PARSE NOLA is a curatorial and research-based residency and art program that serves as a platform for critical dialogue about contemporary art. PARSE NOLA hosts two to three international curators, writers, and artists annually. During extended stays in the city, residents are encouraged to engage in studio visits with local artists, conduct research in the area, and utilize PARSE NOLA's resources to experiment with the boundaries and possibilities of curatorial and artistic practice.
PARSE NOLA is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization.
PARSE NOLA moved to 1003 Spain Street in June 2020. The building located at this address in the Faubourg Marigny is known as Franklin Temperance Hall. It was built in 1857 as the headquarters of the Temperance Movement in New Orleans and is attributed to famed Louisiana architect Henry Howard. The structure has served many purposes over the years, most recently as a live/workspace for several local artists. It is now our headquarters.
Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to develop and support several projects with past residents of PARSE NOLA. These projects include "Eulalie," an experimental documentary about Eulalie Mandeville de Marigny by New York/New Jersey-based artist Casey Ruble; the presentation of "Southwind,” a film by artists Maxime Berthou (France) and Mark Požlep (Slovenia) that will be presented at The New Orleans Jazz Museum during P.5 (Prospect New Orleans); an exchange with Latvian curator Maija Rudovska; and a series of performances organized by Norwegian curators Geir Haraldseth & Stina Høgkvist.
We are also developing an exhibition and publication featuring photographs by New Orleans art critic and photographer, D. Eric Bookhardt (1946 – 2019). Amy Mackie and Brian Guidry are co-curating the exhibition and the publication is being designed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance New Orleans.
PARSE NOLA has assumed various shapes and forms since it was established. It’s predecessor, Parse Gallery & Artist Situation, was founded in 2010 by artists Ricardo Barba, Andrew Schrock, and Margot Walsh. Curator Amy Mackie joined the organization as director in 2013 and PARSE NOLA was founded that year. The organization was incorporated as a business in the state of Louisiana in 2015 and became a 501(c)(3) in 2016. PARSE NOLA has no association with any other business with the name “parse.”
Initially, the organization was located at 134 Carondelet Street in a three-story building with a storefront gallery in New Orleans' Central Business District. Monthly exhibitions were organized in the space as well as performances, screenings, live music, reading groups, and lectures. From 2016 to 2020, PARSE NOLA's office and residency program were located at 819 Marigny Street, in a 4,000-square-foot, Greek Revival home built in the 1860s. Art critic D. Eric Bookhardt facilitated PARSE NOLA’s use of the house and his nonprofit, Center for Gulf South History & Culture (CGS), sponsored residencies. In 2018, PARSE NOLA produced programming including exhibitions, lectures, and professional development workshops for local artists at a gallery known as The Engine Room in a raw warehouse space just off St. Claude Avenue. PARSE NOLA has also produced programming at The Front, Antenna, National Performance Network, The Second Story Gallery, The Stacks, and other venues throughout New Orleans.
At 819 Marigny Street, PARSE NOLA hosted numerous international artists, curators, and writers from Canada, France, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, New York, Miami, and Richmond for two to six-week residencies. We support a wide range of projects and initiatives from independent, institutional, international, local, emerging, and established curators. Residents may also include artists and writers involved in curatorial and academic inquiries. Those who are interested in engaging directly with the diverse local community and tapping into urgent socio-political and cultural concerns in New Orleans are the ideal candidates for residencies. PARSE NOLA's mission to bring international curators, writers, and artists to New Orleans has profoundly impacted this community. These visitors provide a bridge to international networks, organizations, and individuals for New Orleans' artists. And these engagements often lead to opportunities for artists to show their work outside the city and connect to the international artworld. We will resume international residencies when it is safe to do so.
The Southeast Louisiana Juried Student Exhibition, an annual student exhibition organized by PARSE NOLA and juried by a guest curator, will resume when possible. There were five occurrences of this project from 2014 to 2018 in various locations throughout New Orleans. The exhibition was initiated each year with an open call to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in Southeast Louisiana to submit work for review. Past guest curators included Amy Mackie, Boshko Bosković, Rachel Gugelberger, Anna Mecugni, and Amanda Sanfilippo. The Southeast Louisiana Juried Student Exhibition is the only juried student exhibition that brings together college and university students across the region. Additionally, PARSE NOLA organized a monthly professional development series in 2018, "Practical Advice for the Practicing Artist." In these workshops, speakers addressed the conditions necessary for a thriving art practice, including successful marketing and networking, public speaking, circulation of artwork, applying for juried exhibitions, residencies and grants, legal considerations, and financial management.
PARSE NOLA’s exhibitions and events—which are free and open to the public—will resume when possible given the current Covid-restrictions in the city of New Orleans. PARSE NOLA’s programs have previously been or are currently supported by individual donors, CEC Artslink, Center for Gulf South History & Culture, The RosaMary Foundation, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Amy Mackie, Director
Amy Mackie is a curator and writer based in New Orleans. Since 2013, she has served as the Director of PARSE NOLA, a nonprofit curatorial and research-based residency and art program. From 2011 to 2012 she was the Director of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and from 2007 to 2010, Curatorial Associate at the New Museum in New York. She curated numerous exhibitions at both institutions. As an independent curator, she curated “It Could Go Either Way: Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly” at Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway in 2014 and at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Alaska in 2015. Mackie was the recipient of a 2013 Curatorial Fellowship from the Stavanger Municipality Culture Department in Norway, a 2010 Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England, and a 2009 CEC Artslink Grant. She has lectured at Bard College, Brooklyn College, College of Charleston, and Yale University, and has written for Art in America, Art Papers, FANTOM Photographic Quarterly, Pelican Bomb, Universes in Universe, as well as numerous books and catalogues. Mackie holds a M.A. in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and a B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College.
Past Administrative Support
Camila Sobral, Operations Manager, 2018 - 2019
Harleigh Shaw, Curatorial Intern, 2017 - 2018
Nora Kovacs, Curatorial Intern and Research Assistant, 2017 - 2018
Charlotte Giroux, Administrative and Research Assistant, 2017 - 2018
Marjorie Rawle, Curatorial Intern, 2016 - 2017
Ashley L. Voss, Curatorial and Communications Manager, 2013 - 2016
Artist based in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA
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1003 Spain Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
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