GEORGE RODRIGUE MEMORIAL RETROSPECTIVE ON VIEW UNTIL JANUARY 2015
On Thursday, January 23rd, George Rodrigue Studio in Lafayette (1434 S. College Rd.) will re-open with a memorial retrospective of the artist’s work curated by his family and New Orleans Museum of Art Director Emeritus E. John Bullard.
Take a video tour, and read recent press HERE.
A public opening reception will be held from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM and will include remarks from Jacques Rodrigue, son of George Rodrigue and Executive Director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. The retrospective will be on view at the gallery until further notice.
“Dad always said that if he was not from the Acadiana area that he probably would have never been an artist,” says Jacques Rodrigue. “It was the Cajun culture and our heritage that inspired him to paint. That is why my family is delighted to share some of my father’s most important works, many of which were painted in Lafayette, at this memorial retrospective.”
The retrospective will include works of art and ephemera spanning Rodrigue’s illustrious career and life. The Rodrigue family and Bullard have curated an unparalleled survey of experimental art school works, early landscapes, works from the “Cajuns” series, portraits, iconic Blue Dogs, and personal memorabilia from George Rodrigue’s home and studio.
“With the death of George Rodrigue, our state and nation have lost one of its most unique, popular and memorable visual artists. For nearly fifty years he created an extraordinary body of work that captured the special qualities of Louisiana’s Cajun culture, bringing national and international recognition to his heritage and to himself.” Said E. John Bullard, Director Emeritus of the New Orleans Museum of Art who co-curated the exhibit with the Rodrigue family.
The Rodrigue Gallery in Lafayette will resume normal operating hours on Friday, January 24th: Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00PM and Saturday from 12:00PM to 5:00PM. Closed Sunday. Read a history of the Lafayette gallery HERE. The Rodrigue family has released a limited number of prints and mixed media works for sale through the gallery.