Current Exhibitions

A World of Dreams: Landscapes by Tula Telfair 
January 10 - March 15 | Main Galleries 

Tula Telfair paints monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that act as windows into another world - a dream world - where everything seems familiar yet remains beyond grasp. Drawing upon the long tradition of landscape painting from the backdrops of the Renaissance through the Romanticism of the nineteenth century, Tula Telfair presents a thoroughly contemporary perspective upon an archaic art form. Instead of documenting actual sites, Telfair combines invented images with a variety of formal painterly techniques to achieve highly convincing yet fictitious illusions that invite contemplation upon the relationship between humankind and the environment.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and Metro Council

Tula Telfair, Civilization Could Not Do Without It, 2014, oil on canvas, 75 x 100. © Tula Telfair, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.

Tula Telfair, The Structured Meaning of Depth and Desire , 2014, oil on canvas, 72 x 100. © Tula Telfair, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.

Tula Telfair, Rehashing Mythology, 2014, oil on canvas, 65 x 96. © Tula Telfair, courtesy of Forum Gallery, New York.


Manchac: In the Wake of North Pass
An Installation by Megan Singleton
January 10 - March 15 | Soupcon Gallery

Manchac: In the Wake of North Pass explores the destructive beauty and complex role of invasive aquatic plants upon the fragile ecology of Louisiana's bayous. Singleton researched the state's waterways and traveled by canoe to collect the Water Hyacinth and Alligator Weed that she transformed, first into paper and then into evocative pulp paintings and sculptural works. A video comprised of over 500 still photographs of water and a large-format handmade book provide further insight into the artist's process. A native of St. Louis, Singleton received her MFA in sculpture from LSU in 2012.

Megan Singleton, Eight Thousand Daughters Woven into Bayou Braids (installation view), 2014, handmade paper of Water Hyacinth and Alligator Weed, wire, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist

Megan Singleton, Swamp Lilies (detail), 2013, handmade paper made of Water Hyacinth and Abaca, string, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

Megan Singleton, Eight Thousand Daughters Woven into Bayou Braids (installation view), 2014, handmade paper of Water Hyacinth and Alligator Weed, wire, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.

 

Brilliant Solutions: Glasgow Middle School's Talented Art Students 
February 21 - March 22

Students from Glasgow Middle School's Talented Art Program, under the instruction of Geeta Dave, transformed thousands of coffee stir sticks into the whimsical exhibition currently on view. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum values the importance of creativity for the development of young minds. The sticks were donated to the school by the Art & Science Museum last summer at the close of Jonathan Brilliant's installation titled The Red Stick Piece, composed of nearly 50,000 sticks held together by tension. 

 

Brilliant Solutions: Glasgow Middle School's Talented Art Students, Students under the instruction of Geeta Dave, Glasgow Middle School's Talented Art Program, 2015. 

Upcoming Exhibitions 

Monuments & Metaphors: Art In Public Spaces 
March 21 - June 28 | Main Galleries

Baton Rouge is on the move and public art is popping up everywhere! Located where people work and live, this type of art reflects the history and values of a community. Monuments & Metaphors spotlights some of the most endearing and best known public art in Baton Rouge as well as new projects by The Walls Project, the Museum of Public Art, and the Percent-for-Art program of the Louisiana State Division of the Arts. Preparatory drawings, maquettes, 3-D printer models, and full-scale photographs reveal how these public works came to be, the stories they tell, and how they were made. 

Frank Hayden, Head of Oliver Pollock, 1979, Bronze, 10' tall. Commission by the City of Baton Rouge. Location: Bernardo de Gálvez Plaza, Baton Rouge River Centre. (Photographed by Kevin P. Duffy) 

Seth Globepainter (Julien Malland) with students from the Baton Rouge Mayor'sOfficeSummer Youth Employment Program, Lady Liberty, Mural House Project, 2014, House paint  Commissioned by the Museum of Public Art. Location: Old South Baton Rouge, corner of Brice St. and Government St. 

Conrad Albrizio, Elements of Government, 1955, Mosaci Tesserae glass mural, 9' 11" x 17' 8". Commissioned by the State of Louisiana. Location: 19th Judicial District Court Building, Baton Rouge. (Photographer Kevin P. Duffy) 

Robert Dafford, Baton Rouge Blues Harmonica, 2013, House paint. Commissioned by the Walls Project/Sponsored by Raising Canes Chicken Fingers and Belle of Baton Rouge Casino. Location: Downtown Baton Rouge, 103 France Street.

 

Emerson Bell: A Tribute
March 27 - June 21 | Colonnade Gallery

This exhibition acknowledges the generous spirit of Emerson Bell (1937-2006), a noted painter and sculptor raised in South Baton Rouge. The first artist-in-residence in the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools to be supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Bell taught young people throughout the community, and later mentored many an aspiring professional artist. Among his peers were musician Alvin Batiste and artists Frank Hayden and John Payne. The art on view is accompanied by insightful quotes by Bell and those who knew him.