Marlene Tseng Yu Unveils her “Emerald Forest” Exhibition with Vibrant Works Inspired by the 1985 Movie

This exhibition is the second show of 7 from her exhibition series entitled “Lucky 7s” which celebrates her 77th birthday and debut to Louisiana

Marlene Tseng Yu with “Emerald Forest” 2010 Acrylic on canvas 10x20 feet

SHREVEPORT, La., September 15, 2014—Vibrant paintings of a dreamy rainforest abstraction will make the journey to the Robinson Film Center for the second show of Marlene Yu’s “Lucky 7s” exhibition series entitled “Emerald Forest Series” from Sept. 26 through Nov. 29, 2014. Yu’s Emerald Forest series features works inspired by the rainforest, the movie titled “The Emerald Forest,” and humankind’s relation to nature.

The paintings will be on display on the walls of Robinson Film Center’s in-house restaurant, Abby Singers Bistro. The Film Center is located at 617 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101 and the hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 am-9:00 pm.

Robert C. Morgan describes the series in his essay “Forest Raging: Paintings by Marlene Tseng Yu.” Speaking specifically about the painting, Emerald Forest, Morgan describes the colliding folds of the pyramid shapes as depicting the landscape of the Rainforest. 

It goes to the center of the forest primeval,” wrote Morgan, “It puts us there.  We are suddenly in the place where we tremble and shiver as the light cuts through the clouds on the wake of the deluge.”  

The 1985 movie titled “Emerald Forest” tells the story of an American engineer, Bill, who loses his son, Tommy, in the Brazilian Rainforest.  Tommy is adopted into an aboriginal tribe after they kidnap him, by rite of passage where he takes on the persona of a spirit animal.  After searching for ten years, Bill finally finds grown-up Tommy, who refuses to go back into civilization.  However, when Tommy's mate is then taken with other tribe women to work as slaves in a forest brothel, he returns to America, scaling a building (as if it were a tree), to get help from his father.  The movie provides social commentary on mankind's invasiveness in nature and tribal communities.  Yu’s paintings draw inspiration from the film's commentary.

Exhibition attendees are encouraged to print a passport at and bring it with them to each of the 7 shows to get stamped. Fully stamped passports may be redeemed at the Marlene Yu Museum at the end of the “Lucky 7s” in 2015 to earn a collectible book.

The Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum are partnering with the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, Bossier Arts Council, Robinson Film Center, and Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center for the “Lucky 7s”. The “Lucky 7s” are Marlene Yu's 7 exhibitions in honor of her 70th solo exhibition in her 77th year at 7 local institutions.  Marlene has designed 7 themed, non-overlapping exhibitions selected from her 4000+ paintings, more than 35 series of works, ranging from 16 inches to 37 feet long.

In honor of the future Young Artist Gallery to be housed inside the Foundation and Museum building at 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, the Foundation is now accepting donations from sponsors with the proceeds going to children’s programs and the renovation of the YAG room. To become a sponsor with recognition and various benefits packages please visit and click on the sponsor tab.

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Iris MacLean

Public Relations Manager

Rainforest Art Foundation

Marlene Yu Museum

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