LSU Libraries Special Collections, LSU School of Art to present exhibit highlighting French contribution to Louisiana

LSU Libraries Special Collections, LSU School of Art to present exhibit highlighting French contribution to Louisiana
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POSTED: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 3:04pm

LSU Libraries Special Collections, in association with the LSU School of Art, will present a collaborative exhibition titled “La Langue Mondiale: French as the Language of Art and Thought,” Nov. 4 through March 8 in Hill Memorial Library.

“La Langue Mondiale” is a multi-faceted exhibition exploring French contributions to and influence on art, culture and science over the centuries from Europe to Louisiana. Art history students, under professor of Art History Darius Speith, curated materials in the first-floor gallery, examining artistic life in 19th-century Paris from a literary perspective.

The second-floor gallery, curated by Head of Special Collections Jessica Lacher-Feldman and Assistant Curator of Books Michael Taylor, features major scientific works, such as volumes of Diderot’s Encyclopédie, Buffon’s Natural History and “Description de L’Egypte,” a record of the scientific expedition that accompanied Napoleon in Egypt. Rare early French dictionaries and works by19th century Louisiana Creole authors will also be on display, as well as a glimpse at Lafcadio Hearn’s “Gombo Zhebes,” a rare and colorful 19th-century book of Creole proverbs, along with their French and English translations.

The opening of the exhibition coincides with the lecture by French historian and essayist, Marc Fumaroli, member of L’Académie Française and author of numerous works, including “When the World Spoke French.” The lecture is sponsored by the LSU College of Art & Design and the LSU Department of French Studies and will be held in the LSU Union Theater on Monday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. A reception, which will also serve as the opening for this exhibit, will take place at Hill Memorial Library immediately following the talk. 

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