LSU Museum of Art to Hold Events for Opening of Rodrigue Exhibit
BATON ROUGE – In conjunction with the July 23 opening of "Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art and Other Collections" at the LSU Museum of Art, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, several events featuring Rodrigue, Louisiana's artist laureate, will be held this weekend.
The exhibition features more than 70 original paintings that illustrate the progression of Louisiana's artist laureate, Rodrigue, during his 40-year career and reveal the origins of his iconic blue dog. "Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River" will be on display at the LSU Museum of Art from Saturday, July 23, through Sunday, Sept. 18.
On Saturday, July 23, Rodrigue will show patrons how he creates a blue dog portrait at "Are You Blue Dog's Friend?" After drawing a blue dog of their own, patrons can enjoy a blue dog treat while Wendy Rodrigue reads "Are You Blue Dog's Friend?" The event starts at 11 a.m. at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center. Admission is free for LSU Museum of Art members, and all others are free with a museum admission. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the LSU Museum of Art Museum store or by calling 225-389-7210.
Later that day, Rodrigue will hold a book signing at 1 p.m. in the Shaw Center for the Arts atrium. Books are available for purchase from the LSU Museum of Art store on the first floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts.
On Sunday, July 24, Rodrigue will create a new blue dog work as his wife, Wendy, provides insight into his career and the rich process that goes into each new piece of artwork. The event begins at 2 p.m. in the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. A book signing will follow the demonstration. Admission is free for LSU Museum of Art members, and all others are free with a museum admission. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis through the LSU Museum of Art Museum store or by calling 225-389-7210.
"Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River" includes a series of 17 of Rodrigue's famous "Blue Dog" paintings from the New Orleans Museum of Art. These paintings will also travel across Louisiana throughout 2011. The LSU Museum of Art exhibition will also feature signature works from both local Rodrigue collectors and the artist's personal collection, including early oak trees; portraits of Louisiana governors, which will be shown all together in an exhibition for the first time; and examples from the hurricane series.
This exhibition is truly a unique cultural experience for visitors of all ages, as it depicts Louisiana history through Rodrigue's visually captivating perspective. Books, posters, a silkscreen print and other Rodrigue merchandise will be available for purchase at the LSU Museum of Art Museum store.