Washington University's expanded Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards) and its chief curator, Sabine Eckmann, present Reality Bites: Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany
. The first exhibit of its kind, featuring more than 30 artists and 70 works, Reality Bites
explores the changes and issues Germany and its citizens have faced since undergoing unification in November of 1989. The multimedia show is divided into three separate themes: "Re-dressing Germany," in which contemporary artists re-examine their national identity, focusing on, but not limited to, that in Berlin; "Traumatic Histories," in which such tragic events and political powers as the Holocaust, the Third Reich, the Red Army Faction and the East German regime are subject (this is where Collier Schorr's Lina, Opening Braid, Bettringen
fits in); and "Global Spaces," the largest section, which observes the many ways globalization has affected Germany after the Wall. The free opening-night reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, February 9, and Reality Bites
continues through Sunday, April 29. For museum hours and more information, visit www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu
or call 314-935-4523.
Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through April 29