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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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The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 12, 2019

America's long history of welcoming new arrivals to Team USA is celebrated in the exhibition The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers. From the earliest days of photography in the 1890s, when Ellis Island clerk Augustus Frederick Sherman began documenting immigrants with his camera, to today, when Italian photographer Alex Majoli captures the crisis of refugees trying to survive the ocean crossing from Africa to Greece, the exhibit shows the people who fled their homes in search of safety. The Immigrants doesn't shy away from the worst moments; Dorothea Lange's suppressed photograph of Japanese Americans in a U.S. internment camp during World War II is part of the show, as are more ennobling images made by Lewis Hine and Bob Gruen. The Immigrants opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 5, at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org). The show remains up through January 12. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon

Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.
phone 314-535-1999
info@iphf.org

How does someone become a ground-breaking artist? Does it start when you’re very little and discover that you like to play dress up? Does it happen when you’re ten years old and someone gives you a Polaroid camera for Christmas? Maybe it begins in college, when you’re finally on your own to discover the world as you see it for the first time. Looking at the life of legendary photographer Cindy Sherman, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan have created an unconventional biography, that much like Cindy Sherman’s famous photographs, has something a little more meaningful under the surface. $5 Members; $10 Non-Members

http://iphf.org/education/jan-greenberg-presents-meet-cindy-sherman-artist-photographer-chameleon/

A Happy Little Holiday Market

Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-315-5279
happylittleeventco@gmail.com
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A Happy Little Holiday Market is the best place to do your holiday shopping! This exciting one-day handmade holiday market features 70 high-quality, juried makers and artists, music, food trucks, vintage wares, free amazing swag bags to the first 100 folks through the door, and free make-and-take projects. Shop local and shop St. Louis! free admission

https://www.facebook.com/events/1402582923221430/

First Friday Old North Art Walk

First Friday of every month, 6-8 p.m. Continues through April 5, 2019
phone 314.627.1603
mkstallings@urbarts.org

@ UrbArts, 2600 N. 14th Street
Join us in Old North every first Friday of the month for our galleries, boutiques, & eateries. Start the experience by getting a map at UrbArts venturing out to different offerings. Live music, DJ, and other performances accent the experience. This event is free and open to the public. free

https://www.urbarts.org/
Urb Arts (map)
2600 N 14th St
St. Louis - North Downtown
phone 314-690-7153
First Friday Old North Art Walk

Art is a Life Long Gift

Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30
phone 314-402-1959
greendoorartgallery@aol.com
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Green Door art gallery presents “Art is a Life Long Gift” features Marijo Bianco’sbeautiful horse illustrations and jewelry, Organic Wreaths made from grasses andwildflowers from her Wild Plant Sanctuary by Pat Tuholske, Garry McMichael’s TexturedCairn Paintings along with 35 other artists’s works. These will be available fromNovember 7 thru December 30, 2018. The reception will be Friday, November 16, from5-8:00 pm. 21 N. Gore, Webster Groves MO 63119 314-402-1959 Free

http://www.greendoorartgallery.com
Green Door Art Gallery (map)
21 N. Gore Ave.
Webster Groves
phone 314-402-1959
Art is a Life Long Gift

BFA-MA-MFA Thesis Exhibition

Starts Nov. 30. Fri., Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m., Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. and Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Dec. 14
phone 314-889-1431
aborchardt@fontbonne.edu

The Senior and Master’s Thesis Exhibition and Opening Reception will showcase thesis works from BFA, MA and MFA Graduates in varying mediums; painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, Graphic Design. The show and the opening reception are free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/2178885339104395/
Fontbonne University Gallery of Art (map)
6800 Wydown Blvd.
Clayton
phone 314-889-1431

G-CASH

Fri., Nov. 30, 7-11 p.m.
phone 314-281-3082
granitecityadd@gmail.com
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Join the Granite City Art & Design District for a one night only art auction that will support the gallery and artists. The artists included in this exhibition have been given the opportunity to determine their own percentage of sales. This event will take place off of our main Granite City campus at 3155 Cherokee Street (Beverly (redux)) on November 30th, and will continue on to December 1st from 1-4pm. Donated proceeds will be spent on costs directly related to 2019 programming at G-CADD. G-CADD is a project of Fort Gondo, Inc., a 501(c) non-profit organization. free

http://www.gcadd.org/gcash
Beverly Gallery (map)
3155 Cherokee St.
St. Louis - South City
phone 314-422-4441

Art of the People- Sights & Sounds

Starts Dec. 7. Fri., Dec. 7, 6:30-10 p.m., Fri., Jan. 11, 6:30-10 p.m. and First Friday of every month, 6:30-10 p.m. Continues through May 1, 2019
phone 314-532-0371
tim50fiftykitchen@gmail.com
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Don't you know the drill by now? The event where art, music, food, and drink mesh up oh so well! We have 5 new amazing local artists that will showcase themselves as well as their works! Come to spend because you won't want to miss out on what they have. We also have an amazing band that will leave your ears begging for more! Each artist will donate 1 piece of their work to be raffled off. Raffle tickets are $3 a piece. All those proceeds will go to a local charity. Doors @6:30, band @7-10pm. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/566464890463391/?ti=cl
50Fifty Kitchen (map)
3723 S Kingshighway Blvd
St. Louis - Tower Grove
phone 314-875-9623
Art of the People- Sights & Sounds

Sunday Open Artist Studio

Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Nov. 20
phone 314-260-1689
astlcomics@gmail.com

We're having an artist open studio! We're making an open invite to any local artist/writer that wants to come in on Sundays to work, promote themselves, interact with customers and help other artists improve their work. While you're here, we're going to give you 20% off your drinks. Tell your friends and we'll tell our customers. Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/2029209407338504/
Apotheosis Comics (map)
3206 S Grand Ave
St. Louis - South Grand
phone 314-260-1689
Sunday Open Artist Studio

First Fridays

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.

If a 🌳 falls…

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 28
phone 314-993-4045
dallison@jburroughs.org

American conceptual artist Susan Scafati’s solo show "If a 🌳 falls…" explores existence and perception in the age of smartphones, inviting us to think about how representation of one’s self and one’s world is expressed within our visual, virtual culture today. The exhibit includes pigment prints, acrylic sculptures and Tablet-sized silver gelatin prints. The Bonsack Gallery is a not-for-profit educational gallery on the campus of John Burroughs School. The opening reception is Thursday, October 11 from 5:30-7:30 pm; regular gallery hours are 8 am to 5 pm, weekdays. Free

https://jburroughs.org/arts/bonsack-gallery
Bonsack Gallery (map)
755 S. Price Road
Ladue
phone 314-993-4040

Annual Holiday Market

Fri., Nov. 23, 12-5 p.m., Sat., Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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@ Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, 30 Ramey Street Collinsville, IL 62234
A unique Holiday shopping event where over 30 Native American artists sell Native American Arts and Crafts. Many tribal affiliations represented. Items include; jewelry, pottery, sculpture, textiles, paintings and more. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/224223138273043/ Free

https://cahokiamounds.org/event/14th-annual-fall-native-american-holiday-market/
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site (map)
30 Ramey St. & Collinsville Road
Belleville/ Fairview Heights
phone 618-346-5160
Annual Holiday Market

Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3, 2019

The 1960s were a period of social upheaval and radical change in America, and no art form captured that churning spirit better than printmaking. Printmakers have always had one foot in the commercial art world and one in the realm of fine art, and that hybrid nature allows them to adapt to new technologies and new thinking more quickly than, say, sculptors. Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now, the exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), is a treasure trove of startling images. Featuring more than 100 works drawn from the museum's holdings and local private collectors, Graphic Revolution includes landmark prints by the big names (Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup II, Robert Rauschenberg's Signs) and less famous but no less astonishing pieces by modern masters such as Julie Mehretu and Edgar Heap of Birds. The show is open from Sunday, November 11, to February 3. Tickets are $6 to $14, but free to all on Friday. $6-$14, free on Friday

Ruth Asawa: Life's Work Curatorial Tour

Fri., Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m.
phone 314-754-1850
khasler@pulitzerarts.org
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Join Curator Tamara H. Schenkenberg for a tour of Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work. This landmark career-spanning show brings together some eighty works, comprising nearly sixty sculptures from the full trajectory of her career—including looped wire, tied wire, electroplated, and cast works—as well as twenty drawings and collages. Photograph by Virginia Harold free

https://pulitzerarts.org/program/ruth-asawa-curatorial-tour-dec/
Pulitzer Arts Foundation (map)
3716 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-754-1850
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