Upcoming exhibitions at the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Griot Museum – University News

Beginning in early summer and ending in fall, the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) offers three new upcoming exhibitions.

“Catching the Moment: Contemporary Art from the Ted L. and Maryanne Ellison Simmons Collection” runs June 26 through September 11 for ten dollars per student.

Composed mainly of prints, the collection will present more than 40 contemporary artists and around 200 selections. It will be a new addition to the Museum’s collection of paper and American art from the past sixty years, as well as reviews on social, political and art historical issues. The exhibition will feature works by Kiki Smith, a German-American artist known for her figurative depictions of sexuality, birth, and the relationship between the human condition and the natural realm; Enrique Chagoya, a Mexican-American artist, known for his paintings and prints that deal with secular and religious symbols related to cultural discord between the United States and Latin America as well as the subject of colonialism and oppression in the US foreign policy; and Tom Huck, a Missouri-born American printmaker known for his large woodcuts influenced by Albrecht Durer, Jose Guadalope Posada, R. Crumb, and Honore Daumier.

The collection will add a contemporary American perspective to the Museum that has only been seen in this area in its most recent exhibitions and collections.

“Day & Dream in Modern Germany, 1914-1945” by the Sidney S. and Sadie M. Cohen Gallery will be presented from August 26 to February 26. The collection will include a selection of prints, photographs, drawings and watercolors that investigate the relationship between art, the visible realm and contemporary society influenced by German art, from militant realism to utopian idealism artists influenced by the events of the first half of the 20th century in Germany.

The title is based on Max Beckmann’s 1946 lithographic portfolio “Day & Dream” which featured his surreal fantasy world. The collection will feature Renee Sintenis, a German sculptor who focused her works on sexuality and nature, known for her sculptures of athletes, naked women and young animals that embodied her 1920s New Woman persona with short hair and clothes, an independent lifestyle and sexual relations. liberation, and Walter Grammate, a German painter known for his symbolist, expressionist and surrealist paintings influenced by his mystical view of nature during his travels through Europe.

“Liliana Porter: Fox in the Mirror” will premiere May 6 through September 11. Composed in video form by Liliana Porter, an Argentinian artist known for her repurposed objects found in flea markets, antique shops, and more. which appear as ornaments without substance. but offer a perspective of the imaginative artist’s process and storytelling of inanimate objects. The video, in collaboration with music by Sylvia Meyer, features mechanically theatrical figurines and animals that address the range of human emotions while juxtaposing political imagery in apolitical objects. Like “Catching the Moment,” Liliana Porter’s exhibit will add a contemporary Latin American perspective to the Museum. The two exhibitions question the human condition and culture, while “Catching the Moment” and “Day & Dream” both question the natural domain and contemporary society.

The Griot Museum of Black History is located in St. Louis, just two miles north of SLU. It was originally called The Black World History Wax Museum. The name comes from the idea of ​​the West African griot, who is responsible for collecting and preserving the history of births, deaths and marriages that relate to their community through oral traditions. Like the West African griot, the museum collects and preserves black stories, culture and history. The museum contains collections with wax figures, artifacts, and memorabilia of black individuals who contributed to America’s advancement and their regional connection to the Midwest and American history. For a small fee, visitors can browse the main exhibits which include wax figures, artifacts and memorabilia allowing them to interact with art and learn about Carter G. Woodson, Josephine Baker, James Milton Turner, the Reverend Earl. E Nance Senior and more Black-figures of the last two centuries. The museum also includes an authentic Jonesburg Wright-Smith Plantation slave cabin where visitors can interact with the cabin by walking inside and imagining the circumstances and personal lives of the enslaved families. Plus, visitors can walk through a model section of a transatlantic slave trade ship and re-imagine the conditions slaves had to endure while being transported to the Americas. As a result, the museum allows visitors to not only view art as SLAM, but to interact with it, creating a more personal view and understanding of art rather than an observatory and reflective interpretation. At Le Griot, the visitor is part of the artistic process and the interaction.

Upcoming exhibitions at SLAM and the Griot Museum offer students the opportunity to experience American art in two different forms, one contemporary and visual, the other historical and interactive. During the summer, students can visit both museums for a small fee, allowing them to compare and contrast the wax figures and memorabilia offered at the Griot that differ from prints, photographs, drawings, watercolors, objects and videos. offered at SLAM.

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