Archive for the ‘Exhibits’ Category

Matt Shlian: Apophenia – An Exhibit

Matt Shlian: Apophenia

Biever Guest Lecture
Thursday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.
Multimedia Room 2, J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library
Free admission

Opening Reception
Thursday, Feb. 6, 5 – 7 p.m.
Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery
Free admission

Matt Shlian, a paper engineer rooted in book arts, print media and design, will launch his new exhibit, Apophenia, at Loyola University New Orleans with a free, public lecture and opening reception. The Apophenia exhibit draws from Shlian’s series of the same name and refers to the artist’s perception of patterns or connections where none exists.

Through the lecture and exhibit, Shlian will explore how fine art and design inform one another, as well as how math and science relate to each other. Shlian allows his work to evolve on its own by beginning with an initial fold—a single action that then causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds—that ultimately manifest in his drawings and three-dimensional forms.

Shlian also uses his engineering skills to create kinetic sculpture, collaborating with scientists at the University of Michigan. While researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principles, he sees their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration, according to Shlian.

He has presented and conducted workshops across the country, and commissioners of his work include several prestigious organizations and entities, such as Apple, Ghostly International, IMTEK, The United States Mint, The University of Michigan and Queen Rania of Jordan, among many others.

The artist’s lecture is part of the Biever Grant Lecture Series.
Both events are part of Loyola’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

Proust Exhibit

Jacques-Emile Blanche Portrait de Marcel Proust 1892

The Monroe Library is hosting an exhibit of posters celebrating the 100th anniversary of the publication of Marcel Proust’s Du côté de chez Swann (Swann’s Way), the first volume of À la recherche du temps perdu (In Search of Lost Time or Remembrance of Things Past). It can be seen in the Library Living Room on the first floor. A cooperative effort between the library and the Department of Languages and Cultures, the exhibit is part of a series created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France that the French Consulate in New Orleans gave to the teachers of French at Loyola University New Orleans.

Horizon: Traveling Exhibit

Traveling Exhibition: Horizon

Opening Reception

Thursday, Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m.

Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Free admission

At a time when the prevalence of bookstores is declining and the popularity of e-books is steadily increasing, a new art exhibit opening at Loyola University New Orleans honors the legacy of the book workers’ craft. Horizon, a nationally touring exhibit presented by the Guild of Book Workers, features 53 works celebrating leading examples of book arts today.

Horizon Exhibit

Horizon Exhibit

The exhibition focuses on the horizon as its theme. Whether by contemplating the apparent horizon, personal horizons or the horizon of the book as a physical object, the exhibitors created works that demonstrate conceptual integrity and the strength of a practice in craftsmanship. As more and more people consider the materiality of the book and its presence as a physical object, Horizon showcases the many handcrafts of the book form.

Founded in 1906, the current Guild of Book Workers has more than 900 members and is the only national organization dedicated to all of the book arts, including bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling and artists’ books.

Horizon first opened at the Margaret I. King Special Collections Library at the University of Kentucky in Lexington in May 2012 and is on tour in the U.S. through March 2014.

This event is part of Loyola’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.
Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118
Office Location: Monroe Library, 4th floor
Phone: 504-865-7248 |

Cornet Archives Lecture Series Inaugural Lecture

Yaëlle Biro, assistant curator of African arts at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will examine the role of archival research within the field of African art history during a free lecture at Loyola University New Orleans Thursday, October 17th.

“Mining Archives: Contributions to African Art History,” the inaugural event of the Cornet Archives Lecture Series, begins at 6:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 114.

Drawing upon her work as a curator and art historian on recent exhibitions, Biro will discuss how she uses archival resources to uncover when and how objects from Africa were introduced as art to European and North American audiences in the early 1900s. Such resources include photographic holdings, key dealers’ accounting books and inventories, collectors’ acquisition ledgers, and personal and institutional correspondence.

Recent exhibitions she has worked on include “African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde,” which closed in September, and “The Nelson A. Rockefeller Vision: In Pursuit of the Best in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas,” on display at the Met Oct. 8, 2013 to Oct. 5, 2014.

Biro’s lecture is made possible with the support of Loyola’s Françoise Billion Richardson Distinguished Professorship of the Frere Joseph Cornet Archives. Cornet studied indigenous art, music and ethnography in what is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Included in the archives are as many as 150 field notebooks and 20,000 photographs. Cornet’s archive is considered one of the most important African visual archives in the world and is housed in Special Collections and Archives at Loyola’s J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

A reception will follow in the Monroe Library Living Room where numerous examples of Cornet’s photography are on display.

We March in Dignity

“We March in Dignity”, a photography exhibit now on display in Special Collections and Archives, documents two significant Civil Rights events of 1963: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held on August 28th, and the September 30th Freedom March in New Orleans.

The photographs, taken from the Louis J. Twomey S.J. Papers and the B. Raynal Arriati Papers, offer intimate glimpses of both events.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, stands as one of the largest political demonstrations ever held in the United States. Between 200,000 and 500,000 people went to the nation’s capital to express their support for civil rights legislation that was then making its way through Congress. The marchers gathered at the Lincoln Memorial, where they listened to songs and speeches for three hours. Events culminated with closing remarks by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His words are now remembered as the “I Have a Dream” speech.

On the evening of Monday, September 30, more than 10,000 marchers made their way from Shakespeare Park (now named A.L. Davis Park) located at Washington and LaSalle, to City Hall. There the Citizens Committee presented the “Petition to the Greater New Orleans Community”. Speakers at City Hall included The Rev. A.L. Davis, Oretha Castle, Ernest Morial, The Rev. Avery Alexander and Gerald T. Thomas.

Ernest Morial later called the September 30th march “probably the largest peaceful march outside of Washington in 1963.”

“We March in Dignity” will be on display in Special Collections and Archives from September 20 – December 13, 2013.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

Constitution Day Exhibit and Reception

As part of Loyola University New Orleans’ Constitution Day celebration this month, the University Honors Program and the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library are partnering to display rare historical documents relating to the U.S. Constitution including the first printing of the Constitution from an 18th-century magazine in Philadelphia.

A reception for the exhibition will take place on Tuesday, September 17, from 6:30 through 8:00pm in the Learning Commons open area. All are invited to attend.

In addition to the first printing of the Constitution from American Museum magazine printed in Philadelphia in 1787, the exhibit also features:
–a two-page 1775 printing of Benjamin Franklin’s draft of what eventually became the Articles of Confederation—the document that governed the United States until the ratification of the current Constitution;
–a colonial printing from 1774 of the Articles of Association, which named the colonial congress the Continental Congress and implemented a British trade boycott;
–an early printing of the Bill of Rights; and
–other historical manuscripts relating to the Bill of Rights, including documents on the abolition of slavery, institution of income tax, prohibition and women’s suffrage.

The exhibition will be on view through Monday, September 30, and is free and open to the public.

Zachary Harris “David” Opening Reception

Zachary Harris


Opening Reception:

Thursday, Sept. 5, 5 – 8 p.m.

Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Fourth floor

J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library

Free and open to the public

“In building this exhibition, I have learned that the true calling of the artist is to carve out an idea in the viewer’s mind. The artist’s service is to give body and manifestation to ideas that we may overlook or even neglect as men. The viewer should be sacred to the artist, for through the viewer the artist achieves his worth.” ~ Zachary Harris

The exhibit title is intended to bring to mind the story of the Biblical hero David, a young shepherd boy who courageously faced the mighty Philistine giant, Goliath. Harris wants this exhibit to reflect faith in the ability of man to build with courage. He aims to build on the work of great artists before him to reflect “man’s stalwart ability to define himself and be reborn with strength and goodness.”

A native of North Carolina, Harris studied art at Harvard University.

After graduation, he worked in South Carolina, Morocco and New York, diligently focusing on the techniques of the abstract expressionists. He currently works in his studio in New Orleans.

This exhibit is part of Loyola’s Montage Fine and Performing Arts Series.

Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery

Loyola University New Orleans

6363 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118 Office Location: Monroe Library, 4th floor

Phone: 504-865-7248 |

Ricky’s Dragon – Summer 2013

Ricky's Dragon

Ricky's Dragon

The Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery is featuring a special exhibit titled, “Ricky’s Dragon,” from June 17th through August 2nd. Artists Seth Gadsen and Sam Fleischner have this to say about their project:

Ricky’s Dragon represents the auspicious collaboration between Seth Gadsden and Sam Fleischner. In the spring of 2011, Seth began creating a series of drawings as Ricky a thirteen year old boy with autism and a main character in Sam’s narrative feature film, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, who is obsessed with mythological sea creatures and the swirling, tumultuous waters they inhabit. The film went into production in the fall of 2012 as the Chinese year of the dragon came to an end. It follows Ricky as he runs away from home and is called into the subway snaking through the tunnels beneath New York City. Consumed by the metal dragon, Ricky loses all sense of time and place while his family tries to cope with his absence.

In the year before filming, Seth and Sam had long conversations about darkness and destruction, powerful waves and supernatural creatures. The main symbol that Ricky draws throughout the film is the ouroboros dragon, eating its own tail. This ancient symbol represents the infinite cycle of destruction and creation. Three weeks into production, Hurricane Sandy, an unprecedented storm for the region, manifested that idea more profoundly than anything, destroying the northeast coastline and Rockaway Beach Queens, where Ricky and his family live.

The exhibition features over 200 drawings on paper by Seth Gadsden, many of which appear in the film while others continue to be an ongoing practice in his studio. They combine the colorful, playful, and obsessive characteristics found in his own work with the imagined personality of Ricky. Sam Fleischner has two videos in the exhibition, one shows the waters of Rockaway beach before the storm, and another show it during and after the storm. Visitors will be able to hear Ricky’s voice by listening to various headphones placed around the gallery. Stand Clear of the Closing Doors had its world premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in April where it was awarded a special jury prize for best narrative feature.

You can read more about the exhibit here.

Get more information on the Diboll Gallery.

New Display: John Gould’s Birds of GB

Now on display in Special Collections & Archives on the third floor of the library are some beautiful illustrations of British birds by zoologist John Gould. Gould is chiefly known for the over 3000 hand colored lithographs he produced throughout his career. Some of the magnificent lithographs have also been digitized for inclusion in the Louisiana Digital Library.

Spotted Eagle


The illustrations will be on display until August 14.

“Flux” – Seniors exhibit in Diboll Gallery

FLUX April 11, 2013Art and Design seniors exhibit in Diboll Gallery

The Department of Art and Design at Loyola University New Orleans will boast the works of more than 15 of its seniors during three new exhibits in April and May. All events begin at 5 p.m., are free, open to the public and set for the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library.

“Flux,” this year’s installment of the annual graphic design senior student show, will be the first in the series, opening Thursday, April 11. The artists will exhibit specific assigned projects as well as their individual final projects, based on the word “Flux,” which refers to them graduating and moving on to another chapter of their lives.

The Bachelor of Arts studio exhibit will open Monday, April 22, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibit will open Monday, May 6. Both senior shows are a culmination of a year’s worth of work in which the artists develop their own body of work that expresses ideas and processes derived from individual question and concerns.

“The maturity and professionalism that each student brings to their work is superior. Their individuality and perception are very moving and poignant. The work speaks to real issues that have affected each personally; issues they feel deeply about are addressed,” said visual arts professor Mark Grote. “In spite of and because of each one’s private search, their work has a universal appeal.”

FLUX: A Continued Flow.

A Constant Change.

Graphic Design 2013 Senior Exhibition

Opening Reception:

Thursday, April 11, 5 – 8 p.m.

Rachel Guillot

Christopher Knibbs

Max McKenna

Max Pluenneke

Brian Rome

Vicky Tran

Rachel Winters

Sisi Yang.

Bachelor of Arts

Opening Reception

Monday, April 22, 5-8 p.m.

Robert Cappelli

Nicholas Rodriguez

Morgan Scalco

Alexandra Shafer

Sarah Tortorich

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Opening Reception

Monday, May 6, 5-8 p.m.

Bria Brown

Elyria Grote

Jenna Knoblach

Hans Kuebler

Morgan Lirette