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To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10
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While the transgender/gender-fluid community continues to become more welcome in American society with every passing year, for the most part, its younger members tend to be most visible within the mainstream. Youth is inappropriately valued in our culture, but you can be certain that a growing number of older trans and gender-non-conforming people are out there living their best lives. Photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre spent more than five years traveling the nation to photograph and record the life stories of this hidden demographic, finding subjects in both big cities and small towns. The duo's work is compiled in a new book and exhibition, both titled To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. On Thursday, September 13, the exhibit opens and the book is officially released at a dual reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at Projects + Gallery (4733 McPherson Avenue; www.projects-gallery.com). A dozen large-scale photos of participants are on display, along with ten 18-by-24-inch portraits; all of them include a written narrative about the subject's life. The show continues through October 10. free admission

Projects + Gallery (map)
4733 McPherson Ave
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-696-8678
To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults

Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

Very rarely does an art exhibition include the actual wall an artist worked on, but the Saint Louis Art Museum does so for Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries. A six-foot-by-four-foot section of a temple wall that has a painting of the Bodhisattva Akalokiteśvara (Guanyin) on one side is the focal point of the exhibition, and an exceptionally rare object. The show also includes four hanging scrolls, and a never-before-displayed painted, wooden sculpture of a seated arhat, the Buddhist term for a person who has achieved enlightenment. Chinese Buddhist Art, 10th-15th Centuries is open Tuesday through Sunday (March 30 to August 30) in gallery 225 of the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Admission is free. free admission

New Media Series: Cyprien Gaillard

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 30

Wild rose-ringed parakeets are found in Africa and India — and also in Düsseldorf, Germany. The German variety arrived as pets and then either were released or escaped into the city. The birds have made a home for themselves on one of the city's upscale streets, roosting happily in building façades. Artist Cyprien Gaillard followed the parakeets with a camera as they winged home at twilight. His short film KOE shows flocks of them as they fly past concrete and steel, thousands of miles away from their tropical ancestral lands. The silent film is a commentary on how humanity interferes with nature, and how animals are forced to adapt to a rapidly urbanizing world. KOE is shown on a loop in gallery 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org) as part of the New Media Series. It remains on display Tuesday through Sunday (April 20 to July 15), and admission is free. free admission

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. and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Continues through Sept. 29
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

Riverbend Public Art

Through Dec. 21, 2-5 p.m.
mkellerpaint@gmail.com
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Riverbend, a public art installation, opens at the Gateway Arch National Park September 22, 2-5pm with activity for kids and adults, the Sappington Creek Bluegrass Band and food trucks. The 100-foot-long artwork, made of silver, mirror-like material that references the Arch, shows the navigable Missouri River, highlighting it as the primary means of Westward Expansion and Gateway to the West for Lewis and Clark and many others. Riverbend will represent the confluence with the Mississippi on the east and extend westward. Artist Margaret Keller won the Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Public Works Project commission to create this artwork. Free

http://www.margarekellerstudio.com
Gateway Arch (map)
200 Washington Ave.
St. Louis - Riverfront
phone 877-982-1410

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.

Passport to Korea

Sun., Sept. 30, 1-4 p.m.
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Presented in collaboration with the St. Louis Art Museum as part of the museum’s Family Sundays program, this event offers a chance to make traditional Korean arts and crafts, learn about the Korean alphabet, play games and more. Watch K-Pop dance performances from the Pyro Dance Team, and hear Korean stories in the storytelling corner. Free tours of the museum’s Korean art collection also available. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/258859251630341/

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.

Member Program: Coffee and Curator Talk

Tue., Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m.
phone 314-935-4523
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During construction at the Kemper Art Museum, a number of works from the Museum’s collection—including paintings by Frederic Edwin Church, Willem de Kooning, Max Ernst, and Joan Miró—will be on view in the galleries of the Saint Louis Art Museum. Kemper Art Museum members at the Century Club level and above are invited to join Allison Unruh, associate curator at the Kemper Art Museum, and Melissa Wolfe, curator of American art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, for a discussion on American landscape paintings in both museums’ collections. For Century Club members and above. Free

http://www.kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu/SLAMtalk
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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

Artica 2018: Mississip-Epiphany

Sat., Oct. 13, 12 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sun., Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
articafest@gmail.com
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Artists, musicians, poets, performers and creative citizens are invited to participate in Artica, a multi-media, outdoor participatory arts festival providing the people of the St. Louis metropolitan area with the opportunity to come together as a community through creative self-expression. Artica’s philosophy is one of openness and inclusion. All are welcome to create, participate and celebrate on this sacred heritage site. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/424381908072981/
Artica (map)
Dickson St. and Lewis St.
St. Louis - Riverfront Artica 2018: Mississip-Epiphany
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