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Hidden Treasures: Clementine Hunter Edition
Presented by Friends of the Cabildo
Join the Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive Clementine Hunter Collection is opened for an exclusive behind-the-scenes viewing, March 12th & 14th. Dr. Tony Lewis, Curator of the Visual Arts for the Louisiana State Museum, will guide you through the works of the self-taught artist from the Cane River Region of Louisiana.
Hunter, born in 1886 at Hidden Hills Plantation near Marco, Louisiana, worked as farm hand, never learning to read or write. Hunter began painting around 1938, making her 52 years-old at the time, when visiting artist Alberta Kinsley left brushes and paints at Melrose Plantation. When canvas was not available, she painted on whatever was at hand. Cardboard, shoebox covers, window shades, bottles, purses, picnic baskets and a range of other media bear her "mark" - H.C. Hunter received international attention in 1955 when the Delgado Museum (now the New Orleans Museum of Art) sponsored a one-person exhibition. Although Hunter lived in the South during a period of profound transformations, her paintings embody a simple world seemingly fixed in time.
Hidden Treasures of the Louisiana State Museum: Clementine Hunter Edition takes place Tuesday and Thursday, March 12th and 14th. Tours are at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm, nightly, at the Louisiana State Museum's Collection Storage Facility, located at 1000 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. Tickets are $20.00 per person, or $15.00 for Friends of the Cabildo/Louisiana Museum Foundation members. Reservations are required, and space is extremely limited.
To reserve your space, please contact Kaydee Nenninger at 504-523-3939.
About Friends of the Cabildo
Friends of the Cabildo is a private non-profit volunteer group that provides financial and volunteer support for the Louisiana State Museum, its projects and its property. Since incorporating in 1956, the Friends of the Cabildo has grown into a large statewide membership organization, a dynamic and motivating force in broadening and supporting the aims of the Louisiana State Museum.