Masur Museum - Our Story: Over 50 Years of Collecting

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 8:30am

On view May 30 – Aug 17, 2019
Free Public Reception: Thursday, May 30, 5:30-7:30 pm
Remarks from the Director and Curator: 6:30 pm

 

A selection of artwork to be exhibited is at the end of this document.

About the Exhibition:

2019 is about celebrating the history of the Masur Museum of Art: the building, the collection, and the
community. Built as a family home in 1929, the Masur Museum building celebrates its 90th anniversary this
year. The house was donated to the City of Monroe in 1963 to become an art museum and acquired its first
work of art in 1964. The collection that developed since tells the story of evolving artistic styles and movements
throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, and especially celebrates notable artists from our own region.
Artists in the exhibition include Ida Kohlmeyer, George Rodrigue, Salvador Dali, Robert Motherwell, Lynda
Benglis, and many more of regional, national, and international importance.

 

In April of 2017, however, tragedy struck. A fire in an off-site storage building caused smoke and soot damage
to over 90% of the permanent collection. Thanks to a team of volunteers, interns, and donors, we were able to
save every single work of art affected by the fire. This exhibition would not have been possible without their
hard work and dedication.


"Our Story" is not just about the history of the Masur Museum of Art. This is also a story of the future: preserving and displaying the collection for public access and education for years to come. Join us in this celebration of art, local history, and community triumph.

About the Masur Museum of Art

The Masur Museum of Art is the largest collecting and exhibiting institution of modern and contemporary art in Northeast Louisiana. We are dedicated to bringing dynamic public programming to our community that emphasizes artists from Louisiana, the Southeast, and around the world.

Additional Upcoming Events

Rough Around the Edges: Painting and Sculpture by Cliff Tresner reception May 23, 5-7 pm
Join us at the Monroe Regional Airport to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition from local painter and sculptor, Cliff Tresner. Free and open to the public. Artist’s Talk at 6pm.

 

Bookmaking Workshop for Adults June 1, 9 am-5 pm
Join instructor Frank Hamrick in learning to make two different types of hand-bound books. There will be an hour break for lunch. $135 for museum members/ $155 for non-members. Register at masurmuseum.org!

 

Raku-B-Q Raku Workshop and BBQ June 8, 4-8 pm
Led by ceramicist Alyssa Guidry. $40 for members / $50 for non-members. Includes one Raku cylinder and food. Participants MUST register in advance at masurmuseum.org or by calling 318-329-2237.

 

Summer Art Camps Various dates, June – Aug.
This year we are offering 8 different week-long art camps for a variety of age groups! Visit masurmuseum.org/children-classes for more information and to register.

 

FREE Kids Drop-In activity Aug 17, 2-5pm
Join us on the last day of our exhibition for a free art activity. Kids of all ages (and parents and guardians!) are welcome to stop by between 2 and 5 pm to participate.

Selected Artworks

Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997
Composite 87-2, 1987
Mixed media on canvas.

Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997 Composite 87-2, 1987 Mixed media on canvas.

 

George Rodrigue (1944-2013)
Blue Moon Over Me, 1991
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Moses.

George Rodrigue (1944-2013) Blue Moon Over Me, 1991 Oil on canvas Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Moses.

 

Clarence Millet (1897-1959)
Woodville Road, 1935
Oil on canvas board.
Gift of Mary Bergevin Dalton and Edward F. Dalton.

Clarence Millet (1897-1959) Woodville Road, 1935 Oil on canvas board. Gift of Mary Bergevin Dalton and Edward F. Dalton.

 

Joshua Chambesr (b. 1983)
A man who invents himself needs someone to believe in him, 2015
Acrylic on wood panel.

Joshua Chambesr (b. 1983) A man who invents himself needs someone to believe in him, 2015 Acrylic on wood panel.

About the Masur Museum of Art

The Masur Museum of Art is the largest collecting and exhibiting institution of modern and contemporary art in Northeast Louisiana. We are dedicated to bringing dynamic public programming to our community that emphasizes artists from Louisiana, the Southeast, and around the world.

The Masur Museum of Art is a division of the City of Monroe’s Department of Community Affairs. Exhibitions and educational programs are funded by the Twin City Art Foundation.

Visit The Masur Museum at 1400 S. Grand St. Monroe, LA 71202! Open Tue-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 12-5pm.


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