Exit Stage Right: Zack Smith's Festival
Portraits will now be the newest exhibit at The New Orleans Jazz
Museum on December 3!
an artist of both music and photography, is an individual who thinks big—better
yet, he sees the bigger picture! His work consists of primarily large-format
film photographs, and they bring the work and the one viewing it closer
together. His portraits include the late ChazFest in the Ninth Ward, HIP Fest,
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, the Ponderosa Stomp, and the Voodoo Music &
Arts Experience. If you were to actually view the photos right now, you would
see that Smith captures the musicians, the fans thereof, backstage life, and
people who may seem to be off in their own little world in the midst of
Zack Smith and David Kunian, Jazz Museum Curator,
brought the exhibit to fruition. "I've been seeing Zack Smith in many contexts
for a couple decades," Kunian said. "These photographs show a mix of respect
and irreverence. They show the people and musicians of a past festival world
that has faded, but also the vibrancy of festivals today as they hint at the
shape of future gatherings."
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, much focus has
shifted among businesses. The New Orleans Jazz Museum's mission was to support
local musicians and culture bearers who make up the city's beloved creative
community. New Orleans Jazz Museum Director Greg Lambousy said, "Zack Smith has
been documenting the scene for more than 20 years. As we look towards the
future, it is important to appreciate the people and places that make New
Orleans unique. Zack's photographs capture the feeling of freedom that many of
us have come to miss and hope to reclaim."
The Exit Stage Right exhibit will open on
December 3, around the same time of the Sound Collage, an event that takes place
every year celebrating the merge of visual art and music. This event offers
musical performances, lightsome fixtures, electronic-like sculptures, and an
overall good time.
"We are excited to see the city of New Orleans
recovering and beginning to thrive," Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser said in a
press release. "Preserving and documenting the city's culture is vital to its
survival. We are proud to see the New Orleans Jazz Museum working to educate a
new generation of musicians about the city's rich artistic legacy."