The concrete, stainless-steel mesh walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, courtyard terrace and dynamic array of ever-changing contemporary art exhibits make the Contemporary Art Museum an effortlessly modern setting for couples in-the-know.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
As the summer winds down, many of St. Louis’ top arts organizations are ramping up a new season. We asked in-the-know arts professionals what they’re most looking forward to in the world of visual and performing arts.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in fashion design at the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts presented their work at the 85th Annual Fashion and Design Show. Models, who walked the runway wearing the students’ creations, had their hair style by Dominic Bertani and his staff from Dominic Michael Salons. Bertani, who has styled hair at the event for 22 years, sponsors the Silver Scissors Designer of the Year, which was presented to senior Claudia Frolova this year.
St. Louis may be known as a sports town, but Jill McGuire says that the Gateway City should be thought of as something else—an "arts town."
The Saint Louis Art Museum is extending its run of the groundbreaking exhibit, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet. The exhibition is now running through Bastille Day, the French national holiday on July 14.
There was some excitement in the art world this week, when news surfaced about a hidden painting found beneath Picasso’s The Blue Room. As first reported by the Associated Press, conservators at The Phillips Collection in Washington have long suspected that there might be something under the surface of the 1901 masterpiece. And indeed, they’ve confirmed that infrared imagery has revealed a portrait of an unknown man in a jacket and bow tie, with his face resting on his hand. Who is he? That’s the next mystery to figure out.
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When we embarked on our journey to Bentonville, Arkansas, we were prepared for the unexpected—and that’s certainly what we got. We now understand why the art world is abuzz.
Eighty years ago, in southern Missouri, world-class artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Joe Jones and Oscar Thalinger set up their easels and began to paint. They taught at the Summer School of Art, an offshoot of the Ste. Genevieve Art Colony, which was formed by two women serving on the St. Louis Artists’ Guild board of governors. The women, who normally summered on the coast to paint, started the colony when the Great Depression hindered their ability to travel.
Fans of fine food and the works of The Bard will be pleased to find out that Bixby’s, located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum, is partnering with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis for this year’s productions of Henry IV and Henry V. Bixby’s will host an intimate and elegant communal dining experience for five nights throughout the run of the show. Guests can make reservations to dine at a community table, under the stars, and enjoy a lavish full-course meal, focused on dining with local influence. This experience is limited to 40 guests per night. Tickets are $50 and include a reserved seat for the show; dinners begin at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at sfstl.com.
Things are about to get wilder at the Saint Louis Zoo. Beginning this Saturday, three new animal habitats will open to the public: The Purina Painted Dog Preserve, the Sun Bear Forest and the Andean Bear Range.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America presented David and Thelma Steward with the Soaring Eagle Award at its annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner. David, who was not allowed to join his local Boy Scout troop as a boy in Clinton, Missouri, because it did not allow people of color, rose through the ranks of scouting after his mother started her own troop that accepted all people. He has continued to stay active in the organization throughout adulthood. The dinner also recognized the almost 600 young men who earned the rank of Eagle Scout last year, the organization’s highest rank attainable.
A Pacific Parade cruise is the perfect getaway for someone not wanting to travel too far, but still enjoy exciting cities and wonderful adventures they may never have otherwise. After a plane ride to Vancouver, we boarded the Celebrity Century to embark on an 11-day journey down the west coast of Canada and the United States.
There are virtually endless ways for youngsters to have a memorable summer break in St. Louis. Mark your calendar for these family-friendly festivities, and get ready for some fun in the sun!
Nothing says summer like a festive outdoor fete. Lucky for us, St. Louis has a full slate of art and entertainment under the summer sun and stars—many with the welcoming perk of free admission. So, as the season starts to heat up, be sure to save the date for these festival favorites.
Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: St. Louis Union Station. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration and more.
What’s being billed as the gala event of the summer takes place under the big top later this month: Circus Flora's signature Flora Dora annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 31, under the big top adjacent to Powell Hall.
The Saint Louis Art Museum has been adding sophistication, grandeur and beauty to the landscape of Forest Park since the 1904 World's Fair. In honor of its current Impressionist France exhibit, the museum's gift shop has a pléthore—or for those not yet engulfed in the Parisian experience, plethora—of French-inspired accessories and oddities. Whether you're in the mood to celebrate the city's heritage or simply honor this Beaux Arts architectural gem of the Fair, these accessories and gifts are nothing short of très chic.
For a taste of the 1904 World’s Fair beyond the food, the Missouri History Museum continues to offer the in-depth exhibit, The 1904 World's Fair: Looking Back at Looking Forward.
Craving more quality time with your child? These area programs and institutions offer unique mother-child experiences that are sure to be full of entertainment while promoting togetherness.
Even with a handful of St. Louis landmarks still standing 110 years later, it’s still hard to imagine the grandeur of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, better known to us as the 1904 World’s Fair. Beginning in the spring of that year, more than 20 million people from all corners of the globe would show up at our doorstep, ready to experience the world at their fingertips through our city.
It’s a milestone year for SING FOR SITEMAN, the annual event that brings together a group of world-renowned artists from OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to perform for one night only to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER’s Discovery Fund for cancer research. The fifth annual benefit concert on Monday, June 9, will be held at a new venue this year: the 730-seat Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School. Opera stars STEPHANIE BLYTHE, RENÉ BARBARA, SUSANNAH BILLER, PATRICK CARFIZZI, LEVI HERNANDEZ, SEAN PANIKKAR and ELIZABETH ZHAROFF will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist CAROL WONG, who also serves as the concert’s artistic director. Co-chairs for the evening are KIM EBERLEIN and CHERI FROMM. For tickets, call 961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman. Ladue News is a proud media sponsor of Sing for Siteman.
Monet’s Water Lilies. Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815. Vincent Van Gogh and the Painters of the Petit Boulevard. Angels from the Vatican: The Invisible Made Visible. In the past 15 years or so, the Saint Louis Art Museum has presented a succession of top-notch exhibitions that have catapulted the institution, as well as our fair city, to join the ranks of other world-class cultural destinations.
In the late 19th century, France was amid an epic transformation: Its lush, natural landscapes were rapidly altered by the impact of industrialization and tourism. All the while, artists and photographers of the time were capturing this significant shift in its national identity. As St. Louisans celebrate the 250th anniversary of their own French heritage, they can explore this period of historic art and change in the expansive new exhibit, Impressionist France, on view through July 6 at Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building.