"Air is Not Free" Curated by Nurhan Gokturk at The Front

Curated by Nurhan Gokturk

Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim, Nurhan Gokturk

It is said that early cave dwellers considered the atmosphere to be an invisibly thin layer of lampblack where marks could be inscribed in its soot from fires and flames. When the soot in the caves became too much to bear, they left those hollows and entered the natural world. As our own natural world has been irreparably damaged from carbon emissions, we place ourselves in an increasingly uncertain environmental future. We present objects that document the current conditions of the planet through living material, accept the inevitable and prepare for the aftermath with a post carbon city-state using digital fabrication and computation, and finally map the historical output of carbon through drawings and direct transfers.

October 13- November 4, 2018

"Constructing the Break" Whitney White Linen Night

Nurhan will be participating in the exhibition "Constructing the Break"  The show opens on Whitney White Linen Night at the Contemporary Art Center.

This exhibition is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, and curated by Allison M. Glenn. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Azby Fund, Sydney & Walda Besthoff, The Helis Foundation, the Welch Family Foundation and the Visual Arts Exhibition Fund.

New Orleans Museum of art "YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME"

Nurhan made "WHITE HOUSE HEROS" Action figures of the current White House Administration available for barter for the show "YOU WANT A PIECE OF ME" (Collaboration with Carlos Rolon and members of The Front, in conjunction with Rolon's show Outside/In) at the New Orleans Museam of Art

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Nurhan has joined the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The progam is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services.


Nurhan's work is at Art on Paper during Armory Art week with JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. Art on Paper's medium-driven focus lends itself to significant projects - unique moments that have set the fair apart and established an important destination for the arts in New York City.


Nurhan has been selected to participate in Artfields. An annual, nine-day art competition in Lake City, South Carolina – and the largest competition of its kind – ArtFields awards more than $120,000 in cash prizes to artists from across the Southeast. And, it’s also infused new energy, creativity, and growth into Lake City and its surrounding communities.

"Honey Trap" Exhibition at the Front

Nurhan's work in on view for Honey Trap, a group show at the Front. New Orleans has been likened to an untamable beast. They say “be careful, or she’ll swallow you whole… and if you’re lucky, she’ll spit you back out alive.” Equally alluring as it is conflicted, it is a place that feels both fully alive and near to death. New Orleans is a honey trap. Similarly, visual art can draw you in while at the same time forcing you to take a step back. It is a game of visual and mental tug of war, push-and-pull, attraction and repulsion. While color, shape, texture, and material may provoke an initial, visceral reaction, artworks can also hint at larger truths. Honey Trap is both an expression of a complex relationship with place as well as a meditation on the mental and perceptual courtship that is at the heart of experiencing art.


The FRONT artist collective

Nurhan joined the FRONT in January 2018. The Front, an artist-run collective and 501c3 nonprofit gallery, fosters the development of contemporary art in the city of New Orleans through innovative exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances, and other arts programming, all of which are free and open to the public. Founded by artists in 2008 amidst the post-Katrina resurgence of New Orleans and committed to a spirit of grassroots DIY determinism, The Front cultivates new and experimental work, in particular from emerging artists, but also from nationally and internationally known artists.

Bywater Biennial II - P.S. Satellite - A Project of Prospect New Orleans

Bywater Biennial II 2017 “Louisiana: A Celebration of Life”  curated by Don Marshall former director of the CAC and current Executive Director of the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. The exhibition will feature the work of both prominent and emerging local artists and runs through December 30th 2017 at the New Orleans Art Center and is a PS Satellite of Prospect 4.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art - O What A Night Fundraiser

Ogden Museum of Southern Art for its annual O What A Night! is an unparalleled celebration of Southern art, culture and cuisine. The glamorous black-tie event highlights the important mission of the Ogden Museum: to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South. 

Nurhan is making a donation courtesy of JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY to support the Ogden's celebration of Southern Art, Culture, and Cuisine.

Sweet Arts Auction 2017 - Contemporary Arts Center Fundraiser

SweetArts is the CAC’s premier annual gala. Since 1984, the CAC has recognized the exceptional and diverse artists, performers, educators, and philanthropists whose influence and contributions shape New Orleans’ arts and culture community.

Nurhan is making a donation to this  milestone year as we toast to the CAC’s four decades as a leading multidisciplinary contemporary arts center.

Southern Abstraction Part One + Two

Beginning with pioneers of abstract art in Louisiana, like Ida Kohlmeyer & George Dunbar, Southern Abstraction, a two part exhibition tells a visual story using the language of shape, form, line and composition to explore the tradition of abstract art as it relates to contemporary New Orleans artists. Nurhan's work will be on ehibit. Curated by Don Marshall. Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

New Orleans Art Review



Art for Arts' Sake | DOWNTOWN

The Contemporary Art's Center Art for Art's Sake - DOWNTOWN - 40th Anniversary Exhibition in conjunction with the Visual Artists Performance Schedule - Nurhan's work will be on exhibit including Sudden Sounds by Mannon Ballet, Performance on the site by Kyle Eyre Clyd, Bucket Time by Avery Lawrence and Songs of Home Songs of Change by Jebney Lewis, Rick Snow and Christopher Staudinger.