POSTED: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 5:04am
Baton Rouge, La — LSU Press and the LSU Museum of Art recognize the life and work of artist Clementine Hunter through a stunning new exhibit and the release of the first comprehensive biography on the artist.
On Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the LSU Museum of Art, authors Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead will be signing copies of “Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art” in conjunction with the opening reception of the exhibit, “Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter.”
Art historians have noted that Hunter is one of the most important African American artists in recent history. The exhibition, “Louisiana’s Artist: Clementine Hunter,” along with the release of the LSU Press book “Clementine Hunter: Her Life and Art,” provide a retrospective of the self-taught artist’s life and work. The exhibition visually highlights the range and passion of an artist who, in depicting the activities of her daily life, unknowingly documented one of the most significant times in history for Louisiana’s African American communities. The exhibit includes some never-before-seen paintings, as well as quilts, glass bottles and the artist’s palette on loan from the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, Louisiana State Library, Louisiana State Museum and Whitehead’s personal collection.
The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run until March 2013 and the book will be available at the LSU MOA gift shop, online at www.lsupress.org  and at local and national bookstores. LSU MOA is located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center, 100 Lafayette Street in Baton Rouge.