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Exhibition and Program Guide

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Exhibitions for Academic Year 2015-2016

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Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags

September 1-October 20, 2015

Vodou flag

A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For many, the term "Vodou" brings up unfortunate Hollywood-inspired imagery involving hexes and curses, but our museum visitors will gain new insights to the beauty and sanctity of Haitian Vodou by viewing exquisite early to mid-20th century Haitian Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), Voudou libation bottles, and portraits of contemporary Vodou practioners by renowned photographer Phyllis Galembo.

This exhibition is brought to Shreveport by the Friends of the Meadows Museum.

Free lectures:

Thursday, September 3, 6 pm:
"Vodou: Spirit and Politics," by Dr. Spencer Dew, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Spencer Dew
Friday, October 2, 6 pm: "Haiti: Myths and Truths," by Dr. Andia Augustin-Billy, Assistant Professor of French
Andia Augustin-Billy

The New Sublime: Video Works by Courtney Egan

September 19-October 31, 2015

Fountains from Courtney Egan on Vimeo.

Opening reception: September 19, 5-7 pm

Egan’s projection-based sculptural installations mix botanical themes with shards of technology. She projects botanical imagery onto walls, floors and sculptural elements. Fragments from the natural world are melded with non-natural techniques to create subtly impossible, hybrid tableaus. These electronically-forged composites place the viewer in a conversation between their memories of the natural world, and a new, mediated experience of a plant or flower.

Curated by Dr. Lee Gray and organized by the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana.

Free lecture:

Saturday, September 19, 6:30 pm: Gallery talk by artist Courtney Egan

Salty and Bright: A Fragrant Trail of Spice Works by Stephen Watson

September 19-October 14, 2015


Opening reception: September 19, 5-7 pm

Watson is a multidisciplinary conceptual sculptor and an Assistant Professor of Art at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. During his residency, he will use 30 spices to create giant spice “paintings” in the style of Tibetan floor mandalas or Navajo sand paintings. In addition to his installation in the Meadows, Watson will create a “spice trail” across campus, visually connecting the museum with the entire campus, and allowing more individuals to come across and interact with the artist during the work’s installation. Painting with spices is both visually and aromatically engaging. All of the spice paintings are impermanent: they are installed on-site and destroyed after exhibition. Watson views them as markers of being: “temporary evidence that I was here and there, and intentional, physical reminders of the unseen things I leave behind.”

Free lectures:

Saturday, September 19, 5:45 pm: Gallery talk by artist Stephen Watson

Saturday, October 10, 1 pm: "Mandalas: Their Meaning and Use" by Dr. David Otto, Professor of Religious Studies
David Otto

Monday, October 12, 7 pm: "Spices as Medicine" by Cherie-Ann Nathan, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
Cherie-Ann Nathan

Sketches from the Trenches: Jean Despujols in World War I

November 7, 2015-January 31, 2016

WWI Sketch of Jean Despujols

Despujols was a machine gunner in the French army during WWI. With the help of the History Department, this exhibit will tell the story of major battles in France (e.g. Verdun) experienced by Despujols, and reveal the war-torn people and landscape he movingly depicted.

Opening reception: November 7, 5-7 pm

Free lectures:

November 7, 5:15 pm: "Researching My Grandfather" by Trey Gibson, MA, Director of Debate, LSUS
Trey Gibson

Date tba: "Visions of Hell: The World War I Sketchbook and Journal of Jean Despujols" by Dr. Dana Kress, Professor of French
Dana Kress

Dr. Kress was the first scholar to extensively research Despujols' work, and is currently working on a book about these World War I sketches.

January 29, 2016, 6 pm: “Intelligence in World War I” by Dr. Thomas Boghardt, senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History
Thomas Boghardt

Dr. Boghardt's research focuses on U.S. military intelligence operations in postwar Europe. He has served as the historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and as a Thyssen fellow at Georgetown University. Dr. Boghardt is the author of several books, including The Zimmermann Telegram (2012) and Spies of the Kaiser (2005). He received his PhD in modern European history from the University of Oxford.

Supposed to Be the New World: Bauhaus Books, Bauhaus People, Bauhaus Culture in America 1925-1955

November 7, 2015-January 31, 2016

Ladislav Sutnar
Ladislav Sutnar: Design and Paper No. 19 (Shape, Line and Color). New York: Marquardt & Company Fine Papers, 1945.

Curated by Randall Ross and Molly McCombs

Opening reception: November 7, 5-7 pm

Rapid technological, intellectual, social, and artistic innovations between the World Wars all contributed to the birth of a new form of communication: the Design Book.

This exhibition examines the links between printing, photography, the graphic arts, and fine arts via networks from Berlin to Chicago, and features original work by A. M. Cassandre, Jan Tschichold, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Paul Rand, and many others.

The historic collaborations between trade unionists, the avant-garde, and commercial artists are visually represented by artifacts from the era including books, periodicals, and ephemera drawn from an extensive private collection.

Free lectures:

November 7, 2015, 6:15 pm: Gallery talk by the Curators

January 13, 2016, 6:30 pm: "The Bauhaus as Model for Progressive, Integrative, and Immersive Education" by Dr. Jenifer Ward, Centenary's Provost and Dean
Jenifer Ward

Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition

February 12-April 16, 2016

Awkward Family Photos

Opening reception: February 13, 5-7 pm

Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, creators of the viral site Awkward Family Photos, will bring their exhibit and themselves to Centenary on their national museum tour. The campus and community will be encouraged to add their own awkward family photos to our gallery walls. All photos courtesy of Awkward Family Photos. AFP Exhibition © 2014 Awkward Family, LLC. All rights reserved. See here.

Cutting Down the Tree of Life: Raising Environmental Awareness through Haitian Art from the Permanent Collection, with Wasteland: Charcoal in Haiti by Jonathan Auch

February 13-April 30, 2016

Cutting Down the Tree of Life

Opening reception: February 13, 5-7 pm

This two-part exhibit, curated by Emily Fultz (class of 2014), contrasts our Haitian “Tree of Life” paintings from the 1970s and 1980s with contemporary photographs of the country’s deforestation for charcoal fuel production, captured by New York City photojournalist Jonathan Auch. Auch will be in residence on campus to work with students.

Free lecture:

Date tba: Gallery talk by photographer Jonathan Auch

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere by Richard Sexton

February 13-April 23, 2016

Creole World

Opening reception with artist's talk and book signing: February 13, 5-7 pm

Shotgun houses . . . vibrant street scenes . . . grand villas and mansions . . . colorful facades—they’re all part of a historically rich, interconnected Creole world. Photographer Richard Sexton has been intrigued by this Creole world since he first traveled to Central and South America as a young man. For him, the architectural and urban similarities among Creole cities compose a visual theme supported by endless variations both grand and humble, old and new, carefully curated and wonderfully slapdash. With more than two hundred stunning full-color photographs of Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, and Haiti, as well as New Orleans, Sexton gives readers a taste of everything the Creole world has to offer. This exhibition is organized by the Historic New Orleans Collection. See an interview with author and photographer Sexton here.

Free lecture:

March 2, 2016, 6:30 pm: "The Good (Social) Life in Lesser Developed Countries" by Dr. Loren Demerath, Professor of Sociology.
Loren Demerath

While visiting family in Ecuador this summer, Dr. Demerath, presented the results of his study that compares the cultures of Ecuador and the United States at the preeminent new university, Yachay Technical Institute. Using interviews with Ecuadorians and Americans who have lived in both countries, Dr. Demerath has documented an inverse relationship between the quality of social life and institutionalization. His more recent work has accounted for the pattern through a theory of complexity and the emergence of structure across physical, biological, psychological and sociological phenomena.

Exhibitions for Academic Year 2016-2017

Centenary in Paris: A Monumental Experience

Fall 2016

Celebrate with Centenary's class of 2020 the sites and sounds of Paris.

The Fourth North Louisiana Artists’ Triennial Competition

Fall 2016

Regional artists will compete to participate in this juried exhibit. This competition is designed to provide visibility for artists working in North Louisiana as well as opportunities to meet and talk with arts professionals outside of the region. Selected artists will be invited to meet with classes and give gallery talks during the exhibition.

Recurring Colors by Michael Futreal

Fall 2016

An exploration in visual music by local musician and multi-media artist Futreal, founder of Twang Darkly.

Acceptable Losses by the Critical Art Ensemble

Spring 2017

The Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, CAE's focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet. Museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum and the New Museum in NYC; the Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; the ICA, London; the MCA, Chicago; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the London Museum of Natural History. See

Free lecture:

Date tba: Gallery talk by Steve Kurtz