Among those of the ornithological persuasion, the St. Louis region is of prime interest because of our natural flyways. The Mississippi River underwrites that status; it's a superhighway for migrating birds. We have another feathered fact to boast about: While the renowned birdman John James Audubon was still alive, the St. Louis Mercantile Library acquired a rare reserved copy of his masterwork, Birds of America, from his family. This is tantamount to owning a Gutenberg Bible. Celebrate it with the exhibit Audubon and Beyond: Collecting Five Centuries of Natural History at the St. Louis Mercantile Library on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road; 314-516-7240 or www.umsl.edu/mercantile). The extensive exhibit incorporates sections relating to not only birds but also reptiles, mammals, fish, insects, humans, astronomy, geology, meteorology and more. Audubon and Beyond is open 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday (November 9 through June 2017). Admission is free. free admission
In 1944 Marcel Duchamp, Julien Levy and Max Ernst organized The Imagery of Chess, an exhibition of chess sets reimagined by artists and performers. Their hope was that people's vision of the chess board and pieces would be expanded beyond the then-accepted options of either the classic Staunton design or the "French" set. In 2016, the World Chess Hall of Fame exhibited some of the works from the 1944 show to acknowledge the debt owed to those artists for forever altering the look of chess. Imagery of Chess: St. Louis Artists is the new follow-up exhibit, which invites twenty local artists to have their way with the game pieces. Among those participating are Eugenia Alexander, who cites the Afrofuturism movement as a key influence on her work; fashion designer and Project Runway vet Michael Drummond; and Yuka Suga, a glass and metals artist who also works as a therapist. A second, simultaneous show, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, showcases more than 200 chess-themed comic books (you'd be surprised by how many super villains play chess to keep their minds sharp for optimal intricate scheming functionality). There are also superhero-themed chess boards and a comic book reading room. Both exhibitions open a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the World Chess Hall of Fame (4652 Maryland Avenue; www.worldchesshof.org). Imagery of Chess continues through September 14. Pow! remains up through September 17. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. $5 suggested donation
Classical Chinese artists often used trees as inspirations or the focus of their works. Trees and the natural world are the focus of the new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), In the Realm of Trees, which includes photographs, paintings and decorative works that glorify the beauty found in nature. The centerpiece of the show is a set of contemporary photographs called Sacred Tree on Mount Lu, made by Beijing-based photographer Michael Cherney, which was acquired for the museum's permanent collection in 2016 and will be presented for the first time in this exhibit. In the Realm of Trees opens on Friday, March 10, and remains up through Sunday, September 3, in gallery 225. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, and admission is free. free admission
This full-career survey of playwright, novelist and visual artist Rosalyn Drexler offers a rare opportunity to see the breadth of the self-taught artist’s work. Her paintings feature bright colors and figures appropriated from films and print media, which she cropped, enlarged and printed on her canvases and then painted over them. The effect is somewhere between photo-realism, pop art and the visual language of a dream. Chubby Checker depicts a large Chubby mid-twist against squared fields of scarlet and blue and yellow, with couples dancing in 45-sized circles to the left; a smaller Checker echoes the larger one to the right. Love And Violence is far more sharp, a suited man looming over a crumpled blonde woman, grabbing her chin. A triptych of blue windows beneath the tableau show the same man helping to assault a fellow in a trench coat. free admission
Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso was ahead of his time. Rather than creating heroic sculptures of figures from myth or doing a lucrative business in the monumental bronzes that were popular in the late nineteenth century, Rosso's sculptures seem to be caught emerging from bronze or wax. These almost-manifesting faces and forms are incredibly responsive to light, giving his work a fluid, ephemeral nature not often associated with sculpture. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org), includes almost 100 examples of the artist's best work, including some of his photographs and drawings. Experiments in Light and Form opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 11. The show continues through May 13, and the museum is open Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is free. free admission
Edgar Degas may be best known for his paintings and sculptures of dancers, but he was also fascinated by high-fashion hats and the young women who made them in the fashion capital of the world. This multimedia exhibition includes 60 paintings and pastels that depict high-fashion millinery, some by Degas and others by his contemporaries Manet, Renoir, Cassatt and Toulouse-Lautrec, who were all influenced by Degas’ work. More than 40 period hats will be on display as well, many of them by the acknowledged masters of Belle Epoque millinery, including Madame Georgette and Caroline Reboux. The exhibit is free on Fridays; admission is otherwise $6 to $15. $5-$6, free on Friday
The reception will be Friday, March 17, from 5-9 pm. Featuring “A Taste of Wine Country” Missouri’s spirits, food and art as well as the large watercolors by Patty Strubinger, assemblages by Amy Wilcut, turned pens by Sherry and Jay Phillips, jewelry by Michelle Wells and Lauren Nall and 30 other artists will be available from March 8 thru April 30, 2017. Join us for a Taste of Wine Country at Green Door art galleries March 8-April 30, March 17th is the gallery reception!
At age 19, Nicolas Orzio was given a rare opportunity and a great responsiblility to document the World War II recovery efforts throughout Japan during the United States Occupation. Given a camera, jeep, drivevr, and a pass signed by General Douglas MacArthur, Orzio set out for two years on his mission. The images Orzio captured in 1948 and 1949 describe in incredible detail not only the physical recover and struggle of japanese peole, but also a glimpse into the moods and emotions of men, women, and the children. Sadly, Orzio has passed on February 5, 2016. $5 Adults; $3 Students, Seniors, Military; Under 18 Freehttp://iphf.org/events/nicholas-orzio/
Attend for $32 with promo code "FB32" at VinoGogh.com We bring you fun! Our art instructors will show you how to create Art at area restaurants. Enjoy food and beverages from a trusted kitchen while you express your creativity on canvas. We make it easy – simply sign up, show up and have fun (as we bring all the supplies, do the setup and clean up). Did you Vino van Gogh does private parties at your home, with a group of just six people? Visit VinoGogh.com for details. $32 with promo code "FB32" at VinoGogh.comhttp://vinogogh.com/StLouis/Calendar.aspx
Atrium Gallery announces an upcoming mid-winter exhibition, "Abstraction." Opening Friday, February 17th, this show presents work celebrating the power and aesthetic appeal of non-objective works. Featured artists include: Willem de Looper, Michael Marshall, Annette Morriss, Fredrick Nelson, Kirk Pedersen, and John Schwartzkopf. The exhibition opens with a reception Friday, February 17th 6-8 p.m. and will continue through April 22nd. 0http://www.atriumgallery.net
Master calligrapher and manuscript illuminator Bernard Maisner brings together text, materials and design in unexpected ways, arriving at a vibrant compositional and scribal expression rooted in the past but conveyed with a fresh contemporary visual vocabulary. Six large-scale paintings (the artist calls them “giant miniatures”) recently gifted to the museum are accompanied by smaller-scale illuminated manuscripts and paintings. freehttps://www.slu.edu/x115133.xml
This first full-career retrospective highlights the groundbreaking work of Rosalyn Drexler, celebrating her unique contributions to the history of Pop art and her long and multifaceted practice as an artist, novelist, and award-winning playwright. The exhibition features major paintings and collages alongside rarely seen early sculptures as well as photographic and video documentation encompassing Drexler’s wide-ranging and colorful career from the 1950s to the present. 0
Bringing together a broad selection of prints, posters, photographs, and film, this exhibition offers an overview of the thriving entertainment cultures of Paris in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The art of Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and others addresses the pulsating life of the boulevards, the speed of the racetrack, and the performance worlds of the café-concert, ballet, opera, and the theater, both classical and popular. These diverse themes inspired traditional as well as innovative mediums, from fine art prints to commercial posters. 0
The Luminary's second installment of Lot 49 is not a celebration of the Thomas Pynchon novella The Crying of Lot 49. It is, rather, an art auction and celebration of local artists, as well as a fundraiser for the host institution. The name comes from the auction's financial plan: 51 percent of the money from the sale of each piece goes to the artist, while the remaining 49 percent stays with the Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street; www.theluminaryarts.com). More than 50 pieces are up for grabs by artists such as Eric Wesley, Jason Lazarus, Kahlil Irving and Lyndon Barrois Jr. Potential bidders can opt for the VIP cocktail reception and auction preview ticket ($50), which includes complimentary wine and beer, chef-prepared food, the chance to mingle with the artists and the first crack at bidding from 7 to 8 p.m. The public event ($10) runs from 8 to 11 p.m. and features interactive bidding, DJ sets and artist-designed-cocktails. $10-50
Curated by Dr. Jeffrey Hughes, the exhibition Dispositive Environments will highlight the tension between technology and permanence, as well as the too often neglected ecological consequences of technology’s rapid expansion. Featured artists: Ursula Biemann Chris Jordan Eva Ju Libby Reuter & Joshua Rowan John Sabraw The Walter Collective Mel Watkin freehttp://www.dadahwebsteru.com/
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