A Family Affair

Through Hidden in Plain Sight, St. Louis-based artist Bunny Burson explores the connective tissues of her family by employing the use of lost letters between her own mother and grandmother. Discovered in 2009 by the artist, these found letters serve as a window into the otherwise unknown lives and relationships of her grandparents during their attempt to flee war-torn Germany between 1939 and 1941. Informed by the touching context of the letters, Burson reconnects with her family's past through haunting narrative, filling a more than 50-year-old void of unanswered questions. Offering prints, drawings and installations inspired by more than 100 letters, Burson questions the origins of her identity while allowing viewers to explore the conceptualization through mixed media. Hidden in Plain Sight opens with a free reception from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Bruno David Gallery (3721 Washington Boulevard; www.brunodavidgallery.com). Additionally, at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, Burson's daughter Clare Burson will perform a recital from Silver and Ash, a concept album reimagining her grandmother's life leading up to her escape in 1938.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 12. Continues through June 30, 2012

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