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Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 16, 2019

Lola Álvarez Bravo was a Mexican artist, educator and curator whose life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century. From the 1930s to the 1970s, Álvarez Bravo crisscrossed her way across the country with camera in hand, creating portraits of other working artists. Always shooting, she also made images of regular people and the architecture — both old and new — at a time when Mexico was rapidly growing and transforming. Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico, the new exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Boulevard; www.pulitzerarts.org), features more than 40 of her black-and-white photographs in all their glory. Picturing Mexico opens with a free reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, September 14. Also debuting the same night are more than 60 sculptures by Ruth Asawa, who often worked with wire. Both shows remain on display through February 16. The Pulitzer is open Wednesday through Saturday. free admission

Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico

Sanford Biggers and Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis opens some of the most ambitious and vital shows in its history this month, with a series of exhibitions by, and about, black artists and the black experience. Sanford Biggers works directly with the materials of his forebearers — quilts and African sculptures — only he reshapes and repurposes them as contemporary statements about black identity, history and trauma. Biggers gives found quilts new life with new handwork, encoding personal messages into their original pattern. The fact that the work of an anonymous black craftsman or woman now appears in galleries and museums around the world, even in Biggers' modified form, is both subversive and celebratory. With wooden sculptures, some of which are copies, he dips them in wax and then works them over with firearms. What begins as a statue of a human or human-shaped supernatural being becomes obscured, disfigured and unrecognizable through the violence wrought upon it.

In addition to Biggers' work, CAM presents a show of the private photos of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat emerged from the New York City hip-hop/punk/graffiti scenes in the 1970s as one-half of the graffiti duo SAMO, along with Al Diaz. The pair together tagged buildings with cryptic phrases denouncing the establishment, politics and religion, always signed "SAMO" (an acronym for "Same Old Shit"). When the duo broke up, Basquiat performed in the noise rock band Test Pattern (later named "Gray") with Vincent Gallo and Michael Holman. He lived on the streets, sold drugs and experimented with Xerox art, painting and drawing. Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980 will showcase everything the artist made while living in a small East Village apartment with his friend Alexis Adler before he hit the big time. It's a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as Adler's photographs of his friend.

Both exhibitions open with a free reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 7, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (3750 Washington Boulevard; www.camstl.org). The shows continue through December 30.

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Watershed Cairns: Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Sept. 23
phone 314-533-9900

Libby Reuter and collaborator, the photographer Joshua Rowan, temporarily place site-specific cairns in the landscape to mark watersheds around the area. The exhibition features seven cairns in the sculpture garden and photographs by Rowan on a video monitor alongside the installation. Featured in the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Sculpture Garden. Free

http://thesheldon.org/current-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Tour de Museum

Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.
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Led by Trailnet, this bike ride begins at CAM and includes stops at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Citygarden, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

First Friday / Open Studios STL Kick-Off

Fri., Oct. 5, 5-9 p.m.

Mark the First Friday of every month on your calendar for a culture fest in the Grand Center Arts District. At CAM, join the exhibition tour, have a drink at the bar, and move to the sounds of DJ-in-residence 18andCounting.

Open Studios STL

Sat., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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This weekend event connects the public to artists' studios across the city, creating a unique opportunity to promote dialogue about art-making in St. Louis. Studios East of Grand Boulevard are open on Saturday; Studios West of Grand Boulevard are open on Sunday.

RE: Black Visual Mourning

Wed., Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Organized and led by Rebecca Wanzo of Washington University, with participants Nichole Bridges of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Michael Gillespie of City College of New York, the panel explores ways that black artists use visual culture to memorialize black bodies in response to Sanford Biggers.

UnRavel - Couture Under the Big Top

Fri., Oct. 12, 6-10 p.m.
gatewaychapteriida@gmail.com
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Step right up for the Greatest Show on Earth! Unravel is a fashion show hosted by the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) Gateway Chapter. This year’s theme, Couture Under the Big Top, is sure to inspire all who join the 7th Unravel Show. Models strut the runway wearing fashions made from carpet, tile, wall coverings and more created by local architecture and interior design firms! Enjoy the spectacular show, circus inspired hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary bar. Come join us October 12th, where fantasies and dreams become reality on the runway! Doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. $25 - $95

https://www.facebook.com/events/217330365595091/
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Circus Flora Big Top (map)
3401 Washington Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-289-4040

Artist Talk: SUPERFLEX

Thu., Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m.
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Members of the Danish art collective SUPERFLEX discuss their multidimensional practice and the video installation European Union Mayotte with CAM Chief Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi.

First Fridays

Fri., Nov. 2, 5-9 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m.

Mark the First Friday of every month on your calendar for a culture fest in the Grand Center Arts District. At CAM, join the exhibition tour, have a drink at the bar, and move to the sounds of DJ-in-residence 18andCounting.

Boom for Real

Thu., Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
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Subtitled The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the documentary not only presents rare footage of the young artist, but tells a story of a New York City that may be unrecognizable to some. A part of the '70s scene, Director Sarah Driver worked collaboratively with such artists as Jim Jarmusch, Fab Five Freddy, Kenny Scharf, and Alexis Adler to tell this intimate story. This St. Louis premier is presented in partnership with St. Louis International Film Festival.

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