Southeastern's ‘Let's Talk: Art’ continues with April lectures


Tuesday, April 3, 2018
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The second and third lectures in the spring series of “Let’s Talk: Art,” sponsored jointly by Southeastern Louisiana University’s Department of Visual Art + Design and the Friends of Sims Library, will be held April 10 and April 17, at 5 p.m., at Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
     On April 10, art history student Cindy Ladner will present “Neoclassical Influences on Early Mardi Gras Floats in New Orleans.”
     “Mardi Gras parades, having officially begun in New Orleans in 1857, were created by French designers who used contemporary artistic practices and designs to embellish their parade floats,” said Irene Nero, Southeastern associate professor of visual art. “Cindy Ladner will discuss how the first floats reflected royalty and gained their now historic style.”
     On April 17, art history student Blair Gallon will present “Hildegard: An Artistic Identity,” discussing how artistic identity became relevant during the Middle Ages through the work of German mystic, illuminator, composer and abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Nero said the presentation will show that before von Bingen’s time artistic identity was rare and deemed improper and that Von Bingen broke the mold as an artist and holy person.
     Next up in the “Let’s Talk: Art” series is Lacie Barbour presenting “Faith Ringgold: ‘Dancing at the Louvre,’” Wednesday, April 24, at 5 p.m., in Southeastern’s Contemporary Art Gallery.
     For more information, contact Nero at 549-2193.

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