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3750 Washington Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108 | St. Louis - Grand Center | 314-535-4660
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  • Culture: Reviews
    As staff at the Contemporary Art Museum has busied themselves lately crafting cat puns, flooding social media with cat videos and shamelessly making the rounds to worry — publicly...
  • Daily RFT: Animals
    Before the Contemporary Art Museum screens this year's curated collection of lol-able cat videos at St. Louis' first ever Internet Cat Video Festival, one very special cat video will...
  • Daily RFT: Animals
    Sick of watching YouTube videos of cats alone on your laptop? Wish you had someone to giggle with as you watch cats play the piano or act delightfully surprised? Your timing is...
  • Culture: Reviews
    Now in its sixth edition, the Great Rivers Biennial has become a sort of mixed blessing over the past twelve years for St. Louis-area artists. On the one hand, inclusion in the Biennial is...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    We're still in a food coma from Iron Fork last night, but there are too many good events this weekend to stay home. Head down to Hermann for a German bonanza, or pick up the first of...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    The following is just a mere selection of the mammoth set of offerings this week. The glory of the South by Southwest festival for St. Louis every year means plenty of passing through from...
  • RFTmusic: DIY
    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands that explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of...
  • Culture: Reviews
    In an art world hungry for fresh talent, artists at midcareer often inhabit an uncomfortable zone: The electrifying work that first made them art stars now seems dated, and they must often...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or www.camstl.org) ushers in the new year with a host of shows in and on every corner of the building. Joyce...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    After countless special events, appearances by independent filmmaker Jon Jost and Academy Award-winning writer-slash-director Oliver Stone, and a whopping 75 features, 63 documentaries and...
  • RFTmusic: DIY
    Deliberately shrill and mostly dense, "noise" has become a blanket term for bands who explore and experiment around the beaten path. The genre, like others, isn't without its share of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Ten years ago this month, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis moved into its brand-new building and location, forever altering the landscape of the art community. To celebrate its first...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Get out and toast those buns! This weekend offers a couple different options for enjoying some tunes under the sun, such as Fair St. Louis' free concert series and Stag Nite in the Woods. If...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The often-overlooked handicrafts made a comeback in the early aughts. Knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, and macrame are now highly desirable for the first time since the swingin' '70s,...
  • Culture: Reviews
    Birmingham-born, Chicago-based artist Kerry James Marshall explores what he describes as "the mundane qualities of Black reality" in this photographic and sculptural Front Room installation...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    There's a lot going on in the St. Louis art scene, and in more places than in the obvious strongholds of Washington Avenue or along Cherokee Street. Here's a free opportunity to check out...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    A standout filmmaker in his day, Derek Jarman's brilliant introspective film Blue was simple in its execution but evokes complex emotions. Aware that he was seriously ill with complications...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The work of Finnish film director and visual artist Mika Taanila asks more questions than it answers. Through a skeptic's lens, Taanila explores our modern age of ever-evolving, innovative...
  • RFTmusic: Reviews
    Patti Smith Contemporary Art Museum May 5, 2013 It's an emotional thing, seeing Patti Smith. I've seen her perform a bunch of times, and every time I'm shocked by my own intense reaction. I...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Cinco de Mayo, Derby Day and First Friday are only a few of the excuses to get out and get your drink on this weekend. Besides that, rejoice over the bounty of a new farmers' market season...
  • RFTmusic: Interviews
    [Editor's note: Patti Smith reads from her poetry and performs a rock set at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 ) Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    Serenity now, serenity now!! What better way to start the week than with a series of nearby ground-shaking, Earth shattering construction noises to accompany a morning cup of joe? Luckily,...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Warm weather means more excuses to leave the house in search of eats. Plenty of options await, depending on what food you're in the mood for. Participate in a pot luck, get a head start on...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    This weekend, get your fish fry on, feast your eyes during a collaborative Contemporary Art Museum tasting event and prepare for St. Patty's with Bixby's Irish-themed brunch specials....
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Well, that was a doozy. It's time to defrost. Warm yourself from the inside out this weekend with the likes of lovely liquids like booze and soup. Choose between events like the St. Louis...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Possibly the best little crumb about 24 Hour Party People, Michael Winterbottom's cinematic delve into the history of Tony Wilson and the legendary Factory Records, might be the director's...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Singletons, lonely hearts and haters of made-up holidays, relax. This (ugh) Valentine's Day, you don't have to hide in your romance-proof bunker made of couch cushions and Slayer LPs -- you...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Modern artist Jeremy Deller's chosen medium appears to be our collective consciousness. Deller creates moments in which our attention is jointly focused on the same thing -- or maybe he...
  • Culture: Reviews
    Rosa Barba: Desert – Performed The Mojave Desert is a template for nostalgic and futuristic imaginings in this survey of Italian-born, Berlin-based artist Rosa Barba's recent work. A...
  • Culture: Reviews
    Two multipart works comprise this elegant, nuanced exhibit by New York-based artist Leslie Hewitt. Blue Skies, Warm Sunlight (2011) is a series of photographic still lifes that depict...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Portlandia poked fun at do-it-yourself craft trends, but not all handmade art requires putting a bird on it. Find one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and support local artisans this tonight from 6...
  • Gut Check: List Mania!
    Gut Check is ready for the 2012 presidential election. Months of punditry, the presidential and vice-presidential debates and our Facebook newsfeed have prepared us ad nauseam, all leading...
  • RFTmusic: Out Every Night
    So there's news about the news in the news this week: We here at the RFT have new owners. Some of you may be aware of Backpage.com and the controversy it has caused for many alt-weeklies...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Leslie Hewitt, a New York-based artist, presents sculptural photographs that incorporate politically trenchant imagery in this new exhibition featuring two recent series: A Series of...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In Rosa Barba: Desert -- Performed, the Berlin-based artist installs sculptural films that investigate the American desert as a cinematically fabled and policy-disputed locale. The...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    New York-based artist Jonathan Horowitz creates a bipartisan fantasia in the Contemporary Art Museum (3750 Washington Boulevard) lobby, coloring one side red and the other blue, and airing...
  • RFTmusic: Weekend Best Bets
    Saturday dominates this week's post with a commanding 70% of all picks for the week, though it should be noted that one of our picks, the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway,...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    New York City-based artist Andrew Lampert returns to his hometown for a screening of his conversational work, Home, a "contracted cinema tour" from his back-reel catalog. Exploring his...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Friday (Aug. 3): Cherokee Street International Farmers' Market @ the intersection of Texas and Cherokee streets Peruse and purchase fresh, affordable produce right in the heart of the...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Friday (July 27): Crab Festival @ Broadway Oyster Bar A variety of crab including soft-shell, Dungeness, Washington and blue make a special appearance along with a weekend-long live music...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Every year, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard) hosts a tour of local artists' working spaces, inviting the public to view how the other half lives. This can go...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Friday (July 20): Belgian Beer & Mussel Mania @ Schlafly Tap Room Fill up on freshly flown in coldwater mussels paired with ales. Belgian waffles and live music sweeten the delicious deal....
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Kickstarter.com provides a platform on which creative thinkers introduce their ideas to the world with palms outstretched. They quite literally request a penny for their thoughts, promising...
  • Culture: Reviews
    In a series of workshops, Washington University alumnus Takashi Horisaki invited members of the community to select items of personal significance to them, then showed them how to cast the...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Friday (July 6): ArtDTour @ The Sheldon With local artists as tour guides, guests explore Gateway Gallery, Craft Alliance, Soulard Art Market Gallery and more, starting off with...
  • RFTmusic: Videodrone
    This weekend, the St. Louis Arts Project will hold its second annual conference. Its aim is to reach the far-flung corners of the art world, regional or not, for an exchange of ideas and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Despite its violent acronym, St. Louis Arts Project believes in the peaceful nurturing of collective spirit. The grassroots organization would be justified in, ahem, slapping you upside the...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Last winter the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660) hosted its first Homegrown Etsy Art Sale, connecting local Etsy artisans with one another and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    What's a party without some PBS original programming? The folks at the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard) understand the power of quality educational...
  • Gut Check: Weekend Best Bets
    Friday (June 1): Friday Night Patio Dinner @ Bevo Mill Warm up to summer weather with seasonal entrees prepared weekly using Soulard Farmers' Market goods by owner and executive chef Milan...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Artistry aside, contemporary audiences often have a difficult time relating to the great German expressionist films of yesteryear. In movies such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    That much-anticipated regional diagnostic, the Great Rivers Biennial, opens at the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or camstl.org) on Friday, May...
  • Culture: Reviews
    For this refreshingly unassuming and clear-eyed exhibit of recent drawings, prints and mixed-media works on paper, curator Dominic Molon selected six contemporary artists whose practice...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    Gastronomy as a discipline differs from painting, sculpture or architecture in one simple way: It’s consumable. Sure, we can argue endlessly about consumerism and art, but...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; 314-535-4660 or www.camstl.org) operates within the spectrum of intriguingly beautiful or beautifully intriguing...
  • Culture: Reviews
    David Noonan The extent to which the world is a stage and all of us mere actors is wisdom darkly revisited in this solo exhibition of recent works by London-based Australian artist David...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    You haven't heard of Etsy? Well, allow us to introduce you to your new favorite time- and cash-siphon. The website (www.etsy.com) acts as central online market for the global handmade craft...
  • Daily RFT: Arts
    Updated 4:59 p.m.: Ten minutes after we published this post, Contemporary Art Museum spokeswoman Allyson Pittman called to tell Daily RFT that despite her statement to the contrary...
  • Calendar: Highlights
    In her 2007 short film, Sick Serena and Dregs and Wreck and Wreck, British artist Emily Wardill explores how social behavior is shaped by visual metaphors, such as the holy scenes depicted...
  • Culture: Reviews
    Featured Review: Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art with a Master Class from Goya Using the late surreally satiric prints by Francisco Goya as a point of departure, guest...
  • Gut Check: Art
    On June 5, Grand Center neighbors the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis join forces to present Art/Food, an event designed to bring together the two...
  • Dining: Columns
    The 1997 opening of Spago, Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills restaurant, was one of the most fanfared moments in fine-dining history, heralding the age of the megamillion-dollar hotspot and the...

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As a non-collecting institution, CAM focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media. We feature an ever-changing series of exhibitions in our Main Galleries and in The Front Room. CAM was founded on the Mississippi riverfront in 1980 by a group of civic, cultural, and educational leaders to bring visual-arts programming and cultural activities into the downtown core. In 2003, CAM moved into a new permanent space in midtown St. Louis, an area known as the Grand Center Creative and Cultural District. In this location, the museum has served as a significant partner with other cultural organizations to revitalize and develop the area. Our mission is to promote meaningful engagement with the most innovative and relevant art being made today. As St. Louis' preeminent forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, we connect our visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our times. As a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture, we push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and expression.

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