James Michalopoulos Exhibit at New Orleans Jazz Museum Extended Through Labor Day
NEW ORLEANS (press release) – In response to popular demand, the James Michalopoulos exhibit, “From the Fat Man to Mahalia: Paintings by James Michalopoulos” at the New Orleans Jazz Museum has been extended through Labor Day. . Five additional paintings have been added to the exhibition.
This musical retrospective features more than fifty works and spans recent paintings by street musicians to rarely seen works borrowed from private collections across the United States, including Louis Armstrong’s original painting for the Jazz Fest poster, which has not been on public display for over 20 years. An artist talk and a signing session will take place on Monday, May 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“My work tends towards expressionism. It is gestural, energetic and colorful. I think there’s a quality of movement in most of them. This is due to my ability to feel the pulse of people and objects. I love the lyrics that life can be: quirky, chaotic and colorful, a kaleidoscopic unfolding. I try not to interpret too much because I think it stifles the work. The photo is a boogie and I am the boogie man. I am a medium for an inspiring circumstance. I’m looking for animation. -James Michalopoulos
“James is the region’s most recognized living artist, and we want to make sure his audience has the opportunity to experience this important show that celebrates the city’s music and culture,” said Greg Lambousy, Director of Museum. “With this expansion, the show will now overlap Jazz Fest, allowing visitors to see the iconic paintings that have been the source of many beloved Jazz Fest posters over the years. Our sincere thanks go to collectors across the country, who have generously loaned works of art.
“James Michalopoulos’ paintings of New Orleans musical legends show his understanding of their style as well as their psyche. This idea extends to his portraits of nameless musicians on the street or in the corners of city music clubs. The exuberance of musical creation is the goal of this exhibition”, David Kunian, curator of the exhibition.
“The power of James’ work lies in his ability to transport the viewer. It captures that New Orleans musical experience that can’t be replicated: second costumed understudy at carnival, grooving with a marching band in a 300-year-old corner of the French Quarter, Kermit Ruffins at the Mother In Law Lounge. It’s the heartbeat of the soul and culture of New Orleans on canvas. After two years of silence, it’s time to reflect on the New Orleans experience and why it matters. Tatianna Macchione, director of the Michalopoulos gallery
The mission of the New Orleans Jazz Museum is to celebrate the history of jazz, in all its forms, through dynamic interactive exhibits, multi-generational educational programming, research facilities, and captivating musical performances. The Jazz Museum enhances New Orleans’ ongoing cultural renaissance by providing a variety of resources for musicians and music lovers of all languages and nationalities. The museum fully explores the quintessence of American musical art in the city where jazz was born.
The Jazz Museum is located at 400, avenue de l’Esplanade. The hours are as follows: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit nolajazzmuseum.org.