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Special Exhibitions

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery hosts numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year.
We are proud to host both family-friendly community events and events for the 21-and-older crowd.

30 August - 13 October 2019


13 September - 13 October 2019

That Day: Photographs in the American West by Laura Wilson

30 August - 31 October 2019

Famed Texas writer Larry McMurtry wrote: “Laura Wilson has an ever-searching eye for the bleak beauty of the West – for its bleak reality, too. These singular photographs mirror her admiration for the stubborn strength of those who occupy such hard places.” The Norton is proud to present “That Day: Laura Wilson” from August 30 to October 13, 2019, with an opening reception August 30th from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Wilson is a remarkable photographer whose interest in the West began as a child in New England, but expanded greatly after she moved to Texas and was hired to assist renowned photographer Richard Avedon with his classic In the American West project in 1979. For her own exhibition and book collection, she chose 72 photographs that display the diversity of Western lives: from the Hutterites in Montana to the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, and from those living in the borderland towns to those following a still-surviving way of life as ranchers and cowboys. Wilson herself declared, “I am drawn to people who lived in an enclosed world – those people who live in isolated communities, whether by circumstance or accomplishment. Please join us for this stunning exhibition of photography that was chosen by the Dallas Morning News as one of the top five of 2015. 



Little Corporal on the Big Screen:

The Film Posters of Napoleon Bonaparte

13 September - 13 October 2019

The James Smith Noel Collection and the R.W. Norton Art Gallery are pleased to present an exhibition of thirty-five original film posters featuring the person about whom more movies have been made than anyone in history: Napoleon Bonaparte. Many of these posters are very rare; the oldest dates from the earliest days of cinema at the start of the 20th century and the most recent from 2012. These posters also cover the international waterfront. Viewers will encounter examples from countries as diverse as Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, East and West Germany, England, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Spain, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the United States.
These posters come from the private collection of Professor Michael Creswell. A historian of strategy and foreign policy, Professor Creswell is the author of A Question of Balance: How France and the United States Created Cold War Europe (2006).  He is an executive editor at History: Reviews of New Books and has served on the editorial board at French Historical Studies. Currently a tenured professor at Florida State University, Creswell was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and for several years an adjunct professor of strategy for the U.S. Naval War College. This exhibition is organized by Professor Alexander Mikaberidze, an internationally known specialist on Napoleonic military history. He is a professor of history at LSU-Shreveport and the Ruth Herring Noel Endowed Chair for the Curatorship of the James Smith Noel Collection. Professor Mikaberidze is the author, editor and translator of over two dozen books and textbooks. His next work, The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History, will be published by Oxford University Press late 2019.
This exhibition also shines a spotlight on another important, but often overlooked figure — the poster artist. The artist faces a dual challenge: to immediately attract the viewer’s attention and to capture the essence of the film. There are other tasks as well. Sometimes, the artist attempts to shake up the viewer; but other times, in the case of a film franchise, he or she seeks to reassure the viewer by employing familiar scenes, logos, or images. Successful film posters perform a number of functions.
These thirty-five film posters represent only a fraction of Professor Creswell’s total Napoleon-reltion collection which will be at the Museum of Fine Arts on display in its entirety in the Fall of 2020. 

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Burgers, Beer, & Bow Wows!

Friday  /  27 September 2019  /  5:30-9:00 PM

We love our furry friends at the Norton and we want to invite you to join us for a special event in conjunction with the Friends of Caddo Parish Animal Services, Shreveport, La.
On Friday, September 27th, starting at 5:30 PM, the Norton will host a fun filled evening with food trucks serving delicious burgers (and other items), music, a dog themed scavenger hunt inside the museum, adoptable dogs from our friends at the Caddo Parish Animal Shelter, and a Twilight Talkie where we will show 101 Dalmatians!
The fun starts at 5:30 PM with the movie starting at 7:30 PM. This is a dog friendly event. Please make sure to keep your dog on a leash at all times and pick up after you furry friend. If your dog does not do well around crowds, this may not be the event for them.
Food Trucks:
Diamond Catering
The Hot Dawg Hut
Jimbeaux's & Son, LLC.
Del Vito's
Streetcar Snoballs
*Bistro Byronz will have their bar trailer out for you to purchase drinks. 


Mommy and Me Yoga at the Norton

First Thursdays / 10:00 AM

Join Little You Yoga for Mommy and Me Yoga at 10:00am every first Thursday of the month. This class is filled with songs, laughter, stories, and yes, a little yoga. This 30 minute class is created for mommy and baby bonding as well as mom to mom bonding. Mats will be available for first come first serve. $5 per mommy and baby can be paid via cash, check, or Venmo. Can’t wait to see you on the mat. 

2019 Dates: October 3, November 7, and December 5.




Twilight Talkies

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series the first Friday of each month! Starting in April and lasting through October we show a family friendly movie on the front lawn of the museum for FREE!!  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars.  Sing, dance, and have a GREAT time! Local food trucks will be on hand with yummy treats to enjoy.  Movies start at dusk. 

Food trucks available from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2019 Schedule:

September 27th: 101 Dalmatians

October 4th: Little Shop of Horrors

October 18th: Hercules 

No Pets Allowed at this Event