Dawn DeDeaux / MotherShip III: The Station / Photo by Bill Fagaly 2014
Dawn DeDeaux HOME on Island Road, Pointe Aux Chenes LA / End of the Road Project / Photo by Scott Simmons 2016
Dawn DeDeaux / Camp Abundance Studio / 2016
Dawn DeDeaux & Elizabeth Shannon / Performance Work The Quails, 1981
PHOTO ARCHIVE SELECTIONS
Dawn DeDeaux & Big Freedia / O'Fortuna Bounce Opera / Photo by Scott Simmons, 2012
Dawn DeDeaux / Prospect 3 Gala Honoree / Photo by Linda Yablonsky, 2014
Dawn DeDeaux / Lecture "Beyond Disaster" / College of the Holy Cross / Photograph by Pamela Bishop 2015
Dawn DeDeaux / MotherShip III: The Station 2014
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 and a current exhibition at MASS MoCA - "Thumbs Up for the MotherShip" - on view from May 2017- December 2019.
Upcoming exhibitions include a career Retrospective at New Orleans Museum of Art in 2020 and a commissioned new work for the Kansas City international biennial OPEN SPACES opening August 2018.
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 also a writer, publisher and founding editor of Arts Quarterly. She is among the eight founders of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center and served 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 and the Texas A&M Visualization Laboratory within the College of Architecture. She is currently affiliated with School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City as graduate studies advisor in the MFA program.
DeDeaux is founder and artistic director of Camp Abundance Bee Farm in New Orleans - a residency compound for artists, writers and filmmakers; and annual host of DeltaWorkers, a European residency program funded by The Mondriaan Fund of The Netherlands.
DeDeaux is the winner of the 1976 Demolition Derby in the Louisiana SuperDome as the only female contestant in a field of 35 drivers.