Aping the Masters 

You've no doubt known someone in your life — for our purposes let's call him Uncle Schlep — whose inflexible opinion of modern art is that any trained monkey could do it. With regard to the Craft Alliance's (6640 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-725-1177 or www.craftalliance.org) new exhibit, Primate Picasso, it turns out Schlep is actually right. Tonight only , from 6 to 8 p.m., take your uncle to Craft Alliance to view framed, original works of art executed by the Saint Louis Zoo's primate residents. The apes' creations will be exhibited in a variety of sizes and will include biographical information about the hirsute aesthetes. Primate Picasso isn't intended solely to showcase the painterly talents of a demographic that never shows up at your typical art opening or gets wall space at MOMA; it's also designed to focus attention and money on the serious issue of conservation of great apes in the wild. All of the proceeds of the sales of the primate art go to benefit the care and conservation of the apes in our zoo and in their natural (threatened) habitat. They're interesting, complex creatures — complex enough to paint, after all — and they need our help.
Fri., Oct. 26, 2012

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