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Dinky Toys, Meccano Ltd. (est. England, 1931), Model Plymouth Station Wagon, "Woodie," c. 1950-1960. Zinc and rubber. Gift of Dr. Frank de Caro in memory of his mother, Beatrice Mulvehill de Caro, 93.26.2

Getting There

November 5, 2013 through March 16, 2014

Whether traveling by car, plane, or train, taking a trip often seems to be all about the destination. But what about the journey? This season the LSU Museum of Art explores the nostalgia of holiday travel with the exhibition Getting There.

Viewing the Museum's collection of toys has become a holiday tradition for many Baton Rouge families. Travel enthusiasts will delight in this year's holiday exhibition featuring leisure, vacation, voyage, and far-off lands.

This exhibition is organized in part by Fran and Leroy Harvey, the Greater Baton Rouge Model Railroaders and Carriages Fine Clothiers.



Gabriel Dawe (b. Mexico City), detail of Plexus no. 15, at the LSU Museum of Art, 2012. Mixed media, thread. Courtesy of the artist.

Cascade of Color: Gabriel Dawe

Extended through March 2014, Gill Hamilton Gallery

Gabriel Dawe's works have evolved into large-scale, site specific installations involving seemingly simple materials, such as sewing thread. The result is a series of impermanent sculptural installations of captivating cascades of color. His mesmerizing installations differ with every changing perspective, from the intricacies of a work when viewed from close-up to the colorful threads that are more apparent from a distance. Both the complex structure and point of view offered by the large-scale installations give Dawe's artworks a distinct perspective that is unique and thought-provoking.

Nari Ward, Loisaidas LiquorsouL, 2011. (c) Lehmann Maupin Gallery; Nari Ward, 2013.

Rooted Communities: The Art of Nari Ward

February 7, 2014 - August 10,  2014

Nari Ward's dramatic sculptural installations are composed of material systematically collected from the neighborhoods where he lives and works, or is personally connected. 


William Henry Johnson (1901-1970),  Jitterbugs II, 1942, Screen Print, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University, New Orleans.

The Visual Blues

March 8 - July 13, 2014

During the Harlem Renaissance of the early 1900s, many southern musicians moved to northern cities, bringing with them the new rhythms and poignant lyrics of southern black music. Alongside famous musicians such as Cab Calloway, Billie Holliday and Duke Ellington, southern African American artists performed at famous nightclubs in Harlem, including the Savoy Ballroom, the Apollo Theatre, and the Cotton Club. LSU Museum of Art brings this era to life with The Visual Blues, an exhibition that captures this period’s unprecedented outburst of artistic creativity inspired by blues, jazz, dance and social clubs.

Curated and developed by the LSU Museum of Art, the exhibition features works on loan from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and more. The Visual Blues presents a unique opportunity to see such a rare collection of art in one place, and learn about the lives and careers of so many important artists whose influence can still be seen on many in the arts today.

Walter Inglis Anderson (American, 1903-1965), Sitting Cat, c. 1947. High glaze pottery. Gift of Nina Nichols Pugh, 97.4

The Permanent Collection

Selections from the LSU Museum of Art's permanent collection are always on display. The 5000+ work collection includes seventeenth-twentieth century American and British portraiture, landscape painting, prints and decorative arts, pre-Civil War silver, Chinese Jade, and Newcomb pottery.


Click HERE to see what is currently on display.