The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery & Where Y’Art Debut “Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One” on April 7, 2015
A tribute to Allen Toussaint and celebration of emerging artists
March 31, 2016 – NEW ORLEANS, La. – A partnership born of a shared passion for supporting local artists, The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery – a historic hotel housed in the Warehouse Arts District – and Where Y’Art – a community of lovers and cultivators of New Orleans art – will debut their third collaborative exhibition, Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One, on April 7, 2016 at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. Exploring the intersection of music and art, Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One is a vibrant tribute to Allen Toussaint, one of the city’s greatest musicians and supporters of emerging artists, whose soul, creativity and vision undeniably shaped the rhythm of New Orleans.
Revered for his role in heralding the golden age of New Orleans rhythm and blues, Toussaint often credited the city of New Orleans as the inspiration behind his ever-lasting body of music. Taking its name from one of Toussaint’s iconic productions, Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One presents a collection of 30 selected works by New Orleans artists Tony Hollums, Tony Nozero and Andy Levin whose music-themed works of art have, like Toussaint’s music, drawn inspiration from the city itself.
Born with a music obsession and buoyed by a love of art discovered in his college years, Hollums’ works bring the emotion of music and sound to print through intricate ink drawings and watercolor paintings. Abstract acrylic works by Nozero, a fellow New Orleans artist living and creating in the Bywater neighborhood, will also appear in Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One. Nozero’s playful and intuitive approach to painting is apparent with his use of squeegees, paint scrapers, paintbrushes and other marking tools throughout the art making process – an approach that yields wildly innovative and thought-provoking works. Captivating photographs by Levin, a New York transplant but New Orleanian at heart, capture the daily life, ritual and celebrations of a city that has historically marched to its own beat. A vibrant showcase of life in New Orleans, Levin’s photography captures the vitality of a city that has inspired generations of artists, as is evidenced in Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One.
Coinciding with the start of French Quarter Festival, the debut of Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One will kick off with a celebratory launch party at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016 featuring live music performed by students of New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, an iconic arts education institution devoted to the academic and creative development of young artists in Louisiana. The launch of Ooh Poo Pah Doo: Rhythm N’ Hues Set One offers a last chance to view works by NOCCA alumni Ashley Teamer and Jacob Reptile currently on display in the hotel’s lobby gallery. Serving as an outpost for NOCCA students, faculty and alumni in the Warehouse Arts District, the chandlery will rotate a new selection NOCCA art into the gallery later this month.
Punch drafted up by Abigail Gullo’s bar team at Compère Lapin will be served from the lobby bar during the exhibition launch and custom “Brass Fed” canvas totes created in collaboration by Goods That Matter, Where Y’Art and the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic, a medical home that provides primary care, mental health, social services and advocacy care to musicians and artists regardless of whether the patient is insured, under insured or uninsured. Print reproductions of works by Hollums, Nozero and Levin will also be available for purchase for visitors who want to take home a smaller rendition of the art works.
More details about Where Y’Art at the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery can be found at http://old77hotel.com/explore-hotel/yart-77/.
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Director of Public Relations