Centenary in Paris: An Exhibition by First-Year Students
August 23 - October 26, 2014
An exhibit of multi-disciplinary works created during the immersion term by students in Art, Business, English, Psychology, and Theatre sections. The reception serves as a grand finale for Centenary’s first immersion term and a time for first-year students to reconnect with their families and meet the rest of campus.
Relaying: Testimonies on Motherhood Lost” by Mali De-Kalo
September 13-October 25, 2014
Curated by Nella Magen Cassouto
Multidisciplinary Israeli artist De-Kalo confronts boundaries between art and social action in this four-channel video installation. Eight women, projected at life size, give testimonies (in English, Arabic, and Hebrew) of Middle Eastern mothers who were forcibly estranged from their children through the breakdown of the family unit. De-Kalo will work with classes and community groups on transforming oral history and personal trauma into art to promote healing. See dekalomali.com.
“With the Beatles” by Enoch Doyle Jeter
September 13-October 25, 2014
An exhibit of lithographs inspired by Beatles’ songs, marking the 50th anniversary of their arrival in the USA. Jeter’s illustrations were published in the book She Loves You by Jude Southerland Kessler. Jeter will conduct student workshops and give gallery talks while in residence. See enochdoylejeterart.com.
“Lennon’s Liverpool:” A Performance by Jude Southerland Kessler
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, 7 pm
“Imaginary Botanicals: Sculptures in Glass” by Kathleen Elliot
November 8-December 19, 2014
This exhibit features two-dozen organic sculptures made of glass. Leaves, fruit, pods, and flowers are reimagined into new species. Natural forms appear in unexpected colors and combinations. Elliot employs flame working for her sculptures, namely treating glass directly with the flame of a torch. This technique allows the artist to create three-dimensional forms, add color and texture, and then assemble complex structures. Each piece takes weeks or months to finish. This Exhibition is organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.
“Poet of the Ordinary: Photographs by Keith Carter”
November 8, 2014-January 31, 2015
Keith Carter is internationally known for creating lyrical, magical representations of the people and cultures of East Texas and the South. The recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts, Carter has had more than 100 solo exhibitions in thirteen countries, and is collected by the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. Carter will meet with classes, conduct public workshops, and give gallery talks while in residence. The Exhibition was organized by the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos. Exhibition Tour management by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. See keithcarterphotographs.com and Carter Images.
“Images of Excellence: The O. Winston Link Centennial”
November 8, 2014-January 31, 2015
This retrospective celebrates the centennial of Link’s birth. It is curated by the Meadows and Link’s son, W. Conway Link, retired LSUS math professor, current LaSIP Site Coordinator at Centenary College and owner of Gallery 1877 on Milam Street.
Shortly after graduating from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1937, O. Winston Link landed a job with Carl Byoir and Associates, a Manhattan-based public relations firm. Link was sent to Louisiana, a client of Byoir, in July 1937 to document commerce, industry, and life in post-Huey P. Long Louisiana. Link captured on 4"x 5" negatives a wide variety of subjects, including rice harvesting, alligator hunting, the blessing of shrimp boats, parties for Governor Richard W. Leche, New Orleans life, bee insemination, the petroleum industry, the Cotton Exchange, and the arrival of new “co-eds” at LSU. A selection from his best-known body of work—Link’s 1950s photographs documenting the last days of steam engines—will also be exhibited, as well as personal and commercial black and white images. Link’s gelatin silver prints are collected by the New Orleans Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among many others. This exhibit is sponsored by Louisiana Link LLC, 206 Milam St. LLC, and the Shreveport Historic Preservation Society. See louisianalink.net.
Lecture by Kimberly Parker on “O. Winston Link: Cause and Effect,”
with guest W. Conway Link, the artist's son
November 18, 2014 at 7 pm
Parker, the former Director of the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, VA, will lecture on Link’s artful and technical mastery in his now famous Norfolk and Western Railroad series. Link creatively used his civil engineering background to illuminate and photograph moving trains at night in perfect focus. She will explore the reasons for this body of work and discuss how it has impacted so much of our photographic and railroad history since its creation. See also linkmuseum.org. Conway Link will share his extensive knowledge of his father's works.
The photography exhibitions and events above are sponsored by the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum, and supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.
“The Dream Series” by Marlene Tseng Yu
February 21-May 3, 2015
Yu is the founder of the Rainforest Art Foundation, which attempts to raise environmental awareness through art. This exhibit is one of seven regional exhibitions called the “Lucky Sevens,” celebrating the artist’s 77th year and the opening of the Marlene Yu Museum in downtown Shreveport. See marlenetsengyu.com.
“See America: Advertising Our National Treasures through Graphic Design”
February 21-March 28, 2015
A historical and juried poster exhibition.
“#exhibit: Reinterpreting Art from the Permanent Collection”
February 28-May 3, 2015
Curated by students Ben Green & Cadie Hancock
This exhibit reinterprets the Museum’s permanent collection through the lens of social media to encourage cross generational interaction with the museum, to bring more students into the museum, and to teach the public about the function of hashtags (i.e. #). The exhibition design will mimic current social media posts while the selection will raise questions about Generation Z and their social network conventions.
Senior Art Exhibitions
April-May 2, 2015
"Visual Vibrations" by Nolan Simmons & "As Told by Stitches" by Jordan Fell
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 practitioners by renowned photographer Phyllis Galembo.
This exhibition is brought to Shreveport by the Friends of the Meadows Museum.
Salty and Bright: A Fragrant Trail of Spice Works by Stephen Watson
September 19-October 14, 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.”
This artist's residency and exhibition are generously underwritten by the Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture Program.
The New Sublime: Video Works by Courtney Egan
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.
Curated by Dr. Lee Gray and organized by the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana.
The Great Museum
October 22, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Robinson Film Center
Sketches from the Trenches: Jean Despujols in World War I
November 7, 2015-January 31, 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.
November 7, 5:15 pm: "Researching My Grandfather" by Trey Gibson, MA, Director of Debate, LSUS
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
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
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
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.
SERAMA SERENADE: A FILM PREMIERE BY DR. MICHELLE GLAROS, R.Z BIEDENHARN EMINENT SCHOLARS CHAIR OF COMMUNICATION
February 25, 2016
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.
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 to Centenary on their national museum tour. AWKWARD FAMILY PHOTOS—THE EXHIBITION aims to provide a place for people to celebrate awkwardness while taking comfort in the fact that their family is not alone. Bender and Chernack hope this exhibition will “bring all our families a little closer together as we acknowledge those special times when we wished we were a lot farther apart.” The campus 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.)
April 1, 2016, 5:30-7 pm: Awkward Poetry Reading Bring your awkward (or exceptionally skilled) family poems to complement or counterbalance the Awkward Family Photos Exhibit. Special guest Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith headlined the event with selections from his recent book, The Land Baron's Sun: The Story of Lý Loc and His Seven Wives. Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith was born in Vietnam. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ruston, LA, where he teaches literature, composition, and creative writing at Louisiana Tech University. Wine and snacks were provided.
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
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.
Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere by Richard Sexton (Mundo criollo: 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.)
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, Colombia, 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, Colombia, 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.)
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.
Centenary in Paris: A Monumental Experience
August 20-October 1, 2016
What is it like to begin college at Centenary? This exhibition answers that question. Since 2014, Centenary’s first-year students have begun their college coursework in Paris, France, studying a variety of intensive academic subjects. Featuring monumental murals designed by Professor Bruce Allen and work by Centenary students, this exhibition celebrates the Class of 2020, Centenary’s innovative, immersive curriculum, and the faculty and staff who produce a college classroom like no other.
The Court of King Skebal by Steve Zihlavsky and Michael Futreal
August 20-October 5, 2016
Steve Zihlavsky's otherworldly sculptures and paintings reign in a strange symbiosis with animated imagery and soundscape created by Twang Darkly's Michael Futreal. More information and images on this exhibit are available here.
Supported in part by a grant from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council with funds from the City of Shreveport.
Election Humours: Prints by William Hogarth
August 20-October 22, 2016
To celebrate our nation's upcoming presidential election, the Meadows hosts an exhibit of five politically-
themed art works from our permanent collection by Hogarth (1697-1764), the father of modern political cartooning. Included is his print "The Politician" (above) and his four-part series Humours of an Election, satirizing a corrupt British election of 1754.
Free lecture: Wednesday, October 12, 6-7 pm
"Are They Still Hitting the Spot? An Historical Glance at the Use and Effectiveness of Political Ads in Presidential Campaigns"
Centenary's new Political Science professor, Dr. Mark Leeper, will discuss the origins and use of television advertising by presidential candidates, from Eisenhower to current candidates Clinton and Trump.
Birds of the Enlightenment: Predecessors and Rivals of J.J. Audubon
October 16, 2016 - January 31, 2017
Curated by Dr. Thomas Puryear
Despite his great fame, John James Audubon was not the first to produce crisp and accurate images of birds for sale to an increasingly curious public. His monumental work was indebted to earlier artist-scientists, starting with late Italian Renaissance pioneers in ornithology to his own Victorian contemporaries. These less well-known artists, the main subject of this exhibition, were fueled by curiosity and incredible voyages of discovery. They documented and classified nature accurately, contributing to advances in both science and art.
Guest Curator Tom Puryear has assembled a collection of over 90 woodcuts, hand-colored engravings, and lithographs from both sides of the Atlantic to reveal the many illustrated publications that preceded and then competed for attention with Audubon’s efforts. (Photo at right: Engraver Robert Bénard, c. 1788; Collection of Dr. Puryear.)
Saturday, October 29, 5-7 pm: Reception, with a gallery talk by Dr. Puryear at 5:30 pm
Tuesday, January 10, 6:30-7:30 pm: Nodie Williams, Vice President of Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Louisiana (WERLA) and Certified Interpretive Guide will teach visitors about how and how not to rescue birds.
Nine Birds by Don Brown
October 16, 2016-January 31, 2017
In conjunction with Dr. Puryear's "Birds of the Enlightenment" exhibition, the Meadows Museum will exhibit nine watercolors by Don Brown (1899-1958) from the Meadows' Permanent Collection, created for Centenary's Biology Department when Brown was the Chair of the Art Department. (Photo at right: Ivory-Billed Woodpecker by Don Brown, 1943.)
Thursday, November 17, 7 pm: Dr. Victoria Cummins, Professor of History at Austin College, shares her extensive research on Don Brown in a talk entitled "From the Lost Generation to the Liberal Arts: Don Brown's Journey to Centenary."
Acceptable Losses by the Critical Art Ensemble
October 24, 2016-January 22, 2017
Which deaths matter? Which ones activate? "Acceptable Losses" statistically examines causes of American deaths to question why some sacrifices are more "acceptable" than others, and raises awareness about the veteran suicide epidemic. It contrasts how a few deaths can lead to nationwide product recalls, while tens of thousands of deaths can occur from other causes, such as suicide or car accidents, before the problem is addressed through public policy.
Internationally renowned arts collective Critical Art Ensemble has been focused on exploring the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism worldwide since 1987. 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; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the London Museum of Natural History. See http://www.critical-art.net/.
Friday, November 11 at 7 pm:
Gallery talk by Steve Kurtz
Tuesday, December 6, 6-7 pm:
Are You Stressed? Hurting? Tina Feldt, Director of Centenary's Counseling & Disability Services, presents “Your Story is Not Over: Embracing the Next Chapter.”
Friday, December 9 at 6-7:30 pm:
Operation SAVE with Overton Brooks VA Suicide Prevention Team DeJuana Petteway & Roy Watts.
This program, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a person who is suicidal. The acronym “SAVE” summarizes the steps needed to take an active and valuable role in suicide prevention:
- Signs of suicidal thinking
- Ask questions
- Validate the person’s experience
- Encourage treatment and Expedite getting help
A Night of Verses: Poetry Reading by Jericho Brown
November 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm
A Shreveport native, Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and Creative Writing at Emory University in Atlanta. (Photo at right: Jericho Brown © Stephanie Mitchell.)
Lightningstruck: A Reading & Book Signing with Ashley Mace Havird
December 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm
Join us as Shreveport author Ashley Mace Havird stops by the Meadows during her national book tour with her new novel Lightningstruck, winner of the Ferrol Sams Award. She is a recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and has published three collections of poems, The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the X. J. Kennedy Prize, Sleeping with Animals, and Dirt Eaters, which won the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared in many journals including Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, and in anthologies such as The Southern Poetry Anthology, IV: Louisiana and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry. Books will be available to purchase.
"When 11-year-old Etta McDaniel’s horse is struck by lightning, he not only survives but—along with Etta's shell-shocked grandfather, the family's African American housekeeper, and the widow of a Mohawk chief—initiates her into the world of 'action and liability' as the Civil Rights Movement takes hold in Etta's rural South."