Southeastern's spring series ‘Let's Talk: Art’ begins Feb. 15

Friday, February 10, 2017
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The spring series “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC), and Friends of Sims Memorial Library, kicks off  Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m.
     The first presentation will be held at the Contemporary Art Gallery on Southeastern’s campus. Morgan Methvien, art history concentration student, will present “Siegfried Bing and the Promotion of Japonisme.”
     “Parisian German-French art dealer Siegfried Bing was responsible for the popularization of Japanese-style aesthetics in modern art,” said Sims Library Director Eric Johnson. “Morgan Methvien will present little-known information about Bing, revealing his influence on Art Nouveau and other specific art movements through the inclusion of Japanese culture and the manner in which his ideas were spread across multiple countries.”
     Johnson said the following evening, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. at the HRAC, located at 217 East Thomas St., photographer Rebecca Meyers will lead attendees through her show “Through the Mind’s Eye: An Artist’s Journey,” currently on display at the center.
     “Rebecca Meyers will discuss her influences and artistic journey using her panoramic images as reference,” Johnson said. “As she traveled 80 miles to work via train, she passed a vast industrial landscape, forming a large image in her mind, which she has now brought to life to share with others.”
     Future talks include the following:
     •    Melissa Miller, “Miriam Schapiro: Feminist Art and the American Quilt,” Wednesday, March 15, 5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
     •    Irene Nero, “Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Spain: 20 Years Later,” Wednesday, April 26, 5 p.m., Southeastern Contemporary Art Gallery
     •    Members of the Hammond Art Guild, “Celebrating 55 Years with the Hammond Art Guild,” Wednesday, May 10, 5 p.m., HRAC
     For more information, contact Johnson at (985) 549-3962.

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