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Porcupine Quill Embroidery on the Plains: From Center to Fringe

Sat., Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.


The Farrell Auditorium Free Candace S. Greene, ethnologist emeritus and research associate, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution, delivers the Donald Danforth Jr. Lecture on Native American Art. Embroidery using brilliantly dyed porcupine quills was once the most prominent and prestigious of crafts among Plains Indian women. This talk will showcase some early examples of this beautiful art form and explore how it moved from center stage to appear most commonly in a secondary role as the wrapping on fringe. 314.721.0072

Black in the Abstract: Meditations on Black Artists Working with Abstraction from the 1950s to the Present

Fri., Sept. 20, 7-8 p.m.

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This talk considers the history of black artists working in abstraction beginning in the 1950s to the present. In this mediation, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, considers how artists have engaged in abstract painting as an act of resistance, as a marker of identity, as narrative, and as innovative form. Supported by a grant from the Trio Foundation of St. Louis. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this lecture. 314.721.0072

Beyond the Climate Crisis

Sun., Sept. 22, 1-3 p.m.
Central Reform Congregation 5020 Waterman Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Midtown

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Beyond the Climate Crisis: From the Failure of Eden to Eden Once Again. Friends from all walks of life are invited to this event. Rabbi Waskow, a prolific activist, author and speaker on the topic, will address climate change and the challenges to our planet from a progressive faith perspective. Other speakers include Rev. Traci Blackmon, Aamna Answer, and Rabbi Susan Talve. Musical guests include the Choir of Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church and Drummers of the African Hebrew Israelite Community. Open to the public and free to all at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63108. 314-361-1564

Architecture in Context

Sat., Sept. 28, 1-2:30 p.m.
Field House Museum 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown


All architecture exists within a given context – physical, historical, and environmental. Buildings are not isolated objects. They relate to adjacent structures and landscapes, either intentionally or inadvertently, and enter into a “dialogue” across time between the built environment which exists and the new which will transform it. John Guenther will present various new designs which grow out of their contexts in the St. Louis area, discussing how new buildings relate to their historical settings, concluding with the design of the new addition to the Field House Museum. (314) 421-4689

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