BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU's Museum of Art was pretty good among universities, but the museum with its galleries in Baton Rouge's downtown Shaw Center has pushed for a higher standard.
Starting Friday March 4th, the Museum reopens with a re-installation of its permanent collection and far more pieces from the university treasure trove are on-display.
"This is the biggest project since the museum opened in the Shaw Center eleven years ago," museum director Daniel Stetson says.
Stetson describes walls being moved for more efficient space, or removed altogether. The concrete floors are re-polished, and a bright carpet of primary colors decorates a family play area.
"The re-installation of the permanent art collection galleries will provide the LSU Museum of Art with a new identity, and it will allow us to better engage our visitors," Stetson says.
Because LSU owns artworks and items of decorative art, the galleries were organized in a way that made sense.
Stetson said, more than just museum staff made the decisions on re-shaping the Museum's new image.
"The museum hired experts in the field as guest curators for each gallery," he said. "This strategy allowed the museum to create a dynamic display of the museum's banner collections while bringing in diverse voices from the art world."
You'll find 10 galleries on entry. These experts helped group pieces that would accent each other in a display area, and the result is meant to be insightful and inspiring.
The family learning area, is sponsored, in part, by the Pennington Family Foundation, and is not just a playroom. You will find art pieces from the collection in there. But it changes with themes, and the first is "Animals".
Because this is a university museum, the reorganization and expansion of the number of works displayed helps educate as well. The museum's education department will work to build a robust curriculum, tours and community programs around the art of Louisiana and the American South.
Go see George Rodrigue's Blue Dog, see Newcomb pottery, an antique sugar cabinet, and Wonder Woman. It's all in the new expanded LSU Museum of Art Galleries.