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Exhibitions for Academic Year 2015-2016

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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

November 20 & 30, 6:30 pm: "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.

Dr. Kress lecture

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

Bauhaus masters

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 K. 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 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:
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, conceived 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 on campus to work with students. His residency and exhibition are generously underwritten by the Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture Program.

Free lecture:

Date tba: Gallery talk by photographer Jonathan Auch. (Auch will be in residence March 6-8.)

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere by Richard Sexton
(Mundial criolla: Fotografías de Nueva Orleans y la Esfera Caribe Latina de Richard Sexton)

February 13-April 23, 2016. This exhibition is presented in English and Spanish.
(13 de febrero a 23 de abril de 2016. Esta exposición se presenta en Inglés y Español.)

Creole World

Opening reception with artist's talk and book signing: February 13, 5-7 pm
(La recepción comenzará con la charla y firma de libros del artista: 13 de febrero de 5-7 de la tarde)

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.

(Casas de escopeta . . . escenas de la calle vibrantes . . . grandes villas y mansiones . . . fachadas coloridas—son todas parte de un rico mundo criollo históricamente interconectado. El fotógrafo Richard Sexton ha sido intrigado por este mundo desde que él viajó de joven a Centro y Sud América. Para él, las similitudes arquitectónicas y urbanísticas entre las ciudades criollas han creado un tema visual realizado cuidadosa y maravillosamente con el apoyo de innumerables variaciones tanto grandes como humildes, antiguas como nuevas. Con más de doscientas impresionantes fotografías a todo color de Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Haití, y también Nueva Orleans, Sexton les da a los admiradores una idea de todo lo que el mundo criollo tiene para ofrecer. Esta exposición está organizada por la Colección Histórica de Nueva Orleans. Vea una entrevista con el autor y fotógrafo Sexton aquí.)

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.

Serama Serenade:
A Film Premiere by Dr. Michelle Glaros, R.Z Biedenharn Eminent Scholars Chair of Communication

February 25, 2016

Wine and cheese reception begins at 4:30.
Screening begins at 5 pm.

Serama Serenade trailer from Michelle Glaros on Vimeo.

In September 2001, over 100 tiny chickens struggled to make their way from Malaysia to Vacherie, Louisiana, bound to become the first poultry Cajun Kings and Queens. Imported by Jerry Schexnayder, these peculiar birds sparked keen interest in a handful of folks from South Louisiana who soon shaped them into fierce competitors. Told through a series of engaging interviews shot on location, Serama Serenade explores a fascinating folk practice in which multicolored, pint-size cocks and hens face off in a matchup that measures both beauty and talent. Remarkably, these birds simultaneously face pressures to conform, to weed their variegated plumage out of the gene pool in order to meet American poultry standards. A love song to a curious folk practice, Serama Serenade is a quirky ethnographic documentary celebrating the Cajun Classic, the “superbowl” of chicken beauty pageants. Here exotic chickens compete to catch the judge’s eye, all the while struggling with pressures of assimilation in a foreign land.

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.

Recurring Colors by Michael Futreal

Fall 2016

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

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.

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

Lee Baxter Davis: A Retrospective

Spring 2017

Kidnapped Birds
Kidnapped Birds, 30" x 22", 2014

Texas native Lee Baxter Davis cannot remember when he first started making pictures. When he was three, his grandfather showed him how to draw chickens. This opened the door to the possibility of art and the "picture show" of the mind—the making of such was and is his avocation.

Mr. Davis's prints and drawings have been exhibited throughout the nation including CUE in NYC. They are included in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, Houston's Contemporary Museum of Art, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Art in Little Rock, and the Haas Private Museum and Gallery in Munich, Germany. His work has been reviewed in Nat. Brut and Art Lies, and on "Hungry Hyena" and "Art Cal." In 2009, Mr. Davis was one of four artists representing the four major geographical areas of Texas in Austin's Texas Biennial.

Free lecture:

Date tba: Gallery talk by Lee Baxter Davis

Picture Show of the Mind: A Tribute to the Teachings of Lee Baxter Davis

Spring 2017

Curated by Mark Burt

A legend in the classroom, Lee Baxter Davis taught fine art graphics at East Texas State University (now Texas A & M Commerce) for over thirty years and was chairman of printmaking. His talents and teachings inspired generations of artists throughout the U.S. This group show is the companion to his retrospective and features art by Mr. Davis's former students, from the original "Lizard Cult" artists of the 1970s through students he inspired until his retirement in 2004. Mr. Davis's artistic progeny have since inspired others; works by artists taught by Mr. Davis's students reveal his indelible impact and will also be exhibited. Participating artists include Steven Barker, JooYoung Choi, Tom Clark, Georganne Deen, Kayla E., Steve Fuqua, Trent Hancock, Ric Heitzman, Lawrence Lee, Greg Metz, Jeffrey Miranda, Robyn O'Neil, Leslie Pippen, Christian Schumann, Linda Stokes, Katherine Taylor, and Joachim West.