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English professor contributes to obituary art exhibit

April 16, 2010

Mark Yakich, associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, recently collaborated with New Orleans musician Tom McLaughlin and artist Joel Kelly in an art exhibition that brings the dead back to life, “Obituaries 1913.”

The exhibit will be on display April 17 to May 6 at the Coup D'oeil Art Consortium, located at 2033 Magazine Street.

An artist reception and exhibit opening will be held at the Coup D'oeil Art Consortium on Saturday, April 17, from 7-10 p.m. The exhibit closing and CD release party, featuring the music of McLaughlin, will be held on Saturday, May 1, from 8-11 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

“Obituaries 1913” is a three-man collaboration that commemorates the lives of 22 individuals who died in 1913. Each of the 22 art pieces includes text, image and sound, and was more than one year in the making.

Yakich, poetry editor of the New Orleans Review, has published two poetry collections with Penguin Books. He has also collaborated with Press Street, a literary and arts cooperative based in New Orleans. In 2008, Press Street published the poetry chapbook, Green Zone New Orleans, which was written, illustrated and designed by Yakich.

For more information about the art exhibition and performance, contact the Coup D'oeil Art Consortium or visit www.obituaries1913.com.

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