In this exhibition, Brenner focuses on Friday night visits to the Sport Palace, a pool hall founded in 1958. Although this game is played in a hall that is dark, dingy, at times dangerous, and permeated by the stale odor of liquor and cigarettes, something magical happens as the player, stick in hand, approaches the large expanse of felt, the balls neatly in the rack awaiting the crash of the cue ball and its resulting chaos. The dignity, beauty and eloquence is astounding.
Friday Night at The Palace will be on exhibit February 7th through March 3rd, 2009. The opening reception will be held Saturday, February 7th from 6 to 8 pm at The Darkroom Gallery, 1927 Sophie Wright Place, New Orleans.
Biography: A fine art documentary photographer, Jackie Brenner studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries, including the Leica gallery in New York, is held in numerous private collections, and is included in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Houston’s Museum of Fine Art.
She is the author of the seminal book Friday Night Grind, a haunting collection of photographs of dancers, bartenders, and bouncers presenting the underbelly of a Bourbon Street strip club.
The Darkroom Gallery is a New Orleans-based photography gallery that features the work of emerging contemporary photographers.