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“American Dream” opens @ NOPA gallery

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Thursday, February 4, 6 – 9 pm @ the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery.

“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement… It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” -James Truslow Adams, THE EPIC OF AMERICA, 1931.

We at the New Orleans Photo Alliance were excited for the exceptional Deborah Willis: art photographer, leading historian of African American photography, and curator of African American culture, to jury this particular exhibit. During America’s current climate, it will be interesting to reevaluate an element of our country’s essence that so strongly defines it: The American Dream.

Entries came from around the country; all in all, 26 images from the following artists have been chosen:
Roman Alokhin, Jeremiah Ariaz, David Armentor, Elen Awalom, Shraddha Borawake, John C. Dyes, Lola Flash, Lili Holzer-Glier, Letitia Huckaby, Kevin Kline, Ben Lenzner, Matthew Lester, Alison Malone, René Merino, John Patrick Naughton, Laura Noel, Lydia Panas, Leslie Parr, Kate Pollard, Jim Schafer, Davd Schalliol, Gordon Stettinius, Alix Smith, Bruce West, Samantha VanDeman, Colette Veasey-Cullors.

We have some special events planned with Deborah Willis in conjunction with this exhibit the weekend of February 27th:
*Exhibition Dates: February 5 – March 21, 2010
*Opening Reception: Thursday, February 4, 6-9pm
*Juror’s Lecture and Book Signing: Saturday, February 27, 3:30pm
*McKenna Museum of African American Art . 2003 Carondelet Street . 586-7432
*Juror’s Reception: Saturday, February 27, 6-9pm
*Juror’s Gallery Talk: Sunday, February 28, 6pm

The American Dream will be on display through March 21st.