Adore | Adorn: The Elsie Michie Contemporary Jewelry Collection
June 27–October 6, 2019
On June 27, LSU MOA will present over 70 works of contemporary art jewelry from the collection of LSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Associate Dean Dr. Elsie Michie. The term “art jewelry” suggests a duality: both fine sculpture and functional fashion. These works, largely made by “studio jewelers,” artists working solely in the medium of jewelry, are finely attuned to the wearer’s body while also often carrying surrealist and narrative elements. This exhibition, like Michie’s collection, will represent a wide array of material, skill, and concept, while maintaining the joy of accessorization at its heart. Adore | Adorn will be the first exhibition of Dr. Michie’s collection and a celebration of a fruitful passion.
Artists include Joyce Scott, Thomas Mann, Wendy Ramshaw, Ramona Solberg, Albert Paley, Peter Chang, Laurie Hall, Kiff Slemmons, Robin Kranitzky and Kim Overstreet, Arline Fisch, Robert Ebendorf, and Mary Lee Hu.
Support provided by the Annual Exhibition Fund donors: The Imo N. Brown Memorial Fund in memory of Heidel Brown and Mary Ann Brown; Louisiana CAT; Charles Schwing; Alma Lee, H.N. and Cary Saurage Fund; Newton B. Thomas Family/Newtron Group; Mrs. Elizabeth M. Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Sanford A. Arst; and the Louisiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.
Semblance: The Public/Private/Shared Self
June 27–October 6, 2019
On June 27, 2019, LSU MOA will open a new exhibition featuring figurative paintings by three contemporary artists whose work explores how we negotiate representations of self in public, private, and shared spaces. With vibrant color, collaged surfaces, and glitter, Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s visceral figures merge and fragment to represent fluid gender, sexual, and psychological states while confronting the social pressures surrounding masculinity, heteronormativity, and physical and mental fitness. Heidi Hahn’s large-scale oil paintings feature women lost in their interiority, aloof from public demands on women. The women eschew smiling and move through the distractions and mundanity of daily life while Hahn’s rich layers of dripping color signal the emotional depth of their private psychological space. Doron Langberg paints intimate relationships with family, friends, and lovers in domestic spaces. Layers of painting, wiping, and scraping create soft, ethereal atmospheres that express the felt experience of these intimate and vulnerable relationships.
This exhibition is supported by the Annual Exhibitions Fund. LSU Museum of Art is grateful to the following lenders: Kohn Gallery, Doron Langberg, Dalal Ani and Zack Arnold, Bill Arning and Mark McCray, Greene-Christoffel Collection, Robert Shiell, Langdon-Malik Collection, Kevie Yang and David Fisher, The Hort Family Collection, and David Hoberman.