Archive for the ‘Exhibits’ Category

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.

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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

Loyola Football

Did you know Loyola used to have a thriving football team? The university boasted an undefeated team in 1926 and had a stadium which eventually seated up to 16,000 people! Check out these historical photos of Loyola’s football field and stadium.

Aerial Image of campus and football field - 1925

Aerial Image of campus and football field - 1925

Loyola's football stadium before a second deck was added to the bleachers.

Loyola's football stadium before a second deck was added to the bleachers.

A view from the opposite end. Note Bobet Hall at the far end of the field.

A view from the opposite end. Note Bobet Hall at the far end of the field.

Loyola's double decker stadium bleachers.

Loyola's double decker stadium bleachers.

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Loyola’s Mansions on St. Charles Avenue

Did you know that Loyola once own three huge mansions which sat on the corner of St. Charles and Calhoun Street? As the university expanded, these structures became less functional due to lack of space and the constant upkeep required. When plans for the new Communications/Music complex were underway, university officials realized they had to demolish these mansions to make room for the new building. Many older alumni remember these homes with fondness. Can you imagine sitting through class in the attic or ballroom of an old St. Charles mansion?

Elizabeth Seton Building

Thomas More Hall

Thomas More Hall was purchased in 1942 and originally used to house the School of Law. In 1973, the Law School moved into what was then their brand new Branch Knox Miller Hall (known today simply as Miller), allowing the Education Department to move into the mansion. At this point it was renamed Elizabeth Seton Hall after the first native-born American Saint, a woman dedicated to education and the Catholic Faith.

MacDonald Hall

MacDonald Hall

Purchased in 1932 for the newly formed School of Music, MacDonald Hall served in this capacity for over 50 years.

Cummings Hall

Cummings Hall

Named after former Loyola University President Reverend Edward A. Cummings, S.J., Cummings Hall was offered to the university by the estate of the former residents, the Fenner family. The mansion, which sat on St. Charles Avenue between the School of Law and the College of Music buildings, originally housed the Alumni Office and the Sociology Department but was eventually taken over by the College of Music, which had outgrown its space in MacDonald Hall. In March of 1974, the structure was gutted by fire and took over a year to repair.

For more information on these buildings and their subsequent demolition, check out these historic articles from the Times Picayune:

October 18, 1982

February 12, 1983

October 29, 1983

July 24, 1984

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

Loyola’s Fieldhouse

Replacing the old gymnasium, the Loyola Field House was completed in 1954. The largest basketball arena in the South when built, the facility was the site of New Orleans’ first non-segregated sporting event when Loyola played La Salle, the defending national basketball champions, in 1954.

Loyola Fieldhouse

Loyola Fieldhouse

The Loyola Field House could accommodate 6,500 people. It was neither heated nor equipped with air conditioning and fans were known to build small fires on the cement floors for warmth in the winter. Loyola discontinued intercollegiate athletic competition in 1972, so the building was renovated in the late 1970s to function as a recreation and intramural center.

Loyola Fieldhouse Interior

Loyola Fieldhouse Interior

In order to truly comprehend the size of this massive structure, check out this image of the Fieldhouse sitting directly behind Buddig Hall during construction of the latter in 1966.

Loyola Fieldhouse During Buddig Hall Construction 1966

Loyola Fieldhouse During Buddig Hall Construction 1966

The Fieldhouse was razed in 1987 to make room for the new combined recreational complex and Freret Street parking garage.

Loyola Fieldhouse Demolition - 1987

Loyola Fieldhouse Demolition - 1987

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