Elements, the 2016-17 LSU School of Art Season

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The LSU School of Art presents Elements, the 2016–17 series of lectures, exhibitions, and related activities.

The invited artists and scholars approach the theme of Elements in diverse ways that include examinations of elemental forces at play in nature and politics and within various artistic processes and movements. David Maisel’s photographs often explore land from the air, drawing attention to landscapes that have been altered by mechanized activity or environmental neglect. Mario Naves balances formal elements of color, line, and geometry in his paintings and parses language in his contemporary art criticism. Julie Heffernan’s lush paintings explore self-portraiture and identity through suggestive narratives and allegories. The collaborative duo Matthias Böhler and Christian Orendt produce large-scale, immersive installations that often play with our sense of scale and imagination. Henri Zerner, author of Renaissance Art in France, shares critical perspectives on historical art movements and how these foundational ideas continue to shape and inform contemporary art discourse.

We hope that you will join us to meet and hear the ideas of these remarkable thinkers and makers.


OCT 26 at 5 p.m. | DAVID MAISEL
Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture
LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103)

NOV 11 at 2 p.m. | HENRI ZERNER
LSU School of Art Lecture
LSU Cox Auditorium

NOV 16 at 5 p.m. | BÖHLER/ORENDT
LSU School of Art Lecture
LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103)

JAN 23 at 5 p.m. | GREG SIMKINS
LSU School of Art Lecture
Co-Sponsored by Baton Rouge Gallery
LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103)

FEB 7 at 5 p.m. | AYUMI HORIE
LSU School of Art Lecture
LSU Design Building Commons (room 104)

MAR 15 at 5 p.m. | JULIE HEFFERNAN*
Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture
LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103)

MAR 22 at 5 p.m. | MARIO NAVES
LSU School of Art Lecture
LSU Design Building Auditorium (room 103)


Recent Work: LSU School of Art Faculty Show
Glassell Gallery: September 6–October 16, 2016
Reception: Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6–8 p.m.

Painting Color
Curated by Susan Bonfils, featuring abstract works by Steven Alexander, Siri Berg, Gabriele Evertz, Jane Logemann, Robert Swain, Stephen Westfall, and Sanford Wurmfield
Reception: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 6–8 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Color: Sunday, November 13, 2016, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Mudluscious: A Celebration of LSU School of Art Ceramics
Curated by Christopher Scott Brumfield and Andy Shaw
Glassell Gallery: January 27–March 5, 2017
Reception: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 6–8 p.m.

Third Annual Statewide Juried High School Exhibition
LSU Foster Gallery: February 20–March 18, 2017
Reception & Awards Ceremony: Saturday, March 18, 1–3 p.m.

When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan*
LSU Museum of Art: March 11–September 17, 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 16, 2017, 6–8 p.m.

*Lecturing artist and exhibition