January 16, 2021 - January 14, 2024
Museums are monuments to wonder, exploration, and discovery. The objects found within their galleries bring to life the stories of the past, today, and those not yet written. These objects may be ancient artifacts, fine oil paintings, stone sculptures, or even items that beg the question, “what is art?” Each of these examples and many more are found in the permanent collection of the Louisiana Art & Science Museum.
LASM has been a collecting institution since its founding in 1962. The growth of the collection has been guided by the dedicated service of members of the Board of Trustees, particularly the Board Collections Committee, and the tireless efforts of the staff. The over 4,000 objects in the permanent collection have come to our care through generous donations, bequests, and thoughtful purchases. It is the responsibility of the Museum to preserve these items and to tell their story.
Organized into distinct categories - 19th Century Art; Modern Art; Contemporary Art; Folk Art, Self-Taught Art, and Craft Art; and Baton Rouge Art - and featuring works by Louisiana-born and Louisiana-based artists including Conrad Albrizio, John James Audubon, Fritz Bultman, Elizabeth Catlett, Michael Crespo, Caroline Durieux, Lin Emery, Knute Heldner, Ida Kohlmeyer, Paul Ninas, Edward Pramuk, Hunt Slonem, and Margaret Stones, this exhibition illustrates the evolution of art in Louisiana through the Museum’s collection.
The artists whose work is on view were inspired by the landscape, people, and culture that is uniquely “Our Louisiana.”
Our Louisiana, along with its associated programming, is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, as administered by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibition catalog “60 Years of Collecting at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum” is supported by a 2021 Rebirth grant. Funding for 2021 Rebirth grants has been administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) and provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP) initiative.
Arts programming associated with Our Louisiana is supported by the Alma Lee, Norman, and Cary Saurage Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
The Louisiana Art & Science Museum’s annual exhibition program, including this presentation of Our Louisiana, is generously sponsored by Entergy.
Full Image Credits:
(1) Michael Crespo, Acteon’s Dream, 2008. Oil on linen. Gift of the artist. Louisiana Art & Science Museum Collection, 2008.001.001.
(2) Elizabeth Catlett, Walking Woman, 1987. Bronze. Louisiana Art & Science Museum Collection, 1996.001.001
(3) John James Audubon, White-headed Eagle (Plate 31) from the Havell elephant folio edition, No. 7, 1828. Hand-colored engraving. Engraver: Robert Havell Jr. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Haas. Louisiana Art & Science Museum Collection, 2002.012.00
(4) Rosabel Sylestine, Coushatta Coiled Pine Needle Basket and Lid, 1973. Pine needles and raffia. Louisiana Art & Science Museum Collection, 1973.022.004a-b.
(5) George Rodrigue, We Will Rise Again, 2005. Silkscreen print. Gift of E. John Bullard to Louisiana Art & Science Museum. Louisiana Art & Science Museum Collection, 2014.012.001.
(6) Edward Pramuk, Blue Shift, 1970. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Donald J. Boutté and Michael D. Robinson in honor of Edward and Mary Vleck Pramuk. Louisiana Art & Science Museum Collection, 2019.012.002.