Calendar

Jan
20
Sun
Opening Reception: The Square Collection @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Meet collector, Lawrence Square. Let him lead the way through a stunning art collection of two- and three- dimensional works made by artists including Tina Allen, Elizabeth Catlett, Charles Dickson, John Ray, Jacob Lawrence, Ed Dwight, and more. Then enjoy afternoon refreshments and original choreographed dance performances inspired by sculptures in the collection such as Eclipse, Firebird, and Evolution.  In an interview, Mr. Square said, “Tina loved watching the movement of dancers and the motions they put into their art. So she tried to capture that in her art.”

This program is being offered in conjunction with the Square Collection exhibit on loan from Lawrence and Gay Square.

This program is FREE and open to the public. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

Jan
23
Wed
American Creed: Community Conversations- Panel Discussion @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jan 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

A screening of the PBS Documentary “American Creed” followed by a discussion led by Dr. Courtney Brown from LSU’s  National Writing Project

Jan
30
Wed
Lunchtime Lecture: I Just Buy What I Like @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jan 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce as part of our ongoing Lunchtime Lecture series, we will host Dr. Joyce Marie Jackson who will present, ‘I Just Buy What I Like’ – Backstories of the Lawrence Square Black Art Collection on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Noon.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the Square Collection exhibit on loan from Lawrence and Gay Square and will include a lecture as well as a brief conversation with collector, Lawrence Square.  As a collector herself, Dr. Jackson notes that whenever possible, she always tries to meet the artists whose works she is collecting. Over the years, she and Lawrence Square have conversed about different artists they have met, pieces they have purchased, and how the black art world has changed over time. Dr. Jackson will share a few of the collector’s backstories and thoughts on collecting art.

Dr. Joyce Marie Jackson is a Professor in the Department of Geography & Anthropology and Affiliate Faculty in African & African American Studies and in Women’s and Gender Studies at Louisiana State University.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336-2422 Ext. 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

Community Conversations: American Creed- Writing Workshop @ West Baton Rouge Parish Library
Jan 30 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Reflect and respond to the American Creed program experience at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library.

Feb
1
Fri
Le Café Français @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Feb 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Café français meets the first Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Education Room.   It is free and open to anyone interested in attending.  Each meeting features a topic to spur discussion.  Music is often provided by those in attendance.  And, of course, there’s always a bit of coffee and a little something sweet to eat.

Feb
6
Wed
Lunchtime Poetry Reading @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Feb 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

On February 6 at Noon, come to a twist on our Lunchtime Lecture Series offerings. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a Poetry Reading with John K. Lawson to accompany the Piecing Together the Blues exhibit.  This program is FREE and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Feb
7
Thu
Collage Workshop @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

On February 7 from 6:30 – 8:30PM, hear the artist speak about the creative process he uses in designing his works and under his instruction, create a piece to keep at a Collage Workshop with John K. Lawson. This program is FREE. However, space is limited and advanced registration is required by calling (225) 336-2422 Ext. 200.

Feb
9
Sat
Meet Me at the Poet Tree @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

February 9 from 10AM – Noon, Enjoy fun for the whole family at an interactive poetry workshop,  Meet Me at the Poet Tree with John K. Lawson. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, children and their grown-ups will engage in unique kinetic activities to spark the writing process that will result in the creation of original poems.  This program is FREE. However, space is limited and advanced registration is required by calling (225) 336-2422 Ext. 200.

Feb
14
Thu
Lunchtime Lecture- Nancy Penrose @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Feb 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to welcome author, Nancy Penrose on Thursday, February 14 at Noon for a lunchtime lecture and book signing on A Dream and a Chisel: Louisiana Sculptor Angela Gregory in Paris, 1925–1928.

A Dream and a Chisel is a memoir based on Penrose’s oral history interviews with internationally known sculptor, Angela Gregory (1903–1990), as well as letters and diaries compiled before Gregory’s death in 1990. Gregory’s works include bas-relief profiles for the Louisiana State Capitol, the Bienville Monument in New Orleans, other monuments and sculptures incorporated into buildings, portrait busts, medallions, and other forms that appear in museums and public spaces throughout the state. Gregory’s work appeared in group shows at many prestigious museums and in exhibitions, including the Salon des Tuileries and the Salon d’Automne in Paris, the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, the National Collection of Fine Arts in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. West Baton Rouge Museum now has a permanent installation of maquette or scale model pieces Gregory created for the Louisiana State Capitol profiles.

Nancy L. Penrose is an award-winning writer whose essays have been published in many literary magazines and in anthologies. She is the coauthor, with Khoo Seow Hwa, of Behind the Brushstrokes: Appreciating Chinese Calligraphy. From 1999 to 2014 Penrose served as writer, editor, and communications coordinator for the University of Washington’s ocean observatory program.

Feb
18
Mon
OLLI @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Feb 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to have been selected to present a course through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at LSU) in the Spring Semester of 2019.Classes will meet for two hours on consecutive Mondays (excluding March 4, Lundi Gras) from February 18 – April 1.

In celebration of the Square Collection exhibit, and the museum’s latest permanent installation, a Juke Joint exhibit, this OLLI course will explore Movement in Art and Music. Through a series of six classes taking place on February 18, 25, March 11, 18, 25, and April 1, registered participants will experience exhibit tours, performances by dancers and musicians, artists demonstrations, and lectures by art collectors and historians.. The course will culminate with an opportunity to create a piece of art to keep that incorporates an expressive form of movement.

This program is open to OLLI members. Space is limited, and tuition is charged. To register for this program, participants must first become a member of OLLI and sign up for the course by visiting www.outreach.lsu.edu?Enrichment?OLLI-at-LSU or call 225.578.2500.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Louisiana State University (OLLI at LSU) is a membership-based program offering non-credit courses and activities that focus on active learning and is one of a network of 120 university-affiliated lifelong learning programs supported by The Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI at LSU is open to anyone who is 50 and over and enjoys learning. More than 1000 members choose from more than 200 courses, field trips, lectures, and social events each year, held at 13 locations across Baton Rouge and south Louisiana. Explore new ideas, indulge new interests, and make and enjoy new friends.

The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen. For more information, please call 225- 336- 2422 Ext. 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.