Bunny Matthews - My Muse

Bunny Matthews

This exhibition includes a series of drawings based on African-American themes, including provocative reinterpretations of famous works by other artists. Galvanizing the show’s theme will be Nint’ Wardica—Bunny’s ambitious re-imagining of Pablo Picasso’s monumental Guernica. Rendered in black, white and shades of gray, the 10-foot-long mural, depicting violence wrought upon New Orleans and Louisiana by man and nature, offers an arresting counterpoint to the colorful meditations on “blackness” in Bunny’s Afrocentric drawings-which, collectively, comprise a vividly idiosyncratic discourse on the subject of race in New Orleans history and culture.

Also featured in the exhibition is a sampling of images featuring Matthews’ iconic Vic and Nat’ly cartoon characters. In 1982, Bunny created the cartoon characters Vic and Nat’ly Broussard for the Times-Picayune’s Dixie magazine. Subsequently, these diehard denizens of “Da Nint’ Ward” graced the sides of the entire fleet of Leidenheimer Baking Company’s delivery trucks, a Bacchus Mardi Gras float, posters celebrating Barq’s Root Beer’s 100th anniversary and murals at the Audubon Zoo, the Audubon Insectarium, the Louisiana State Museum and the official City of New Orleans Pavilion at the 1984 World’s Fair.