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A Century of Japanese Prints

Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 28, 2018

Japan had a long history of woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) that, although now recognized for their artistic qualities, were at the time purely commercial works. That began to change in the mid-nineteenth century, as Japanese artists were exposed to Western printmaking. These early modern artists began the creative print movement, which was motivated by a desire to explore the artistic possibilities of Japan's traditional hand-carved woodblock printing methods. Artists such as Kobayakawa Kiyoshi and Hashiguchi Goyō created portraits of modern Japanese society in prints that are both beautiful works of art and incredible documents of an era. The Saint Louis Art Museum displays a treasure trove of them in the new exhibit, A Century of Japanese Prints. The show opens on Friday, August 11, and remains up through January 28. Admission is free. free admission

Currents 114: Matt Saunders

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 4, 2018

American artist Matt Saunders is interested in the way an image can be altered with the passage of time. He pursues that interest through photography and animation, with a particular emphasis on avoiding cameras. Instead he captures light that has passed through oil paintings on linen, or through printed-on plastic, to create the shadows of images; his photograms are almost dark reflections of the intervening material. Saunders has created all-new work for Currents 114: Matt Saunders, his new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). Among these new works are large-scale copper-plate etchings and a video installation that plays across multiple screens in two galleries. The mutable images of Matt Saunders are on display Tuesday through Sunday (November 17 to February 4) in gallery 249 and 250. Admission is free. free admission

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Sat., Dec. 16, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 17, 2 & 7 p.m., Mon., Dec. 18, 2 p.m., Wed., Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 24, 4 & 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19

Middle children have long read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and thought, "Yeah, great, Elizabeth Bennet got everything she wanted and more; what happened to that voracious reader Mary Bennet?" Playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon have at last provided an answer with their Austen-inspired comedy, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly. Mary Bennet has always been unfavorably compared to her two older and two younger sisters, but now she strikes out on her own. When the holidays provide her an unexpected romance, Mary for the first time is allowed to shine. Can she stop reading long enough to seal the deal? The Repertory Theatre St. Louis has the answer. Miss Bennet is performed Tuesday through Sunday (November 29 to December 24) at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road; www.repstl.org). Tickets are $18.50 to $89. $18.50-$89

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

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 21, 2018

We live in a high-tech world in which we can communicate instantly with someone on the other side of the globe — or even orbiting in space on the International Space Station — without really understanding how such technological marvels occur. We may as well be victims of Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." German artist Thomas Struth reveals how scientists and engineers perform their magic tricks simply by showing you where the magic happens. His monumental photographs reveal the research spaces and installations where science reshapes our world every day. Thirty-five of Struth's visually dense photographs make up the new exhibition Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics at Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The show features robotics laboratories and aeronautical centers that appear to be sets from a big-budget sci-fi movie, but they're really just office spaces for some of the most intelligent people on earth. Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics will be on display November 5 through January 21. Admission is $6 to $12. $6-$12, free on Friday

Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 3, 2018

Photographer Steve McCurry created an iconic image with his portrait of a young Afghani girl and her haunting, bottomless eyes, which stared down his lens and seemingly into the innermost chamber of your heart. But that photograph isn't the extent of McCurry's work. For almost 40 years he has been traveling the world, photographing people in India, the temples of Angkor Wat, burning oil fields in Kuwait, and indeed, even an entire series on the striking eyes he spots in people's faces the world over. Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere, the new exhibition of his work at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Boulevard; www.thesheldon.org), features 37 photographs made by McCurry during his journey. The exhibit opens with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, October 6. The show continues through February 3, 2018, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free. free admission

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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900
Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Carl Safe: The Architecture of Buildings, Furniture and Photographs

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 17, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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The career of Carl Safe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Art at Washington University in St. Louis, is celebrated in this exhibit of furniture, architectural designs and photographs. Safe has been a member of the faculty there since 1970, where he has taught design studios and support courses. In addition to his status as Professor Emeritus, Safe is Principal at Carl Safe Design Consultants. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Invent a Musical Instrument: Selections From The Sheldon's Hartenberger World Music Collection

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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This exhibit features a selection of inventive musical instruments by students from area schools made during The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program in 2016 and 2017. A collaboration between The Sheldon, the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Archdiocesan Schools, Grand Center Arts Academy and Boeing scientists, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program, funded by Boeing, takes students through a design and build process using found objects and recyclables. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Jill Evans Petzall: Still Lives with Stories

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 20, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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Emmy award-winning filmmaker and media-artist Jill Evans Petzall’s innovative exhibit explores how Western biases are promoted across cultures through stereotypes in travel photography. Her photographs shot in Southeast Asia of strangely static human bodies become metaphorical “still lives.” Visitors can record their own stories with the artist on selected days. A selection of the recordings will become a lasting part of the artwork. This interactive exhibit asks us to discover what our snapshots reveal beyond ourselves and our “selfies.” Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 3, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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Documentary photographer and storyteller Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for almost 40 years. His work spans conflicts, ancient traditions and contemporary culture from six continents - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of a young Afghan girl, published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, so powerful. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

The World of Spectacular Strings

Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through April 28, 2018
phone 314-533-9900
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Drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, this exhibit features over 100 unique stringed instruments from around the world including Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. Instruments from the United States include a rare double bass and violin made from matchsticks, a harpsichord owned by former St. Louis resident comedienne Phyllis Diller, a Gibson guitar signed by B.B. King, and a special edition KISS logo Gene Simmons “Axe” bass. Free

http://thesheldon.org/upcoming-exhibits.php
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The Sheldon (map)
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis - Grand Center
phone 314-533-9900

Architecture in Focus: Finding Inspiration from Eric Mendelsohn

Through March 4, 2018
phone 314-725-6555
mmack@cocastl.org

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

http://www.cocastl.org/event/architecture-focus-finding-inspiration-eric-mendelsohn/
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
314.721.0072
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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

http://www.slam.org/exhibitions/nmsbrown.php

Peace

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

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 | www.atriumgallery.net | atrium@earthlink.net Free

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

2017 Hall of Fame Induction & Award Exhibition

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

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

http://iphf.org/exhibitions/iphf-award-hall-fame-induction-event-2017/
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