West Baton Rouge Museum
September 28 through December 29: Capturing Camelot: The Kennedy Years. This photography exhibit is timed to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. The American people embarked on a journey of one thousand days into a mythical land that former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy would recall as Camelot, the idealistic realm of King Arthur. Kennedy’s presidency placed him and his young family at the center of the world’s stage, where they inspired a cultural reassessment of the American way of life.
November 1 through December 22: Faulkner’s World: Photographs of Martin J. Dain. Photographer Martin J. Dain was one of the few who photographed author William Faulkner at Rowan Oak, the writer’s home in Oxford, Mississippi. The collection features an outstanding selection of those images that were compiled for this national traveling exhibit.
November 8 to January 12, 2014: Filmed in Louisiana: Civil War Era Movie Memorabilia. As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the museum is hosting a display of memorabilia from films featuring Civil War scenes shot in Louisiana including: Beautiful Creatures; Jonah Hex; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; The Undefeated; Band of Angels; North and South: Book II; Reconstruction; Horse Soldiers; Convicts; The Beguiled; Jezebel; Louisiana; and Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. The exhibit includes photos, video clips, and original artifacts from these movies.
December 12, at 6:30 pm: Faulkner on Film. As part of the photography exhibit on view this month, “Faulkner’s World: Photographs by Martin J. Dain,” the museum is pleased to present the 1958 film “The Long, Hot Summer” that will be moderated by Dr. Joanna Davis-McElligatt. The screenplay was written by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank, Jr., based in part on “The Hamlet,” "Barn Burning" and "Spotted Horses" by William Faulkner. The film stars Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Orson Welles, Lee Remick and Anthony Franciosa.
January 11 through March 9, 2014: Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. Danny Lyon was the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a national group of college students who joined together after the first sit-in by African American students at a North Carolina lunch counter. From 1963 to 1964, Lyon traveled the South and Mid-Atlantic regions capturing telling moments in the American Civil Rights movement.
Jan. 18-Mar. 30: Alvin Batiste Art. South Louisiana folk artist Alvin Batiste has been creating colorful paintings and drawings since he was a young child. His subject matter ranges from biblical scenes to plantation life to portraits. A selection of his paintings will be on display, reflecting the rich cultural tapestry that is Louisiana.
Mar. 15-April 27: Talented Art Student Exhibition. The annual exhibit showcases the work of West Baton Rouge elementary through high school age children enrolled in the Talented Art program.
April-May: Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War. Using the U. S. Constitution as the cohesive thread, this panel exhibit offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—Southern secession, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.
May 10-July 20: A Louisianian’s Grand Tour in the Belle Époque. Young Aurelie Levert of St. Delphine Plantation in West Baton Rouge set out on an adventure of a lifetime in 1900 when she traveled Europe for three months. She spent most of her time in Paris taking in the sights and sounds of the Exposition Universelle—the grand World’s Fair of 1900. This trip was taken during the height of the Belle Époque (1871-1914), a “beautiful era” characterized by optimism, seeming peace and prosperity, new technology and scientific discoveries, and a flourishing arts scene.
June 7-Aug. 31: Jim Bowie and Family in Louisiana. James “Jim” Bowie’s parents moved their family to colonial Louisiana around 1802. It was in Louisiana that Jim and his brothers and sisters made a name for themselves including his sister Mary who settled in West Baton Rouge.
Aug. 2-Oct. 26: Centennial Anniversary of WWI. In the summer of 2014 the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War thought at the time to be the War to End All Wars. This was a total war and the first modern war to affect the world, not simply by the astounding number of deaths, but by the resulting spread of democracy and nationalism. The exhibit will feature approximately 50 WWI posters, which served as effective vehicles of government and political propaganda to support the war, as well as WWI era artifacts.
Nov. 8-Jan.7, 2015: Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the Birth of American Landscape Paintings. Thomas Cole was a celebrated painter and founder of the Hudson River School, an American art movement that flourished in the mid-19th century. He is best known for his landscape paintings of untamed America in the 1820-40s. Cole was also a conservational visionary whose ideas on the natural world heralded the sense of American identity that we know today. This exhibit is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Nov. 15-January 11, 2015: Louisiana in the War of 1812. The exhibit looks at the role that Louisiana played during the War of 1812 focusing on the Battle of New Orleans. The 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans takes place in January of 2015.