In a reinforcing effort to manifest May’s mission, May also developed and incubated the first specialty art, design and creative source publications shop, May books in the fall of 2014. May books has since left the auspices of May gallery & residency and is now called The Stacks, which operates in New Orleans’ Contemporary Art Center.
We’re very proud to have taken a key role in the continuation of New Orleans’ contemporary art community development, and hopefully, our mission—to bring transparency and accessibility to contemporary art, its culture, and the means of its production— has served it’s purpose and will continue to inspire others.
Established in 2012 and closed January 1st, 2017, May produced and funded eleven immersive, multi-sensory, large-scale solo exhibitions by exceptional, emerging and mid-career international, contemporary artists. Among May’s funding organizations and partners include The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Mondriaan Fund, Prospect New Orleans, The Joan Mitchell Center, many local and national foundations, and numerous individual donors from around the world.
Over the four years that May operated, hundreds of people volunteered and participated as board members to help produce the astounding and consistently awe-inspiring immersive exhibitions, which thousands of visitors from around the world viewed and participated in. May gallery & residency was the first international artist residency in the Greater New Orleans area. It provided a 3000 square foot open floor plan space, and full funding for our residents’ housing, art creation, and living expenses. May’s artists were supported to produce experimental, architectural-intervention style art exhibitions which would be typically unsalable in a commercial setting, and too burdensome and costly for many institutions to install and maintain.
As an program integral to the mission of May gallery & residency, May books publishes books, zines and other printed matters which bring transparency to the concepts and fabrication processes of artwork produced and shown at May gallery. Formerly also a bookshop project incubated by May, which is now called The Stacks, May books will continue to provide educational materials to help make art more accessible to a broader audience.
As a part of May’s residency program, we preserve the resident-artist’s creative intent by documenting the dialogue between the resident-artist, community members, curator and preparator, as well as the creation of the exhibitions at May.
May books prints its publications primarily in-house on our high speed risograph duplicator, donated by RISO, inc. This helps to keep printing costs minimal and our publications affordable. We also print through either local offset printers and Blurb.com, depending on the needs of the project.