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.
Matt Wedel: On the Verge
April 4–September 29, 2019
On April 4, 2019, LSU Museum of Art presents Matt Wedel: On the Verge, an exhibition of ceramic sculpture by LSU School of Art Reilly visiting artist Matt Wedel. Wedel’s often remarkably large-scale ceramic works explore culture and nature and push materials and forms to the verge of collapse. Visually and conceptually, Wedel’s sculpture collapses boundaries between painting, sculpture, and ceramics. His flower and landscape forms seem burdened by scale and color. The drooping forms suggest the the pressure of culture encroaching on landscape to ultimately form a “poetic narration of collapse.” Matt Wedel: On the Verge is on view April 4, 2019 through September 29, 2019.
This exhibition is collaboration between the LSU College of Art & Design, the LSU School of Art and LSU Museum of Art. Support is provided by The Winifred and Kevin P. Reilly Jr. Fund and generous donors to the Annual Exhibition Fund.