LSU Museum of Art to Host Programs During Jesús Moroles Exhibit
BATON ROUGE – In conjunction with the “Tearing Granite: Jesús Moroles” exhibit, the LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, will host several programs in February and March.
“Tearing Granite: Jesús Moroles” will be on display until April 29. The exhibition features more than 35 free-standing and wall-mounted granite sculptures, as well as maquettes made in paper and paper pulp, by the internationally acclaimed, Texas-based artist Jesús Moroles.
Moroles employs untraditional carving techniques. He uses a diamond saw almost like a chisel, to painstakingly cut through the dense stone. Pushing the saw up and out repeatedly creates slices through the layers of granite. He then lets the stone break on its own, creating a contrast between rough and smooth surfaces.
Unlike traditional exhibitions, visitors to the “Tearing Granite: Jesús Moroles” are encouraged to touch, explore and even sit on some of the works. A giant chessboard set made entirely of granite, for example, commands the space of one gallery floor, inviting patrons to play a game.
This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Turner Industries Fund, Visit Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
Insider’s View of Tearing Granite
Feb. 5 – 2 p.m. – LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor
Free admission. Any exhibition has its challenges, but an exhibition involving granite sculptures weighing more than 1,000 pounds can be extremely challenging. Discover “Tearing Granite,” as the curator reveals the insider’s view of exhibition planning.
Museum After Dark: The Game of Chess
Feb. 16 – Time: TBA – LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor
Jesús Moroles’ stunning, large-scale granite chessboard is a featured work in the exhibition “Tearing Granite.” Chess has inspired artists from different times and cultures to create beautiful works of art. Join the LSU Chess Club for a game commonly associated with strategy and now with art.
Gallery Talk: Carved Stone
March 4 – 2 p.m. – LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor
Free admission. The LSU Museum of Art has stone sculptures in both granite and jade in the galleries. The process of carving those stones is very challenging. See these sculptures and learn about the tools that artists have used to create these incredible subtractive pieces.
Museum After Dark: The Sounds of Stone
March 15 – 6 p.m. – LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor
Combine the multifaceted granite sculpture of Jesús Moroles with improvisational percussion by Hamiruge (Hammer-Rouge) – the LSU Percussion Group, to get this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ensemble, under the direction of Brett William Dietz, associate professor of percussion with the LSU School of Music, has been at the forefront of commissioning, performing and premiering new works for percussion. Don't miss this unique artistic collaboration.