Friday, March 14, 2008

The journey of Jean Despujols enriched by textiles at Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport; lecture and dance Sun, March 16, 2 pm

If I were a clothing designer trying to get the attention of fashionable women, I'd take sketchbook and pen and camera to Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport. There a creative type can absorb the compelling style seen in the skirts, blouses, sashes, wraps and accessories associated with the women painted by Jean Despujols in 1936.

It's part of an exhibit on the Odyssey of Jean Despujols. It celebrates paintings depicting the minority peoples of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos created by the Parisian painter during his travels in 1936-37, says curator Diane DuFilho.

Sunday, Mar 16, from 2pm to 4pm, Dr. Michael Howard, Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Canada, will talk about how he acquired the Southeast Asian textiles to accompany Despujols' art. There will also be a costume and dance demonstration by Mrs. Kim Be Howard entitled The Costumes and Dress of the Minority Peoples of Vietnam and Laos.

Highly recommended. Please see photos that sample the exhibit at ShreveportFaces.

Meadows is open
Tuesday . . . 12 - 4
Wednesday . . . 12 - 4
Thursday . . . 12 - 5
Friday . . . 12 - 4
Saturday . . . 1 - 4
Sunday . . . 1 - 4

(318) 869-5169

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