Saint Claude Index

Self-Initiated Ongoing Project
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Staff— Nate Martin, Sophie T. Lvoff, D. Eric Bookhardt and
Ylva Rouse

64 pages + Map
4.5 x 6 inches
Initial Edition of 8000

Saddle-stitch binding

Financial Support— St Claude Main Street and NOTMC
Printed in Canada by Prolific Group

Typefaces— Nexa, Letter Gothic,
Graphik and U8





Introduction Excerpt

As the birthplace of jazz, and of equally original strains of cuisine and architecture, New Orleans' longstanding flair for cultural innovation is well established. It has always been a place where life and art have been unusually interwoven, but only in relatively recent times has its visual arts community become a hotbed of experimentation as the historically seedy thoroughfare that is St. Claude Avenue— and the colorful neighborhoods it traverses just past the French Quarter— have become home to a fertile if low profile community known as the St. Claude Arts District. Made up of dozens of galleries, pop-up art spaces, studios, theaters, clubs and multi-use venues that blend in with their surroundings and are mostly operated on a collaborative or co-op basis, it's a place where creative expression and experimentation seem to exist almost for their own sake. If this efflorescence of what is often designated the largest artist-run arts district in the nation if not the world sounds improbably serendipitous if not utopian, it may well be, but came about partly in response to challenging circumstances at a time when the city's very existence was called into question.

When Hurricane Katrina's storm surge smashed through the federal flood wall system that surrounds the city, some 80% of New Orleans was catastrophically flooded and the prevailing conventional wisdom was that there was no way it could ever fully recover. With that idea in mind, nationally famous urban planners proposed abandoning neighborhoods in low lying areas and converting them into "green space." In a city where people still identify strongly with their home


turf it was an idea that instantly enraged the citizenry, and the resulting backlash ushered in what may be the most militant do-it-yourself rebuilding effort of any American city in modern times as local civic associations lobbied successfully for neighborhood self determination.

Although the Marigny, Bywater and St. Roch neighborhoods that comprise the St. Claude district were mostly spared the worst of the flooding, that spirit of participatory democracy proved infectious as artists, long a major component of the area's demographic mix, began to play a visible role in the rebuilding process. In a broad sense, the rebuilding of the city had come to resemble a collaborative creative process guided by each neighborhood's history and identity. Dating to the earliest years of the 19th century, the neighborhoods that comprise the St. Claude district were historically mostly working class enclaves punctuated with occasional grand mansions as well as often ornate churches that catered to their diverse French, Creole, German, Sicilian and Irish ethnicities. Like old port-related enclaves elsewhere in the world, their tone was international and industrious, yet there was always a pronounced whimsical streak that dated back to the area's founder, a flamboyant planter named Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny de Mandeville who, over two centuries ago, began selling off parcels of land to cover his gambling debts. St. Claude's iconic mix of whimsy and grit was eventually immortalized by artists and writers including Tennessee Williams, whose legendary play, Streetcar Named Desire, was set in the area.
—D. Eric Bookhardt


St. Claude Arts District

Map for St. Claude Main Street

Download Printable Map


Edition April 2013
Listing of galleries, theaters, studios and performance spaces.

11 x 8.5 inches
Black and White
Two-page document

Project Overview

St. Claude Avenue and it's adjacent neighborhoods is the contemporary cultural nexus of New Orleans.

The down-river neighborhoods of this district are where travelers can find social aid and pleasure clubs, artist-run spaces, and a diversity of independent artist studios. This map will point you in the right direction to explore the places that are offering vanguard cultural experiences in contemporary New Orleans.

District Venues

12  1239 Congress
A    Allways Lounge & Theatre
1    Antenna Gallery / Press St.
13  Aquarium Studios
2    Barrister's Gallery
3    Byrdie's Gallery
14  Calavera De Nola
15  Community Print Shop
E    Dancing Grounds
4    The Front
5    Good Children Gallery
6    Margaret Mary Meinzer
7    May Gallery & Residency
F    The Movement Room
C    New Movement Theatre
6    NOCCA


B    Mudlark Public Theatre
17  Nameless Art
18  The Parlor
19  Prospect.Us / Bakery
20  Red Metal
8    Rusty Pelican
21  Schneider Paper Mill
9    Second Story Gallery
D    Shadowbox Theatre
22  Maxx Sizeler
10  Staple Goods
23  Studio Defense Complex
24  Studio Inferno
25  Bywater Art Lofts
11  UNO Gallery
26  Christopher Porche West



Art exhibition guide for New Orleans

Concept— Erik Kiesewetter
Editors— Tori Bush, Aubrey Edwards and Sophie T. Lvoff

8 x 28 inches
Bi-monthyly edition of 3000

Folded to 8 x 4 inches

Printed in Canada by Prolific Group
Typeface— Din


Catalogue, Jan / Feb 2012
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Catalogue, Nov / Dec 2011
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Catalogue, Sep / Oct 2011
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Project Overview

CATALOGUE was created in response to the rapid growth of the New Orleans contemporary arts community. We have recently published three editions, spanning from September 2011 to February 2012, providing 9,000 copies at over 100 locations in the New Orleans area. As a free printed material Catalogue serves as an information resource through gallery listings, exhibitions, and city mapping. Furthermore, the service provided by Catalogue acts to promote artists and their representatives as well as the city's flourishing cultural economy.

Today, we are in the process of restructuring Catalogue, which will allow us to expand our production numbers and provide additional services, including subscriber direct-mailing, sponsor benefit programs, and an accompanying online resource. During the next few months we will be developing long-term organizational partnerships that can offset the cost of printing, design, production, data gathering, distribution and promotion. However, this will require that we cease production of Catalogue until Late 2012 and it is with heavy hearts that we post-pone our services. We are confident that this hiatus will allow us to serve you with stronger and richer service in the future.

Sponsors and Donors

A to Z Framing
Annunciation Interactive
Dirty Coast
Defend New Orleans
The Kickstarter Team
Kickstarter Supporters
Prospect.2 New Orleans
Private Donors
Three Muses

Sponsor Locations

1022 Gallery
723 Louisa Street Digest
A Gallery for Fine Photography
AIA Center of Design
Antenna Gallery
Aquarium Gallery
Arthur Roger Gallery
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Barrister's Gallery
Beckham's Books
Blue Dream Vintage
Bywater Art Supply
Cafe Envie
Cafe Treme
Cake Cafe
Carroll Gallery
The Coffee Beanery
Contemporary Arts Center CAC
Cole Pratt Gallery
Coup d'oeil Art Consortium
Crescent City Comics
d.o.c.s. Gallery
Domino Sound
Du Mois Gallery
Euclid Records
The Front
Gallery Bienvenu
Gnome Riot Supply Co.
Gogo Jewelry
Good Children Gallery
The Historic New Orleans Collection
Heriard-Cimino Gallery
Home Space Gallery
Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery
Jean Bragg Gallery
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
Karmo Cafe


LeMieux Galleries
LongVue House and Gardens
Lost Love Lounge
Louisiana State Museum Presbytere
Maple St. Bookstore
Mardi Gras Zone Grocery
Martine Chaisson Gallery
Museum of African American Art
Mojo Cafe
Mystic Blue Signs
The National WWII Museum
Newcomb Art Gallery
NO African American Museum
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
New Orleans Museum of Art NOMA
New Orleans Photo Alliance
New Orleans US Mint
Octavia Art Gallery
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Orange Couch
Prospect.2 Welcome Center
Parse Gallery
Peaches Records
PJ's Coffee
Rose Nicaud
Rue de la Course
Sibley Gallery
Soren Christensen Gallery
Sound Cafe
Staple Goods
Stella Jones Gallery
Stein's Deli
Taylor Bercier Fine Art
Trouser House
UNO St. Claude Gallery
Who Dat Cafe
Whole Foods
Xavier University Art Gallery



Three editions
September 2011 — February 2012


Custom map of galleries and institutions in New Orleans