Malcolm McClay: Swimming to Inishkeel
November 1, 2018–February 10, 2019
Swimming to Inishkeel presents recent multi-media, sculptural, and performance work by LSU School of Art Professor Malcolm McClay. While McClay’s earlier work engaged the political and the external, this body of work turns sharply inward to the spiritual and meditative. His most recent durational performance Chasing the Invisible meditates on his daily swims to Inishkeel, an island off the coast of Donegal, Ireland. While there, McClay swims two hundred fifty meters from the shore to the island of Inishkeel and back each day. Through these durational, rhythmic exertions, McClay finds focus—the “thin space.”
“In the Celtic tradition a thin place is the name given to a place where the visible and invisible worlds touch or are at their closest, a space where the veil between the temporal and celestial worlds has grown thin. For me, Inishkeel is such a place…The coldness and clarity of the water, the stillness and unchanging nature of the landscape bring me to a place where I am more alive and connected than at any other time.”
Since arriving at LSU’s School of Art in 2003, McClay has become a dedicated member of the artistic community at LSU and in New Orleans, where he is a founding member of the artist-run Good Children Gallery. His artistic and teaching practice ranges across sculpture, installation, and performance and demonstrates a strong commitment to community organizing and equal commitment to teaching, which manifests most fully in his immersive Art in Ireland Summer Program for LSU School of Art students.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the LSU School of Art and the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, where it was on view January–March, 2018.
George Rodrigue: The Cajun Landscape
November 1, 2018–February 10, 2019
On November 1, 2018, LSU Museum of Art will open an exhibition featuring early landscape and Cajun paintings by Louisiana artist George Rodrigue (1944–2013). Rodrigue was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, the heart of Cajun country. The oak tree was a primary feature inspiring many landscape paintings in the early 1970s, which evolved to include Cajun people and traditions. For more than four decades, Rodrigue sought to depict his Cajun heritage through his work.
This exhibition organized by LSU Museum of Art in collaboration with generous lenders including the George Rodrigue Foundation, Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, the Haynie Family Collection, and Louise Ganucheau.
Katrina Andry: The Promise of the Rainbow Never Came
November 15, 2018–March 17, 2019
LSU Museum of Art will present the first major solo show of New Orleans native and LSU alumni Katrina Andry’s work in Louisiana. The project includes ten large-scale color reduction prints and a mixed media, site specific installation for exhibition. The new body of work, The Promise of the Rainbow Never Came proffers an alternate mythology for African men, women, and children thrown overboard during the Middle Passage, also suggesting the lingering violence against people of color. Andry’s series considers the promise of the rainbow, the promise not to be destroyed again by water, unfulfilled for people of color who continue to endure violence and erasure three hundred years after the initial journey toward enslavement.
Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens
March 8, 2019–June 9, 2019
This extraordinary exhibition, drawn entirely from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the nineteenth century, and the complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s, and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed. More than seventy-five paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the new style of painting which developed at the end of the nineteenth century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, among others, who exhibited in the official Impressionist exhibitions in Paris in the 1870s and 80s. Among the earliest American artists to embrace the style were John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Childe Hassam, and Frank W. Benson. Additional American artists embraced the style by the turn of the century, including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, Arthur Watson Sparks, Robert Lewis Reid, William Paxton, Chauncey Ryder, Frederick John Mulhaupt, and Guy Wiggins, are also highlighted in the exhibition.