Upcoming Exhibitions

Cocktail Dress (detail), c. 1980s, by Geoffrey Beene. Halter-neck dress of persimmon and cream floral-printed linen, sequined midriff, with bead encrusted buttons; lined in silk, gift of Sylvia Karasu, M.D. on a Beene showroom dress form, c. 2000; LSU Textile & Costume Museum

Coming ϲʿֱ: Geoffrey Beene–Southern Reflections
April 26–August 30, 2024

Displayed at the LSU Museum of Art and the LSU Textile & Costume Museum

Geoffrey Beene was among the twentieth-century's most successful American fashion designers. Through the exhibition Coming ϲʿֱ, we celebrate the many accomplishments of this master of classic style and impeccable craftsmanship who, for decades, reigned supreme as the gold standard of American fashion design. Beene, originally from Haynesville, Louisiana, was a Southern gentleman to his core, committed to celebrating beauty in all its forms. His excellence in design garnered him eight Coty Awards and two Council of American Fashion Designers awards. His work is held in the collections of leading institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum at FIT (the Fashon Institute of Technology), both in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. This exhibition is an outpost of a simultaneous Beene retrospective mounted at the LSU Textile & Costume Museum, located on LSU’s Baton Rouge campus. Sylvia R. Karasu, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine of New York City, donated over two hundred pieces of Geoffrey Beene fashion from her collection and related ephemera, documenting Beene's career and Dr. Karasu's passion for his designs. This outpost features a selection of garments from Dr. Karasu’s gift, along with sketches from Mr. Beene’s studio. Beene approached fashion from a perspective of flawless craftsmanship and design, adapting his training in French couture for the American market. Join us to celebrate Mr. Beene in 2024, what would have been the year of his 100th birthday. The exhibition at the LSUMOA is curated by graduate students from LSU’s Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising, under the direction of Associate Professor Dr. Michael Mamp. The LSU Textile & Costume Museum (TCM) is located at 330 Tower Dr. on LSU’s main campus and will display the main exhibition of Coming ϲʿֱ: Geoffrey Beene, featuring dozens of garments.


OTHER UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Cherished: The Art of Clementine Hunter
July 11–October 13, 2024
Paintings and objects produced by Louisiana’s cultural treasure, Clementine Hunter, drawn from the collection of the LSUMOA, the Alexandria Museum of Art, the LSU Rural Life Museum, private collectors, and the artist’s family.

In a New Light: American Impressionism 1870–1940, Works from the Bank of America Collection
August 22–November 17, 2024
A sweeping survey of American Impressionism, featuring art by over seventy-five masters, including Child Hassam, George Inness, and Thomas Moran.

Southern Reflections: Art by Kathryn Keller and Shirley Rabé Masinter
September 12–November 17, 2024
Work by two master watercolor artists—Keller’s delicate paintings explore ethereal Southern landscapes, contrasted by Rabé Masinter’s hard-edge, realistic urban cityscapes.

Rembrandt, Goya, and Durer: The Marvel of Masters
October 31, 2024–February 2, 2025
An overview of three-hundred years of printmaking, demonstrated through the work of three celebrated European artists.

For more information on exhibitions, please email LSUMOA chief curator Michelle Schulte at mschulte@lsu.edu