Herman Leonard (American, 1923-2010), Frank Sinatra, Monte Carlo, 1958. Silver gelatin print. From the collection of A Gallery for Fine Photography. (c) Herman Leonard Photography, LLC - www.hermanleonard.com
An Eye on Jazz: Photographs by Herman Leonard
On Exhibit through July 14, 2013
Swinging syncopation wafts through the LSU Museum of Art as artists Herman Leonard and Edward Pramuk capture the spirit of jazz. The duo of exhibitions explore how music, musicians, and musical ideas have influenced visual arts.
An Eye on Jazz: Photographs by Herman Leonard features 36 black-and-white masterworks from the collection of A Gallery for Fine Photography, located in New Orleans. Renowned photographer Herman Leonard immersed himself in the world of jazz from 1948 to 2001, acquainting himself with musical legends Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday, among many others. Through innovative back lighting techniques, Leonard illuminates the spirit of musicians.
Edward Pramuk (b. Akron, OH, 1936), Bat's Blues (for Alvin Batiste), 2002. Mixed media acrylic on board. From the collection of the artist.
Edward Pramuk: Seeing Music
On Exhibit through July 14, 2013
Shown alongside 36 of Herman Leonard's striking black-and-white photographs, more than two dozen of Edward Pramuk's musical-themed paintings, drawings, and mixed-media collages will share their time in the spotlight at the LSU Museum of Art.
Just as jazz photographer, Herman Leonard was captivated by the ambiance of smoke-laced jazz clubs, so too was painter Edward Pramuk, LSU professor emeritus and resident of Baton Rouge.
Although widely known for his colorful abstracted paintings, Pramuk's music-inspired collages and paintings are striking. Pramuk expresses the nuances of musicians' lives, their lyrics, and sounds, with a firm grasp on musical theory and a finely-tuned ear. Pramuk's jazz collage series, which feature Louisiana jazz greats, is a celebration of the lives and achievements of the musicians, framed around the works of great painters and artists. His paintings and drawings, mainly focusing on the significance of the piano, showcase the instrumental force and emotion behind music.
Legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington once said, "It don't mean a thing it if ain't got that swing." Herman Leonard's stunning photographs and Edward Pramuk's paintings and collages indeed have that "swing."
These exhibitions were made possible in part by Louisiana Machinery Co., LSU College of Art+Design, The Robinson Family, and Jeff and Leah McLain.
"I consider myself as much a dressmaker as a designer, and I take no offense if someone calls me a dressmaker, because that's what I do." -- Suzanne Perron
Revealed Exquisite Gowns by Suzanne Perron
On exhibit through July 28, 2013
Revealed: Exquisite Gowns by Suzanne Perron features thirteen bridal and Mari Gras gowns designed between 2008 and 2013, including gowns worn by queens from some of the most recognized New Orleans Krewes. Some of the bridal gowns were most recently illustrated in Designing in Ivory and White (LSU Press, 2012), with lavish color photographs taken by Jason Cohen.
This exhibition was made possible in part by support from Charles E. Schwing, Charlene M. Favre & Shelley Favre Zeringue, Mr. & Mrs. Paul H. Spaht, Dickie & Leslie Brennan, Stephen Black, Mr. & Mrs. Lynes R. Sloss, Ann & Robert S. Boh, Catalyst Event Solutions, and One Cleaners.
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 2013, 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.
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.
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