Pirogue, belonging to Chad Alphonso, in foreground of mural by Jacqueline Bishop at “Migration” exhibit (photos by: Mary Rickard)
“Sometimes we forget to think of hunters as some of the best conservationists in Louisiana. Unless you’ve been out with them, it’s hard to understand their interconnectedness with the natural world. They want everyone to experience the sunrise, the earth coming to life, and the bonds they grow with fellow hunters and the land.” – Emma Reid, filmmaker
In the fourth exhibition concerning the environment at Crevasse 22 | River House at 8122 Saro Lane in Poydras, La., the Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO), in a continuing partnership with the Torres | Burns Trust, is presenting, “Migration,” an environmental art exhibit that uses migrating birds and boats to explore how a changing environment is affecting the search for food and safe habitat. The exhibition is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 – 4pm and by appointment through June.
Jeanne Nathan produced and curated the new exhibition, “Migration,” a satellite show in association with Prospect.4, presenting works by 15 local artists, including Jacqueline Bishop, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Carolyn Somers, Robert Tannen, Frank Gehry, Gary Cecchine, Willie White, Mitchell Gaudet, Raine Bedsole, Susan Giselson, Donna Dotson and Andy Moerloein, Clifton Faust, Gene Koss, Chris Salcedo and Luis Colmenares.
Artist Jana Napoli has mounted an evocative exhibition of work that includes painted and mounted images of ducks as they are spread out on the ground by hunters after the hunt, with videos of the hunters who address the disappearance of the marshes due to coastal erosion and ocean rise. A brunch for duck hunters was held at the conclusion of the duck hunting season in January.
Jana’s exhibition is included with a rich combination of contemporary and traditional art works such as carved wildfowl, and works by John James Audubon and Walter Anderson, in the art center/museum River House, and the adjacent sculpture garden Crevasse 22, both located at the site of the 1922 crevasse, or breach, in the Mississippi river that flooded the entire parish.