Many events scheduled around Peter Shire shows

The LSU Museum of Art has planned several events to coincide with its exhibit, Practically Absurd: Art & Design by Peter Shire, which opens Thursday, Jan. 31, and runs through Sunday, April 14, in conjunction with exhibits at the LSU School of Art’s Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Gallery and the LSU Student Union Art Gallery.

This three-part retrospective of Shire’s career is presented by LSU School of Art + Design and the LSU Department of Interior Design.

  • A full-color catalogue, L.A. to LA: Peter Shire at LSU, accompanies the three-part retrospective. The catalogue was underwritten, in part, by Lamar Advertising Company and Nadine Carter-Russell, as well as LSU Union Gallery, LSU School of Art, LSU Graphic Design Student Organization and LSU Museum of Art. The catalog will be available for purchase at all three exhibit locations.
  • 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, a joint opening reception for the museum’s exhibit on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, as well as the Glassell Gallery’s exhibit, Serious Fun: Works by Peter Shire on the first floor. Admission is free.
  • 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Free First Sunday. Admission is free.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, Gallery Talk: “Here and Now: The Visual Impact of Daily Life in Art” by LSU Museum of Art Curatorial Assistant Lauren Barnett. Admission is free.
  • Saturday Arts for Families: a new dynamic free program. All ages are welcome, and parent participation is required for children younger than age 6. Email lperera@lsu.edu for more information.
  • 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, Free First Sunday. Admission is free.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, Discover the Collection: How Art Works by Museum Educator Lucy Perera. Admission is free.
  • 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, Animals in Art. Search for images of animals in the collection, including a giant Blue Dog and ceramic felines, then create a magical animal sculpture combining unusual materials. The program ends with the tale of Skippy Jon Jones, the mischievous cat who thinks he is a Chihuahua, in honor of the Manship Theatre’s Sunday, March 10, theatrical adaptation of the award winning book. Admission is free.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, Gallery Talk: Peter Shire with the artist. Admission is free.
  • 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 7, Free First Sunday. Admission is free.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, Discover the Collection: Decorative Arts. Admission is free.
  • 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, Take a Seat, an exploration of furniture in the museum. Admission is free.
  • Also, the annual holiday exhibit, Trains, Planes, and Automobiles, has been extended through Sunday, April 14.

For more information, call (225) 389-7200 or visit http://www.lsumoa.com.

Also, the Glassell Gallery’s exhibit, Serious Fun: Works by Peter Shire, will run through Sunday, March 24, and will include seven sculptures from Shire’s Hokkaido series, including “The Palace at 4 a.m.” (1993) and “Gaijin” (1993), as well as four of Shire’s unique teapots and 20 prints of Shire pieces.

For more information, call (225) 389-7180 or visit http://www.glassellgallery.org.

And the LSU Student Union Art Gallery’s exhibit, Peter Shire: A World of Geometrics, will run from Sunday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, Feb. 24, and will explore the many talents of the renowned and idiosyncratic designer Shire also will be on hand to give an informal tour of this exhibit during the opening reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3.

For more information, call (225) 578-5162 or visit http://lsu.edu/union.

The LSU Museum of Art’s exhibit, Practically Absurd: Art & Design by Peter Shire, was made possible through the support of Lamar Advertising Company, Launch Media, The Boo Grigsby Foundation, and WHLC Architecture + Schwartz/Silver. The extended holiday exhibit was made possible in part by Brian Harris Audi.