Everyone is familiar with the iconic image of the evolution of man, the one in which a quadrupedal ape walks left to right across the page, gradually becoming upright, less shaggy and better dressed by the time he reaches the right margin. It's a nifty visual representation of the passage of millions of years, but its tidiness lacks a visceral punch. Smarter/Faster/Higher: Works by Elizabeth Keithline
, the new installation at Craft Alliance Grand Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-7528 www.craftalliance.org
), offers a much more graphic depiction of evolution. Twenty-six wire sculpture figures crawl from a grove of wire trees on the south side of the gallery, gradually becoming upright as they reach the north wall of the gallery, where a mechanically reproduced drawing of trees awaits them. Viewers can walk among Keithline's piece, recreating the long journey from pastoral beginnings to our high-technology present. Smarter/Faster/Higher
opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 27, at Craft Alliance Grand Center. The exhibition remains on display through Sunday, January 16, 2011, and the gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 27. Continues through Jan. 16, 2010