One Half of the People (November 9 – January 5)
On loan from the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service, the museum’s fall exhibit One Half of the People: Women in American History highlights women’s evolving rights and roles in our society. At the founding of our country, women’s roles were rigidly defined. The women’s sphere dictated that as wife, and then mother, women were caretakers for domestic issues. This exhibit explores the challenges that women took on to redefine their place in society. Topics include the campaign for full voting rights, women entering the workplace and the military. The exhibit features stories of influential women such as Marie Curie, Harriett Tubman, and Sandra Day O’Connor.
Juke Joint Men
The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition and publication entitled Juke Joint Men. The exhibit, which opened August 17 and runs through January 12, 2020, features the collages of local bluesmen by J K Lawson and the musically inspired metal sculptures of Port Allen native Ronald Trahan.
John K Lawson is a native of Birmingham, England who now resides in south Louisiana. Known for his colorful collages and other mixed media art, Lawson has been featured in Country Roads Magazine and his work commissioned by numerous festivals across the state. After attending an event at the museum’s juke joint, John agreed to do a book highlighting local Blues legends with the West Baton Rouge Museum. The result is a series of collages and biographies of Blues musicians from the Westside of the river.
Ronald Trahan is a nationally known sculptor who is on the Artist Roster of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. He sculpts in bronze using a welding process to create figures inspired by childhood visits to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. His jazz musician and second line dance sculptures have been highly sought after at the New Orleans Jazz Fest for decades.
The 12’ x12’ hard cover publication, Juke Joint Men, is available at the West Baton Rouge Museum gift shop and select retailers.
Past exhibits are available to community organizations such as schools, churches, and libraries upon availability. For more information call Director of Interpretation Kathe Hambrick at 225-336-2422 ext. 207 or Curator of Collections Elizabeth Brantley at 225-2336-2422 ext. 206.