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LENIN BUSTed AT SLU – These are just two examples
of how more than 50 area artists’ have “messed with Lenin’s head,” as they
put their own artistic spin on a plaster bust of the late communist dictator
in “LENIN BUSTed,” a traveling show from Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans.
The show will be on display August 28-September 25 at Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Clark Hall Gallery.
CLARK HALL SHOWCASES “LENIN BUSTED”
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s
Clark Hall Gallery will host an exhibit of 52 local artists, who have each
interpreted the same subject matter -- a plaster bust of Vladimir Illich
Lenin, the revolutionary who brought communist rule to Russia in 1917.
Opening with a reception from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, “LENIN
BUSTed” will be on display through Sept. 25. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to
5 p.m., weekdays. The traveling exhibit is from Barrister's Gallery in
Also from Aug. 28-Sept. 25, Sims Memorial
Library will feature “Save America's Treasurers: A Photographic History
of the Lower St. Charles Corridor,” an exhibition from the Felicity Street
Redevelopment Corporation in New Orleans .
LENIN BUSTed was the brainchild of art
impresario Andy Antippas, who acquired a bust of the dictator and had plaster
replicas made to see what artists might do with them. Local artists rose
to the challenge of turning an icon of collectivism into an object of individual
expression. Most of their variations are as zany as Lenin himself was severe.
Artistically “messing with Lenin’s head,”
artists have, among other things, adorned the Communist icon with Mickey
Mouse ears, placed him in a red plastic bumper car along with American
flag-waving Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck; turned his head into a red,
white and blue piggy bank and an eight ball; and have written script on
“Gambit” reviewer D. Eric Bookhardt
said the exhibit expresses, “an art community's judgement on censors, dictators
and control freaks of all stripes.”
For additional information on the exhibits,
contact Southeastern Visual Arts, 985-549-2193.