Explore Southern History at This Comprehensive Exhibit in the Capital City

Louisiana has roots as deep as the Mississippi River is long. Take in the past, present, and future of our home state at Soul of the South: Selections from the Gitter-Yelen Collection. This special exhibition is on display at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge now through June 2019.

Soul of the South includes more than eighty paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works of art created by forty-eight self-taught artists from across the American South.

Dr. Kurt Gitter and his wife, Alice Rae Yelen, former Assistant Director for Education at New Orleans Museum of Art, donated these pieces to the museum in 1998. The couple spent the decade prior to their donation traveling throughout the American South to collect contemporary self-taught art. During that period, Gitter and Yelen met and, in many cases, befriended the artists featured in Soul of the South.

Sometimes referred to as "outsider," "folk," "naive," "visionary," "non-traditional," or "primitive," artworks in the Gitter-Yelen collection defy easy categorization. Each artist has created a highly personal statement that represents an individualistic response to his or her environment. Subjects range from the autobiographical, as seen in the work of Roy Ferdinand, to the documentation of daily life, as seen in Clementine Hunter's portrayal of plantation life. Religion inspires several artists, including Sister Gertrude Morgan and the Reverend Howard Finster.

Visitors may view Soul of the South during regular operating hours. The Capitol Park Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, with special pricing available for children, military, seniors, and students.

At The Crossing Apartments in Denham Springs, Louisiana, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Thursday!

Event Time/Date:
Monday, October 1, 2018—12:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
Capitol Park Museum
660 North Fourth Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

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