Artwork from the collection of Perry Smith/Courtesy of LSU Museum of Art

LSU Museum of Art hosts events featuring Caribbean culture

As Mardi Gras season ends and Louisianians stash their parade costumes for next year, another culture that shares the Fat Tuesday tradition is highlighted by the LSU Museum of Art through a lecture and an art show at the Shaw Center for the Arts.

Lynley Farris, creative placemaking coordinator for Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, will present “The Roots of Hip-Hop: Caribbean Culture and Influence on a Modern American Artform” this evening, Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. Her lecture examines the roots of hip hop, which “come from a complicated mixture of the history of the diaspora, urban planning and the quest of identity for adolescents,” according to the LSU Museum of Art’s press release.

While exploring the Caribbean and African Diaspora influence that cultivated the origin of hip-hop in the Bronx during the 1970s, Farris will tie in the paintings featured in the museum’s accompanying exhibition The Carnival, the City and the Sea.

The art show exhibits paintings depicting the liveliness of Caribbean Carnival festivities and Haitian cities. The “sea” of the exhibition refers to the spiritual culture of Vodun in Haiti, which is inspired by the sea that separates the living and the dead.

The Carnival, the City and the Sea will be on display at the museum through March 20. For more information, visit or call 225-389-7200.