One Block: A New Orleans Neighborhood Rebuilds

September 9 - October 16, 2010

One Block is a powerful portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans as seen through the prism of a single city block whose residents are attempting to rebuild their homes. Using portraiture and still lifes, Anderson explores the very nature of community while testing its resilience.  The exhibition is accompanied by a recently released publication of the same title published by Aperture.

Anderson’s compassionate treatment of the neighborhood’s difficult circumstances has drawn comparisons to the work of Dorothea Lange and other Farm Security Administration-funded photographers. Seventy years later, between the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina and the current housing crisis, the stability and permanence of the American home is once again in jeopardy. One Block reflects Anderson’s affection for New Orleans and his fascination with the power of human resilience – both individually and collectively.

August 29, 2010 marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and this exhibition of One Block is among several artist talks, book signings, and exhibitions about the project taking place in San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, and Little Rock to commemorate the anniversary.  A block party co-hosted by Aperture, The Oxford American and Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans on the block where Anderson made the photographs will feature local cuisine and artist performances and celebrate the resiliency of this block and community.