845 N. Jefferson Ave.
On August 31, 2019, the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition, A
Cast of Blues. The exhibition which is on loan from ExhibitsUSA and the Mid-America Arts
Alliance runs through October 20, 2019.
A Cast of Blues features 15 resin cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon
McConnell-Dickerson as well as 15 color photographs of performers and juke joints by
acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy. The exhibition is fully accessible to all visitors, featuring
braille labels, video elements and educational materials including interactive musical
instruments. A music playlist and two films are part of the blues experience and visitors are
encouraged to touch the resin cast masks.
“A life cast is like a 3D photograph to someone who is blind,” says McConnell-Dickerson, who is
visually impaired herself. McConnell created the masks of famous blues musicians over a period
of eight years. A Cast of Blues is curated by Chuck Haddix, music historian, author, radio
personality, and Director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
This exhibit is an extension of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s celebration of juke joints and
the music that evolved on the west side of the Mississippi River.
For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call
(225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday
through Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is
located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.