On view: 11-Nov-2017 03-Jan-2018
Terence C. Williams II:
Common Questions for an Uncommon Time
Terence C. Williams II’s artistic practice provides satirical insight into a variety of topics including online culture, history, hip hop, current events, and more. His paintings often have the appearance of graphic novels and other forms of popular culture he critiques. His willingness to adopt this visual strategy illustrates his elevated understanding of his subject matter and content. Williams holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has shown extensively in Northeast Louisiana. Williams is also a staff member at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
On view: 11-Nov-2017 03-Jan-2018
Victoria Smith: It Seemed Right
Victoria Smith’s It Seemed Right is an attempt by the artist to visually catalog several of her personal relationships. For her project at the Masur she created symbolic representations of people, events, and objects, as well as herself, which chart the ebb and flow of how she deals with people. This soul searching work is cathartic for Smith and will likely be for visitors as well. If you were presented as a single image, perhaps resembling a coat of arms or family crest, how would your personage and conduct be manifested? Smith’s many exhibition credits include shows at the Upstairs Gallery (Monroe, LA), Rumo’s (West Monroe, LA), Parlor House (Monroe, LA), University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS), and Agora Borealis (Shreveport, LA). In 2019 Smith will show with the Bossier Arts Council as their Emerging Artist. She and her sister, Mashall Smith, are gaining renown in Northeast Louisiana with their mobile screen printing shop Pint Sized Printers.
On view: 11-Nov-2017 03-Jan-2018
Pat Phillips: Told You Not to Bring That Ball
Told You Not to Bring That Ball showcases Pat Phillip’s initial work on a yet-to-be-named series he began recently while attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The work on view deals with the complexities of coming of age using references as diverse as Bambi and Boyz N The Hood. Told You Not to Bring That Ball is loosely autobiographical, primarily focusing on moments in Phillips’ life when the joy of youth gives way to growing up black in America. Phillips was recently a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, as well as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Solo exhibitions of his work were mounted by Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, LA), Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA), and the Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA).
On view: 05-Oct-2017 27-Nov-2017
Social Vices by Zach Hannibal
FREE TO ATTEND: COME TO THE ART CRAWL
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 5 – 9pm
Outside Gallery, Art Alley (N. 2nd Street) and the railroad tracks, Monroe, LA
Social Vices is on view until November 27, 2017
In partnership with the Outside Gallery, the Masur Museum will present Social Vices, an outdoor installation by Zach Hannibal. Social Vices deals with how social media affects our relationships and sense of connection with people around us. Put down your phones and come see this one in person (then post about how awesome it is). Since the Outside Gallery is outside, it is always open. Like the Outside Gallery on Facebook @outsidegallery and on Instagram @outsidegallery318. Follow Zach Hannibal on Instagram @zachhannibal or visit zachhannibal.com for more information. You can buy things from Zach at citizendesign.co.
Zach Hannibal is a graphic designer and illustrator from Ruston, Louisiana. His work can be found on t-shirts, stickers, posters, magazines, and skateboards throughout Northeast Louisiana. Hannibal earned his BFA from Louisiana Tech in 2016. He currently lives in Ruston, Louisiana.
About the Alt-Ex Program
Next time you visit the Masur Museum of Art you will see some changes. In late April there was a fire in our permanent collection storage facility. As a result we are postponing our regularly scheduled exhibitions until spring 2018. In the meantime we are transforming some of our exhibition spaces into a temporary storage facility and conservation lab. This exhibition as art conservation lab will be open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please come see what we are up to in The Lab. We also opened five small, compelling exhibitions at the museum. For more information please visit masurmuseum.org.
In conjunction with The Lab, we are rolling out a public art initiative with the goal of putting more great arts entertainment and education front and center in Northeast Louisiana. Called Alt-Ex, short for Alternative Exhibitions, the initiative will feature pop up exhibitions, small-scale public art projects, and off-site artist demonstrations. Social Vices is one of our many Alt-Ex projects. Follow the Masur Museum of Art on Instagram @masurmuseum and on Facebook @masurmuseumofart for more information. Exhibition listings for Alt-Ex can be found on masurmuseum.org. For media inquiries, please use email@example.com.
On view: 29-Aug-2017 24-Feb-2018
Selections from the Permanent Collection
The Butler’s Gallery features a small selection of art from our permanent collection. In April the Masur Museum’s permanent collection sustained major smoke damage as a result of a fire in our permanent collection storage facility. Some of the work on view was involved in the fire and was conserved by staff. Other works on view were in the process of being acquired by the museum when the fire occurred. Read the labels to learn more about individual works of art. If you would like to learn more about the fire and art conservation, please be sure to visit on a Tuesday or Thursday to see our art conservation exhibition titled The Lab.
On view: 01-Sep-2017 28-Feb-2018
Escapism: Places & Spaces
(On view at the Monroe Regional Airport Gallery)
Rodrecas Davis is an Associate Professor of Art at Grambling State University. Escapism: Places & Spaces is a small series of work the Masur Museum of Art commissioned for his exhibition at The Gallery at Monroe Regional Airport. Davis’ rich visual language deals with themes of travel, escape, and black identity using, African folk tales, Hip Hop, Jazz, and other references. His bold color palette and crisp silhouettes create an empowering energy that invites visitors and travelers at the airport to consider their motivations for travelling, as well as their worth.
Rodrecas Davis: Artist Statement
The works created for the show have multiple points of origin: a consideration of the actual physics of flight, an African folktale and the literary work of Toni Morrison.
In the strictest sense, fight is about breaking the bonds of gravity in order to claim a semblance of freedom. This came to mind when planning pieces to best inhabit an airport. Flight and freedom, in a contemporary sense, are class-based activities. These threads are also woven into narrative of the African Diaspora. Via the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, a folktale with origins in the Igbo people speaks of the people who could fly. It’s a throughline in several feature films dealing with the effects of African slavery. As told in Virginia Hamilton’s The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales,
“They say the people could fly. Say that long ago in Africa, some of the people knew magic. And they would walk up on the air like climbin’ up on a gate. And they flew like blackbirds over the fields. Black, shiny wings flappin’ against the blue up there.”
This version is reiterated in Haile Gerima’s Sankofa. In Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, the alternate telling centers on enslaved Africans claiming their liberty and walking across the water back to Africa. In both instances, it is the power of faith and self-actualization that allows one to “fly free”. This literal, and figurative flight is represented by the recurring birds in the works The King - Fego (Fly Upwards), The Queen - Fego (Fly Upwards), The Group - Ijeoma (Farewell), and The Flock - Fenaba (Fly Home). Seven birds, and seven steps to heaven.
The companion pieces created for this show (Stamps Paid) are based, in part, on a character from Toni Morrison’s Beloved. The character Stamp Paid resonates with me for two reasons. 1) He chose his name, as act of self determination and freedom, and 2) his purpose was to act as a ‘liberation agent’; he ferried souls along the Underground Railroad into a new existence. Whenever I receive a piece of metered postage, I always think of that character and how the stamps on packages are also manifestations of a type of boundless freedom. In particular, the stamps used in these works feature images of people of African and Indigenous descent that were pioneering liberation agents in their own right. Their personage is the foundation for the elevation of many.
Lastly, while all of the works are influenced by music, the title of the exhibition is a contraction of two specific songs; one by James Brown and the other by Jazz musician Donald Byrd. Both recordings are staples in Hip Hop culture, itself a type of liberation agent, and both deal with self-actualization and migration as a means of catalyzing change and claiming power. It is those notions I hope to convey in these works. Looking onward, and upward, and finding oneself elevated.
Down here on the ground, Watching sparrows fly...
-“Down Here on the Ground” (Lyrics by Lou Rawls)
About the Alt Ex Program:
We are rolling out a public art initiative with the goal of putting more great arts entertainment and education front and center in Northeast Louisiana. Called Alt-Ex, short for Alternative Exhibitions, the initiative will feature pop up exhibitions, small-scale public art projects, and off-site artist demonstrations. The first Alt-Ex project is currently on view at the Outside Gallery adjacent to Art Alley downtown. Follow the Masur Museum of Art on Instagram @masurmuseum and on Facebook @masurmuseumofart for more information.