‘The Art of Seating’ headlines at Hilliard

A “horn chair” included in “The Art of Seating” exhibition.


The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum’s 2014 spring exhibition lineup will see two Louisiana-born artists in the spotlight, along with something most people take for granted – the chair. The exhibits include:

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

 Jan. 18 - May 3

The Art of Seating exhibit, which was organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville and the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation, offers an overview of exceptional American chair design spanning the early 19th century to the present day. The chair is viewed not only as a functional item, but as sculptural – the chair as art.

Each of the approximately 40 chairs in the exhibition were chosen for their beauty and historical context with important social, economic, political and cultural influences. Pieces from The Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation are joined by contemporary design, and include seating designed by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, Herter Brothers, Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles & Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Frank Gehry, among others.

Dickie Landry’s New York: 1969 - 1979

Jan. 14 - May 17

Although he is primarily known for his music and considers it to be his main occupation - he has played the saxophone with nationally acclaimed artists such as Otis Redding and The Talking Heads, as well as on stage locally with the Lil’ Band o’ Gold and True Man Posse - Richard “Dickie” Landry’s “New York: 1969 - 1979” exhibition focuses on his work in the field of photography.

Landry, a newcomer to New York in 1969, started taking photographs to earn a living, snapping shots of the artists he was working with. His unique perspective at a time when art in Manhattan was moving at juggernaut speed, produced a variety of images of fledgling musicians, dancers and theater performers.

The black and white photos, which count Philip Glass and Robert Rauschenberg among their subjects, are all of artists who are now well known in their fields. To Dickie Landry, they are all simply of his friends.

More than Tin: A Visual History of the University Art Musuem

Jan. 25 - May 24

April of 2014 will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum. “More than Tin” traces the origins and history of the University Art Museum and examines the visual legacy of the major players involved in its half century of existence.

Keith Sonnier: Selected Work from The Media Series (1992) and Dauralde Abri (2000)

Jan. 14 - April 5

Internationally renowned artist and UL Lafayette alum, Keith Sonnier has exhibited throughout the world and had major commissioned public installations from New York to San Francisco and throughout western Europe. Known primarily for his neon light works, Sonnier also works in sculpture, drawing, silkscreen and media such as films and performance videos.

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum is located at 710 E. St. Mary Blvd. in Lafayette and can be reached at (337) 482-0811.

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