By Courtney Taylor
We reinstalled our permanent collection a little over a year ago. Since then, we’ve been listening to feedback from visitors about what artwork they want to see and the stories they think the art should tell.
With that feedback in mind, we’re updating the introductory gallery of our permanent collection exhibition, Art in Louisiana, to better reflect Louisiana today and the diversity of Louisiana makers, images, and ideas. The gallery integrates past with present by combining art of varied periods, media, and perspectives. By presenting this selection of work together, it highlights the eclectic and diverse representation of art on display at LSU MOA. The gallery introduces the collection and in doing so introduces Louisiana’s history and culture, highlights the museum’s university connections, and grapples with contemporary issues.
We've chosen three paintings that exemplify these ideas, and are giving you the opportunity to choose which one best welcomes visitors into an experience of Louisiana's history through its art. These paintings below are by artists working in Louisiana or drawing from Louisiana's culture to produce their work. Two are founding members of oldest artist co-ops in the US, the Baton Rouge Gallery. One is an LSU faculty member emeritus. One is a Tulane alumnus and owns two Louisiana estates. All artists represent contemporary work being produced in our state today.
Which one would you pick? VOTE HERE.
Courtney Taylor is LSU MOA's curator.