Keith Sonnier, Quachita (Cat Doucet series), 1996, neon, argon lighting, bamboo, plastic, 100 x 64 x 12 inches.
Tommorow night, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum will open a show by Keith Sonnier, an internationally renowned artist best known for his neon sculptures and large scale light installations. The 70 year old artist, who was born in Mamou and studied at USL, has created a body of work, titled Fort Crèvecoeur, or “fort broken heart,” in response to the BP oil spill. The name references the Illinois fort where the French explorer LaSalle took refuge before his famous expedition down the Mississippi River in 1682.
Sonnier’s work is much more likely to be exhibited in New York or Munich, where his light instillations welcome travelers to the Munich International Airport. Thus it’s really an event when the artist mounts a major one-man show in Louisiana.
The Friday night, Oct. 8 opening is also the 25th Annual LASM Gala, beginning at 7 p.m. The $50 per person ticket to the cocktail attire affair includes drinks and a lavish buffet by some of Baton Rouge’s finest restaurants.
The show opens to the public on Sat., Oct. 9. Check the website for hours and admission fees.
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