Holiday toy show at LSU Museum gets you in holiday spirit

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 4:00pm

This holiday season, the LSU Museum of Art – located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette Street – will set its visitors on the fast track to nostalgia with “Trains, Planes and Automobiles,” a remarkable display of vintage and antique toys and fine art has all the bells and whistles, including a 1930s Lionel train set and a miniature model of a double-decker bus.

Opening on Nov. 24 and running through January 2013, “Trains, Planes and Automobiles” winds the road of pre-war classic vehicles to modern-day favorites. These toys offer imaginative escapes for children and adults alike and are remarkable in their abilities to record historic automobile trends and design details on a miniature scale. This holiday-themed exhibition will also showcase objects of fine. The impact of the transportation world upon the American cityscape, for example, is explored in John T. Scott’s striking woodcut print, “Blues Poem for the Urban Landscape: Stop Sign” (2003).

This exhibit continues a decades-long museum tradition of having a vintage toy show during the holidays. Since the 1960s, the LSU Museum of Art has been maintaining this tradition of showcasing vintage and antique toys during the holiday season. Once located in the Memorial Tower on campus, the museum recognized that many Baton Rouge families began their own yearly tradition of viewing the displays, and it remains an annual event not to be missed. The museum has since carried this tradition over to its recent location within the Shaw Center.

In conjunction with “Trains, Planes and Automobiles,” the Manship Theatre will host a showing of the film “The Polar Express,” Thursday, Dec. 20, at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call the LSU Museum of Art at (225) 389-7200 or visit www.lsumoa.com.

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