When the Water Rises will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art March 11 through September 17, 2017.
Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-political environment. Intricately wrought, Heffernan’s paintings evoke the fantastical allegory of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt.
When the Water Rises is a collaboration between the LSU College of Art + Design, the LSU School of Art and the LSU Museum of Art. Heffernan is a visiting lecturer for the School of Art. This exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by curator Courtney Taylor, art critic and writer Eleanor Heartney, and LSU Professor of Art Kelli Scott Kelley.
Julie Heffernan received her MFA in Painting from Yale and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Heffernan has received numerous grants including an NEA, NYFA, and Fullbright Fellowship and is in the collection of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by P.P.O.W in New York and Catharine Clark in San Francisco. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.
The exhibition, organized by the LSU Museum of Art, will travel throughout 2018, including Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at The University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida; Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia.
When the Water Rises will be on view at the LSU Museum of Art through September 17, 2017.
When the Water Rises is a collaboration between the LSU College of Art + Design, the LSU School of Art and LSU Museum of Art.
This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by curator Courtney Taylor, art critic and writer Eleanor Heartney, and LSU Professor of Art Kelli Scott Kelley. Visit the LSU Museum of Art Store to get your copy today, or call 225-389-7210 for shipping information.
LECTURES & PROGRAMS
Exclusive to Contemporaries. Kick off Sunday with a Bloody Mary or a mimosa at City Pork Deli and Charcuterie, followed by a visit to the studio of professor and artist Kelli Scott Kelley.
Free admission all day.
LSU School of Art painting professor Kelli Scott Kelley and LSU College of the Coast & Environment Dean Christopher D'Elia discuss Julie Heffernan's climate change-inspired paintings and the Louisiana environment.
Free admission all day.
Take a break from the summer heat with a refreshing Strawberry Basil Lemonade made with Donner-Peltier Distillers Oryza Vodka while listening to the LSU Allumer Horn Quartet and strolling through the exhibitions on display.
Curator Courtney Taylor will give an informal talk on the work of Julie Heffernan and topics represented in When the Water Rises.
Artist Julie Heffernan will present a Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture at the LSU College of Art & Design at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in the LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103)
The Advocate's Robin Miller talks to curator Courtney Taylor about Julie Heffernan's work in "When the Water Rises."
Heffernan uses a few visual motifs to signal themes of narratives in her tableaux that recur in several paintings.
225 magazine's Kaci Yoder talks with LSU School of Art visiting artist Julie Heffernan in advance of her exhibition, "When the Water Rises."
In preparation for When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan, LSU MOA curator Courtney Taylor discussed the work and inspiration for the exhibition with artist Julie Heffernan. Below is an abridged version of one of those conversations.