The First Saturday Tour program was launched in February 2007 as an opportunity to present thematic tours to the general public at regular intervals.
These tours have explored such serious matters as “Depictions of Native Americans in Art,” comparing and contrasting the evolution of American thought and attitudes towards the continent’s original inhabitants and the plight of female artists in “Great Artists Who Just Happen to be Women”.
We’ve also taken a light-hearted view of our collection with the “Guys and Dolls” tour, which explored the complex (and sometimes comical) battle between the sexes, as well as touring our Antique Dolls and Firearm collection.
We’ve even tackled the technical aspects of our works with the “Painting Techniques” tour, answering the age-old (and often asked) question: How do they do that? We have even offered performance based tours centered around our spookiest art with the Halloween Tour and shared stories of the season with the Christmas tour.
Thought-provoking, chuckle-inducing, and all around good fun, the First Saturday Tours are completely free to the general public every ﬁrst Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. No reservation is needed, but groups of 10 or more are asked to call 318-865-4201 ext. #128 in advance.
An art form that has existed for over 5,000 years, the Bronze Tour explores work that will, in the words of Frederic Remington, "rattle down the ages". We'll look at some of the early European work, including pieces from the 18th century French portraitist Jean-Antoine Houdon to the 19th century father of les animaliers Antoine-Louis Barye to 20th century Russian modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko.
Our February tour doesn't promise any musical moments (though you never know), but it does include a trip through the history of fashion via our fabulous Gray/Blumenstiel Doll Collection.
Were the old master hastening themselves into an early grave? How much are artists willing to risk their lives in the pursuit of their art even today? The Perils of Pigment tour explores the toxic nature of many artists' colors through the centuries; even today some artists extol the brilliant sheen that can only be acquired by using the dangerous Lead White.
It's that time of year when we like to get outside and wander through the beauty of our gardens, particularly as the azaleas burst into full-bloom.
Want to be an art aficionado? Join us for this tour and learn how to razzle-dazzle 'em with technical terms.
For centuries, artists have been most fascinated with the world around them; the earliest art usually depicted animals, while perhaps the most often painted, by both professionals and amateurs, is the flora and fauna of the natural world.
Delving into the evolution of early white explorers' and settlers' understanding of and relationship to Native Americans, the Depictions of Native Americans Tour explorers images of the original inhabitants of North America that evoked curiosity, terror, and/or sympathy in the viewer.
We often think of the 19th century as a placid, tradition-bound, and rather stodgy period of Victorian morals and mores. However, it was actually an era of violent revolution and epoch-shattering scientific and technological innovation.
After a short visit to our "Origins of Western Art" gallery to see the inspiration of genuine classical art, we'll explore Renaissance, 18th, 19th, and 20th century works inspired by the historical and mythological figures of the classical age, along with the stories surrounding these key figures of Western civilization.
What? Scared of a little art? You will be after our tour. Each year we find fresh tales to chill the blood and make the heart pound in honor of the evening when the spirits walk freely among us. Even though it takes place in the middle of the afternoon, you'll wend your way down echoing halls and around corners where paintings and sculpture (and other odd item) inspire hair-raising tales.
Long before planes, trains, and automobiles, families still had to trek over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house for the holidays. In this holiday season, we celebrate how they got there from the horse and carriage to the afore-mentioned planes, trains, and automobiles through the works of the artists who utilized and memorialized them.
A family favorite, the Christmas tour uses artwork and stories to explore the true meaning of Christmas, culminating with an exploration of the Norton's annual in-house Christmas exhibition, featuring religious works celebrating Christmas throughout the Christian world from East to West.