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On Sunday, May 15, the multidisciplinary artist will perform a new solo piece called “Channeling the Spirits” to accompany the exhibit and it is also based on his research on the free people of color.

“Channeling the Spirits”
Written & Performed by Jose Torres Tama
Ashe Cultural Arts Center
Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 8PM.
Admission is $5 for the general public.
Ashe’s Tel: 504.569.9070.



“The Free People of Color: New Works on Paper” is the name of the new series of drawings at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in Central City New Orleans. The exhibit opens Sunday, April 17 and runs through Tuesday, May 17, 2005. An opening Reception for the artist will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 6-9PM. The opening is free and open to the public.

These new works on paper are a series of portraits based on 19th Century archival photographs of the “free people of color.” The aim has been to portray these heroic and hybrid people of African, French and Spanish descent, the Creole intelligentsia of color, in a celebratory manner and shed some new light on the legacy of “les gens de couleur libre” in New Orleans.

In March of 2006 a larger exhibit of this series will open at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. This show is being organized by David Houston, visual arts curator at the Ogden Museum, and plans are in the making for the exhibit to travel throughout the state and to a few other galleries and museums in the South.

 

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