LSU Museum of Art Launches New Lunchtime Lecture Series Sept. 10

09/09/2014 03:04 PM

BATON ROUGE – Starting on Wednesday, Sept 10, the LSU Museum of Art invites guests to take a journey around the world through the Museum’s new lunchtime lecture series, “Around the World at Lunch: American Artist-Travelers Abroad!”


Join LSU Museum of Art Curator Katie A. Pfohl for this new LSU Museum of Art lunchtime lecture series that follows six American artist-travelers on their voyages across the globe. Bring a brown bag lunch, and come hear about James McNeill Whistler’s famed etchings of Venice, African-American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner’s prized paintings of Paris and John La Farge’s journey across Japan, all while enjoying a themed treat from a local restaurant.


“Many of the experiences and impressions recorded by 19th-century American artists abroad continue to inform our ideas about travel today,” Pfohl said. “These artists’ paintings of places like Paris, Venice and the Middle East have not only influenced how we think about those parts of the world, but also how we imagine the act of travel itself. By exploring the fascinating history of American artists’ experiences abroad, this series hopes to shed light on how and why we travel, both then and now.”


Each lecture will occur from noon-1 p.m. on the third floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts. Attendance is only $10 and tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the LSU Museum of Art Store or visiting the store directly before the lecture. Guests are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, and the museum will provide a themed treat, like French pastries for the lecture on Paris and sushi for Japan.


This series will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 10, with a lecture on “Henry Ossawa Tanner in Paris,” followed by “Martin Johnson Heade in South America” on Oct. 8, “Frederic Edwin Church in the Middle East” on Nov.12 and “John La Farge in Japan” on Dec. 10. The museum will begin the New Year with a lecture on “James McNeill Whistler in Venice” on Jan. 7, 2015 and conclude with the Invited Artist Lecture, “Sandra Russell Clark in Venice,” on Feb. 11, 2015.


The LSU Museum of Art is located in Downtown Baton Rouge at 100 Lafayette St. on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts. General admission is $5 each for adults and children age 13 and over. Admission is free to university faculty, staff, and students with ID, children age 12 and under and museum members. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (225) 389-7200.





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Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014