Copy Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Landscape Painting: A Lecture by Art Historian Claudia Kheel
Wednesday, January 7th at Noon, Free
The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at noon, “Landscape Painting.” The lecture is timed to help close the popular exhibition, Wild Land: Thomas Cole and the American Landscape Artists. Art historian Claudia Kheel will take us on a journey through the beautiful American landscapes from New England to the Louisiana bayous
of the 19th century.

Claudia Kheel is a nationally recognized art historian who is an expert in Louisiana landscape paintings. Kheel will discuss a selection of Louisiana works by various artists of the Bayou School including Meeker, Woodward, Buck, and Clague. These artists helped to establish American’s love for the natural environment in Louisiana.
Louisiana Native Guard: Bravery and Sacrifice
Wednesday, January 21st, at Noon, Free
The museum is hosting lunchtime lecture on January 21, at noon, “Louisiana Native Guard: Bravery and Sacrifice”, by historian and award winning educator, Emmitt Glynn. 

This lecture is timed to coincide with the exhibit Brave Steps: The Louisiana Native Guard, which opens January 17th, 2015. The exhibit was created by West Baton Rouge Museum curator Dr. Angelique Bergeron and guest curator Emmitt Glynn on the history and legacy of the Louisiana Native Guard. The Louisiana Native Guard was a select group of free men of color in New Orleans who upon the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War initially organized to offer their support to the Confederacy as “Defenders of the Native Land”. 

Moderated Film Discussion: "The Abolitionists"
Monday, January 19th at Noon, Free
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the public is invited to participate in a moderated discussion of the film The Abolitionists. The discussion will be led by Dr. Aaron Sheehan-Dean, LSU History Department’s Fred C. Frey Professor of Southern Studies. The film discussion will focus on the 19th century abolitionist struggle that has been noted as America’s first Civil Rights struggle. As part of his presentation, Dr. Sheehan-Dean will share clips from the documentary film, The Abolitionists, featuring brave men and women who risked their lives to end slavery. This program is part of the National Endowment for Humanities’ Created Equal Film Series.

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