Bruce Davenport, Jr: I See You Looking
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery / Gallery of African American Art
September 9 – November 29, 2014
Bruce Davenport, Jr. (1972) is a self-taught artist who strives to preserve New Orleans culture. He was born in New Orleans and grew up in the Lafitte Housing Projects in the 6th Ward Treme neighborhood. Davenport’s hand-colored drawings of the Mardi Gras parade bands include fine points, such as the exact number of marchers, detailed uniforms and the instruments played by each band member. The artist’s use of ink and colored markers to create neat rows of colorful figures captures the rhythm and dynamics of the bands. His themes also include scenes of his experiences in the Lafitte Projects and penitentiary life, where he visited as a child. Davenport’s work has been exhibited in New York, Tokyo and New Orleans and is in public and private collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Benetton Group.
This exhibition is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency