From the Archives: Rhino Horn in New Orleans

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Rhino Horn’s exhibition at New Orleans’ Bienville Gallery opened on November 1, 1971 and continued through the 27th of the month. Rhino Horn showed at the gallery again in February of 1974. While Rhino Horn did not have an exclusive gallery showing their work, the Bienville Gallery’s owner, Ed Wiegand, was a strong patron and promoter of their art, and New Orleans offered a largely positive reception for the group’s work. Weigand had previously shown the work of Peter Dean in 1970 (and would show Dean again in 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983, and 1985), and Wiegand was an outspoken member of the arts community with an eye for the grotesque and banality in contemporary art, which earned him the nickname Godfather of the Ugly.

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Luba Glade, “Rhino Horn’s Humanity,” Vieux Carre Courier, 5-11 November 1971, 11.

Luba Glade, “Rhino Horn’s Humanity,” Vieux Carre Courier, 5-11 November 1971, 11.

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