The best New Orleans art exhibits of 2012, Doug MacCash’s Transcendent 10

While considering the best New Orleans art exhibits of 2012, it became clear that this was a year of disquiet on the Crescent City art scene. In March, the Contemporary Arts Center was the focus of an artists’ protest over the temporary closure of an exhibition and the sudden resignation of the visual art curator.

It was the year that DesCours, the magical wintertime experimental architecture tour was regrettably canceled. It was the year that James Michalopoulos’ joyful steel sculpture “Mother Cluster” sprung up on Veterans Memorial Boulevard and was then laid low by Hurricane Isaac. Michalopoulos says the felled portion of the multi-part sculpture has been re-installed with a thicker steel stem.

2012 was the year that the miniature artistic Carnival parade formerly known as ‘tit Rex was forced to alter its title by the mightily insecure Rex organization. The inspired substitution

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