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artnet Magazine - Hurricane Katrina and the Arts
- Subject: artnet Magazine - Hurricane Katrina and the Arts
- From: Walter Henry <whenry@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 22:57:17 -0700
Hurricane Katrina and the Arts
by Walter Robinson
"More than three weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in
New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, information is still
fairly sketchy on the damage to the vibrant art scene in the
city and neighboring areas along the Gulf coast.
"It seems almost certain that many artists have lost their
studios, and that wealthy art patrons with homes along Lake
Pontchartrain have suffered damage to or loss of their
"On the other hand, the city’s museums and the gallery district
in the French Quarter have been very lucky, making it through
the disaster with limited injury from either the storm or the
"Like many in the city, New Orleans’ artists have hurricane tales
that are dramatic and inspiring. Dawn Dedeaux, a digital artist
who shows with Arthur Roger Gallery, said that she expects that
her barnlike studio is 'completely blown out -- it’s under six
feet of water. Much of my work is destroyed. I just hope the
slides are okay -- they’re up high.'"
"Though NOMA came through the hurricane with flying colors, other
private collections weren’t so lucky. Assessments of art losses
are only now beginning. Indeed, when NOMA curator William A.
Fagaly was reached by cellphone last week, he was at the home of
a museum patron, trying to check on the status of the artworks
"Other New Orleans dealers are relocating, at least temporarily.
Arthur Roger Gallery, which has a gallery on Julia Street and a
separate project space, escaped the storm with no damage to
artworks. "We are profoundly fortunate," Roger writes on the
gallery website. Roger is taking tenancy of a 4,000-square-foot
space in Baton Rouge’s Warehouse District and plans "a
spectacular group exhibition" in early October.
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