"Awkward Family Photos" - "Cutting Down the Tree of Life" - "Creole World"

Opening Reception
Saturday, Feb. 13, 5 - 7 p.m.

Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Please see below for information about the exhibits, and check the Museum Calendar for more.

This reception is sponsored by the Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum of Art, whose mission is to support and encourage the advancement of art in Shreveport-Bossier and in the surrounding regions by establishing the Algur Meadows Museum as a center of art and culture in the South. Learn more and join us today!


February 12-April 16, 2016

Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, creators of the viral site Awkward Family Photos, will bring their exhibit to Centenary on their national museum tour. The campus and community will be encouraged to add their own awkward family photos to our gallery walls. All photos courtesy of Awkward Family Photos. AFP Exhibition © 2014 Awkward Family, LLC. All rights reserved. See here.

Opening reception: February 13, 5-7 pm

April 1, 2016, 5:30-7 pm: Awkward Poetry Reading
Bring your awkward (or exceptionally skilled) family poems to complement or counterbalance the Awkward Family Photos Exhibit. Special guest Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith will be headlining the event with selections from his recent book, The Land Baron's Sun: The Story of Lý Loc and His Seven Wives. Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith was born in Vietnam. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Ruston, LA, where he teaches literature, composition, and creative writing at Louisiana Tech University. Wine and snacks provided.

February 13-April 30, 2016

"Cutting Down the Tree of Life" at the Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, LA

Opening reception: February 13, 5-7 pm

This two-part exhibit, conceived by Emily Fultz (class of 2014), contrasts our Haitian “Tree of Life” paintings from the 1970s and 1980s with contemporary photographs of the country’s deforestation for charcoal fuel production, captured by New York City photojournalist Jonathan Auch. Auch will be on campus to work with students. His residency and exhibition are generously underwritten by the Attaway Professorships in Civic Culture Program.

Free lecture date tba: Gallery talk by photographer Jonathan Auch. (Auch will be in residence March 6-8.)

Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere by Richard Sexton
(Mundo criollo: Fotografías de Nueva Orleans y la Esfera Caribe Latina de Richard Sexton)

February 13-April 23, 2016. This exhibition is presented in English and Spanish.
(13 de
febrero a 23 de abril de 2016. Esta exposición se presenta en Inglés y Español.)

"Creole World" at the Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, LA

Opening reception with artist's talk and book signing: February 13, 5-7 pm
(La recepción comenzará con la charla y firma de libros del artista: 13 de febrero de 5-7 de la tarde)

Shotgun houses . . . vibrant street scenes . . . grand villas and mansions . . . colorful facades—they’re all part of a historically rich, interconnected Creole world. Photographer Richard Sexton has been intrigued by this Creole world since he first traveled to Central and South America as a young man. For him, the architectural and urban similarities among Creole cities compose a visual theme supported by endless variations both grand and humble, old and new, carefully curated and wonderfully slapdash. With more than two hundred stunning full-color photographs of Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, and Haiti, as well as New Orleans, Sexton gives readers a taste of everything the Creole world has to offer. This exhibition is organized by the Historic New Orleans Collection. See an interview with author and photographer Sexton here.

(Casas de escopeta . . . escenas de la calle vibrantes . . . grandes villas y mansiones . . . fachadas coloridas—son todas parte de un rico mundo criollo históricamente interconectado. El fotógrafo Richard Sexton ha sido intrigado por este mundo desde que él viajó de joven a Centro y Sud América. Para él, las similitudes arquitectónicas y urbanísticas entre las ciudades criollas han creado un tema visual realizado cuidadosa y maravillosamente con el apoyo de innumerables variaciones tanto grandes como humildes, antiguas como nuevas. Con más de doscientas impresionantes fotografías a todo color de Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia, Haití, y también Nueva Orleans, Sexton les da a los admiradores una idea de todo lo que el mundo criollo tiene para ofrecer. Esta exposición está organizada por la Colección Histórica de Nueva Orleans. Vea una entrevista con el autor y fotógrafo Sexton aquí.)

Free lecture:

Dr. Loren Demerath

March 2, 2016, 6:30 pm: "The Good (Social) Life in Lesser Developed Countries" by Dr. Loren Demerath, Professor of Sociology.

While visiting family in Ecuador this summer, Dr. Demerath, presented the results of his study that compares the cultures of Ecuador and the United States at the preeminent new university, Yachay Technical Institute. Using interviews with Ecuadorians and Americans who have lived in both countries, Dr. Demerath has documented an inverse relationship between the quality of social life and institutionalization. His more recent work has accounted for the pattern through a theory of complexity and the emergence of structure across physical, biological, psychological and sociological phenomena.