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State of Art (1996)

Gumbo Island



Genre: Educational

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-10-14

Duration: 00:13:35

Subjects: Educational films | History | CULTURE | Arts | Painters | Degas, Edgar, 1834-1917 | Degas House (New Orleans, La.) | NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART | Melrose Plantation (La.) | HUNTER, CLEMENTINE


  • Henderson, Britt Host
  • Crespo, Michael Interviewee
  • Cooper, Todd Interviewee


This episode of the series “Gumbo Island” from October 14, 1996, features host Britt Henderson traveling around the state to learn more about two Louisiana artists. She first visits the Degas House and the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Michael Crespo, the director of the LSU School of Art. Crespo tells Britt about French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas’ year-long visit to New Orleans in 1872-1873 and the impact of this trip on his paintings. Britt also travels to Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches, Louisiana, to learn more about the work of folk artist Clementine Hunter. She meets with Todd Cooper, a resident of Melrose Plantation, and tours Hunter’s room and Hunter’s murals in the African House.