Dawn DeDeaux Filming St. Augustine

Marching Band Lead Drummer / Drummer Boy 

Dawn DeDeaux  / MotherShip III: The Station 2014

Dawn DeDeaux HOME on Island Road, Pointe Aux Chenes LA  /  End of the Road Project 


Dawn DeDeaux filming St Augustine Band Drummer in her studio in 1995 with studio assistant Mac Taylor

​​​​​Dawn DeDeaux   INTRODUCTION
DeDeaux has merged art with new technologies for decades to broaden art and audience engagement.  Early works from the 1970s such as CB Radio Booths were works of mobility that travelled the communication systems and streets of underserved communities.  Mid-career works were large-scale installations and pioneering immersive, synchronized media environments including Soul Shadows, Women Eating, and The Face of God that premiered at the 1996 Olympics.  Latter works, including Project Mutants, The Goddess Fortuna and The MotherShip Series, are inspired by environmental challenges.

Works by DeDeaux have been exhibited nationwide including Whitney Museum of American Art, Armand Hammer Museum, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art of Connecticut, The Contemporary / Baltimore, Canadian Film Society of Toronto, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa TX, Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology / Houston, and a recent two year exhibition at MASS MoCA - "Thumbs Up for the MotherShip" with artist/musician Lonnie Holley.

Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Transart Foundation for Art and Anthropology in Houston TX - - "Being and Everything: Post-Art by Dawn DeDeaux" -  extended due to Covid 19 and now opening in the Fall 2020 concurrent with the reopening of the Rothko Chapel; and a re-installment of her Paradise Lost project offering Milton's prose, rendered in highway reflective vinyl applied to 48 columns, staged in a free-fall down four running blocks before today's mega-coliseum, the Louisiana Superdome.

A Career Retrospective "The Space Between Worlds" is opening at the New Orleans Museum of Art in September 2021 concurrent with the citywide presentation of Prospect.5.  DeDeaux's Retrospective will be accompanied with a 250 page, richly illustrated, hardcover catalogue  by Berlin-based publisher Hatje Cantz.   The catalogue will include numerous essays by writers and art historians including a feature entry by Eva Diaz.

Exhibitions in recent years include her Prospect 2 presentation - a 20,000 sq ft multimedia extravaganza - titled The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces, and the touring MotherShip Series that adapts the theory that mankind has 100 years left - not to save Earth but to leave.  Components of her mothership series form part of the current exhibition at MASS MoCA . 

DeDeaux is a 1997 Rome Prize recipient as Knight Foundation Visiting Southern Artist at the American Academy in Rome and selected among the eight most important southern U.S. artists by the 1996 Olympics.  She is a 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist in Residence,  the 2014 Prospect Triennial Alumni of the Year and 2015 Artist in Residence at Tulane University’s Center for Bioenvironmental Research.   

DeDeaux's work is the in-depth subject of the concluding chapter of Discipline and Photograph,  a book by art theorist James Huginin of Chicago Art Institute and “Five Video Artists” by Larry Qualls, Associate Editor for Performing Arts Journal, MIT Press.  Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including New York Times, Art in America, USA Today and ArtForum, and the focus of televised features including CBS Sunday Morning and Canada Public Broadcasting’s series The Future.

DeDeaux is founding editor of Arts Quarterly and among the eight founders of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, serving on its Board throughout its formative years.  She produced and hosted Louisiana’s first radio program on the arts, Art Now, for National Public Radio affiliate WWNO.  As an educator DeDeaux established and directed a comprehensive arts program for a 6000 inmate facility in Orleans Parish, Louisiana; and has been Visiting Artist at a number of institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art , Texas A&M Visualization Laboratory and interdisciplinary seminars for College of the Holy Cross and Princeton University.  She is affiliated with School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City as graduate studies advisor in the MFA program.  

DeDeaux is founder / director of Camp Abundance in New Orleans - a residency compound for artists, writers and filmmakers; from around the world and is a Trustee of Prospect New Orleans Board of Directors.

DeDeaux is the winner of the 1976 Demolition Derby in the Louisiana SuperDome as the only female contestant in a field of 35 drivers.

Dawn ​​​DeDeaux / Lecture Announcement

DREAMING OF A FUTURE PAST, 2014

Dawn ​​​DeDeaux / 511 Marigny Studio with Brock Norman Brock and Ted Hood, 1990

Dawn DeDeaux / Lecture "Beyond Disaster" / College of the Holy Cross / Photograph by Pamela Bishop 2015

 Dawn ​​​DeDeaux and Lonnie Holley

Opening MassMoCA show  / THUMBS UP FOR THE MOTHERSHIP, 2017


Dawn DeDeaux /  Prospect 3 Gala Honoree  Photo by Linda Yablonsky, 2014

Dawn ​​​DeDeaux / Video Still Frame

Film by Jacob Dwyer - Dat Likud Land, 2015

PHOTO ARCHIVE SELECTIONS

Dawn DeDeaux Camp Abundance Studio 2016

DeDeaux 511 Marigny Studio / Working on Landscape pieces for ALDRICH MUSEUM / "Landscape Reclaimed"

Dawn DeDeaux & Big Freedia / O'Fortuna Bounce Opera / Photo by Scott Simmons, 2012

DeDeaux 511 Marigny Studio /  Photo Shoot: A Safe Meal for Thread Waxing Exhibit "FREE TO KILL"

DeDeaux Filming / Directing WOMAN EATING PORKCHOP

​Mark Bingham Sound Studio

Dawn ​​​DeDeaux / 511 Marigny Studio FBI Raid for Hardy Boy Video  Work and Documents, 1995

Dawn DeDeaux winner Demolition Derby 1976

DeDeaux 511 Marigny Studio / Working on Light Box Work

 "Anthropology Series"

Dawn DeDeaux / Demolition Derby Champion SuperDome New Orleans 1975

DeDeaux 511 Marigny Studio / America  House Doors, Talking Kinghts, Fence Knight male model Mac Taylor, Hunger Artist Chair and Scale, Face of God Bed Frame in view

Dawn DeDeaux / Camp Abundance Studio / 2016

Dawn DeDeaux / Visiting Artist Poster

​UNC, Princeton, Holly Cross College

Dawn ​​​DeDeaux Rauschenberg Residency Photo Session South Florida First Responders / Rauschenberg's 8x10 Camera, 2013

​​​DeDeaux 511 Marigny Studio / Working on Performance Interpretation of Franz  Kafka's​ "THE HUNGER ARTIST"

Don Marquis, Dawn ​​​DeDeaux and Dick Allen / Lecture;

Buddy Bolden and the Formation of Jazz, 1982​

Dawn ​​​DeDeaux / 511 Marigny Studio with Brock Norman Brock and Ted Hood / Performance Practice, 1990

Dawn ​​​DeDeaux /MotherShip III: The Station

Performance: Brass Knuckle Brass Band,  2012