The exhibition Charles Muir Lovell Archives
will open at the
Second Story Gallery, Sat., Dec. 10, 2021, with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m.,
as part of PhotoNOLA. The cooperative gallery, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6
p.m., is located in the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., in the St.
Claude Arts District, downriver from the French Quarter. The exhibition will run through
Sat., Jan. 7, 2023. Admission is free and open to the public.
Lovell and two other New Orleans photographers, Jamell Tate and Eric Waters,
will each discuss three of their new photographs at the Second Story Gallery, Sat., Dec.
17, at 1:30 p.m., as part of Art Meet, a new event organized by gallery members Kathy
Rodriguez and Veronica Cross. The program is free and open to the public.
Charles Muir Lovell Archives
is a mid-career survey of 75 photographs from 1973
to today. Lovell began photographing while traveling in Europe and South America. He
kept photographing during 20-plus years working in museums in the Pacific Northwest,
Southwest and Deep South. His trademark is photographing people within their cultures
and documenting a culture within its environment. The exhibition features his
photographs of New Orleans second line parades, his Language of the Streets
photographs of Italy, Paris, and Mexico, a new series of limited edition color monoprints
and his earlier silver gelatin prints taken in the United States and abroad.
Fiesta Del Santo Santiago, Angahuan, Michoacan, Mexico, 1991 © Charles Muir Lovell
Lovell received the 2020 Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography
from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. His photographs have been exhibited
nationally and internationally, and can be seen at CharlesLovell.com. His works have
recently been added to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of
Art, Historic New Orleans Collection, Wittliff Collections of Southwestern & Mexican
Photography at Texas State University, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar
College and Tacoma Art Museum. He holds an MFA in photography from Central
The exhibition is supported by PhotoNOLA, the New Orleans Photo Alliance, the
Second Story Gallery, the New Orleans Healing Center and New Orleans & Company.
PhotoNOLA is an annual photography festival produced by the New Orleans Photo
Alliance partnering with museums, galleries and alternative venue citywide.
Déjà Vu, Jesse Helms Rally, Greenville, North Carolina, 1991 © Charles Muir Lovell
Xenofobia, Venice, Italy, 2007 © Charles Muir Lovell
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Street Guadalupe, Puebla, Mexico, 2013 © Charles Muir Lovell
Born in Chicago, Charles Muir Lovell lives and works in New Orleans. He holds an MFA in photography from Central Washington University and a BS in photography from East Texas State University. He began photographing as a young man traveling throughout Europe and South America. He continued his photography practice during his over 20 years as a museum director and curator, a career that took him from the Pacific Northwest to the Southwest and Deep South, everywhere finding distinctive cultures and photography subjects.
Lovell has long been passionate about photographing people within their cultures. Upon moving to New Orleans in 2008, he began documenting the city's second line parades, social aid and pleasure clubs, and brass bands, capturing and preserving for posterity a unique and vibrant part of Louisiana's rich cultural heritage. An earlier series based on religious processions in Mexico, El Favor de los Santos, was a Rockefeller Foundation–supported international traveling exhibition and resulted in a book published in 1999 by the University of New Mexico Press, Art and Faith in Mexico.
Lovell's photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally, are found in several permanent collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Historic New Orleans Collection, and can be seen at www.charleslovell.com
and on Instagram @charleslovellart
. He received the 2020 Michael P. Smith Documentary Photographer of the Year Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.
Lovell has also developed a series of photographs called Language of the Streets he began while an artist-in-residence at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy, in 2006–2007. He returned to Venice for a second residency in 2015 and was scheduled to return in 2021 until coronavirus shut everything down. He has continued this series in Naples, Paris, Mexico City, New York and New Orleans.
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Trump Sandwich, Brooklyn Bagel Company, New York, 2017 © Charles Muir Lovell
Treme Sidewalk Steppers Memorial Second Line, New Orleans, 2020 © Charles Muir Lovell