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From Society to Socialism: The Art of Caroline Durieux 

She was in her 90s when she died in 1989, but Caroline Durieux's life was as colorful as it was long. A talented Newcomb art school graduate, she blossomed after her husband's export business took them to Mexico in 1926. There she fell in with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo and other Latin art world luminaries who encouraged her flair for satire in works like Bipeds Dancing (pictured). She later taught at LSU and developed exotic new print techniques, but it was her earlier work that influenced art movements such as the Visionary Imagists here in New Orleans even as Kahlo was being recognized as an art saint in America. Durieux's was a quietly extraordinary life, and her legacy is now on the walls for all to see at the Newcomb Gallery. — D. Eric Bookhardt

Through June 15

Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, 314-2406; www.newcombgallery.com

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