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CAC – Behind Every Beautiful Thing

September 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

CAC - Behind Every Beautiful Thing

Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition

Following an unprecedented pandemic year, the heightened visibility of health inequity throughout the nation has elevated concerns about mental and physical well-being, the industrialization of medical practices, disease, illness, and (dis)/ability. Featuring multimedia artworks from 36 Gulf South artists, the CAC’s annual Open Call exhibition offers a deeply personal portrayal of artists’ experiences with health and illness, and the reverberating impact on the life, body, and psyche of the individual and their community.

Program Activities:

Exhibition Opening Celebration
Saturday, July 31, 2021
6 – 10 pm | Free and open to the public
Join us in celebrating the opening of our 2021 Gulf South Open Call exhibition with an evening of festivities including music by DJ Felice Gee and cash bars. At 7 pm, join us for a Grounding Ritual and Activation with Soundscape by Funké led by local healer and creative GIA.

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Gris Gris Lab
July 31 – September 26, 2021
Created by “Gris Gris Mama” Gia M. Hamilton and located inside the CAC’s Oval Gallery, the Gris Gris lab is an Afrofuturist Apothecary designed to ground, shift energy, and prepare the viewer to enter the portal and the exhibition. Activations and performances will take place in this space throughout the summer of 2021.

August 12, 2021 and September 2, 2021
5 pm CDT on Zoom
Join us for virtual studio tours featuring Gulf South artists from Behind Every Beautiful Thing. Tours will be hosted online via Zoom by guest curator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D.
Details coming soon

Panel Discussion: “Behind Healing and Wholeness: Art + Health”
September 9, 2021
6 – 7:30 pm at the CAC
Join us for a panel discussion featuring artists and health policy-makers, hosted by guest curator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D.
Details coming soon

Reserve Gallery Admissions Online

General Admission: $10
Students: $8
CAC Members: Free **

CAC Members: to receive free admissions online: follow the link above, choose the number of admissions, sign in to your account (upper right corner), and the discount will be applied


Contemorary Arts Center
900 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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