Swoon at NOMA-Thalassa

This is the 100th anniversary year of NOMA (the New Orleans Museum of Art.) They held an opening Friday, June 10th night for the artist known as Swoon, (real name Caledonia Dance Curry) and this exhibit  is an amazing piece of artwork and will be on exhibition from Friday, June 10th through September 25, 2011, so it plays an  important part in  NOMA’s centennial.

At first glance, Thalassa, as Swoon calls her work is confusing and busy; but as you look from different viewpoints, it becomes something else. It is lyrical, full of movement, and at times seemingly alive, thought it is mostly made up from paper,cardboard and paste.  It is colorful and fanciful and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves art; it is modern in it’s style, but it draws from impressionism, realism and other genres of art.

Swoon was inspired by New Orleans ties to the water; since we are a port city that depends on commerce, as well as a river and a gulf that sustained fishermen of the Gulf for centuries  ‘Thalassa’ is named after the Greek goddess revered as the mother of all sea creatures. The twenty-foot tall piece depicts a female deity with extended tentacles. The octopus-design of ‘Thalassa’ also echoes lore of the sea; that of the Lorelei who  ensnared men, women, and children. The piece reminds us of the past and present of New Orleans, and traces the tangled legacy of our connection to the port, the Mississippi River, and the gulf that can bring gifts or bring sadness, as we have learned in the year since the BP gulf oil spill.

I would highly recommend this exhibition to all; it would appeal to children as well as adults, as its whimsical tentacles swirl and move, and it is thought provoking enough to interest even the most jaded art critic.

Swoon’s ‘Thalassa’ will be on display in the Great Hall from June 10- September 25. Hours are as follows;

Tuesday (10:00 AM – 05:00 PM)
Wednesday (10:00 AM – 05:00 PM)
Thursday (10:00 AM – 05:00 PM)
Friday (10:00 AM – 05:00 PM)
Saturday (10:00 AM – 05:00 PM)
Sunday (10:00 AM – 05:00 AM)

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