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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

Foundations of Freedom

Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 31
Field House Museum 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

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Dred Scott was a slave who'd been taken from Missouri, a slave state, to Illinois, a free one. Yet he remained in bondage. In 1846 Scott sued for freedom from enslavement for himself and his wife Harriet, arguing that his two years of residing in a free state should make him a citizen under the doctrine of "once free, always free." The case was fought in various courts from 1846 to 1857, with victories and setbacks along the way. After the Scotts' patron could no longer pay their legal fees, St. Louis attorney Roswell Field took the case pro bono and continued the fight to win the Scotts' freedom. It was an unpopular cause in Missouri, but the Scotts' eventual defeat helped further stiffen the spine of the abolitionist cause. Roswell Field's home is now the Field House Museum, which opens its new exhibition, Foundations of Freedom, in honor of Black History Month. The exhibit tells the story of the Scotts' long legal struggle, other freedom suits and the national conversation about the legality of slavery in the nineteenth century. Foundations of Freedom opens Saturday, February 2, at the Field House Museum (634 South Broadway; www.eugenefieldhouse.org). It remains on display through January 31, 2020, and the museum is open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5 to $10. 314-421-4689

Lecture: Ai Weiwei: Between Mao and Warhol

Wed., Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m.

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In this lecture, John J. Curley, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at Wake Forest University, will discuss the hybridity of Ai Weiwei’s artistic practice. In many of his works, Ai emulates Western exemplars like Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp but infuses these models with techniques learned from communist propaganda during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Ai’s practice thus transforms Duchamp’s and Warhol’s postures of critical ambiguity into clear political statements, allowing his works to be read as both works of contemporary art and social activism. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

Decoys & Depictions: Images of the Digital

Thu., Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-6 p.m. Continues through Nov. 16
Des Lee Gallery 1627 Washington Ave., St. Louis St. Louis - Washington Avenue


More than 30 architects and artists will present projects exploring how contemporary digital images are constructed and operate. 314-935-6200

Gallery Conversation: On Ai Weiwei and Architectural Design

Thu., Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m.

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Igor Marjanović, JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor and chair of undergraduate architecture in the Sam Fox School, and students from "Introduction to Design Processes I" will join Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, for a discussion of Ai Weiwei's art in relation to architectural context and human experience. Free and open to the public. In conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. 314-935-5490

Art on Campus Walking Tour

Fri., Nov. 1, 2 p.m.

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Put on your walking shoes for a tour of artworks installed throughout the Danforth Campus as part of the Art on Campus program, led by Leslie Markle, curator for public art. The 90-minute begins at the Kemper Art Museum and will include a stop at the new Florence Steinberg Weil Sculpture Garden to see the latest Art on Campus commission by Dan Graham. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for walking. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

First Friday

Fri., Nov. 1, 5-9 p.m.

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The first Friday of every month is a culture fest in the Grand Center Arts District, when CAM and its neighboring art institutions are open for the evening. CAM invites you for an exhibition tour, a drink at the bar, and a set by 2019 DJ-in-residence Syna So Pro. This month: Warm up with hot chocolate from Botanical Roasters; Show your city pride with DIY button-making from STL-Style stickers; Take a guided tour of current exhibitions with a focus on Stephanie Syjuco’s courtyard installation (6:00 pm); Dance to the sounds of CAM DJ-in-Residence Syna So Pr (7:00pm) (314) 535-4660

Dia de los Muertos

Nov. 2-3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Forest Park


Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, celebrate the Day of the Dead at this family friendly two-day event featuring live music, dance performances, food and family altars built to honor ancestors in a variety of Latin American cultural traditions. The celebration also includes an art display, a photo booth, souvenir printmaking, and a procession through the park. The Teens Make History team will host a story sharing station where individuals can interview each other and record their personal stories. The Family Zone will offer face painting for kids, arts and crafts, film screenings & storytelling in Spanish. 314-746-4599

Sip & Sketch: Editorial Collage with Deb Douglas

Wed., Nov. 6, 6:30-8 p.m.

Buy Tickets$5-$10

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Join us for an evening of collaging with assemblage aficionado Deb Douglas! Inspired by the advertisements on view in A Beautiful Game, participants will create their own unique compositions using fashion editorials and vintage ads as source material. No previous experience necessary. Deb Douglas is a mixed media artist and associate professor of art and art history at Saint Louis University. She graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with an MFA in painting and printmaking. Douglas has exhibited throughout the area including solo exhibitions at The Sheldon Art Galleries in 2018 and the Schmidt Art Center in Belleville, IL. 314-367-9243

Art Inspiring Music: Challenging Perceptions: Harmonic and Social Dissonances

Thu., Nov. 7, 6 p.m.

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This season’s special exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life serves as inspiration for this unique program featuring the violin/clarinet/percussion ensemble F-PLUS. With driving rhythms, moments of extreme dissonance, and complex, interweaving lines, F-PLUS will embark on a sonic journey evocative of Ai Weiwei’s artworks that challenge us to be aware of the world around us in times of political and social turmoil. The program will include works by Roger Zare, WashU composer Christopher Stark, and Howie Kenty. Free and open to the public. Cosponsored with the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences. 314-935-5490

Artist Talk: Bethany Collins

Thu., Nov. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Bethany Collins and Chief Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi engage in a conversation about Chorus, Collins’s exhibition that reveals intersections between race and language. Reserved seating is available for Sustainer-level and above members by emailing members@camstl.org. (314) 535-4660

Stroller Tour / Morning Play Date

Sat., Nov. 9, 9-11 a.m.

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New this year, all Stroller Tours and Morning Play Dates are free! Mark the second Saturday of each month for Stroller Tours, designed for art lovers and their children 2 and under, and Play Dates, which feature artist-led activities and interactive performances, recommended for ages 2 to 5. Join us for a family-friendly tour of the exhibitions before the museum opens to the public. Then head to the performance space for an art-filled play date that is sure to delight. Something new happens every month! (314) 535-4660

Kids Corner

Sat., Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Field House Museum 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Buy Tickets$5

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Join the Field House Museum for a day of family fun! There is something for everyone between the historic house, current exhibitions, and interactives. Each Kids Corner will feature new crafts and activities the whole family is sure to enjoy. For those who would like to tour the house with smaller children, we offer our “tour buddy” stuffed animals to keep little hands busy! For more information please visit our Facebook or Website. 314-421-4689

Crafts & Cocktails: Textile Mending with Gina Alvarez

Wed., Nov. 13, 6:30-8 p.m.

Buy Tickets$5-$10

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Learn the basics of textile mending with community artist, Gina Alvarez! Guests will learn to sew buttons, hems, and a variety of stitches. Attendees are welcome to bring a garment in need of repair to practice, however, materials will also be provided. This workshop is designed for those with no previous experience. Gina Alvarez received her B.A. from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, where she focused her attention on printmaking and costume design. Gina moved to Saint Louis to pursue her Masters in printmaking and drawing at Washington University. She currently runs the Living Arts Studio in Maplewood. 314-367-9243

Gallery Conversation: On China's Past in the Present

Thu., Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m.

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In this gallery talk, Kristina Kleutghen, David W. Mesker Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, and Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, will discuss Ai Weiwei's engagement with China's history, including his use of Chinese artifacts and traditional crafts at the same time the country undergoes a radical and ongoing transformation into a global present and future. Free and open to the public. In conjunction with the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. 314-935-5490

Eating Up Easter

Thu., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m.

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CAM hosts the screening of Eating Up Easter as part of the 28th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. Directed by Sergio M. Rapu, the documentary explores the costs of skyrocketing tourism, as more and more people from around the world come to Easter Island to view the iconic statues. Yet with the boom, the indigenous culture and the island’s fragile environment suffer. Shown in conjunction with Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States. (314) 535-4660

What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?

Fri., Nov. 15, 7-9 p.m.

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CAM hosts the screening of What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? as part of the 28th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. Directed by Roberto Minervini, the documentary focuses on black communities in the South during the summer of 2017, when a series of brutal killings of black men shocked the nation. The film exposes an America still linked to its racist past, and celebrates those who struggle for justice against a tide of hate. Shown in conjunction with the exhibition Bethany Collins: Chorus. (314) 535-4660

Chinese Language Tour of Ai Weiwei: Bare Life

Fri., Nov. 15, 2 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 2 p.m.

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Join WashU art history major Lingran Zhang (LA21) for a special tour of Ai Weiwei: Bare Life in Chinese. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

History Happy Hour

Thu., Nov. 21, 4-7 p.m.
Field House Museum 634 S. Broadway, St. Louis St. Louis - Downtown

Buy Tickets$10

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Explore the Field House Museum after hours during our bi-monthly History Happy Hour. Guests are invited to tour the historic house and check out current exhibitions in the museum while enjoying a complementary selection of drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Grab a friend or co-worker and come unwind while the rush hour traffic slows down. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres are often sponsored by local St. Louis Businesses. For current sponsors and additional information please visit our Facebook page or Website. 314-421-4689

Concert: Chamber Project St. Louis

Fri., Nov. 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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In its twelfth season, Chamber Project St. Louis continues to connect with audiences through a diverse and daring mix of repertoire played in alternative venues. For CAM, the ensemble selected works for the program Beauty: Redefining the ideal, featuring the pop-infused sounds Sri Lankan-Canadian composer Dinuk Wijeratne, a newly commissioned work by 2019 DJ-in-residence Syna So Pro, and the old beauties of Brahms’s Sextet in G major. For tickets visit chamberprojectstl.org. (314) 535-4660

Truths & Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice

Mon., Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m.

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Geoff Ward, associate professor and associate chair in the Department of African & African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences, will discuss his Teaching Gallery exhibition, Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice. Through a selection of artworks from the Museum's collection and objects from the Washington University Libraries, the exhibition considers how art and its presentation can bear witness to difficult truths–colonialism, enslavement, lynching–and the need to reckon with injustice and contribute to repair. Free and open to the public. 314-935-5490

First Friday

Fri., Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m.

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The first Friday of every month is a culture fest in the Grand Center Arts District, when CAM and its neighboring art institutions are open for the evening. CAM invites you for an exhibition tour, a drink at the bar, and a set by 2019 DJ-in-residence Syna So Pro. (314) 535-4660

RE: Living History

Sat., Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.

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In CAM’s courtyard, as part of Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, hangs a flag featuring a design by Mark Twain to protest the US takeover of the Philippines in 1899. Richard Garey, who regularly plays Twain at Hannibal’s Planter’s Barn Theater, brings his portrayal to CAM, and then sets out to discuss issues of re-enactment and the fabrication of history. Support for this program is provided by Missouri Humanities as part of their commitment to a more thoughtful, informed, and civil society. (314) 535-4660

Drawing from Observation

Wed., Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

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Museum Educator José Garza gives a tour of Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States with a focus on observation and discussion. Afterward, Garza leads a drawing workshop with art from the exhibition as subject matter. Drawing from Observation combines seeing, learning, interpretation, and creative activity, all in a single morning. Drawing materials and easels will be provided. Register early—class is limited to 20 participants. (314) 535-4660

Meet Me in the Museum

Thu., Dec. 12, 5-7 p.m.

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If you’re new in town, new to the Museum, or just want a fun way to get to know contemporary art and meet new people, this informal and lively evening includes a tour of the exhibitions, 10% discount items in CAM’s shop, and treats and a complimentary Urban Chestnut beverage in the café. (314) 535-4660

Stroller Tour / Morning Play Date

Sat., Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m.

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New this year, all Stroller Tours and Morning Play Dates are free! Mark the second Saturday of each month for Stroller Tours, designed for art lovers and their children 2 and under, and Play Dates, which feature artist-led activities and interactive performances, recommended for ages 2 to 5. Join us for a family-friendly tour of the exhibitions before the museum opens to the public. Then head to the performance space for an art-filled play date that is sure to delight. Something new happens every month! (314) 535-4660

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