Exhibition Dates: March 6 – 27, 2004
Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
and 730 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 6, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Arthur Roger Gallery is presenting “Hommage to Ste. Anne,” an installation by New Orleans artist Ersy from March 6 through March 27, 2004. There will be an opening reception on Saturday March 6th from 6 to 8 pm.
“Hommage to Ste. Anne” is a parade made out of bronze and wood that marches on top of a 56” x 144” x 36” mahogany table with a sandblasted plexiglass surface. The height of the piece invites the viewer to be a participant in the chaos. “Hommage to Ste. Anne” will be installed in the center gallery. The rear gallery will contain vignettes of the major piece with changes made to the key characters and an addition of new players.
Ersy is inspired by her experience of the Society of Ste. Anne. Every Mardi Gras morning the Society of Ste. Anne marches up Royal Street like an armada of dreams – a long line of maskers with a fantastic array of costumes, the Storyville Stompers, and dozens of fabulous hoops and streaming ribbons. It is impossible to dissect that kaleidoscope, or to convey the exuberance, the sheer delight of being, then and there, that makes the Ste. Anne parade what it is. Together with the rapture of dancing down the street to a brass band, and hundreds of amazing costumes, there is also an undertow of sadness and mortality. The march ends at the river where the ashes of fallen members are scattered with tears.
The parade Ersy has created is not a representation of Ste. Anne, but an incarnation of the mystery and pleasure she discovered in Mardi Gras through her friends. Above all, it is an hommage to the great hidden genius of the Society’s guiding spirit, Paul Poche.
For further information please contact 504.522.1999 or visit the gallery web site www.arthurrogergallery.com.