Poet Chancelier 'Xero' Skidmore to appear at LSU Museum of Art's 'Discover the Collection – First Free Sunday' event July 7

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The LSU Museum of Art presents a special program with Chancelier "Xero" Skidmore on Sunday, July 7, at 2 p.m. as part of its "Discover the Collection - First Free Sunday" series. This program is free and open to the public at the museum, located on the third floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts at 100 Lafayette Street in downtown Baton Rouge.

This special program will further explore the current exhibition, "Eye on Jazz Photographs by Herman Leonard." Skidmore will be performing poems from his yet unpublished collection titled, "Taking Solos During Intermission," a series of literary snapshots taken from the life of a working musician, who also happens to be a poet.

"'Xero' is a much loved treasure here in Baton Rouge and having him in the museum reading amongst Herman Leonard's iconic jazz photographs creates an opportunity for both Leonard's work as well as Skidmore's words to resonate on another level," explained Lucy Perera, coordinator of school and community programs. "The connection between the verbal and visual is fascinating, with new interpretations created according to context. We look forward to having 'Xero' in the museum sharing his spoken word art, which will create a fresh opportunity to not only honor the legends of the past, but also to listen to the power of the spoken word as it relates to and is inspired by life and music."

Executive director of Forward Arts, Skidmore is a poet, educator and organizer from Baton Rouge. Ranked twice among the top five slam poets in the U.S., his work has been published in the anthology, "Spoken Word Revolution Redux," by Sourcebooks mediaFusion and the Spring 2010 volume of the New Delta Review by LSU Press. Skidmore teaches poetry to teens in Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas through the WordPlay Writing Project, a program of Forward Arts. His work is heavily influenced by 80s hip-hop music and also his experiences as a professional percussionist. Within his work, cadences and melodies resonate. To learn more about Skidmore, visit www.xeroskidmore.com.

For additional information on the event, call Perera at 225-389-7207, visit www.lsumoa.com or "like" the LSU Museum of Art on Facebook.