Upcoming Exhibitions

The Masur Museum of Art proudly presents Alt-Ex:

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 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 beginning on July 20th. Visitation hours are 9am – 12pm and 1pm to 4pm. Signage and didactic materials will be continually updated and improved. Please come see what we are up to in The Lab. 

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. 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. 

Entre Nosotros (Between Us) Variation II

On view: 03-Aug-2017 20-Oct-2017

FREE TO ATTEND: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 5 – 9pm 

Upstairs Gallery, 131 Art Alley (N. 2nd Street), Monroe, LA 

In partnership with the Upstairs Gallery, the Masur Museum will present Entre Nosotros (Between Us) Variation II, an immersive video installation by the artist Lionel Cruet. Entre Nosotros (Between Us) II is an audio-visual and interactive installation that recreates the illusion of an indoor beach environment stuck in time. The work consists of video projections, sounds, lights, and a floor covered in sand and scattered objects that remind us of the contradictions of space, culture, and rituals. This artificial landscape reveals how memory and shared experience can shape the landscape in terms of creating a sense of place. For more information about the Downtown Arts Alliance and the Gallery Crawl, please visit downtowngallerycrawl.com. Visit lionelcruet.com for more information about the artist.

Will Work for Food

On view: 03-Aug-2017 20-Oct-2017

FREE TO ATTEND: Thursday, August 3, 2017, 5 – 9pm 

Outside Gallery, Art Alley (N. 2nd Street) and the railroad tracks, Monroe, LA

In partnership with the Outside Gallery, the Masur Museum will present Will Work for Food, an outdoor exhibition by the artist Jenny Ellerbe. Ellerbe’s exhibition will deal with themes of environmentalism related to bees and other pollinators’ fraught relationship with humans. Pay careful attention, or, like bees, you will take Will Work for Food for granted. Since the Outside Gallery is outside, it is always open. This exhibition is in conjunction with the Downtown Arts Alliance's Downtown Gallery Crawl. This installation will remain on view until October 20th. 

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Will Work For Food

The Outside Gallery has a growing reputation for large, bold installations. In an unexpected way, Jenny Ellerbe’s Will Work For Food might be the boldest. Ellerbe chose to exhibit only two small works of art as a call to arms to protect one our greatest natural resources. Bees. Without these insects, we would have virtually no food, but we take them for granted everyday. We rely on bees while never really considering how the chemicals we use impact them. If you miss the images on view, you have made Ellerbe’s point. We, bees and humans, are in this together. We must work for our food! Below is a poem that inspired Ellerbe’s installation: 

Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now 

-Matthew Olzmann

Most likely, you think we hated the elephant, the golden toad, the thylacine and all variations of whale harpooned or hacked into extinction. 

It must seem like we sought to leave you nothing but benzene, mercury, the stomachs of seagulls rippled with jet fuel and plastic.

 You probably doubt that we were capable of joy, but I assure you we were.

 We still had the night sky back then, and like our ancestors, we admired its illuminated doodles of scorpion outlines and upside-down ladles. 

Absolutely, there were some forests left! Absolutely, we still had some lakes! 

I’m saying, it wasn’t all lead paint and sulfur dioxide. There were bees back then, and they pollinated a euphoria of flowers so we might contemplate the great mysteries and finally ask, “Hey guys, what’s transcendence?”

 And then all the bees were dead.