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Maria Möller’s “CBD (Chinese Business District)” Installation and Opening Reception
March 7, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Opening reception with a presentation and tour about the history of New Orleans’ Chinatown
By geographer Richard Campanella
Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 1pm-3pm:
The Saratoga, 212 Loyola Avenue
The work will be on view from the street through March 29th as a storefront installation.
For CBD (Chinese Business District), artist Maria Möller partnered with geographer Richard Campanella as part of A Studio in the Woods’ Flint and Steel Residency. Using Campanella’s research as a guide, Möller created Lunar New Year installations on sites that were once part of Chinatown. The installations and the photographs created of them reference the layers of lived experience that form the bedrock of a city: a unique cultural enclave, urban development, urban decay, and then urban development once again.
“The lost history of New Orleans’ two Chinatowns” by Rich Campanella for the Times Picayune
“In New Orleans, Reviving the Memory of a Forgotten Chinatown” by Tanvi Misra for The Atlantic’s Citylab
Many thanks to Wisznia | Architecture + Development for hosting the exhibit at The Saratoga. Maria is one of four artists awarded a Flint and Steel Residency at A Studio in the Woods this Spring. These residencies match artists with faculty members to create risk-taking new works designed to ignite social change. Flint and Steel Residencies are sponsored in part by The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research.