Friday, August 01, 2014 - Sunday, November 11, 2018
On 1 August 2014, the Norton opened a four-year exhibition, Art of the Great War. Throughout the exhibition you'll see original posters and learn about life in the city of Shreveport and in Caddo and Bossier Parishes during the conflict, including the men from here who gave their lives in the trenches of France.
With an estimated 58% of American's using some form of social media, we decided to have some fun and recreate a few historical figures as if they too enjoyed this technology. Artworks from our own archives comprise this #HashtaggingHistory and will explore such famous hashtags as #outfitoftheday, #selfie, #adventure, and many more. What would you see on Marie Antoinette's Instagram? Can you imagine what tweets our Founding Fathers would have been sharing as they drafted the Declaration of Independence?
(This is a library exhibition and our library is only open on the weekends from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.)
Beginning in 1900, for thirty years Edward Curtis, the "Shadow Catcher" as he was called by some of his subjects, visited and photographed surviving Native American tribes throughout the U.S. from the Eskimo and Inuit of the far north to the Hopi and Navajo of the deep southwest. In all, he took over 40,000 images from more than eight tribal groups, capturing the image of famous leaders including Geronimo, Chief Joseph, and Red Cloud, as well as thousands of our indigenous peoples on the edge of losing their heritage. In the end he chose 2,200 of these photos which he gathered in twenty portfolios accompanied by twenty volumes of printed information that he had gathered while staying among the Indians.
The painter Marc Chagall once said: Art is the unceasing effort to compete with the beauty of flowers - and never succeeding. Well, we decided to put it to the test. Earlier this year, the Norton began accepting submissions from local artists for an exhibition that would take the colors and forms we find in our gardens and bring them indoors. These were all to be paintings with a floral theme, featuring either flowering plants in close-up or a beautifully blossoming landscape/cityscape.
The 2nd Shreveport Derby Day will be held on the lawn of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery on Saturday, May 7th. Food, spirits and music will all be on tap and are included in your ticket price. Tickets must be purchased in advance at https://derbydayshreveport.com/product-category/tickets/. Tickets are $85 and the price includes everything except raffle tickets. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
It's time once again for the 3rd annual Night at the Museum, Friday May 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The Shreveport Little Theatre has loaned its talented troupe to help us bring you a night of close encounters with figures from history and myth. This year we're promised a visit from that Founding Father and Broadway star - Alexander Hamilton! It's sure to be an evening of both wonder and enlightenment. It's a fun evening for the whole family with all but the food free of charge. Please join us for this magical adventure among the fabled and fantastic! From 8:00 - 10:00 pm we will show the movie Night at the Museum 2: Battle for the Smithsonian on the front lawn.
Feeling like a spot of tea? And you would like to invite the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse, and, of course, Alice, to join you? If so, join us on Saturday, June 4th when our exhibition, Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice Visits the Norton for a tea party of your own in our galleries. Tea will be served from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. General seating is $25.00 while you may reserve a table for four for $100.00, or a table of six for $150.00. And if you're really in the mood for an especially special tea, you can reserve premium seating in our beautifully appointed Research Library for $500.00 with seating for up to twelve people.
Centered around the Salvador Dali lithographs for a limited edition of Alice in Wonderland, an autographed first edition of the Alice illustrated by Arthur Rackham, and a copy of the original Alice illustrated by John Tenniel, this exhibition, coming a few months after Alice's 150th birthday, celebrates the cultural influence of Lewis Carroll's classic children's books.