in New Orleans
Keene Kopper trained and worked as a design architect in Massachusetts and then in New York City for Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects. While working as a design architect for six years he maintained his artistic practice, producing artwork, and curating arts-specific events. He moved to New Orleans in 2008. As a curator, Keene specializes in working with artists to create all new, original context specific art installations, publications and educational programming. The resulting exhibitions are often executed as immersive architectural, social, political or sensory interventions.
Through his experiences with various artist residency programs, and through the influence of other international arts galleries, museums, and institutions of critical thought and education, he was inspired to create a new artist residency program in New Orleans. The program focuses primarily on the production of large scale context specific installation art, publicly accessible exhibitions and education programming, publishing and bringing access to creative source publications. He and May gallery’s Board of Directors were the initiators and incubators of May books, which was a specialty art and magazine bookshop, founded by Émilie Lamy, located in the Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, now called The Stacks. Keene founded May gallery & residency, the first contemporary art production residency in Greater New Orleans, in 2012