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Sundays@4 is Baton Rouge Gallery’s most diverse program, offering more than a dozen performances/readings from top-notch local authors, musicians, dance troupes, poets and more. Always free, always open to the public and always starting at 4pm, these intimate engagements give you an up close look at what local writers and performers are working on. Here’s what’s coming up next at Sundays@4:  


April 23: Appropriate or Appropriation?


Dana Schutz's "Open Casket" (Artist retains all rights)On Sunday, April 23, Baton Rouge Gallery’s Sundays@4 series will host a special and timely panel discussion on race, art and censorship, titled “Appropriate or Appropriation?” 


The discussion will touch on many of the themes surrounding the controversy around Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket” which was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. This event is also inspired by a work by Ja’Traveous Young, a student at Belaire High in Baton Rouge, which is on display at BRG as part of the annual REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE Juried High School Exhibition


As with all Sundays@4 presentations, this discussion will be open to the public, free of charge. 


Panelists slated to take part in the discussion include:
Addie Dawson-Euba (Artist and Professor of Fine Art at Southern University)
Leslie Friedman (Artist and Assistant Professor of Art/Printmaking at LSU)
Rodneyna Hart (Artist, Curator, and Preparator)
Randell Henry* (Artist, Curator, and Professor of Fine Art at Southern University)
Kelli Scott Kelley* (Artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at LSU)
Donney Rose (spoken word poet, teaching artist, and activist)
*BRG Artist Member


Ja'Traveous D. Young's "Emmett" (Artist retains all rights)Over the last month, the biggest controversy in the contemporary art world has centered around a painting by artist Dana Schutz which was included in the Whitney Biennial. The work is an abstracted take on a famous photograph showing the body of 14 year-old Emmett Till following his murder in 1955. Following the work being displayed, many called for the piece to be removed from the exhibition and even destroyed due to claims that it was inappropriate because, as artist and writer Hannah Black wrote, it is unacceptable for Schutz (a white artist) to, “transmute Black suffering into profit and fun…”.


On the other hand, Schutz recently commented to The New York Times, “I don’t know what it is like to be black in America but I do know what it is like to be a mother. Emmett was Mamie Till’s only son. The thought of anything happening to your child is beyond comprehension.” She continued, “My engagement with this image was through empathy with his mother,” before adding, “Art can be a space for empathy, a vehicle for connection.


This discussion will feature artists and curators and will focus on themes such as race, art, appropriation and more, especially as they relate to contemporary art.
The panel will be moderated by Joyce Plummer (a Dialogue on Race Louisiana Facilitator) and BRG’s Executive Director, Jason Andreasen. 




For more info on upcoming Sundays@4 events, please call 225.383.1470.



Baton Rouge Gallery and its Sundays@4 program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.