Garden of Industry: Cynthia Giachetti and Ben Diller
October 12, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Baton Rouge sculptors Cynthia Giachetti and Ben Diller are known for their collaborative installations in which their very different sculptural forms are juxtaposed, prompting myriad associations. For this most recent installation, Giachetti and Diller present an imaginary “garden,” an intellectual and aesthetic space in which to contemplate the paradoxical relationship between the ideals of Nature and Industry. These concepts are fundamental to the American dream, and also reflect the opposing schools of thought that emerged during the 18th century when our country was founded. A time period characterized by great leaps in industry, rational thought based upon Classical ideals, known as Neoclassicism, had as its counterpart Romanticism, a philosophy exalting the power and beauty of Nature. Drawing upon the signs and symbols of Americana, Diller presents what he terms “relics of progress,” both visual representations and sculptural forms that simultaneously celebrate and critique mankind’s hard labor and ingenuity. His super-sized emblems fabricated out of wood are in stark contrast to Giachetti’s organic, sinuous ceramic forms and lyrical painted landscapes that speak to the adaptive and restorative powers of Nature. Giachetti and Diller present the ideals of Industry and Nature as equally viable and important stimulants in America’s march of Progress, and invite us to consider the necessity of their inevitable conflict and resolution.
Fritz Bultman: An American Abstractionist
October 19, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Fritz Bultman (1919-1985), an artist from Louisiana, took part in a seminal moment in American art. In the 1940s and ’50s, Abstract Expressionism emerged, placing New York at the center of the global art world and catapulting the artistic careers of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and many others. Bultman worked alongside these famous peers, including Robert Motherwell who cited Bultman as among the most talented of their generation. This exhibition focuses upon Fritz Bultman’s life and his artistic influences, such as Hans Hofmann and Henri Matisse, during this exciting period in American history. It also takes a fresh look at his abstract paintings and vibrant collages, many of which have rarely been shown.
Vagabonds of the Solar System – Comets Past and Present
Universe and Collonade Galleries
November 19, 2013 – February 23, 2014
Comets are one of the most interesting members of our solar system and have been observed for thousands of years. Until the sixteenth century, comets were usually considered to be harbingers of bad omens, death, or of coming catastrophes. It wasn’t until the early eighteenth century that comets were known to orbit our sun, similar to the planets. Today, astronomers have a much better understanding of what comets are made of, their orbital paths and where they come from. This timely display, consisting of antique prints as well as contemporary images and comet memorabilia, offers a unique perspective on historical as well as modern day comets, including Comet Halley, with emphasis on the much anticipated Comet ISON that will be visible from December through January.
The Art of Fashion: Anthony Ryan
January 18, 2014 – March 30, 2014
Go behind the scenes and witness the creative energy and dynamism of the fashion industry in this exhibition of unique clothing designs by Anthony Ryan. A Baton Rouge native and graduate of LSU, Anthony Ryan Auld became an overnight celebrity after appearing on Season 9 of the phenomenal Lifetime reality show Project Runway, a feat magnified by his win last year on Project Runway All Stars. Featuring over 30 garments as well as sketches and photographs of the design process from inspiration to finished look, this exciting exhibition organized by LASM debuts his much-anticipated Fall 2014 collection. Under the label Anthony Ryan, Auld creates innovative fashions to inspire the modern woman with clean lines, definitive shapes, and bold fabric selections.
Demonstrating the overwhelming creativity within the fashion industry, a related exhibition in an adjoining gallery features garments by 20 designers and former colleagues of Auld’s from Project Runway Seasons 1-12. The first to feature these designers as a group, the display consists of both recreated fashions formerly seen on the reality show as well as new designs. Representing Season 9 is a version of the dress that made Anthony Ryan a household name: the legendary “birdseed dress.”