Please note that the Meadows is closed during the summer so that we may care for the Collection and prepare great exhibitions for the upcoming academic year.
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Exhibitions for Academic Year 2015-2016
Sacred Symbols in Sequins: Vintage Haitian Vodou Flags
September 1-October 20, 2015
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.
September 19-October 31, 2015
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.
“Salty and Bright: A Fragrant Trail of Spice Works” by Stephen Watson
September 19-October 31, 2015
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.”
“The World War I Sketchbook of Jean Despujols”
November 2015-January 2016
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.
“Supposed to be the New World: The Design Book Takes Form, 1928 – 1948”
November 2015-January 2016
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
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.
“Awkward Family Photos: The Exhibition”
February 12-April 16, 2016
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
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.
“Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere” by Richard Sexton
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.
Exhibitions for Academic Year 2016-2017
“The Fourth North Louisiana Artists’ Triennial Competition”
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.
“The Critical Art Ensemble”
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 http://www.critical-art.net/.