The exhibition, Walter Anderson’s Fairy Tales, which features original drawings, block prints, and ceramic works by the famed southern artist, will be on display at the West Baton Rouge Museum from October 29, 2016 through January 29, 2017. Highlighting this exhibition is Cinderella on Her Way to the Ball, a linoleum block print carved by Walter Anderson and colored by his children in the 1940s. This piece was donated to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association. Other artwork on loan from the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs includes, Jack the Giant Killer, The Frog Prince, The Pied Piper, Billy Goats Gruff, the Fairy Godmother, and Gerda and the Swan.
Walter Inglis Anderson (1903 – 1965) was born in New Orleans and educated by his mother, Annette McConnell Anderson. An artist in her own right, Mrs. Anderson had studied under Ellsworth Woodward at the Newcomb School of Fine Arts. She encouraged her children to create art every day. Walter Anderson later studied at the Parsons School for Art and Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He moved to Ocean Springs, Mississippi as a young adult where he was inspired by the local flora and fauna. Walter Anderson’s block prints, watercolors, and ceramics have become iconic representations of the Gulf Coast and an integral part of the Arts and Crafts and American Contemporary Art movements. Although misunderstood and shunned for the majority of his life, Walter Anderson is today celebrated as a visionary, a genius, and the Gulf Coast’s favorite son.
A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of American History and the American Library Association.
Purchased Lives is a traveling exhibition from the Historic New Orleans Collection with support from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. From the colonial period and into statehood, slavery was a ubiquitous element of everyday life in New Orleans and Louisiana—affecting all parts of the local community, economy, and culture. The official end of the international slave trade, marked by the signing into law of An Act to Prohibit the Importation of Slaves on the second day of March 1807, dramatically altered the way slaves were bought and sold in the United States of America. In New Orleans, this meant an increase in sales of slaves brought to the city from the Upper South, and eventually the establishment of the city as a primary hub of the domestic slave trade.
Opening reception for Purchased Lives with performances by musical African Drumming demonstrations and a one-woman show, “Mrs. Catherine Cornelius from Smithfield Plantation: An Ex-slave Narrative” portrayed by Judy Whitney Davis . Judy Whitney Davis is a professional singer, actress, and voice over artist Refreshments will be served following these two moving performances.
Frank Lloyd Wright Interiors, an exhibition of high-quality reproduction drawings of interiors, furnishings, and household objects offers a view into Frank Lloyd Wright’s creative conception of the interior spaces of his houses. Every feature of the house—from the overall structure, to the interior, down to the smallest details and objects—was conceived by Wright from the beginning as a single idea. Added to this exhibition will be an addition of Louisiana Arts and Crafts: Newcomb Pottery, Ford Thomas furniture, and Sam Corso stained glass.
This summer the West Baton Rouge Museum will host an exhibit commemorating the historical floods that have affected our area. Open June 3rd through August 27th, the exhibition, The River Rises, features images and artifacts from the West Baton Rouge Historical Association’s permanent collection illustrating the history of flooding from shortly after the Civil War to the Great Flood of 1927 and the last inundation in West Baton Rouge which occurred in 1949. Collin Ritchie’s images from last year’s historic flooding will conclude the exhibit.
Life in southern Louisiana is shaped in both positive and negative ways by the rivers that surround us. The rivers bring rich alluvial soil that yields diverse crops and plays a major role in the agricultural success of our state. However, living near the rivers is a serious gamble, due to the potential for the devastation caused by seasonal floods. This summer’s exhibit, The River Rises, illustrates just how dangerous our natural providers can be.