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Louisiana Art & Science Museum Announces October 2011 Schedule

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum in Baton Rouge, LA, announced their schedule of events for October 2011. The events include Art Talk, The 26th Annual LASM Gala, music, entertainment, a new exhibit from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, and a film at the Planetarium.

Special Events

Art Talk with Dan Cameron
Sunday, October 2, 2:00 pm

Dan Cameron, founder and artistic director of Prospect New Orleans, will lead a lively discussion about contemporary art while touring the current exhibition Old Methods, New Visions: Three Louisiana Artists. This program is free and is supported in part by the Louisiana State University School of Art. Every first Sunday of the month, visitors enjoy free admission to the LASM galleries, including the art galleries, interactive children’s galleries, and the Ancient Egypt Gallery. October’s First Sunday is underwritten by BASF.

A Fête for All Seasons, The 26th Annual LASM Gala
Friday, October 21, 7:00–10:00 pm

Join us for the best party in Baton Rouge! Ned Fasullo and his Fabulous Big Band Orchestra will play all evening, Baton Rouge’s most outstanding restaurants and caterers will provide a sumptuous array of food and drink, and a silent auction will feature hundreds of deluxe items, including fine art, trips, children’s items, and more. Gala-goers will also have the first look at the fall art exhibition, Forces of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. Part of the fun will be the raffle of a spectacular ladies Ebel watch, valued at $7,150 and donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. Only 400 raffle tickets are available for purchase at $50 each. Raffle entrants need not be present to win. Admission is $100 for LASM members and $150 for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lasm.org/gala.

Mrs. Dorothy and Her Traveling Shaky Egg Band
Saturday, October 8, Noon–2:00 pm

On the second Saturday of every month, enjoy interactive musical merriment designed for kids but fun for the whole family!

Miss Trudy’s Traveling Trunk Show
An Entertaining, Interactive Program for Young Children and Their Families
Saturdays, 11:00 am, Adalié Brent Auditorium

Kids are eager to join Miss Trudy every Saturday for stories, songs, and games sprinkled with humor and fun! They 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. This program is sponsored by 100.7 The Tiger and WRKF.

In the Art Galleries

Forces of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation
October 22, 2011–January 15, 2012

This exhibition showcases 74 significant artworks in diverse media on loan from one of the country’s most prestigious collections of contemporary fine art. On view will be the work of 62 notable international and American artists, including internationally acclaimed artists such as Joe Goode, Red Grooms, Robert Rauschenberg, Edward Ruscha, and Neil Welliver, and emerging talent. Among the artists representing Louisiana are Debbie Fleming Caffery, Dawn DeDeaux, Troy Dugas, Brandon Graving, Elizabeth Shannon, and Robert Warrens.

Forces of Nature presents universal insights alongside personal perceptions concerning environmental issues. A wide range of artistic movements, including Postmodernism, Photorealism, Pop, and Urban Art, reveal the rich possibilities for expression that have always made nature a favorite theme of artists. Traditional methods, such as painting, printmaking, drawing, and sculpture, are represented together with objects made from unusual materials and new technologies.

Funding is provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles. This program is also 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 off Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the Louisiana State Arts Council, and by the Alma Lee and H. N. Saurage Jr. Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Albemarle Foundation, Worley Catastrophe Response, and WRKF.

Old Methods, New Visions: Three Louisiana Artists
Through October 12

The mundane becomes extraordinary in the hands of three Louisiana artists: Troy Dugas, Shawne Major, and Jonathan Pellitteri. These artists make decidedly contemporary work using a personal approach to age-old techniques.

Troy Dugas, who lives in Lafayette, collects thousands of consumer labels that he cuts and arranges into meticulously crafted shapes that he further arranges into dizzyingly complicated designs. When viewed from a distance, his works appear to be intricately woven, like lace or Persian rugs. Shawne Major of Opelousas collects everything from plastic doll heads and toy snakes to buttons, ribbons, even electrical wiring. In a slow process that she describes as meditative, she sews these objects onto mesh and plastic netting, creating dense, rich three-dimensional surfaces. Jonathan Pellitteri’s intricate constructions take the form of fantastic machines, many of which incorporate miniature vignettes. Meticulously crafted from iron, wood, steel, glass, and cast iron hardware, the Baton Rouge artist’s works investigate the natural as well as the social environment.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a Local Project Assistance Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, funded by the Mayor-President and the Baton Rouge Metro Council, and by a gift from the Louisiana State University School of Art. Support for an accompanying brochure was provided by Michael D. Robinson and Donald J. Boutté, Nedra Sue Davis, Troy Dugas, and the Heriard-Cimino Gallery.

Birds in Art from the Permanent Collection

Through October 30
Birds have fascinated artists for centuries. Among the most famous artists whose works are in this selection is John James Audubon, who strived to present his subjects in action while staying true to detail. E. M. Boehm and Dorothy Doughty raised their own birds to ensure accuracy in their delicate, hand-painted porcelain portrayals. Wildlife photographer Julia Sims produces straightforward yet contemplative portraits of birds in nature. In a different vein, the stylized birds sculpted and painted by Inuits symbolize the powerful helping spirits of their mythology. Contemporary artists such as Michael Crespo and Hunt Slonem also represent the bird as a symbol for the soul.

In the Planetarium

During the closure of the Irene W. Pennington planetarium, some of our most popular films will be shown in the Adalié Brent Auditorium. Admission is included in the cost of a general admission ticket.

Volcanoes of the Deep Sea
Saturdays and Sundays in October at 2:00 pm
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!

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