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Bruce Keyes “Spirit of New Orleans” at McKenna Museum

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June 27 through July 11, 2009

McKenna Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition of images from the recently released book “Spirit of New Orleans” by Bruce Keyes at 2003 Carondelet Street, New Orleans from June 27 through July 11, 2009.

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 27th 6 to 8pm

Bruce Keyes, a native New Orleanian was born in 1950. Travels related to his Viet Nam era United States Navy service were the inspiration for his interest in photography. After years of assignment photography, he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences for two years of intensive independent study. His first solo show entitled “Odyessy” was at the Noho Gallery in New York City and has been followed by numerous shows home and abroad.

In his own words: “My focus is on the people of New Orleans, performers, spectators, their gestures, postures, joyful expressions and the like. Their body language and playful spirit is what I capture. The subtractive quality of the b&w images and how it portrays the stature and importance of the subject is what attracts me.”

‘Spirit of New Orleans’ a 30 year retrospective has been included in the (research) library archives of the New Orleans Museum of Art .

For more information on Bruce Keyes please contact Shantrelle Lewis at or call 504 586 7432. The Museum will be open Thursday through Saturday 11am to 4pm.