LSU Student Union Art Gallery Presents “Poison for the Impressionable (Conceptual Realism): A Robert Williams Documentary Exhibition”

10/31/2012 02:22 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Student Union Art Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the LSU College of Art & Design, and the LSU School of Art is proud to announce the upcoming exhibit, “Poison for the Impressionable (Conceptual Realism): A Robert Williams Documentary Exhibition.”


This biographical exhibition will explore the career of Robert Williams, founder of Juxtapoz magazine and pioneer of lowbrow art. For 40 years, Williams’s work has been challenging the status quo of visual expression, incorporating significant or unseemly undercurrents of American pop culture, such as violence, fast food, sexuality and nostalgia. Williams’s subversive, yet highly illusionistic and painstakingly rendered paintings are mirrors of the collective American psyche at the turn of the 21st century. This exhibit will feature historical documents, photographs, and high-quality reproductions of his original artworks.


Williams will be making a rare appearance at the university to give a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m. at the LSU Student Union Theater. Delivered with a riveting conciseness of language, Williams’s public lectures are filled with puns, self-deprecating humor and intelligent commentaries about the contradictory nature of the art world that attract packed crowds.


Williams has published nine books featuring his works of art. Each succeeding publication uses his unique artistic style to take on society from a new angle, and magnify what we as a culture downplay and overlook. His published works include “The Lowbrow Art of Robert Williams” in 1979, “Zombie Mystery Paintings” in 1986, “Visual Addiction” in 1993, “Views from a Tortured Libido” in 1993, “Malicious Resplendence” in 1999, “Hysteria in Remission” in 2002, “Through Prehensile Eyes” in 2005, “The Hot Rod World of Robt. Williams” in 2006 and “Conceptual Realism: In The Service of the Hypothetical” in 2009.


The gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with special hours for home football games and theater events. Both the exhibit and lecture are free and open to the public.


For more information, please visit or call the Student Union Art Gallery administrative office at 225-578–8256, or the Student Union Art Gallery at 225-578-5162 after 10 a.m.


Visitors can park their vehicles at metered spacing in front of the LSU Student Union from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. Free parking passes for visitors can be obtained at the Visitor’s Center at the corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information on parking, contact the Visitor’s Center at 225-578-5030. Parking is free on the weekends.

Melissa  Foley 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012