Someday in the 21st century, the History Channel will finally exhaust its store of documentaries about WWII and begin infotainment programming on other, also-world-shaking geo-political conflicts. Until that far-off day, we shall have to rely on the efforts of amateur historians such as Nick Main and Stephanie Richardson. The two artists have recently completed work on their joint project concerning the history and humanity of the epic, epoch-shattering conflagration at Snookum's Creek. Main and Richardson have painstakingly re-created the events in a manner suitable to its importance — in a diorama, of course — that is custom-scaled to fit the gallery at Star Clipper (6392 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-9110 or www.starclipper.com). An Historical Reenactment of the Battle of Snookum's Creek features hand-built models fighting and running and living and dying for reasons that will become clear when you stand amidst the pageantry of Main and Richardson's creations. What happened to Brigadier General Hot Dog on that fateful day? Main and Richardson promise all will be revealed in their work. The exhibit opens with a public reception from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 5. Scholars may continue to parse the show for insight daily through Friday, January 16. Admission is free, and free food and drink will be available during the reception.
Dec. 5-Jan. 16, 2008