Prospect.4 (ProspectNewOrleans.org) ‘The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp’ is presented citywide from November 18, 2017 – February 25, 2018.
‘Sanctity’ by Kristin Meyers, reflects in five actions, sacred patterning in systems. A trinity of works, ‘Introspection,’ ‘Resilience’, and ‘Devotion’ revolve around the ritual of Ex-Voto Anatomici, an action petitioning for intervention or gratitude in offerings of figural representation. The project entwines the roots of the artist’s classical foundation in figuration and ritual.
Departing with ‘Sanctity,’ an installation of sculpture, components of the installation will be activated in procession from the New Orleans Healing Center along the neutral ground of St. Claude Ave. joining the complete exhibition, ‘Sanctity Extended’ at Barrister’s Gallery. In conjunction, ‘Sanctity’ offers a public ritual and a formal conversation on the meaning and significance of sacred space. Works are divided to celebrate the complexity in human form or express the challenge in its vulnerability. The project explores sacred space being different for each individual, whereas the constant is in the sanctity extended at the site.
An Installation: ‘Sanctity’ – 11/18/17 – 6pm-9pm CT – through 2/25/18
at the New Orleans Healing Center 2372 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 (open 24/7)
A Ritual: Headwashing Ceremony – 12/9/17 at 6pm CT
at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA ) offered by Sallie Ann Glassman and members of La Source Ancienne Ounfo.
A Procession: 1/13/18 at 6pm CT
Select sculptures are activated in movement from the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA) onto the Neutral ground of St. Claude Avenue (2372 – 2331 St. Claude Ave.) and entering Barrister’s Gallery (2331 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA).
An Exhibition: ‘Sanctity Extended’ – 1/13/18 – 6pm-9pm – through 2/3/18 at Barrister’s Gallery (2331 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117) (Tues-Sat 11-5)
A Conversation: 1/21/18 at 3:30pm CT
A panel discussion focused on the meaning and significance of sacred space will be held at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA)
Saturday November 18, 2017 from 6-9pm
P.S Satellites project ‘Sanctity’ by Kristin Meyers opens to the public and concludes on Feb 25, 2018 in the public space of the grand hall in New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117).
Kristin Meyers finds inspiration from ritual in her language of making. ‘Introspection,’ ‘Resilience,’ and ‘Devotion’ are a trinity of sculptural works melding the structure of her roots in classical figuration and explorations of sacred systems. All the works reflect on narrative figuration within the parameters of a ritual, either in gratitude or in an act of intervention.
December 9, 2018 at 6 pm
The public is invited to experience a ritual by Sallie Ann Glassman and members of La Source Ancienne Ounfo. A New Orleans based Vodou society in a “Headwashing” (Form of Vodou Baptism which is as part of an initiation, also done when there need to renew, refresh, cool, calm or sanctify the head and seat of spirit) in honor of New Orleans’ historic Vodou Queen, Marie Laveau. The ritual will be held at the New Orleans Healing Center at the International Shrine of Marie Laveau. Please wear white, with a headscarf that can get dirty, and small offering for Marie Laveau (White or blue candles or flowers, scented oils, hair dressing items, Creole food, Voodoo dolls, gris-gris bags, etc.)
January 13 2018 at 6pm
The procession brings select works outside into public view onto the Neutral ground of St. Claude Avenue (2372 – 2331 St. Claude Ave.) and entering Barrister’s Gallery (2331 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA).
The procession travels to meet works already installed at Barrister’s Gallery. In bringing the work out of the sacred site, the public is invited to experience the work activated in procession. The support structures in the processional works have been each used by people in reinforcing movement. The particular proportions are left untouched so as not to interfere with the energy held within. This transitory activation mirrors the action within the ritual explored.
January 13, 2018 at 6pm
Barrister’s Gallery (2331 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117) presents ‘Sanctity Extended.’ ‘Sanctity Extended’ is the embodiment of five actions, reflecting on sacred patterning in systems. The exhibition opens with the activation of sculptural works carried in procession from the New Orleans Healing Center the Neutral ground of St. Claude Avenue (2372 – 2331 St. Claude Ave.) and joining the complete exhibition at Barristers Gallery.
Departing from a trinity of works, ‘Introspection,’ ‘Resilience, ’ and ‘Devotion’ revolve around the ritual of Ex-Voto Anatomici, an action petitioning for intervention or gratitude in offering of figural representation. The project speaks to sacred space being different for each individual, while the constant is in the sanctity extended at the site.
Intimate works explore scale and narration. Works on paper are divided into acts of petitioning for gratitude of human form or an expression for intervention. ‘Sanctity Extended’ entwines the roots of my classic foundation in figuration and ritual. Concluding with a conversation on the meaning and significance of sacred space.
January 21, 2018 at 3:30pm
A Conversation about the meaning and significance of sacred space presented as a panel discussion at the New Orleans Healing Center by moderator Dr. Andy Antippas of Barrister’s Gallery and feature artist Kristin Meyers, Manbo Asogwe Sallie Ann Glassman of The Healing Center, Nana Sulu Spirit, Ritual songstress and Priestess in several spiritual systems, Professor Catherine Wessinger, Loyola University expert in religious studies, Ivan Watkins, Ethno-historian, arts educator and Wild Man of Yellow Pocahontas Indians, and Troy Verrett, Architect of In | Site Development, versed in canons of spiritual proportions.
The aim of the Satellite program is to highlight and promote concurrent exhibitions and arts events organized by local artists during the Opening Weekend Events and throughout the course of the Triennial, Prospect.4, the fourth iteration of a citywide exhibition that opens November 16-19, 2017, finds inspiration in the lotus plant. This aquatic perennial takes root in the fetid but nutrient-rich mud of swamps so that its beautiful flower may rise above the murky water. The flower’s grace is inextricably connected to the noisome swamp, just as redemption exists in ruin, and creativity in destruction. Viewed as a symbol of spiritual enlightenment in Buddhism and Hinduism, the lotus suggests the possibility of overcoming arduous challenges. It reminds us that, from the depths of difficulty and desolation, art brings the invisible to light. — Trevor Schoonmaker, Artistic Director of Prospect.4 and Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
New Orleans Healing Center
The vision of the New Orleans Healing Center is “To provide a holistic, safe, sustainable center that heals, fulfills and empowers the individual and the community by providing services and programs promoting physical, nutritional, emotional, intellectual, environmental, economic and spiritual well-being the sacred destination.”
Barrister’s Gallery has provided a platform for the arts in New Orleans for decades and served as a catalyst for the cultural landscape of the city.