The Masur Museum of Art proudly presents Alt-Ex:
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
On view: 12-Jul-2018 13-Oct-2018
The Masur Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Competition showcases contemporary artists throughout the United States of America working in any medium. This long running juried competition also showcases some of America’s best curatorial talent. Recent jurors include: Daniel Stetson, LSU Museum of Art; Gia Hamilton, Joan Mitchell Center; Holly Hughes, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Sandra Firmin, Colorado University Art Museum; Kelly Shindler, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; George Shackelford, Kimbell Art Museum; Liza Simone, Phantom Galleries, Los Angeles; Alison Greene, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Houston, currently Bo Bartlett Center; and Miranda Lash, currently Speed Art Museum.
We are honored to have this year's juror Joel Parsons.
Parsons is a curator, artist, and teacher based in Memphis, where he is the Director of Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College and Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Art History. His curatorial practice is often collaborative and driven by a desire to bring institutional resources to bear on conversations of equity and marginality. Recent projects include The Weight of Hope, No Fate But What You Make: Art and Queer Spirituality, Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries, and Rashayla Marie Brown: Supreme Being. He is the founder and co-director of Beige, an alternative gallery and performance space devoted to the work of LGBTQ artists. He is the Co-chair of the ArtsMemphis Artist Advisory Council and serves on the board of the UrbanArt Commission. As a Thomas J Watson Fellow in 2007-2008, he studied relational art practices in emerging global art centers. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
On view: 01-Nov-2018 09-Feb-2019
Richard Buswell: Close to Home
On view November 1, 2018 – February 9, 2019
Richard Buswell has photographed Western settlement sites, ghost towns and frontier homesteads for more than 41 years. He has exhibited internationally and is included in the major American collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Masur Museum of Art, and more.
Throughout his career, Buswell increasingly has moved closer to his subject matter, emphasizing corroded artifacts and decayed bones to reveal the ravages of time. Ironically, Buswell’s photographs are not about loss, but about preservation. Buswell documents the effects of extraction and industry, while also portraying the renewal of the land.
“Close to Home” features photographs from Buswell’s book of the same name. The book, published by the University of New Mexico Press, includes a foreword by George Miles, curator of the Western Americana Collection at Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and an introduction by Julian Cox, founding curator of photography and chief curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s de Young Museum.