LT. GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF FLOODWALL AT THE LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM - BATON ROUGE -- 07/02/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2007
LT. GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES THE OPENING OF FLOODWALL AT THE LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM - BATON ROUGE
On Friday, July 13, 2007, FLOODWALL, a collaboration between New Orleans artists Jana Napoli and Rondell Carter, will open at the Louisiana State Museum-Baton Rouge with a free public reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
FLOODWALL is an installation of 350 drawers collected from flood debris in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The drawers are mounted in an 8' by 96' wall and positioned as though the drawers are being pulled open. FLOODWALL is meant to help amplify the voices of New Orleanians as they tell their own story through oral histories of the former drawer owners. As visitors experience the installation, each voice tells the tale of their own fate within this American tragedy.
"FLOODWALL serves as a journey through loss and transformation," Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu said. "It demonstrates the human connection to culture and community through the everyday objects we use," he said.
A smaller version of the art installation opened to rave reviews at the World Financial Center in New York City with Ground Zero as a backdrop. Artist Jana Napoli said she wanted to bring the exhibit home to Louisiana "to honor our state capital for the open arms it extended New Orleans residents displaced by the storm." The tribute installation will remain at the museum until October 13, 2007.
For more information on the exhibit or museum admission and activities, please call 225.342.5428.