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Lewis Watts: New Orleans Suite Exhibition at UC Santa Cruz

Dates: October 3, 2012 – November 21, 2012
Location: Sesnon Art Gallery, Porter College, UC Santa Cruz

Gallery hours:
Tu-Sat. 12-5pm
Wed. 12-8pm

Reception: October 3, 5:00-6:30pm, followed by a talk by the artist in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), Room 108 from 6:45-7:45pm

FREE exhibition.

This exhibition brings together photographers, jazz musicians, and discourse surrounding Hurricane Katrina and life in New Orleans. Exhibition also features recent work from Cuba. With additional support from the UCSC Arts Division and Art Department.

Lewis Watts is a photographer, archivist and Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is co‐author of “Harlem of the West, The San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Era” which consists of found photographs and oral histories of an African American Community that sprang up as a result of the migration west during WW II and that was “urban renewed” out of existence in the late 1960s.

He is also the co‐author with Professor Eric Porter of New Orleans Suite scheduled for publication by the University of California Press in 2012. That book uses his photographs, traces the music and culture of New Orleans and how its artists and cultural workers have functioned to revive the African American community in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. His photography has been exhibited and is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans), The Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, New York), The Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.), The Oakland Museum of California, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the California Historical Society.

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