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Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present 

When: Sat., March 19, 5 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through May 14 2016
Price: free admission
St. Louis was the first city with a major type foundry in the Midwest, which helped St. Louis attract the printers, publishers, writers and artists who created and documented the daily life and creative output of a growing metropolis. The exhibition Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Past and Present celebrates the historic Central Type Foundry St. Louis (1870 to 1892) with posters made by contemporary typographers and graphic designers using Ben Kiel's modern homage to the Central Type Foundry's "Geometric" typeface. Traci Moore's piece Geometrica uses the stark image of black and white fists raised together against a red background with a quote from Elie Wiesel. Misty Manley memorializes the malapropisms of Nova Scotian folk hero Ricky (from Trailer Park Boys) by enshrining them in representative icons against a subtle background of trailer park detritus in her piece, The Politics of Ricky. Cast and Recast opens with a free reception at 5 p.m. today at UMSL's Gallery 210 (44 East Drive, between the UMSL North MetroLink stop and the Touhill; 31-516-5976). The show remains up through Saturday, May 14, with the gallery open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.
— Paul Friswold


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