Order of Effects / Accommodating the Mess

Exhibition: Mar 12 2011 - Apr 4 2011
Location: Antenna Gallery, 3161 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA 70117


“To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now.” Samuel Beckett

This month we’re celebrating our fifth anniversary of accommodating the mess, making books by local artists that combine word and image. Press Street artist/writers Brad Benischek, Mark Yakich, Case Miller, Jim Richard, Moose Jackson, and Susan Gisleson, among others, are creating a large scale, narrative collaboration inspired by Press Street’s mission. In conjunction with the show, this month we’ll also feature Happy Hour Salons highlighting local art and writing endeavors.

Happy Hour Salons 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Drinks, presentation and conversation: FREE)
Sponsored by ROOM 220, Press Street’s literary arm.

Thursday, March 24th – Featuring New Orleans’ first online contemporary arts review and critical writing website Pelican Bomb: Cameron Shaw and Rami Sharkey.

Launched in February 2011, Pelican Bomb is an online platform dedicated to the growing Louisiana arts community. As a regional publication, it focuses on native sons and daughters, recent transplants, and folks just passing through. As a contemporary primary document, it reflects the transitional and transformative nature of place as related to the creation, dissemination, and consumption of visual art today.

Thursday, March 31st – Come celebrate the release of Press Street’s latest visual arts and literary collaboration: Curtain Optional, the father/son chapbook project featuring the paintings of Jim Richard and the writing of Brad Richard.

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influences of his father’s work in his own, as well as growing up as the son of an artist. Jim Richard Professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art. Brad Richard is chair of creative writing at Lusher Charter School. He is the author most recently of Motion Studies (winner of the 2010 Washington Prize from The Word Works) and his work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies.

Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.


Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]