The Art of Fashion: Anthony Ryan
January 18, 2014 – March 30, 2014
Go behind the scenes and witness the creative energy and dynamism of the fashion industry in this exhibition of unique clothing designs by Anthony Ryan. A Baton Rouge native and graduate of LSU, Anthony Ryan Auld became an overnight celebrity after appearing on Season 9 of the phenomenal Lifetime reality show Project Runway, a feat magnified by his win last year on Project Runway All Stars. Featuring over 30 garments as well as sketches and photographs of the design process from inspiration to finished look, this exciting exhibition organized by LASM debuts his much-anticipated Fall 2014 collection. Under the label Anthony Ryan, Auld creates innovative fashions to inspire the modern woman with clean lines, definitive shapes, and bold fabric selections.
Demonstrating the overwhelming creativity within the fashion industry, a related exhibition in an adjoining gallery features garments by designers and former colleagues of Auld’s from Project Runway Seasons. The first to feature these designers as a group, the display consists of both recreated fashions formerly seen on the reality show as well as new designs. Representing Season 9 is a version of the dress that made Anthony Ryan a household name: the legendary “birdseed dress.”
Anthony Ryan Auld moved with his family to Baton Rouge at age 15 from his birthplace, a small Texas town. While in high school, he worked a succession of retail clothing jobs. After an initial focus on graphic design at LSU, he discovered his true calling in the School of Human Ecology’s apparel design program. Determined to make his mark, his first break came with an internship with BCBGeneration—where he worked with Joyce Azria—followed by the 2010 Best of Show award at Fashion Group International’s Dallas Career Day. After graduating that year, he studied on a full scholarship at the Paris American Academy, where he worked numerous couture shows and studied specialized techniques in various fashion houses including Jean-Paul Gaultier. In 2011, Auld had the singular honor of being the first designer from Louisiana to appear on Project Runway. Finishing as a top-three designer on the first three episodes and nearly taking the “Fan Favorite” prize from the show’s eventual winner, he was brought back for Project Runway All Stars and won both the show and “Fan Favorite,” garnering national press and putting him en route to fashion shows around the world. Anthony Ryan’s gravest challenge to date, however, has been his fight to overcome cancer not once but twice. His nonprofit foundation ROAR gives a voice to those with inspiring stories of survival in the face of adversity.
Odd Nerdrum: Timeless
January 11, 2014 – March 23, 2014
Internationally renowned painter Odd Nerdrum is legendary in art circles for his superb draftsmanship and extraordinary style reminiscent of the Old Masters. Working outside the contemporary mainstream, his timeless images are inspired by the chiaroscuro technique and dramatic realism of Caravaggio, and the sensitive portrayal of the human figure found in Rembrandt. A rare opportunity to view the work of this master painter, LASM presents an intimate display borrowed from a private collection.
While a student at The Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, in the 1960s, Nerdrum (b. 1944) experienced a turning point in his life. Standing spellbound before a painting in a museum, he resolved to learn to paint in the manner of Rembrandt. His decision to look to the past for inspiration, both in choice of subject matter and painterly technique, brought him into conflict with the prevailing art ideology, then centered upon abstraction and Modernism, and with Norwegian folk tradition. He left The Art Academy and embarked on a study of the Old Masters.
Nerdrum completes six to eight paintings per year. His laborious process involves numerous preliminary studies and drawings, some of which constitute finished works. For a time, he also mixed his own paints. His body of work consists of: still lifes of everyday objects; portraits of people, most notably of himself, dressed in clothing from some other time and place; and allegorical scenes set within an apocalyptic landscape. A visual sensation, Nerdrum’s imagery captivates the viewer, enticing a closer inspection that reveals that something in the composition is not quite right. A masterful draftsman, Nerdrum concerns himself more with the narrative, or implied meaning, of his subject than with anatomical correctness.
Odd Nerdrum studied at The Art Academy in Oslo, Norway, and later under conceptual artist Joseph Beuys in Düsseldorf, Germany. In addition to international museums, his work is in the permanent collections of many American museums, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Portland Art Museum; The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The de Young Museum, San Francisco; and closer to home, the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Native American Baskets from the LASM Collection
February 26 - June 22
Native American basket weaving is one of the oldest crafts in history. Originally created for utilitarian reasons, baskets were used for many purposes including the carriage and storage of food and other items, even babies, and for burden tasks such as transporting dirt to build the ceremonial mounds that dot the Mississippi River Valley. Baskets took on different patterns, shapes, and techniques as determined by the customs of the tribes who made them. The choice of material, such as sea grass or split river cane, was determined by the immediate environment. Today, Native American baskets are prized for their beauty and ingenuity, and traditional techniques are passed on by master weavers within tribal communities. The LASM Collection includes a number of baskets by a variety of tribes, including Chitimacha double weave river cane baskets, Choctaw coiled pine needle baskets, and Coushatta effigy baskets.
The Red Stick Piece: An Installation by Jonathan Brilliant
Opening March 25
Jonathan Brilliant stacks, arranges, and carefully weaves nearly 50,000 individual coffee stir sticks into monumental site-specific installations that are held together by sheer tension. Through a creative partnership between the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and the LSU School of Art, Brilliant’s newest installation The Red Stick Piece will take form from March 24 until April 2 under the watchful eyes of museum visitors.
Brilliant’s ever-expanding series of undulating installations began in 2006 while working on his master’s degree in fine art. Responding to the immediacy of his surroundings – the coffee house – he began to collect the free accoutrements available for to-go customers, including lids, cups, and sugar packets. Of these, his favorite is the 7-inch, rounded-end wooden coffee stir stick, which he now orders in bulk from a manufacturer. Hailing from Charlestown, he found a kinship with Southern craftsmen, and adopted the tradition of weaving his found material together. Like British sculptors Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Deacon, and Rachel Whiteread, Brilliant works in situ, intuitively allowing each sculptural form to dictate its own path in response to the unique characteristics of its architectural environment. Each installation takes just over a week to create while his forms freely expand, twist, or regress as needed, slowly filling the intended space.
Jonathan Brilliant's artist residency was developed by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, with support from the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, LSU School of Art, Baton Rouge Area Foundation,and Baton Rouge Community College. The exhibition is made possible thanks to generous support from Matt and Catherine Saurage and Ritter Maher Architects.