LSU Museum of Art to Host “Museum After Dark: The Game of Chess”

02/07/2012 03:56 PM

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, is hosting “Museum After Dark: The Game of Chess” on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Students are invited to join the LSU Chess Club for a game commonly associated with strategy, and now also associated with art.


“Museum After Dark: The Game of Chess” features the awe-inspiring, monumental sculptural works of Moroles. Members of LSU’s Chess Club members will compete against each other on Moroles’ stunning, large-scale granite chessboard.


Chess has inspired artists from different times and cultures to create beautiful works of art. There will be three other tables of chess set up where beginners and intermediate players can play a game. There will also be a show and tell of how the game is played, and refreshments will be provided.


Moroles’ “Tearing Granite” exhibit 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.


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” exhibit are encouraged to photograph, interact, touch, explore and even sit on some of the works.


“Tearing Granite: Jesús Moroles” 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.


Museum After Dark: The Game of Chess
Thursday, Feb. 16 – Time: 5:30-8 p.m. – LSU Museum of Art, Fifth Floor
Jesús Moroles’ stunning, large-scale granite chessboard is a featured work in the exhibition “Tearing Granite.” Join the LSU Chess Club for a game, or just learn how to play.

Melissa  Foley 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2012