Brandan “Bmike” Odums: NOT Supposed 2 BE Here

Celebrated for his post-Katrina urban art-interventions – such as Project BE (2013) presented in the former Florida Housing Development, and the cinéma vérité New Orleans for Sale (2008) created with 2-Cent Entertainment – Brandan “Bmike” Odums crafts messages of social-consciousness that unfold as pedagogy, street art, and pop-culture. NOT Supposed 2-BE Here, the first solo show for Bmike in a museum setting, addresses the idea of who or what kind of art belongs in a museum, offering four different takes on inclusion – drawn across the historical notions of art, race, place, and accessibility. The works presented wrestle with themes of heroism, cultural identity, and Blackness, as well as our region’s present-day ecological reality. Part retrospective and part futurescape, NOT Supposed 2-BE Here features bold histories –and even bolder futures– as Bmike explores the notion of art as alchemy.

About the Exhibition

On View
January 18 – December 13, 2020
Curated by
Laura Blereau
Sponsored in part by
a Community Partnership Grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation; with Educational Sponsorship from The Helis Foundation

NOT Supposed 2 BE Here is the first solo exhibition in a museum setting for Brandan “Bmike” Odums.

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