as well as panel discussions about guns in society.
Capping the events in the warehouse district, the Contemporary Arts Center is throwing a party in honor of the closing of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series exhibition, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 4. Featuring 20 jury selected works from local artists, the series will select one finalist to show in the series finale this fall in Miami. The closing reception will take place from 6pm to 9pm with free admission and free cocktail and cuisine tastings for all.