"Elemore says he's seen those two guys out in the country," Lafaye says. "For me they are specters of all those who have come before us, and of all those who will come to Louisiana."
Forty-four-year old Lafaye met 75-year-old Morgan in 1994 when he was putting together a show at the Alexandria Museum of Art which featured the photography of Morgan's father, Elemore Morgan Sr. Then Lafaye arrived to run the University of Southwest Louisiana's Art Museum, and curated a major Morgan Jr. retrospective called When Land Meets Sky in 1996. Lafaye describes a never-ending conversation with Morgan that segues from their work based on the Louisiana environment to the mythology of what it means to be Southern. "We talked about the uniqueness of being Louisianians," Lafaye says. "I started a story called Bones Come Home. It's a reflection of all the ghosts that haunt this place, all the things that make Louisiana what it is."
Their first joint show, named Common Ground opened in Jennings in 2003 at the Zigler Museum. Both men work on a huge scale, and the small Zigler could only exhibit a fraction of their output. When the Acadiana Center for the Arts opened in 2004, with its 4,800-square foot gallery, the idea for another joint show was born.
The exhibit features a twist of sorts; Lafaye, who has been working almost exclusively on paper over the past decade, will have some paintings on masonite, Morgan's signature medium, while Morgan will also exhibit some works on paper.
The collaborative title piece, Bones Come Home, is drawn and painted on a large sheet of brown kraft paper. The artists started working on the piece simultaneously. "Just for a few minutes we danced around one another, and then we just started painting on top of each other's work. It was done in about three days," Lafaye says. "We were laughing ' it was like we were painting on a Schwegmann's paper bag."
Bones Come Home opens Sat. Jan. 13 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The show will run through Feb. 25, 2007. For more information call 233-7060.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, December 12, 2013:
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?
Move over Hooters — there’s a new breastaurant coming to town.
Hashtag, retweet, like, share and do whatever else it takes to get in good today with the jolly man in red.
That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter.
The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson’s nose isn’t just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has cancer.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses.
With their latest triumph, the Saints left little doubt about how tough they are to beat in the Superdome. Unfortunately, two of their remaining three games are on the road.