The Louisiana Art & Science Museum presents the decades-long tale of an eccentric artist and the Baton Rouge resident who saw his promise. Though born in New York, Noel Rockmore relocated to New Orleans as a young artist, commuting between the two cities to shape his vision and talent. During this time, he met Shirley Marvin (political activist and mother of three) who made it her mission to cement Rockmore's legacy as an artistic genius.
With a friendship spanning thirty-five years, Marvin continued her dedication to the artist, even through struggle and tribulation. In her nineties, she produced the film Rockmore and in 1998 landed a retrospective exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art for Rockmore, who had passed away three years before. After Hurricane Katrina, Marvin's son and his wife discovered over 1,400 of Rockmore's works and thirty-five years of letters and documentation in Marvin's New Orleans storage facility.
On July 25, LASM celebrates this exhibit and its unique history with "The Faith, The Fury, and The Festivities" from 5 pm - 8 pm. 100 River Road South. Free. (225) 344-9478 or lasm.org.