Newcomb Art Gallery

October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015


Works by Monir Farmanfarmaian, Andrea Fraser, Hew Locke, and Ebony G. Patterson (clockwise from upper left)

Curated by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans

The Newcomb Art Gallery installation references a 1959 show organized by Jermayne MacAgy at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Totems Not Taboo. The showís title succinctly alluded to a dichotomy of art objects where one personís totem is anotherís taboo. Objects might have one function in the institutionalized space of a museum and quite another when used within its original context.

Accordingly, the works at Tulane offer dual readings. For example, the mosaic tradition referred to in the works of Monir Farmanfarmaian nod to traditional Persian design as well as twentieth-century abstract painting. Similarly, Andrea Fraserís installation is made of discarded Carnival costumes collected by the artist in Rio de Janeiro. The works of Ebony G. Patterson and Hew Locke also converse with heraldic traditions through references to historical craft and folk art.

In conjunction with the show, the gallery is hosting several public events:

upcoming events:

Performing Prospect
3 PM & 6 PM. Newcomb Art Gallery
Interpretation of exhibition choreographed by TU’s Dept. of Theater and Dance

Family Art Day
10 AM - 1 PM. Woldenberg Art Center
All-ages exploration of exhibition with
gallery tour & hands-on activity


past events:

Hew Locke Artist Talk
6 PM. Freeman Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Locke to discuss his process & work



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