LSU Museum of Art and LSU Press Celebrate Artist Clementine Hunter

LSU Press and the LSU MOA 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 September 13, 5:30 p.m.–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 Clementine 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 by Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead, 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 Tom Whitehead’s personal collection.

Clementine Hunter (American, 1886/1887-1988), Burial, 1950. Oil on heavy pasteboard. Gift of Mrs. H. Payne Breazeale, 74.3.6

Clementine Hunter (American, 1886/1887-1988), Little Eva Plantation, 1965. Oil on heavy pasteboard. Gift of Mrs. H. Payne Breazeale, 74.3.8

Clementine Hunter (American, 1886/1887-1988), Mary Goin’ to Barn, 1968. Oil on heavy pasteboard. Gift of May Baynard, 94.25.