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 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.

 

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

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.

 

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

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

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.

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.