CUT! Costume and the Cinema
Louisiana Art & Science Museum
May 6 through July 31, 2010
Costumes worn by movie stars such as Johnny Depp, Nicole Kidman, and others will soon dazzle visitors at Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM), where CUT! Costume and the Cinema opens on May 6, 2011.
The exhibition consists of 43 period costumes worn in 25 period films, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, The Duchess, The Phantom of the Opera, and Howards End. The costumes were created by and borrowed from renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd. Many won major awards, including Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTAS from the British Association of Film and Television Arts.
“Louisiana’s movie industry is booming, with several movies and television shows currently being filmed in Baton Rouge and other cities,” said LASM president Carol Gikas. “This exhibition will allow visitors to see elaborate costumes up close and gain a new appreciation for an industry that will be in this region for some time.”
Admission to CUT! Costume and the Cinema is free for LASM members, who will get a first look at the exhibition Friday, May 6. Memberships may be renewed or purchased at the door. The exhibition opens to the public Saturday, May 7. For information on nonmember and group rates, and for more details about the exhibition, please visit www.lasm.org.
CUT! Costume and the Cinema is organized by Exhibits Development Group, USA in cooperation with Cosprop Ltd., London, England. This program is supported by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the Louisiana State Arts Council; and a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President and the Metro Council.
Special thanks to CUT! exhibition sponsors Amedisys, Rainbow Networks, Celtic Media Centre, Disney Media Networks, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Hollywood Casino, Hollywood Trucks, and NBC Universal; and CUT! media sponsors Cox Communications, Scene Magazine, Lamar, The Advocate, 100.7 The Tiger and WRKF. This program is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Visit LouisianaTravel.com to plan your trip today.
First CUT! Opening Night Premiere
Thursday, May 5, 7:00–10:00 pm
Costumes worn by Hollywood’s hottest stars are coming to LASM, and you can be one of the first to see them at LASM’s exclusive First CUT! Opening Night Premiere. CUT! Costume and the Cinema, a major touring exhibition of 43 exquisitely made movie costumes and accessories, opens to the public Saturday, May 7. More than 30 stars, including Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman, wore the exhibited costumes in 25 period films, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, Sense and Sensibility, and The Phantom of the Opera. Get a first look at the exhibition and enjoy lots of red-carpet fun and elegant food and drinks during this festive party. To purchase tickets to the First CUT! Opening Night Premiere, sponsor a costume, or for more information about the exhibition, please visit www.lasm.org/cut.
Exhibition Preview for LASM Members and Sponsors
Friday, May 6, 10:00 am–7:30 pm
LASM invites its members and the sponsors of CUT! Costume and the Cinema to enjoy a free preview of this captivating exhibition. Memberships may be purchased or renewed at the door—if you’ve been thinking about joining the LASM family, you won’t want to miss this opportunity!
Mother’s Day Stroll at The Museum Store
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Find the perfect gift for mom during this collaborative trunk show at downtown Baton Rouge’s museum stores. LASM, Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, and the LSU Museum of Art are participating, and shoppers who visit all three locations will be entered into a raffle for a fabulous gift basket. The Museum Store at LASM is pleased to offer two fabulous trunk shows: Susan Davis from Grandmother’s Buttons will be here with her beautiful vintage-inspired pieces that look as if they belong in the movies, and Denise Landry from Fleur de Louisianne will bring a selection of gifts incorporating her distinctive fleur-de-lis motif, from tea towels to tote bags. Refreshments and free gift wrap provided.
National Astronomy Day
Saturday, May 7, 1:00–5:00 pm
Join LASM as we celebrate the intriguing science of astronomy! Pennington Planetarium will host a variety of special astronomy-related activities and events—a talk on the night sky by LSU astronomer Brad Schafer, special planetarium shows, exhibits, a telescope display, and more. Visitors will learn about the importance of dark skies, light pollution, and careers in astronomy. Free with general admission.
LASM after Hours
A Talk with Costume Designer Suzanne Chambliss
Thursday, May 19, 5:30–7:30 pm
Get an insider’s view of the growing film industry in Baton Rouge and learn more about the challenges and rewards of costume design! Professional costume designer Suzanne Chambliss will give a tour of the exhibition CUT! Costume and the Cinema and discuss the vital role garments play in setting the scene and bringing a film’s characters to life. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres with admission: members free, nonmembers $7. This program is sponsored by 100.7 the Tiger.
Every first Sunday of the month, visitors enjoy free admission to the LASM galleries and reduced admission prices to planetarium shows. May’s First Sunday is underwritten by ExxonMobil.
Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show
An Entertaining, Interactive Program for Young Children and Their Families
Saturdays, 11:00 am, Adalié Brent Auditorium
Kids will be eager to join Miss Trudy every Saturday for stories, songs, and games sprinkled with humor and fun! They’ll meet her special puppet friends, Sheldon the Sheepdog and Frederick the Mouse, and learn about the seasons of the year and all the surprises in Miss Trudy’s Trunk. This program is free for LASM members and is included in the price of a general admission ticket for nonmembers. For more family fun, come in at 10:00 am and catch Earth, Moon & Sun in the planetarium. And stick around after Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show to meet Doctor Spark, who will be roving the museum and interacting with kids of all ages. This program is sponsored by 100.7 The Tiger.
Saturdays, 12:15–2:15 pm
Doctor Spark, LASM’s roving explainer, will interact with children of all ages throughout our galleries. Doctor Spark’s zany sense of humor and backpack full of educational surprises will make learning fun!
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea Exhibit
Through October 23
In conjunction with the planetarium’s film Volcanoes of the Deep Sea, a special exhibit will be on display in the Universe Gallery. The exhibit invites you to join in the film’s exploration of the deep sea and learn more about plate tectonics, black smokers, and other features of this mysterious environment. Produced with the support of the Office of Ocean Exploration.
In the Art Galleries
CUT! Costume and the Cinema
May 7 through July 31
LASM is one of few venues across the country to feature this major touring exhibition of 43 exquisitely made movie costumes and accessories. More than 30 stars, including Johnny Depp, Ralph Fiennes, Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, and Vanessa Redgrave, wore the exhibited costumes in 25 period films, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Sherlock Holmes, The Duchess, The Phantom of the Opera, and Sense and Sensibility. The costumes represent five centuries of fashion and style as interpreted by award-winning costume designers. The glamour and artistry of cinematic couture are evident in the sumptuous fabrics and unparalleled craftsmanship seen in these garments. Many costumes on view won major awards, including Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTAS from the British Association of Film and Television Arts. The exhibition opens to LASM members Friday, May 6. Memberships may be renewed or purchased at the door. It opens to the public Saturday, May 7.
Louisiana Film Posters from the Collection of Jeffery Pipes Guice
Through July 31
This collection of recent and vintage film posters demonstrates Louisiana’s rich history of supporting film production, which began in 1898 with the first company to focus solely on moving pictures, the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. Early films of note include the 1908 filming of Faust, F.W. Murnau’s horror film about Mephistopheles, and Tarzan of the Apes, completed in 1918. Louisiana ranks third in film and television production nationwide, behind only California and New York, according to the Louisiana Film Commission.
The film posters on view are from the collection of Jeffery Pipes Guice, chairman of the Louisiana Film Museum and a native of New Orleans. A poster for the 1908 production of Tarzan of the Apes, filmed in the swamps near Morgan City, is the earliest on view. Many famous films, including Jezebel (1931), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), and Easy Rider (1969) and Hush… hush, Sweet Charlotte (1975) are represented alongside posters for more recent productions such as The Big Easy (1986), JFK (1991), and Steel Magnolias (1989) and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008).
In the Planetarium
Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
At 12,000 feet below the ocean’s surface, you will have an unprecedented look at a vast and little-explored dimension of our planet. The film follows a team of scientists on a dive to research mysterious hydrothermal vents on the mid-ocean ridge. As the dive progresses, the film unveils the fantastic diversity of the deep—its strange communities of organisms, shipwreck gardens, bioluminescent creatures, and giant predators. Astonishingly, these dark, hostile regions contain 97 percent of the earth’s biosphere!
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
This legendary album is presented using the planetarium’s new ultra-high-definition, full-dome video projection system. Experience the classic sounds of Pink Floyd in 5.1 Surround Sound with incredible animated images. This program is sponsored in part by Eagle 98.1.
Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions
Were the Apollo visits to the moon actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? Prepare to see pseudoscience tackled head-on and enjoy a unique approach to learning about the cosmos. Bad Astronomy: Myths & Misconceptions takes a critical look at the erroneous astronomy presented in movies and on TV. Discover how science can be used to clarify or prove questionable claims during this fun, informative show.
The continually updated Digital Universe uses the world’s most extensive, accurate three-dimensional mapping of the universe to bring new astronomical information to life. Presented in a two-dimensional graphic visualization much like that of an immersive computer game, the show takes you on an exploration of the planets of our solar system, the stars of our Milky Way Galaxy, and much more—all the way out to the edge of our known observable universe. Included is a brief tour of the seasonal night sky.
Earth, Moon & Sun
This entertaining, educational show explores the relationship between the earth, moon, and sun with the help of Coyote, a character adapted from Native American oral traditions. Throughout the show, Native American stories help distinguish between myths and science. Learn why the sun rises and sets, how the earth orbits the sun, and how long it takes for the moon to orbit the earth. You will also examine the moon’s craters, phases, and eclipses, and explore past and future space travel to our moon and beyond. May be viewed by children three years of age and under.
Experience amusement park thrill rides through surreal vistas of the solar system—the cloud tops of Jupiter, the surface of Venus, and Martian sand dunes. May be viewed by children three years of age and under.