Current Exhibitions

Ewer with Matching Goblets. Attributed to J. Hoare. Dark red cut to clear then to light red. Gorham sterling spout and handle. H. 15¼ in. Private Collection.

American Brilliant Period Cut Glass: A Silver Lining
July 5 – September 24, 2014

American Brilliant cut glass is named for its unsurpassed radiance and clarity. Debuting in 1886, American cut glass earned its title as the most superior in the world when displayed at the Centennial Exposition that year in Philadelphia. By 1925, the period of production had ended. On loan from private collections, this selection of silver-embellished American Brilliant cut glass honors the return of the American Cut Glass Association's annual convention in Louisiana after 25 years. 

 

Herman Mhire, Haliotis Scalaris, 2012, archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist.

Herman Mhire - Emilio Garcia: The Art and Science of Shells 
July 5 – September 24, 2014

Stroll through LASM's galleries and admire one of nature's most beautiful creations - the shell. Lafayette photographer Herman Mhire captures the subtle beauty and sense of wonder evoked by sea and land shells in this exhibition. Mhire selected his subjects from more than 7,000 species and 100,000 specimens collected by Dr. Emilio Garcia, a world renowned malacologist - an expert in the study of mollusks. Shells from Dr. Garcia's collection will also be on view. 

 

Untitled (tapestry), c. 1975, Ahmed, attributed to Kunooz School, Egypt, dyed wool, 24.5 x 41 in. LASM Collection.

Selections from the LASM Collection: Egyptian Tapestries 
July 23 – October 12, 2014

An essential stop for many tourists traveling in Egypt is Harrania, a village near Cairo known for its charming tapestries. LASM's collection includes a number of these tapestries dating from the 1970s and attributed to the Kunooz School. The school followed the philosophy and practices set by Ramses Wissa Wassef whose experiment in creativity evolved into the highly acclaimed Wissa Wassef Art Center. Dr. Wissa Wassef set out to prove his belief that creativity is innate by teaching uneducated children who were isolated from modern civilization how to express themselves through weaving. 

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

Art In Action: Inflate. Draw. Pour
Jason Hackenwerth. Heather Hansen. Holton Rower. 
October 4 - January 4, 2015 

The act of making art is the focus of this exhibition which spotlights the work of three noteworthy artists whose process is just as intriguing as the results. Jason Hackenwerth inflates thousands of brightly colored latex balloons to create sculptural forms measuring over 30 feet tall. Stretching and twisting her body while drawing, Heather Hansen captures her motions on oversize canvases while Holton Rower pours up to 50 gallons of paint onto a single piece of plywood, one cup at a time, hundreds of colors expand into kaleidoscopic shapes. Video documentation showing each artist at work is included in the exhibition. 

Special thanks to the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel for providing lodging for our artists. 

Heather Hansen at work in her New Orleans studio. 2014. Photographer Bryan Tarnowski. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Jason Hackenwerth at work on one of his large scale balloon forms. Image courtesy of the artist.

Holton Rower performing "pour paintings" at Art Miami, 2012. Image courtesy of Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. 

 

 

Peter de Francia: An Italianate in Britain
October 4 - January 4, 2015

This intimate exhibition showcases the distinctive paintings of British artist, writer, and teacher Peter de Francia (1921-2012). Considered by critics to be among the "Big Beasts" of British art alongside Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud, de Francia lived in England for more than sixty years yet never felt at home. A sojourn in Italy during the late 1940's left a lasting impression, influencing both his political views and his anesthetic output. A powerful figurative artist, de Francia's paintings and drawings belie an overriding interest in people and their humanity. 

Farmer with Cat, 1960. Oil on Canvas, 36 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches. Courtesy of Gallery Boivert.

Capitol City Contemporary 
October 22 - February 15, 2015

Capitol City Contemporary is the first in a series of exhibitions to honor local and regional artists who are contributing to the vitality of the state's current art scene. This first display spotlights recent two-dimensional abstract work made by 12 Baton Rouge artists: Billy Bourgeois, Susan Bonfils, Van Wade Day, Paul Dean, Rosemary Godell, Randell Henry, Kathleen Lemoine, George Marks, Jacqueline Dee Parker, Ed Pramuk, Robert Rector, and Steve Schmidt. 

Ed Pramuk, Spring: Green Shelter, Purple Shade, Lake, Sun, 2014, oil on canvas, 60 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist.