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Special Programs on First Sundays

LASM after Hours

Patent Ideas: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

SUNDAY, MARCH 7 2:00 PM

Ever wonder how inventions become household names? Learn about fabulous flops and brilliant ideas, along with an introduction to the patent process then and now, presented by Bennett Ford and William D. Kiesel. Both are patent attorneys with Roy & Kiesel, PLC. The talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition The Curious World of Patent Models.

James Burke Discusses Caroline Durieux and James L. Steg

Tour The Curious World of Patent Models with Collector Alan Rothschild

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 5:30–7:30 PM

Owner of the largest collection of patent models in the world, Alan Rothschild will discuss his collecting passion and the curious history of the patent process while guiding visitors through the exhibition The Curious World of Patent Models. Rothschild’s collection of nearly 4,000 patent models and related documents spans the period of America's Industrial Revolution. The Curious World of Patent Models includes 50 models from the collection. Enjoy complimentary refreshments with admission: members free, nonmembers $5.

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2:00 PM

Caroline Durieux and James Steg sought to take printmaking to new heights using unusual, and sometimes mysterious, methods. James Burke, printmaker and Louisiana State University professor emeritus, will guide visitors through the displays of these artists’ works while providing fresh insight into their working methods and personal styles.

This event is sponsored by the intellectual property law section of Taylor Porter

RIGHT: Improvement in Electro-Magnetic

Motors (Patent #156,920), November 17, 1874. Inventor: Charles J. B. Gaume, Brooklyn, NY. Courtesy of the Rothschild

Patent Model Collection.

Don’t Miss aN LASM PROGRAM!

The LASM Quarterly is a terrific source for information about upcoming events at LASM. But after it goes to press, the staff’s active minds keep working to come up with new programs. So, what are your sources for updated LASM information? Twitter and Facebook! Get the details about a special event, ask us a question, or just share your LASM experiences. You can also share photos of your visits via our photo group on Flickr. Learn about these and other ways to stay connected with LASM at http://www.lasm.org/connect.

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Prints by Caroline Durieux from the LASM Collection

MARCH 2–MAY 16

Caroline Durieux (1896–1989), best known for her satirical wit and innovative printmaking techniques, was born and raised in New Orleans, where she graduated from Newcomb College. In 1926, her husband’s work took them to Mexico, where she entered the circle of Mexican artists that included Diego Rivera. There, she became interested in lithography, a printmaking process that involves drawing directly onto a stone surface.

Caroline Durieux, Mardi Gras Ball, 1946, lithograph on paper.

In 1949 she received her master's

degree from Louisiana State University and later returned to teach there. Along with Harry Wheeler, she developed a new printmaking process using radioisotopes mixed with dyes. Although the results were critically acclaimed, other artists were understandably reluctant to work with nuclear material. Continuing to experiment, she and John Christman took the black and white cliché verre process a step further in 1961, producing color cliché verre prints.

A prolific artist, Durieux produced some 200 prints using lithography, etching, electron, and cliché verre methods from 1932 until illness prevented her from working.

Selected Miniatures from the LASM Collection

MAY 19 – AUGUST 1

Many of them antique, these miniature furniture pieces and accessories are carefully crafted down to the tiniest detail. The objects on view range from a little Spode cup and saucer set and a small silver platter made in 1899 to a Meissen figurine. Among the large variety of furniture pieces are a Louis XV commode c.1715–74, a 1760s Chippendale chest, an early Victorian walnut wardrobe, and an 1840s English piano with tiny keys.

Of the more than 427 objects in LASM’s miniatures collection, Mrs. H. Payne Breazeale Sr. gave the museum 381 objects that reflect a wide range of styles and time periods.

A few objects from the LASM Miniatures Collection. Gift of Mrs. H. Payne Breazeale.

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