2012 Announcement:

January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Several pieces of great news to share:

Saturday, November  3, 6-9pm we will hold our special Automata preview evening in the beautiful, chapel-like Patrick Taylor Library at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

We’ll feature the work of New Orleans and Southern artists to begin the month of Automata exhibitions, including Ben Reid‘s delightful clattering flying machines from North Carolina.

We are also very happy to announce that Simeon Coxe will return to New Orleans for Automata, and that Silver Apples will be the main feature of our evening at the Ogden.  Simeon will also bring new artwork to install at the show, which can be seen both at the Ogden and later in November, at the Ironworks.

Simeon Coxe, via the Beijing Global Times

Tickets for the event will be limited, as the legal capacity of the library is limited.    We will have advance tickets available.  Admission is set at $10- ($5- for Ogden members).

A huge thanks to the Ogden Museum for co-sponsoring this event!  The moment I laid eyes on the library I hoped to hold at least some aspect of Automata in it- the architecture is unique in New Orleans, and provides the most elegant and haunting setting for any kind of performance, let alone an arena for mechanical sculpture.   Many thanks to curator Bradley Sumrall for putting the seed in my head, and to the wonderful Ogden staff for being so supportive.   I’ve written about the Ogden below, if you don’t believe me.  This is a rare window of opportunity for a show like ours, as the Museum is working on the capital needed to finish restoring the Library and installing artwork from their permanent collection.   Anyone who feels strongly about not just preserving our past but making sure it is useful among the living and available to all, I encourage you to find out about the Patrick Taylor Library, and support its restoration in any way you can.  In the meantime- I feel positive that we will be able to raise the funds necessary- a place like this is open to shows like ours!

If you are a fan of the legendary Silver Apples, this evening in the library will be a special one.

Simeon was a big part of the spirit of Automata last year, and it means a lot that he will return- Silver Apples was our closing act in 2011 in that great show at the AllWays Lounge, and he brought a most pleasing plunger vs. fan saw installation on the last weekend, so it is fitting that he brings us back in style in 2012, and be a larger presence throughout the show, in between world tours to far flung fantastic lands.

Details on purchasing advance tickets or sponsoring this event coming soon.

View of Patrick Taylor Library, rotunda to stage, via WBGO on Flickr (click for more images)

The Call to Artists has been updated to reflect these announcements.  We have several exciting plans up our sleeves that we can’t announce just yet, so please stay tuned!

 

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