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Mario Moore: Responding to History

On view July 14, 2022–October 23, 2022 at the LSU Museum of Art (5th floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts)

LSU Museum of Art (LSU MOA) is pleased to present Mario Moore: Responding to History. Featuring two paintings and two drawings, the showing provides an in-depth look at Moore’s nuanced artwork During and After the Battle. At over five feet by six feet, the large-scale artwork offers much to contemplate. The painting within the painting makes this work even more intriguing. A product of a collaboration with fellow artist Mark Gibson, During and After the Battle responds to classical painting traditions, American history, and the Civil War, and reflects on the past and the present. Mario Moore: Responding to History also includes Gibson’s painting Battle of Antietam, which gives visitors another view into Moore’s process for During and After the Battle.

Moore recently had an exhibition of his work at the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana entitled A New Republic, which included a series of paintings depicting Civil War scenes placed in contemporary settings. Drawing influences from Peter Paul Rubens, During and After the Battle realistically depicts the violence of the Civil War and references elements of Black masculinity.

About the Artist Mario Moore creates lifelike and frequently life-sized paintings of family, friends, and acquaintances. His works evoke physical presence and highlight the individual, while also cementing the subject as a part of history and art history. Moore lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. He received his master of fine arts in painting from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and a bachelor of fine arts in illustration from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

Support for this exhibition and all LSU MOA exhibitions is provided by the Annual Fund Exhibition Fund donors. This exhibition has been organized by Clarke Brown, LSU MOA Curatorial Fellow. Moore’s painting was acquired in 2020 with funds from the Winifred and Kevin Reilly Initiative for Underrepresented Artists.

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