The Ameen Art Gallery (Thibodaux) 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Talbot Hall, Room 200, at Nicholls State University. nicholls.edu. 985-448-4597.
Center for Traditional Louisiana Boat Building (Lockport) 202 Main St., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children. nicholls.edu/boat. 985-532-5106.
Downtown Art Gallery 630 (Houma) 630 Belanger St., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. Admission is free. tfag.org 985-851-2198.
Addie Joy Kearns is the featured artist of the month.
Children’s Free Art Classes, Jan. 10, 17 and 24.
Flowers Close Up – members-only competition through February.
E.D. White Historic Site (Thibodaux) 2295 La. Highway 1, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. 985-447-0915. crt.state.la.us/museum/properties/edwhite.aspx
Itself a historical work of art, the museum features an exhibit chronicling the history of Bayou Lafourche, with sections on the Chitimacha Indians, Acadian settlers, sugarcane plantations, slavery and the White family.
Everett Street Gallery (Morgan City) 201 Everett St., 1-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. everettstreetgallery.org 985-385-9945.
The Frame Shop (Morgan City) 708 Front St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment, Monday-Friday. frameshopinc.com 985-385-0730
Now showing: Catherine Siracusa, Becky Bergeron, Kirk Courtney, Milli Gisclair, Malinda Yoshida, Al Theriot, Adrianna Guillot, Darryl DiMaggio, Alex Williams, Judy Broussard, Jackie Chauvin, Melissa Martin, Dena McKee, Alexander Meyer, Leif Pederson and Meralda Warren.
Louisiana State Museum (Patterson) 118 Cotten Road., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. crt.state.la.us/museum. 985-399-1268
The official state aviation and cypress sawmill industry museum houses two very important collections: The Wedell-William Aviation and the Patterson Cypress Sawmill collections. Includes state-of-the-art displays including aircraft such as the famous “Miss Patterson” No. 44 and the “Gilmore” No. 121.
Nicholls State University Art Studio (Chauvin) 5337 Bayouside Dr., 1-4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or by appointment. Admission is free. 985-594-2546 or 985-448-4597. nicholls.edu/folkartcenter.
Permanent collections include paintings, photographs, the sculpture garden and pottery created by local artists.
Southdown Plantation House/The Terrebonne Museum (Houma) 1208 Museum Dr., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission for the special exhibit room only is $2. Admission for full museum tour is $10, $5 for children. 985-851-0154. southdownmuseum.org.
Features a number of exhibits including original 19th century Minor family furnishings; Memories of Terrebonne 1890-1945; Mardi Gras in Houma; hand-made baskets, dolls, woodcarving and other local crafts; collected works of Terrebonne artist Charles Gilbert; a restored plantation worker’s cabin; and changing art gallery shows.
Terrebonne Folklife Cultural Center (Houma) 317 Goode St. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $1. 985-873-6549.
Beginners’ Cajun Dance Lessons, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (Thibodaux) 314 St. Mary St., Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 985-448-1375. nps.gov/jela.
“Free Cajun Music Jam” Every Monday from 5:30-7 p.m. “Cercle Francophone” French speakers pass a good time. Don’t speak French? Enjoy a piece of linguistic history in action. “Historic Thibodaux Walking Tour” At 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a ranger gives a one-mile walking tour through local history.
Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette) 101 W. Vermillion St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 337-233-7060. acadianacenterforthearts.org.
“Trivial Pursuits: Obsession’s Allure,” through Jan. 25. More than 15 artists take their themes, processes or concepts to a notable extreme.
“Eco Displacement – Ghosts of the Gulf” through Jan. 25. Artist and biologist Brandon Ballengee’s sculptural installation is literally a living cross-section of the Mississippi Delta.
Capitol Park Museum (Baton Rouge) 660 N. 4th St., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. crt.state.la.us/museum. 985-399-1268
“Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn.” Through Feb. 28. The powerful idea of individual freedom resonates through this exhibition examining the ideal of popular sovereignty and the radical rethinking of the role of hereditary privilege and slavery, ultimately recognizing universal human rights.
Cole Pratt Gallery (New Orleans) 3800 Magazine St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 504-891-6789. Coleprattgallery.com.
Katie Rafferty. Through Jan. 31. Features her newest mixed media prints and paintings.
Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans) 900 Camp St., Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Children ages 15 and younger admitted free. 504-528-3805. cacno.org.
“Prospect.3: Notes for Now” Through Jan.25. Intended to explore the global and universal trends in contemporary art. The work on display aggregates current artistic movement and concerns, positing distinct perspectives from around the world in relation to one another. Features a collection of video, photography and text.
The Historic New Orleans Collection/Williams Gallery (New Orleans) 533 Royal St., Tuesday through Saturday (excluding holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 504-523-4662. hnoc.org.
“Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans” Through March 29. Paintings, prints, sculptures, medals and artifacts will display Jackson’s central role in the Creek War and Battle of New Orleans. Rare objects, some belonging to Jackson, are on loan from The Hermitage, the Library of Congress and other institutions.
“Studio, Street, Self: Portrait Photographs from The Historic New Orleans Collection,” through Feb. 28.
“The Anne and Dick Stephens Collection of Louisiana Decoys and Wildfowl Artifacts” Browse this collection of over 300 decoys by southeastern Louisiana craftsmen.
Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art (New Orleans) 600 Julia St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 504-895-7375. jeanbragg.com.
“Painting the New Orleans Arts District,” throughout January.
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans) 400 Julia St., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 504-522-5471. jonathanferraragallery.com.
“The Chapel of the Almighty Dollar” Through Jan. 25. By Dan Tague. Tague’s installation is designed to get the viewer to think about the American dollar in society and its influence on politics.
“Guns in the Hands of Artists” Through Jan. 25. This community-based social activist project features decommissioned guns taken from the streets of New Orleans and reworked as art.
Louisiana Art and Science Museum (Baton Rouge) 100 River Rd. 225-344-5272. lasm.org.
“Capitol City Contemporary” Through Feb. 15.
“The Show Window” Through Feb. 15. The storefront-style window at the northern end of the museum’s building will feature an installation by John Gray, a collection of digital technology that creates an engaging, interactive art piece.
Louisiana Museum of Art (Baton Rouge) 100 Lafayette St., Third Floor. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m, excluding Thursday (10 a.m.-8 p.m.); Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. 225-389-7200. lsumoa.com.
“Accalia And The Swamp Monster: Works By Kelli Scott Kelley” Through Feb. 15. Kelley’s exhibition takes viewers on a surreal journey through a haunted southern landscape, one populated by swamp monsters and shadowed by our deepest thoughts and darkest nightmares.
“Leroy Neiman: Action!” Through Feb. 15. More than 80 of American artist and sports illustrator LeRoy Neiman’s drawings, paintings and prints are showcased.
“Rooted Communities” Through Jan. 18. Features 22 sculptures, works on paper, and mixed-media installations by Jamaican-born artist Nari Ward.
“Dwelling by Silas Breaux,” Through March 26. A reflection of the artist’s roots in the Baton Rouge community, this installation serves as a meditation piece on the transient quality of the environment and the state’s complicated relationship with its plantation past. His photographs depict Melodia Plantation, the now-abandoned home of his late grandfather, while his sculptures explore the clash between the natural world and our built environment.
Louisiana State Museum (New Orleans) Properties include the Cabildo, Arsenal, Presbytere, Old U.S. Mint, Madame John’s Legacy, 1850 House and Friends of the Cabildo Walking Tour. Admission and hours vary. 504-568-3660 or lsm.crt.state.la.us
“Living With Hurricanes: Katrina & Beyond,” at the Presbytere. A must-see exhibit on the history and science of these awesome storms – and their profound impact. Permanent.
“Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana,” at the Presbytere. Traces the emergence of New Orleans’ parades and balls to the present-day, statewide extravaganza.
“Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn” at Capitol Park Museum. Through Feb. 28. Revolution! traces how the ideal of popular sovereignty and the radical rethinking of the role of hereditary privilege and slavery that soon led to more radical calls for a recognition of universal human rights.
Louisiana State University Hill Library (Baton Rouge) paid parking available at the Visitor’s Center, Memorial Tower and Mike the Tiger’s Habitat. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday (until 8 p.m. Tuesdays), and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. 225-578-6558. lib.lsu.edu/special.
“Cooperative Extension at LSU: Commemorating the Centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914” Through Jan. 24, in Upper and Lower Main Galleries. Photographs, oral histories, published materials, manuscripts and records, and books examine the full scope of Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service activities.
LSU Rural Life Museum (Baton Rouge) 4560 Essen Lane. Open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 or $9, depending on age. 225-765-2437.
“The Exhibit Barn” features hundreds of artifacts detailing rural life up to the early 20th century. Permanent. “The Plantation Quarters” consists of a 19th century complex including commissary, slave cabins a sick house and a schoolhouse, among other buildings. “Louisiana Folk Architecture” is a collection of building exemplifying the house types of Louisiana, including but not limited to a country church, a shotgun house and an Acadian house, whose divergent construction traits illustrate the various cultures of Louisiana settlers.
National World War II Museum (New Orleans) 945 Magazine St., open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 504-528-1944. nationalww2museum.org. Admission is $19 adults, $9 children.
“Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy” Through May 31. The ultimate victory in World War II was largely due to what President Franklin D. Roosevelt dubbed the “Arsenal of Democracy.” This exhibition examines how this drive of leaders and industry pushed America out of the Great Depression and into a national effort that changed the tools of production, created opportunity and turned the nation into a global power.
New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans) 1 Collins Diboll Circle. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. 504-658-4100. noma.org
“‘FOREVER’ Mural by Odili Donald Odita” Through April 30. NOMA has commissioned Nigerian-born Odili Donald Odita to transform the first floor elevator lobby with a kaleidoscope mural that will be on view for two years.
“Orientalism: Taking and Making” Through Feb. 1. This collection addresses oppression, racism and superficial cultural understanding layered in 19th century Orientalist paintings, photographs and decorative arts.
“Photo-Unrealism” Through March 15. This exhibition explores the history of the abstract, unreal and surreal in photography from its origins to present.
“Degas’ Little Dancer” Through March 1. Enjoy Degas’ renowned work, including a pastel drawing and small bronze sculpture of a dancer putting on a slipper.
“Robert Rauschenberg and the ‘Five from Louisiana’ Through Jan. 25. This installation is a highlight of “Melic Meeting” by Rauschenberg.
“Prospect.3: Notes for Now” Through Jan. 25. Sixty-one artists are exhibiting citywide as part of this collection, with an emphasis on Western art, as well as the adoption of canonical forms to create new and hybrid artistic movements. A group of paintings by Brazilian modernist Tarsila do Amaral, Jeffrey Gibson’s sculptures and others are displayed.
“Reparation: Contemporary Artists from New Orleans” Through Jan. 25. Nearly 190 works by 180 city artists will make Luciano Benetton’s Imago Mundi collection, a commissioned grouping of pieces collected by Bennetton on his world travels.
“Photorealism: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Collection” Through Jan. 25. An extensive presentation of the painting collection of the Bestoffs will be presented. This exhibition will highlight some of the finest photorealist pieces in the nation.
Octavia Art Gallery (New Orleans) 454 Julia St., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 504-309-4249. Octaviaartgallery.com.
“LA to TX” through Jan. 14. Features the work of five Louisiana and Texas artists’ unique approach to color, form and dimension.
“Wayne Amedee,” Jan. 3-31.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art (New Orleans) 925 Camp St., UNO campus, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. 504-539-9600 ogdenmuseum.org.
“Before I Die…” Through February. Candy Chang’s famous wall project has been called “one of the most creative community projects ever” by The Atlantic. The project is open for public participation.
“The Gasperi Collection: Self-taught, Outsider and Visionary Art” Through Feb. 22. Native American cultural works are presented, including a portfolio of 26 previously unseen works on paper by Louisiana artist Clementine Hunter.
Old State Capitol (Baton Rouge) 100 North Blvd., 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is free. louisianastatecapitol.org 225-342-0500.
“Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition Reception, Lecture and Book Signing” Secretary of State Tom Schedler and the State Capitol host this event for authors Addie K. and Jeremy Martin. Free and open to the public. Nov. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Shaw Center for the Arts (Baton Rouge) 100 Lafayette St., 225-346-5001. www.shawcenter.org.
“James McNeill Whistler in Venice,” Jan. 7 at noon. Admission for the lunchtime lecture is $10.
West Baton Rouge Museum (Port Allen) 845 N. Jefferson Ave. 225-336-2422. westbatonrougemuseum.com.
“1904 Sugar Mill Model,” Permanent. The 22-foot hand-crafted model of a sugar mill exhibits the process of making raw sugar from sugar cane. “Sugar Mill Sessions” Through Nov. 9. Photography by Louisianaian David Armentor features three groups of photos focused on sugar production in southwest Louisiana, giving a localized view of the industry during harvest season.
“Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn” – on display at the Louisiana State Museum through Feb. 28 – combines treasured artifacts from the stat museum and the New York Historical Society Museum & Library. The exhibit traces how the ideal of popular sovereignty, introduced through the American fight for independence, sparked more radical calls for recognition of universal human rights and set off attacks against hereditary privilege and slavery on both sides of the Atlantic. It relates the American, French and Haitian revolutions as a global narrative and recounts the famed careers of such revolutionaries as Thomas Paine, Jean-Baptiste Belley and Toussaint Louverture. Above, a museum staffer is pictured at the unveiling of the Napoleon Death Mask – one of the Louisiana State Museum’s most valuable artifacts – which was transported to Baton Rouge for the first time ever in anticipation of the exhibit’s opening.