Bethany Collins. Courtesy the artist.
Bethany Collins. Courtesy the artist.

Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Bethany Collins

Bethany Collins moved from one part of Chicago to another in March. “Moving day during a pandemic is definitely worse,” she tells me. But her new neighborhood offers a more walkable part of the city and a daily walk has become part of the quarantine regimen. Collins and I laugh…

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Nicola Tyson, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 27 – April 16, 2017. Photo: David Johnson.
Nicola Tyson, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 27 – April 16, 2017. Photo: David Johnson.

Art at Home: Automatic Drawing

Upon first glance, British-born artist Nicola Tyson’s portraits may call to mind words like ‘ghoulish’ and ‘child-like.’ While viewers may be able to discern a human figure, the bodies and features are so distorted that it’s impossible to determine what the subjects look like. This is because Tyson…

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"I ask him to send me a picture that reflects the situation he is in." Courtesy Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Even though CAM has been closed since March, a conversation with Paul Mpagi Sepuya makes me think even more about exhibitions without an audience. Sepuya’s summer survey in St. Louis is now documented in a gorgeous monograph, a selection from thirteen years of the artist’s photographic explorations within…

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Sanford Biggers, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 8–December 30, 2018. Photo: Dusty Kessler.
Sanford Biggers, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 8–December 30, 2018. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Art at Home: Code Quilting

Sanford Biggers’s work has long focused on African and African American material culture and history. Biggers’s interest in quilting is rooted in the rich tradition of African American quilting, especially those produced by the women of Gee’s Bend—a small, isolated Black community in Alabama. Although each quilter has…

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Tim Youd prepares for <em>The Tunnel</em> in his LA garage. Courtesy the artist.
Tim Youd prepares for The Tunnel in his LA garage. Courtesy the artist.

Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Tim Youd

Tim Youd knows what he’ll be doing for the next month of COVID. “For me,” he says from his Los Angeles home, “it’s a compulsion to make art, and I’m very grateful to have a chance to devote myself to my compulsion—re-typing one novel for a month.”

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Courtesy Marina Zurkow.
Courtesy Marina Zurkow.

Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Marina Zurkow

When everything stopped, Marina Zurkow was teaching social practice and art at Bennington College, in Vermont. In her imagination, Zurkow’s Brooklyn studio is a “sad little empty place,” although in reality she has given another artist access. Zurkow remains in Vermont, in a Bennington dorm room. Outside “nature…

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"I could lie motionless in the middle of the mess, finally able to stay afloat, at least for a little while."—Alice Nguyen

In the Middle of the Mess

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the Washington University in St. Louis chancellor announced in an email to all students the closure of residential housing and a transition to online education in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The university’s decision echoes similar responses from universities nationwide. The announcement came…

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Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Christine Corday

“I’m talking about how art finds a way.” Christine Corday is in her studio about an hour-and-a-half north of New York City, and only half-an-hour away from Westchester County, the location of the original coronavirus epicenter in New York.

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Art at Home: Colored Pencil Blending

Local artist Cecily Fergeson, one of CAM’s recurring teaching artists for our monthly Stroller Tour and Morning Play Date series, shares a virtual colored pencil blending tutorial that kids and adults alike can practice at home! Have you ever wondered the best way to choose your colors before starting…

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Art at Home: Blind Contour Drawing

Running out of Saturday night social distancing ideas? Natalie, one of CAM’s Visitor Services Associates, shares a great way to stay entertained—blind contour drawing!

Watch the video below to see Natalie’s simple tutorial, then grab your quarantine partner (or your pet, or a plant!), keep your eyes…

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