MARCH 1, 2021

Contact Info, Sarah Amacker


LSU Museum of Art (LSU MOA) in Baton Rouge, LA is pleased to open a special permanent collection exhibition spotlighting recent acquisitions of works by Black artists on March 28. On view for the first time at LSU MOA will be works by Radcliffe Bailey, Whitfield Lovell, Madelyn Sneed-Grays, Mario Moore, and Gordon Parks, among other recently acquired works.

One work featured is a self-portrait titled Two Strikes by artist Madelyn Sneed-Grays. Sneed-Grays created this work in response to rarely seeing herself in artistic spaces. “Do you know what that means when a human being has two strikes? Well, let me inform you. I am black and I am a woman. Studies show that women make up just 2% of the art market and that, “artists in 18 major U.S. museums are 85% white and 87% male. ”The fact that I rarely saw myself in artistic spaces that were, and still are, predominantly white is what fueled my perfectionistic ways to make certain I represent for my culture. This is what made me realize growing up, that 100% wasn’t enough and 110% was imperative. This is what made me how I am. I am black and I am a woman.”
Other works include Cada Dia by Whitfield Lovell which combines drawn figures from found images of African Americans with found objects to create a dialogue that evokes a larger history or experience, and Mario Moore’s During and After the Battle, an oil painting that addresses the timeline and presence of racial oppression and social issues from its Civil War battle scene in the background to its contemporary model in the foreground. LSU MOA will have virtual programs this summer on Zoom with artists featured for the public to learn more about their works.
These acquisitions were made possible by The Winifred and Kevin P. Reilly Initiative for Underrepresented Artists. The Winifred and Kevin P. Reilly Initiative for Underrepresented Artists supports growth of LSU Museum of Art’s permanent collection by funding acquisitions of works by Black, Indigenous, and Latinx artists, including those of marginalized sexualities, gender identities, and communities. The 500K initiative, which will continue through 2021, focused on acquiring works by Black artists in 2020.

In addition to the Winifred and Kevin Reilly Initiative for Underrepresented Artists, Collection Spotlight: Recent Acquisitions by Black Artists is supported by the generous donors to the LSU MOA Annual Exhibition Fund: Louisiana CAT; The Imo N. Brown Memorial Fund in memory of Heidel Brown and Mary
Ann Brown; The Alma Lee, H.N., and Cary Saurage Fund; LSU College of Art + Design; Mr. and Mrs. Sanford A. Arst; and The Newton B. Thomas Family/Newtron Group Fund.
On view at LSU Museum of Art March 28 – September 26

  • LSU MOA Programming: A virtual gallery talk about the exhibition will occur on Zoom Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. with LSU MOA Curator Courtney Taylor. Free to attend. Register at
  • LSU MOA will also have virtual programs this summer on Zoom with artists featured for the public to learn more about their works.

Check out below acquisition highlights, images, artist quotes, and artwork information.
Acquisition Highlights include*:

  • Madelyn Sneed-Grays, Two Strikes, 2020, oil on canvas; Purchased with funds from Winifred and Kevin Reilly.
  • Whitfield Lovell, Cada Dia, 2004, charcoal on wood, chair; Purchased with funds from Winifred and Kevin Reilly
  • Gordon Parks, Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956, archival pigment print, 1/7, Purchased with funds from Winifred and Kevin Reilly, All rights reserved The Gordon Parks Foundation
  • Mario Moore, During and After the Battle, 2020, oil on linen.

About this work (written by LSU MOA Curator Courtney Taylor): The background painting depicts the Battle of Antietam, the deadly Civil War battle that prompted President Lincoln’s issue of the Emancipation Proclamation. In the foreground, the focus is the larger legacy of racial oppression in the U.S. Collaborator and fellow artist Mark Thomas Gibson, is featured seated and reclining, looking directly at the viewer holding our gaze. He holds a sleeping dog that represents America—an America that largely ignores its social problems.
*Images are available and can be requested through Media Contact. On all publicity materials using images provided, image credit lines above must be listed.

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