Imperial Calcasieu Museum
204 W. Sallier St.
Lake Charles, LA
Opening Reception Thursday, Sept. 15th from 7:30-8:30 in the Gibson-Barham Gallery
PLEASE JOIN WENDY RODRIGUE
Wednesday, October 5, 6:00 pm
“Louisiana Graveyards,” is a collection of original paintings, drawings, silkscreens, and photographs by George Rodrigue ranging in date from 1971 to 2013. This unprecedented exhibition includes fifteen original artworks borrowed from private collectors and the Rodrigue Archives.
This unique exhibition spans Rodrigue’s entire oeuvre, including Landscapes, Cajuns, and Blue Dogs, as well as selections from Bodies, a late series of female nudes inspired by New Orleans’s historic cemeteries. An accompanying wall text and extended labels provide detailed background information on the works, including quotes from the artist.
“I try to show that the tombs and the people are very much alike,” explained George Rodrigue about his paintings. “They both are suspended. They both are painted the same. They both have the same texture, and they both are locked in south Louisiana.”
Paintings include A Sea Chest of Secrets (1984), Rodrigue’s representation of Pirate Jean Lafitte; the iconic Watchdog(1984), the first Blue Dog painting; and Bat Dog (1991).
READ MORE about tombs in George Rodrigue’s life and art.