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Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 18

The humble teapot is a staple for ceramicists. They're functional and make good gifts (mothers love them), as well as allowing the artist to stretch creatively. A handle, a lid and a spout are the essential elements, but beyond that, anything goes. Identi-TEA: The Sixteenth Biennial Teapot exhibition at the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; features a wild and whimsical selection of teapots. The opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 12, and the show continues through March 18. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. free admission

Postwar Prints and Multiples: Investigating the Collection

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16

Like many collecting institutions, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (1 Brookings Drive; houses more art than it can easily display. As part of its continuing mission to bring stored pieces out for the public to enjoy, the Kemper presents its new exhibition, Postwar Prints and Multiples: Investigating the Collection. The exhibit draws on the wealth of printed artwork by a range of artists who rose to prominence during the twentieth century from a host of artistic movements. Among the artists represented by key works are Ellsworth Kelly, Claes Oldenburg, Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, Roy Lichtenstein and La Monte Young. Postwar Prints and Multiples opens with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 2, at the museum. The show remains on display through April 16, and admission is free. free admission

Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse

Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 22

Drawing inspiration from the morality tales of cartoons (a cat is always bad, but birds or mice are good; dogs also are heroes), comic books (equally flamboyant bad guys and good guys), video games and films, Trenton Doyle Hancock created his own private universe, one in which the Mounds (half-plant, half-animal, all-good living forest) and the Vegans (they eat Mounds!) endlessly battle it out for supremacy. Both Coonbear and Bringback, a henchman in a striped unitard, are part of the battle, because they're also some part of Hancock. Politics, race, class, identity and issues of social justice are hidden in these stories, just like Sun Ra's own fully scored space operas in the jazz world. Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse is a collection of these drawings, sculptures and prints that show part of the eternal struggle of good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral. The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse opens with a free reception at 7 p.m. Friday, January 19, at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; Hancock will discuss the Moundverse and his work at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20. The show continues through April 22, and the gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. free admission

Island Press: Recent Prints

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 16
phone 314-935-4523

“Island Press: Recent Prints” surveys the last decade of projects from Island Press, the collaborative printmaking workshop housed within Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Known for its innovative and collaborative approach, Island Press works with students, faculty and visiting artists to expand printmaking’s conceptual and material terrain — as well as the artists’ specific practices — through new techniques and processes. Free

Postwar Prints and Multiples: Investigating the Collection

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 16
phone 314-935-4523

Spanning the mid-1940s through the 1970s, “Postwar Prints and Multiples: Investigating the Collection” features work by leading figures associated with European and American abstraction, Pop and Op art, and Conceptual art. Intended to showcase the depth of the museum’s permanent holdings, the exhibition surveys a wide range of visual strategies: from semi-figurative works by Jean Dubuffet, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso; to gestural and geometric abstractions by Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Yaacov Agam and Ellsworth Kelly; to Pop compositions by Marisol, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. Free

A Taste of Wine Country Exhibition

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through April 27
phone 314-402-1959

Green Door art gallery presents “A Taste of Wine Country” with a reception on Friday, March 16 from 5-8 pm. The exhibit/sale will run from March 4 thru April 27 featuring paintings by Anu Vedagiri, large pastels by Marilyn Callahan, Den Smith’s fabricated wood pieces, jewelry by Michelle Wells, Stacey Skinner’s spiders. Also featured, over 35 other artists including textiles, glass, wood, paintings and much more! Green Door art gallery, located at 21 N. Gore, Webster Groves, MO near St. Louis MO. Hours-Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm- Closed Monday and Tuesday www. (314) 402-1959
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
A Taste of Wine Country Exhibition

New Media Series: Ben Thorp Brown

Through April 15

An artist in the fields of video, sculpture, and performance, Ben Thorp Brown's work explores the ways that human experience is transformed by technology and capitalism. The Saint Louis Art Museum presents the premiere exhibition of his new work, Gropius Memory Palace, as the latest installment in the New Media Series. Free

MFA Invitational

Through April 6, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
phone 636-922-8575

St. Charles Community College will display the artwork of some of the region’s finest visual artists currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree March 5-April 6 in the MFA Invitational. Students from Fontbonne University, Washington University in St. Louis, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville and the University of Missouri–Columbia will display artwork in a variety of media and stylistic approaches including painting, sculpture, drawing, mixed media and ceramics. The gallery hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building. Free
St. Charles Community College (map)
Gallery, Shook Fine Arts Bldg
St. Peters
phone 636-922-8575
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