Evangenalia: Evolution of an Icon (May - October 2021)
Wildly popular well into the 20th century, the poem Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1847, inspired artists, musicians, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs alike. All traded on the image of the poem’s heroine, Evangeline. This exhibit examines the changing appearance of the iconic character through the paraphernalia produced since her inception. It also explores the evolution of Acadian and Cajun identity through her ever-shifting and controversial persona.
The Art by Bourgeois: Douglas Bourgeois (June - September 2021)
Douglas Bourgeois, a proud Cajun-country boy of Catholic upbringing who loves to paint, has been called a “visionary imagist” whose paintings are provocative, surreal, transformative, and experiential. The saints, sinners, and pop star characters featured in this exhibit are radiant depictions of Douglas’s dream world and creativity. You can explore this world at the West Baton Rouge Museum from June 5th through September 3rd. Special thanks to the Arthur Roger Gallery of New Orleans for guest curating.