Meadows Museum welcomes Gia Hamilton for catalogue launch event
SHREVEPORT, LA — The Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College is excited to announce the addition of Gia Hamilton to its planned artist talk and catalogue launch this Thursday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. Hamilton, an acclaimed anthropologist from New Orleans, will facilitate a discussion with multi-media artist Lavar Munroe to celebrate the launch of a catalogue for his solo exhibit, DEVIL IN A WHITE CITY. The Meadows commissioned and published the catalogue and is currently exhibiting several pieces by Munroe. The launch event includes a wine and cheese reception and is free and open to the public.
Hamilton is an applied anthropologist who employs Social Magic™ methodology to investigate land, labor, and cultural production while examining social connectivity within institutions and communities. She co-founded an independent African-centered school, Little Maroons, in 2006; later, in 2009, she opened a creative incubator space called Gris Gris Lab. She then designed and led the Joan Mitchell Center artist residency program in New Orleans as a consultant from 2011 through 2013 and as director from 2013 to 2018. Hamilton has gained international attention not only through her extensive curatorial efforts, but also because of her enlightening art and social practice lectures, including moderation of several panel discussions during New Orleans’ Prospect 4, the fourth installment of a citywide contemporary art triennial.
“I am delighted to have a conversation with Lavar Munroe about his show DEVIL IN A WHITE CITY at The Meadows Museum,” says Hamilton. “Munroe's work often blurs the lines between fact and fiction as he inserts himself and his deceased father into the visual narratives he depicts that can be gory and disturbing but undeniably and sometimes overtly beautiful."
“The Meadows Museum of Art and Centenary College are thrilled to host a discussion between Gia Hamilton and Lavar Munroe for this catalogue release,” says Sean FitzGibbons, director of the Meadows Museum. “Hamilton’s contributions to conversations in the contemporary art world are indisputable and we are fortunate that her schedule has allowed her to join us for this special event.”