Current Exhibitions
FALL 2016

FACE TO FACE: A Survey of Contemporary Portraiture by Louisiana Artists
Curated by Jane Hart
Face to Face
features work by twelve nationally and internationally acclaimed artists working in a variety of media. It includes Willie Birch, Douglas Bourgeois, George Dureau, Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien, Aubrey Edwards, Deborah Luster, Rashaad Newsome, Tameka Norris, Gina Phillips, Jennifer Shaw, Jonathan Traviesa, and Heather Weathers. This exhibition of visually powerful and evocative work is accompanied by an essay in which Miami-based independent curator Jane Hart states, "During this present moment, we are increasingly witness to social unrest and an escalating violent state of affairs, both at home and abroad. These disturbing conflicts often can be attributed to a lack of understanding amongst us based upon ethnicity, race, religion and other differences. Through depictions of people created by artists, seeing our shared humanity, we can collectively come together with a greater tolerance and acceptance."
Image left to right: Willie Birch, Two Marys, 1998. Photo courtesy the artist and Arthur Roger Gallery.
Deborah Luster, The Zombie, 1992. Photo courtesy the artist and Arthur Roger Gallery.
Rashaad Newsome. Swag the Mixtape (Vol. 1), 2011. Photo courtesy the artist. (detail view)
Jonathan Traviesa, Delaney, 2012. Photo courtesy the artist.
September 9, 2016 - January 7, 2017

OLIVER WASOW: Hudson Valley Studio Portraits
Curated by Jane Hart
New York based artist Oliver Wasow has been widely recognized for his pioneering use of digital compositing to create sublime imaginary landscapes. In this grouping of recent portraits, Wasow embraces a new approach with his sitters - family, friends, and neighbors - who pose as subjects before a green screen background of virtual painterly landscapes. The resulting formal, yet intimate portraits evoke a romanticized patina of a bygone era. This solo exhibition marks a first in Louisiana for Wasow.
Image: Oliver Wasow. Isa, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Theodore:Art, New York. (detail view)
September 2, 2016 - January 14, 2017

Curated by Jane Hart
Comus explores a hybrid form of portraiture that is based on an accumulative layering of digital processes and found imagery. Source material for the series originated in the 1942 and 1967 high school senior yearbooks of the artist and her mother, entitled "Comus", from Allentown, Pennysylvania. Comprised of 70 works on canvas, Bishop Good's installation of media-saturated 'paintings' forge an intergenerational exchange, as classmates appearing in yearbooks from the 1940s and 1960s are merged to encapsulate a new collective identity. This solo exhibition marks a first in Louisiana and South Florida-based Bishop Good.
Image: Francie Bishop Good, Comus, 2015-2016. Courtesy the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami.
September 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016

In partnership with Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.
Cajun Dance Halls and Zydeco Clubs: Then and Now is the combined research of two ongoing projects from John "Pudd" Sharp and Philip Gould. Sharp's work with the Center for Louisiana Studies' Dancehalls project showcases visual artifacts and memorabilia from the archive of the Center. Gould's photography is drawn from his upcoming book: Ghosts of Good Times: South Louisiana Dance Halls Past and Present published by UL Press. Included in the exhibit are recent architectural images of clubs, open and closed, as well as a selection from Gould's four-decade career documenting Louisiana. Additional archival materials from the Center for Louisiana Studies come from a variety of sources including collections by club owners, musicians, family members and patrons.
Image: Philip Gould, Dancing at Fred's Lounge, 1993. Courtesy the artist and Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. (detail view)
September 9, 2016 - October 16, 2016


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 the people of our region. This educational and 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.
Image: Adolphe Rinck. Woman in Tignon (Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen), 1844. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Groves.
August 5, 2016 - December 3, 2016

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