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.