"Sketches from the Trenches: Jean Despujols in World War I" & "Supposed to Be the New World: Bauhaus Books, Bauhaus People, Bauhaus Culture in America 1925-1955"

Opening Reception
Saturday, Nov. 7, 5 - 7 p.m.

Gallery Talk "Researching My Grandfather" by Trey Gibson at 5:15 p.m.
Curators' Talk by Randall Ross and Molly McCombs at 6:15 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!


SKETCHES FROM THE TRENCHES: JEAN DESPUJOLS IN WORLD WAR I
November 7, 2015-January 31, 2016

Despujols was a machine gunner in the French army during WWI. With the help of the History Department, this exhibit will tell the story of major battles in France (e.g. Verdun) experienced by Despujols, and reveal the war-torn people and landscape he movingly depicted.

Opening reception: November 7, 5-7 pm

Free lectures:

November 7, 5:15 pm: "Researching My Grandfather" by Trey Gibson, MA, Director of Debate, LSUS

November 20, 6:30 pm*: "Visions of Hell: The World War I Sketchbook and Journal of Jean Despujols" by Dr. Dana Kress, Professor of French

Dr. Kress was the first scholar to extensively research Despujols' work, and is currently working on a book about these World War I sketches.

*Encore presentation Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm: "Visions of Hell: The World War I Sketchbook and Journal of Jean Despujols" by Dr. Dana Kress, Professor of French

January 29, 2016, 6 pm: “Intelligence in World War I” by Dr. Thomas Boghardt, senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History

Dr. Boghardt's research focuses on U.S. military intelligence operations in postwar Europe. He has served as the historian at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and as a Thyssen fellow at Georgetown University. Dr. Boghardt is the author of several books, including The Zimmermann Telegram (2012) and Spies of the Kaiser (2005). He received his PhD in modern European history from the University of Oxford.


Supposed To Be the New World_Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College

SUPPOSED TO BE THE NEW WORLD: BAUHAUS BOOKS, BAUHAUS PEOPLE, BAUHAUS CULTURE IN AMERICA 1925-1955
November 7, 2015-January 31, 2016

Curated by Randall Ross and Molly McCombs

Opening reception: November 7, 5-7 pm

Rapid technological, intellectual, social, and artistic innovations between the World Wars all contributed to the birth of a new form of communication: the Design Book.

This exhibition examines the links between printing, photography, the graphic arts, and fine arts via networks from Berlin to Chicago, and features original work by A. M. Cassandre, Jan Tschichold, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Paul Rand, and many others.

The historic collaborations between trade unionists, the avant-garde, and commercial artists are visually represented by artifacts from the era including books, periodicals, and ephemera drawn from an extensive private collection.

Free lectures:

November 7, 2015, 6:15 pm: Gallery talk by the Curators

January 13, 2016, 6:30 pm: "The Bauhaus as Model for Progressive, Integrative, and Immersive Education" by Dr. Jenifer K. Ward, Centenary's Provost and Dean

 

Art Works: Films About Art and Artists - Fall 2015

Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum and The Centenary Film Society at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA.

Note: Friends of the Meadows Musuem and Members of the Centenary College of Louisiana Community are admitted free – Tickets courtesy of the Centenary Film Society.

Art Works The Great Museum Robinson Film Center Centenary Film Society Friends of the Algur Meadows Museum of Art

Thursday, October 22, 7:30 pm: "The Great Museum"

The documentary THE GREAT MUSEUM is a curious, witty and humorous peek behind the scenes at a world-famous cultural institution. Director Johannes Holzhausen and his team spent more than two years gathering material at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Shot in the attentive style of direct cinema – with no off-screen commentary, no interviews and no background music – the film observes the various processes involved in creating a perfect setting for art. From the managing director to the cleaning services team, from the carriers to the art historians, the staff members at the museum are all interdependent cogs in the same machine.


Art Works: All Quiet on the Western Front

Thursday, November 5, 7:30 pm:
"All Quiet on the Western Front"

In coordination with the opening of the Meadows new exhibition, “Sketches from the Trenches: Jean Despujols in World War I,” we’re screening the seminal WWI classic All Quiet on the Western Front. Drama, 1930, 136 min., NR.


Art Works: Monk with a Camera

Thursday, November 12, 7:30 pm: 
"Monk with a Camera"

Nicholas Vreeland, grandson of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, walked away from a life of privilege and a career in fashion photography to become a monk. He later returned to the family business of photography to help rebuild his monastery. Documentary, 90 min., NR.

"Sacred Symbols in Sequins" - "The New Sublime" - "Salty and Bright"


Opening Reception
Saturday, Sept. 19, 5 - 7 p.m.

Artist's Talk by Stephen Watson at 5:45 p.m.
Artist's Talk by Courtney Egan at 6:30 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!


Ogou Sen Jak Maje (St. Jacques Majeur), late 20th century, plastic, felt,  beads, sequins, burlap, cotton, & fringe, private collection.

Ogou Sen Jak Maje (St. Jacques Majeur), late 20th century, plastic, felt,  beads, sequins, burlap, cotton, & fringe, private collection.

SACRED SYMBOLS IN SEQUINS: VINTAGE HAITIAN VODOU FLAGS
Sept. 1 - Oct. 20, 2015

For many, the term “Vodou” brings up unfortunate Hollywood-inspired imagery involving hexes and curses, but our museum visitors will gain new insights to the beauty and sanctity of Haitian Vodou by viewing exquisite early to mid-20th century Haitian Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), Voudou libation bottles, and portraits of contemporary Vodou practioners by renowned photographer Phyllis Galembo. 

A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Free lectures:

Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Vodou: Spirit and Politics by Dr. Spencer Dew (Asst. Prof. of Religious Studies)

Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Haiti: Myths and Truths by Dr. Andia Augustin-Billy (Asst. Prof. of French)


Sleepwalkers, 2013, looping video projection, HD

Sleepwalkers, 2013, looping video projection, HD

THE NEW SUBLIME
Video Works by Courtney Egan
Sept. 19 - Oct. 31, 2015

Organized by the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, Lafayette, Louisiana

New Orleans-based artist Egan is interested in how her audience experiences beauty in nature through technology. She calls this a new kind of sublime, “in which human experience is mediated through a digital device, [and] is enjoyable, illuminating, and disturbing. This experience has at its core a fundamental irony: we get closer and farther away from the natural world simultaneously when we experience it through a technological lens.”


Intelligent & Indulgent, rosemary, mint, onion, cayenne, paprika, and curry on acrylic glass, 58" diameter, 2015

Intelligent & Indulgent, rosemary, mint, onion, cayenne, paprika, and curry on acrylic glass, 58" diameter, 2015

Stephen Watson
SALTY & BRIGHT

A Fragrant Trail of Spice Works
Sept. 19 - Oct. 14, 2015

Watson is a multidisciplinary conceptual sculptor and an Assistant Professor of Art at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. In addition to his Meadows' exhibition, Watson will create a spice trail across Centenary's campus, assisted by our students. Maps are available at the Meadows, and at www.centenary.edu/meadows/calendar.

Free Lectures:

Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. Mandalas: Their Meaning and Use, Dr. David Otto, Professor of Religious Studies 

Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Spices as Medicine, Cherie-Ann Nathan, M.D., Director, Head & Neck Surgical Oncology, Feist-Weiller Cancer Center