Off the Street: New Orleans and Venice in Charles Lovell’s Photography
December 9, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Opening: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Artist/curator public discussion, and film showing of La Strada by Frederico Fellini: TBD
Solo exhibition of Charles M. Lovell’s street photographs from Venice, Italy and New Orleans taken from 2005 to the present, and curated by Italian art historian Anna Mecugni, PH.D.
Charles M. Lovell was an artist in residence during 2005 and 2006 at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, and he returned there in the Fall of 2015. His residency in Venice was influential towards his move to New Orleans in 2008. His photographs of the street in both cities illustrate relationships and differences between the two. Italian art historian, Anna Mecugni, Ph.D. has selected over thirty photographs representing the depths of Lovell’s expression in high resolution digital photography. This photographic series shows the similarities between the two unique cities that blend both old and new, high and low, the closeness and dependence on water, a vital tourism sector, and a proliferation of graffiti and outdoor art alongside uprallelled historic architecture. Both cites have a great appreciation of art and culture, international art competitions, the Venice Biennial and the triennial Prospect New Orleans as well as many important art museums. During the past decade in New Orleans Lovell has been photographing a series “Language of The Streets,” from which selected works from Venice,Italy and Mexico City were exhibited in 2016 at the Contemporary Art Centers’ “Experiments in Anarchitecture,” exhibition curated by Dr. Andrea Andersson.