Roma works exhibited at Tulane, beginning Aug. 24

Nearly 100 prints from four of the published works of photographer Thomas Roma will be exhibited at the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University’s Uptown campus, beginning Wednesday, August 24 and running through Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. The exhibit, which features Roma’s chronicling of urban life, is being curated by Susan Kismaric, a curator in the photography department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Companion exhibits, featuring photographic works of Andy Warhol and Lee Friedlander will be held in conjunction with the Roma exhibition

An exhibit reception will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and spirits will be served. Jazz will be performed at the reception by musicians from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA).

Related programming will include the following events, both of which will be held at Tulane’s Woldenberg Art Center, at the Uptown campus:

  • “Making Books Symposium,” scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. on September 14:, featuring Roma, Kismaric, and Phillip Lopate, and moderated by Tulane photography professor Stephen Hilger.
  • “Roma Exhibition Walk-Through,” scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.

The companion exhibits will include:

  • “Pop Shots: Polaroid Portraits by Andy Warhol,” curated by Tulane’s Hilger. This exhibit will include 31 photographs from the images the artist took in the 1970s and 80s. These will include shots used as studies for Warhol’s large-scale silk-screen portraits, alongside two such works on canvas.
  • “Jazz People: New Orleans Portraits by Lee Friedlander.” This exhibit will feature 39 black and white photographs taken by Friedlander in New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s, including shots of musicians including “Sweet Emma” Barrett, Joe James, George Lewis, and “Kid Thomas” Valentine. Shots of the city’s eternally vibrant street parades and celebrations will also be featured.

The Newcomb Art Gallery, located in the Woldenberg Art Center, is open every Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please visit the gallery’s website.

Image: Untitled, 1984. From “Found in Brooklyn” (1996), by Thomas Roma.