Current Exhibitions
SUMMER 2016


KATE CLARK: MYSTERIOUS PRESENCE
Clark uses the centuries-old technique of taxidermy to sculpt human-like facial features with wild animal hides. Her hybridized sculptures are at once familiar yet strange, insinuating primal similarities between humans and animals and evoking questions about identity and societal values. Her sculptures' strong presence also evokes a sort of absence, rendering the figures aloof and mysterious. Often working with live models and using a polymer clay, Clark creates realistic faces for her figures and then applies sections of shaved hide to match the animal's skin to the shape of the human face thus facilitating the inter-species transformation.
May 28, 2016 - August 27, 2016





SPOTLIGHT ON THE COLLECTION: PORTRAITURE

Spotlight on the Collection: Portraiture juxtaposes academic and vernacular art practices, while foregrounding a visual conversation on the museum's collection--particularly as a vehicle that illuminates the unique narratives and cultural histories specific to our region. This provocative exhibition gathers together two 19th century paintings of unnamed Louisiana women, a ritualistic object, and eleven examples of folk art. It features pieces by the artists Delaney Burgess, MC "5 Cent" Jones, Jules Lion, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Sultan Rogers, Adolf Rinck, James "Son" Thomas, and a ceremonial mask from Mali in the museum's permanent collection. This exhibition is organized by Laura Blereau, curator of the Hilliard Museum.
August 5, 2016 - December 3, 2016

   

 

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