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Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 1


The consumers of middle- and upper-class society in the eighteenth century developed a passion for rural scenes of traditional country life, just as the introduction of copperplate printing to the textile industry made it possible to produce fabrics with intricately detailed scenes printed upon them. Textile factories began churning out yards of fabric with shepherds, village fêtes and strolling couples for a market that could afford to buy them as furniture coverings, bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral: Visions of the Countryside in 18th-Century Europe, an exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, includes numerous examples of the craft, several of which have never before been shown at the museum. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a reconstructed bed with printed bedding and curtains. Printing the Pastoral continues through December 1 in gallery 100 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. 314-721-0072

Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 15


While Paul Gauguin is perhaps best known for his lush paintings of Tahiti, he was an inveterate experimenter (as most artists are). Gauguin's prodigious output in all media is showcased in the new exhibition at Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention. Built around a loan of 55 pieces by Danish institution Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, The Art of Invention includes examples of Gauguin's early Impressionist works, woodcarvings, prints, sculptures and writings. It includes a rare edition of the artist's manuscript Modern Thought and Catholicism, which was gifted to the museum by actor and art collector Vincent Price. The Art of Invention is on display in the main exhibition gallery Tuesday through Sunday (July 21 to September 15). Admission is $6 to $15, and free on Fridays. 314-721-0072

Carlos Zamora: cART

Through Dec. 22


Art is something to be appreciated, and St. Louis-based illustrator/graphic designer Carlos Zamora's cART exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of those examples. Zamora transformed three golf carts into kinetic sculptures by installing his oversized paper boat sculptures on top and wrapping the bodies with printed vinyl slogans. A fourth large paper boat sculpture will be placed in a creek on the Laumeier grounds. The Cuban native drew inspiration for the project from his heritage, specifically the song "Baraquio de papel" — "Little Paper Boat" — as well as Cuban car culture, nursery rhymes and politics.

Carlos Zamora: cART opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road; www.laumeier.org). The following night a Havana Night celebration takes place in the park's Aronson Fine Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with mojitos, snacks, "Casino" dance lessons and a screenprinted poster station. Tickets are $25, but admission to the park and Zamora's boat sculptures is free. The exhibition continues through December 22, and the park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 30 minutes past sunset.

314-615-5278

Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; www.mohistory.org). A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

Antigone

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31
The Chapel 6238 Alexander Dr, Clayton Clayton


Sophocles' classic tragedy Antigone has survived more than two millennia because of the undeniable truth at its core: When a person's faith is pitted against the demands of the state, faith will win, even if that means more punishment. Antigone is the daughter of the deceased king Oedipus, who has placed his kingdom in his brother Creon's hands. Creon rules that everyone who fought on the losing side of the recent civil war remain unburied and unmourned on pain of death. (In Greek culture, doing so damns the unburied to a hellish afterlife rather than the paradise of Elysium.) Antigone's brother, Polyneices, is one of those unburied, and she goes to bury him and is caught in the act. Her Uncle Creon demands to know why she did it, and Antigone tells him divine laws supersede his laws and will continue to defy him. For this, she's entombed alive, which sets off a string of horrible tragedies for Creon. ERA and Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble present a new version of Antigone that was workshopped and updated by Prison Performing Arts and Saint Louis University Theatre. The tragedy is performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (August 14 to 31) at the Chapel (6328 Alexander Drive; www.slighlyoff.org). Tickets are $20.

Sam Falls: Conception

Aug. 24-Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Sam Falls' artworks are inspired by, and at least in part created by, nature. For his exhibition at Laumeier Sculpture Park, Falls laid a canvas covered with dry pigments on ground in the park's woodland. Left there for several days, the dew, whatever rain fell and the sunlight that passed through the leaves overhead and onto the canvas made a record of the local flora. In addition to his large-scale nature paintings, Falls has also mosaicked a pair of steel I-beams with tiles featuring native plants grown especially by Laumeier's master gardener at Falls' request. The finished beams are placed standing upright in the forest, reflecting and refracting the natural landscape that surrounds them. Sam Falls: Conception opens with a free public reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at the Aronson Fine Arts Center in Laumeier Sculpture Park (12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills; www.laumeier.org). Falls' work remains on display through December 22. 314-615-5278

Speak Now: Marcus Jarrell Williams

Thu., Aug. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Center of Creative Arts (COCA) 524 Trinity Ave., University City Delmar/ The Loop


Join us for an intimate conversation with COCA visiting artist, Marcus Jarrell Williams, formerly with Alvin Ailey. Speak Now gives audiences the chance for a sneak peek at works that will debut in future shows and a chance to ask questions of some of the world’s premiere choreographers, performers and directors. This is a free event 314-725-6555

Textures

Fri., Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu., Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu., Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu., Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu., Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu., Oct. 10, Fri., Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 12, Thu., Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Atrium Gallery 4814 Washington Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Central West End


A group show featuring 11 artists who use texture in their work, the exhibition will offer an opportunity to examine how this variable practice is used to express their intentions. This is an extensive exhibition featuring work by Lore Bert, Leila Daw, Claudia DeMonte, Nicola López, Kirk Pedersen, John Schwartzkopf, Steven Sorman, Janet Sorokin, Katy Stone, Christopher Tanner and William Yonker. While mostly two-dimensional works with collage and textured surfaces, also included are sculpture by John Schwartzkopf and Katy Stone, as well as new earthenware pieces by William Yonker. The exhibition opens Friday August 16th with a Reception from 6-8 314-367-1076

Sheree K. Nielsen

Thu., Aug. 29, 7:30-8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Main Street Books 307 S. Main St., St. Charles St. Charles


Sheree K. Nielsen will be reading from her poetry and photography collection, Mondays in October, her love song for the beach and her eternal companion water. The book is about art, nature, movement and learning to slow down and is dedicated to the Siteman Cancer Center nurses for helping make her chemotherapy treatments for Waldenstrom's lymphoma more bearable. She'll bring wine and chocolate to sip and savor, and give away a box of chocolates at event's end. Sheree's the author/poet/photographer of three other award-winning books - Folly Beach Dances, Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits, and Midnight the One-Eyed Cat. 6369490105

Shakespeare in Love

Thu., Aug. 29, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Aug. 30, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Aug. 31, 8-10 p.m., Sun., Sept. 1, 2-4 p.m., Thu., Sept. 5, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 6, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Sept. 7, 8-10 p.m., Sun., Sept. 8, 2-4 p.m., Thu., Sept. 12, 8-10 p.m., Fri., Sept. 13, 8-10 p.m., Sat., Sept. 14, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 15, 2-4 p.m.
Grandel Theatre 3610 Grandel Square, St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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A funny and genuinely moving comedy by Tom Stoppard, Lee Hall, and Marc Norman. Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block… the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he’s in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece. 314-556-1293

Diana Zeng: Outside In

Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 1
Bonsack Gallery 755 S. Price Road, Ladue Ladue

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The Bonsack Gallery presents "Outside In," a solo exhibition by Diana Zeng that explores how we welcome influences from the outside world and examines how the foreign becomes familiar, from nature to unknown cultures. The show includes vibrant, large-scale oil paintings; abstract works on paper; and a gathering space centered around a re-imagined fire pit infused with personal cultural motifs of Zeng’s interracial family. Unifying her lived experiences between the American Midwest and her ancestral home in China, Zeng confronts innate reactions toward the Other, not as stranger, but as kin. To preview her work, visit dianazeng.com. 314-993-4040

Seen Around Our City

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 29
Green Door Art Gallery 21 N. Gore Ave., Webster Groves Webster Groves

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Green Door art gallery presents “Seen Around Our City”. The Reception is Friday, July 12  from 5-8 pm is free and open to the public. Featuring encaustic scenes of St. Louis by Leah Merriman, mixed media mandalas by Mira Patel, oil paintings by Michael Anderson, and whimsical animal paintings by Alison Bozarth. Available from July 1 through August 29, 2019 along with 30 other artists. 21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves in the historical Heritage Building.  Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Closed Monday and Tuesday   www.Greendoorartgallery.com (314) 402-1959 314-402-1959

Flock

Through Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Central Print 2624 N 14th St, St. Louis St. Louis - North Downtown


Join us for a series of events with Rachel Simmons as she presents Flock with an exhibition, artist talk, and a workshop. “Flock is a socially engaged project which draws connections between the subculture of bird watching and our broader cultural values through collaborative, community dialogue and printmaking.” Rachel Simmons has exhibited at the Constellation Studios in Lincoln, NE, Orlando Science Center, and Cornell Fine Arts Museum on the Rollins campus. “Flock began in Lincoln, NE, where I facilitated a “print action” in which local art/bird enthusiasts assisted me in creating a flock printed bird silhouettes at Constellation Studios." 314-241-1346

Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention

Through Sept. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Journey through the fascinating progression of Paul Gauguin’s artistic career, from his early Impressionist paintings to his iconic works from Brittany and Tahiti to his exploration of ceramics and sculpture. This exceptional display of ninety artworks, many of which have never before been seen in St. Louis, unveils Gauguin’s experimental and innovative artistic nature. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the distinguished Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. 314.721.0072

Balinese Art

Through Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Balinese Art features a selection of rich and varied works of art produced in Bali, Indonesia during the 20th century. Bali’s visual and performing arts reflect the Hindu religious beliefs of its people that are distinct from the predominantly Islamic culture found elsewhere in Indonesia. Artists drew inspiration from nature, village life, and narratives from Hindu epics and local tales. The installation includes eight paintings and two ceremonial masks used for the central figures in the giant puppet dance known as Barong Landung, which may still be experienced today. Gallery 225 is devoted to the periodic rotation of Asian art 314.721.0072

Architectonic, 250 Years of Saint Charles, & Marked: Rusted Wovens

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 13
Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles St. Charles

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Three free exhibitions will be on display July 26 - September 13. "Architectonic" is an all media national exhibition juried by Nancy Newman Rice highlighting works that are inspired by architecture or that incorporate architectural elements. "250 Years of Saint Charles" is an exhibition of local architecture throughout the city’s history. Blueprints, etchings,drawings, paintings, and photographs curated and shared from the St. Charles County Historical Society and the Frenchtown Heritage Museum will be on display in Gallery III of the Foundry Art Centre. Emerging Artist Jennifer Moss will display fiber creations in solo exhibition "Marked: Rusted Wovens". 6362550270

Vaughn T. Davis, Jr.: Ascending Forms

Through Sept. 1, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Millstone Gallery at COCA 524 Trinity Ave., St. Louis University City


In a world fascinated and obsessed with height, flight, and constant progress, St. Louis artist Vaughn T. Davis, Jr. responds by calling attention to the idea, mechanics and feeling of ascension. For his first site-specific installation in the city, Davis has created a collection of vibrant geometric forms characterized by his signature cut out, frayed, ripped, shredded and sliced surface treatments of flatly pigmented and unprimed large-scale canvases. Opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7. 314-725-6555

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