Dec 9, 2013 5:22 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Spring 2014 Exhibitions at the Hilliard Museum

Spring exhibitions bring a celebration of the arts and artists that make Louisiana great while another focuses on the artistic styling's found in furniture design.

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design
January 18 - May 3
The Art of Seating, organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville and the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. The chair is experienced not only as a functional item, but as sculptural in view-the chair as art.

Each of the approximately 40 chairs in the exhibition was chosen for their beauty and historical context with important social, economic, political and cultural influences. Selections from the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation are joined by contemporary designs offering a stylistic journey in furniture with show-stoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry among others.

Richard Landry: 1970's New York City Downtown Artists
January 11 - May 17
Known primarily as a musician, Richard "Dickie" Landry (born in Cecilia, LA, 1938) has played a large range of music including classical, jazz, rhythm and blues, zydeco, reggae, punk and avant-garde. He has performed with Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Talking Heads, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Clifton Chenier and Lafayette based Lil' Band O'Gold. Landry has also collaborated on other projects with Lawrence Weiner, Paul Simon, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Wilson, Trisha Brown, Keith Sonnier, Tina Girouard, and Chuck Close.

While his musical resume is well documented, Landry's love and accomplishments in photography, video, and drawing have received little public attention. This exhibition highlights Landry's work in the visual arts which began when he first arrived in New York City in 1969. His experience working with and living around artists during a particularly exuberant period of time in American art history allowed Landry access to, and participation in, the moments when New York City became an artistic mecca.

Keith Sonnier: Selected Work from the Media Series (1992) and Dauralde Abri (2000)
January 25 - April 5, 2014
Internationally renowned artist and UL Lafayette alum, Keith Sonnier has exhibited throughout the world and had major public commission installations from New York to San Francisco and throughout Western Europe. Known primarily for his neon light works, Sonnier also works in sculpture, drawing, silkscreen and media such as films and performance videos. The Hilliard University Art Museum will feature silkscreen prints on sailcloth and a sculptural neon installation.

More Than Tin: A Visual History of the University Art Museum
January 25 - May 24
April of 2014 will mark ten years that the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum has
been providing exceptional exhibits in its state of the art building designed by the New Orleans
firm of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. The University Art Museum is one of the most unique and
grand exhibit spaces in the Gulf South region. In honor of the building's ten year anniversary,
the exhibit More Than Tin will be presented from January 25 to May 24, 2014.

From its humble origins in the 1950s at Brown Ayers Hall to the creation of the A. Hays Town
designed USL Arts Center in the 1960s and the gallery space in Fletcher Hall, the University
Art Museum has persevered over time to become the shining jewel that it is today.
More Than Tin traces the origins and history of the University Art Museum and examines
the visual legacy of the major players involved in its half century of existence. We hope that you will make a special visit to the museum to honor our past and celebrate our future.

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum is Acadiana's architectural landmark and the largest art museum between Houston and New Orleans. The Museum features a variety of changing exhibitions and a continuing schedule of lectures and programs. Come enjoy the Museum and the beauty of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, just blocks away from the galleries, shops and famous restaurants of downtown Lafayette and the Oil Center.


Tuesday -Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday and Monday- Closed

General Information:

Please visit hilliardmuseum.org or call 337-482-2278



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