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Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8, 2018

Human beings' adaptability is what allows people to gradually come to terms with catastrophic change and trauma. In the Western world, we consider it possible for someone who has experienced a tragedy to "heal," thereby erasing a wrong. But the non-Western world doesn't always believe that disaster can be plastered over. In some countries, the scars and imperfections are celebrated. These conflicting ideas of past damage are the inspiration for French-Algerian artist Kader Attia's exhibition Reason's Oxymorons. Attia interviewed and filmed historians, storytellers, philosophers and ethnographers from around the world discussing their cultural ideas of healing psychic damage. These films are then continuously played on an array of televisions placed throughout a maze of gray cubicles. The viewer can pass from cube to cube, gaining exposure to previously foreign worldviews. Kader Attia: Reason's Oxymorons opens with a free public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on the Washington University campus (1 Brookings Drive; The show remains up through January 8, and the museum is open every day except Tuesday. free admission

Yvonne Osei: Tailored Landscapes

Mondays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Continues through March 4, 2018

Yvonne Osei takes over the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center for her exhibition Tailored Landscapes — literally. Her large-scale photo installation occupies the length and breadth of the gallery, the two-year-old indoor gallery located at Laumeier Sculpture Park. The German-born artist has been photographing Laumeier throughout the past year; these images are then manipulated to create patterns reminiscent of the brightly patterned textiles of her Ghanian culture. Osei's manufactured figures comprise people observing the park’s sculptures, roads and the backdrop of greenery that surrounds Laumeier, but these elements only become apparent at close range. free admission

Kader Attia: Reason’s Oxymorons

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 7-9 p.m. and Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8, 2018
phone 314-935-4523

What is the nature of the self? How do conceptions differ in Western and non-Western cultures? Can individual and collective traumas ever be “fixed,” or do certain wounds defy the notion of repair? In “Reason’s Oxymorons,” French-Algerian artist Kader Attia surveys how different cultures, societies and disciplines grapple with questions of loss and damage. Free

Spotlight Talk: Hannah Klemm

Mon., Dec. 11, 5-6 p.m.

The Kemper Art Museum’s Spotlight Series of online essays invites both established and emerging scholars to offer an array of perspectives on a range of artworks in the Museum’s collection. Each season gallery talks provide visitors the chance to join the authors for deeper analysis and stimulating conversation. free

Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection

Mondays, Wednesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8, 2018
phone 314-935-4523

With its fine slashing lines and dark, inky shadows, Rembrandt’s “The Three Crosses” is mournful, majestic, and exemplifies the artist’s experimental approach to printmaking. This fall, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will present the historic etching, and more than 100 other prints, as part of “Renaissance and Baroque Prints: Investigating the Collection.” Free

Architecture in Focus: Finding Inspiration from Eric Mendelsohn

Through March 4, 2018
phone 314-725-6555

Architecture in Focus: Finding Inspiration from Erich Mendelsohn is a juried visual art exhibition featuring works of photography by Emerging or Young Artists, alongside selected professional work, inspired by COCA’s historic mid-century modernist building. Designed by Erich Mendelsohn as the B’nai Amoona Synagogue, the building was the storied architect’s first American building. It has been COCA’s home since 1977. (Free; open to the public during COCA hours.) Free
Center of Creative Arts (COCA) (map)
524 Trinity Ave.
Delmar/ The Loop
phone 314-725-6555
Architecture in Focus: Finding Inspiration from Eric Mendelsohn

New Media Series: Ben Thorp Brown

Through April 15, 2018

An artist in the fields of video, sculpture, and performance, Ben Thorp Brown's work explores the ways that human experience is transformed by technology and capitalism. The Saint Louis Art Museum presents the premiere exhibition of his new work, Gropius Memory Palace, as the latest installment in the New Media Series. Free


Through Jan. 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-367-1076

Atrium Gallery announces an upcoming holiday exhibition: Peace. Featured will a newly acquired series of small acrylic paintings; “The St. Regis Series” By Willem de Looper. This exhibition opens with a reception Friday November 17th 6-8PM and will continue through January 20th. This opening is included with other Central West end gallery openings on November 17th. Carolyn Miles Owner/Director Thursday - Saturday: 10 - 5 Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment 4814 Washington Ave. (Central West End) St. Louis, MO 63108 314.367.1076 | | Free

Atrium Gallery (map)
4814 Washington Ave.
St. Louis - Central West End
phone 314-367-1076

2017 Hall of Fame Induction & Award Exhibition

Through Feb. 10, 2018, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
phone 314-535-1999

The 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees includes photographers or photography industry visionaries who demonstrate the artistry, passion, and revolution of the past and present craft of photography. This exhibition features the work of: Harry Benson, Ernest H. Brooks II, Edward Curtis, William Eggleston, Anne Geddes, Ryszard Horowitz, James Nachtwey, Cindy Sherman, and Jerry Uelsmann. $0-$5

Kat Douglas & Sukanya Mani: Reflections

Through Dec. 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Reflections, on display 11/3/17 through 12/30/17, is a group show by Kat Douglas and Sukyana Mani, both of whom are intrigued by how we express ourselves leading ultimately to communicating with others. Visual art is a language, after all, and the beginning of written communication was in the form of pictographs and visual codes. Each of these artists explore this concept from opposite ends of human history. Kat Douglas examines communication in a contemporary context while Sukyana Mani starts at the beginning of human mark-making. Open during gallery hours. Free
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Kranzberg Arts Center (map)
501 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-0367
Kat Douglas & Sukanya Mani: Reflections
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