Image credit: Jan Van Dijk
2016 was a transitional time for PARSE as we moved out of the building we occupied for six years at 134 Carondelet Street, but it was also a year filled with exciting programs, fruitful collaborations, and insightful guest curators. In March, PARSE launched a history section on our website that traced the first three years of the gallery in New Orleans’ Central Business District. Also in March, Deltaworkers organized a performance by German artist Oliver Bulas. In April, PARSE organized dance performances by New York-based dancer and choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly and Constance New Orleans organized an open house and exhibition in our gallery space. On May 3, 2016, PARSE participated in GiveNOLA Day for the first time as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and hosted several free live figure-drawing sessions. In June, PARSE and Loyola Untitled, the visual arts organization at Loyola University, organized the third annual Loyola Untitled Juried Exhibition that was juried this year by guest curator Boshko Bosković, Program Director at Residency Unlimited in New York.
The summer was spent vacating our three-story building and planning for the future. In September, PARSE and Antenna co-hosted a curatorial lecture and dinner with Joey Orr, formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and soon to be the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Research at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. In October, PARSE announced that its new headquarters would be located in a house at 819 Marigny Street operated by the Center for Gulf Caribbean History and Culture and that we now have a gallery space and residency called PARSE SECO in Arroyo Seco just outside Taos, New Mexico. Artist Dave Greber serves as our Artist-in-Residence and Director of Exhibitions at PARSE SECO. PARSE also attended the Common Field Convening in Miami, Florida this year and look forward to participating again in 2017.
We look forward to many more programs and guest curators in 2017, but we can’t do it without you. Please consider giving a tax-deductible donation to PARSE.
See you next year!!