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Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs

Through Jan. 20, 2020
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park

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Photographs are a key element of narrative storytelling, which is why it's so baffling that newspapers have deemed staff photographers an expendable luxury. You probably recognize many of the photographs that won Pulitzer Prizes, from Joe Rosenthal's shot Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, to Alan Diaz's memorable photo of U.S. federal agents seizing Elian Gonzalez, to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Robert Cohen's 2014 image of a protestor throwing a tear-gas canister back at police while protesting the killing of Michael Brown. These photographs shock us, inspire feelings of pride and anger, and inform us, just as great written journalism does. The Newseum in Washington created a traveling exhibit of some of the most beautiful images to win the Pulitzer, and it's a show that will make its St. Louis debut on Saturday, August 3, at the Missouri History Museum (5700 Lindell Boulevard; www.mohistory.org). A second exhibition organized by the Missouri History Museum collected 75 photos of everyday life in St. Louis from the Post-Dispatch archives. Pulitzer Prize Photographs and In Focus: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photographs remain on display through January 20, and admission is free. Parents are cautioned that some of the photographs are intense and may be too much for younger children. 314-746-4599

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

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


Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Supported by a grant from the Trio Foundation of St. Louis. American Sign Language interpretation will be offered. 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

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