Drink in Art: Rogue States Edition

Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 6–December 29, 2019. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Thursdays and Fridays, September 26–December 29
5:00–8:00 pm

For this season only, enjoy Drink in Art Happy Hour while one of the movies linked to Stephanie Syjuco’s Rogue States installation is…

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Drawing from Observation, August 15, 2019. Photo: Alli Beard.
Drawing from Observation, August 15, 2019. Photo: Alli Beard.

Lines and Shapes

About a dozen men and women representing multiple generations gather in the museum’s lobby for Drawing from Observation, an activity led by Museum Educator José Garza.  “We’re not teaching you to draw,” Garza explains, “We’re teaching you a technique.” 

Before…

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José Garza, Museum Educator, discusses walkshop field recordings with an Oasis tour.
José Garza, Museum Educator, discusses walkshop field recordings with an Oasis tour.

The noise of the feather dusters

Fashionably dressed in white capris and an assortment of artistic printed shirts, a group of twenty adults mill around the café eating croissants and sipping coffee while eagerly anticipating a tour led by CAM’s Museum Educator, José Garza. The group is part of Oasis, an organization that seeks…

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CAM's Alyx Farris and José Garza with Chesterfield Kindercare day campers
CAM's Alyx Farris and José Garza with Chesterfield Kindercare day campers

A Lesson in Color

On a bright Thursday morning at CAM, twenty kids sit around tables drawing pictures and cutting out circles to make buttons. Dressed in matching bright blue shirts, they excitedly talk about the pictures they’re coloring. The children are spending the summer at Chesterfield Kindercare’s day camp, which includes…

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Perishable art

Contemporary art, by its very nature, encourages unconventional materials. Past exhibitions at CAM have included race cars, money, thousands of tiny succulents, and suspended Tillandsia air plants. One of the Lawrence Abu Hamdan installations currently at the museum, Earwitness Inventory, includes a non-descript metal…

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Arianna, Age 11
Arianna, Age 11

Alebrijes of St. Francis

CAM collaborated with St. Francis Community Services summer camp to offer education and art activities to immigrant communities. Visual art served as a vehicle to discuss important topics such as cultural identity, empowerment, and advocacy.

Through hands-on art-making, the students learned the importance of their bicultural…

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Opens Studios STL 2018, Lewis Center, Washington University
Opens Studios STL 2018, Lewis Center, Washington University

Thank You for Doing This

A couple mornings after, Open Studios is remembered images and conversations.

Paintings that play phenomenological tricks: radiant yellows, blues that lighten and darken like an exploration of aquatic depths; these are like windows, like blinds over windows, and with a turn of the eye and mind…

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Photo: Neal Page
Photo: Neal Page

Story Artist

Bobby Norfolk’s innate ability to read and connect with audiences of all ages makes him one of America’s premier storytellers. He is an internationally known “story performer” and no stranger to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, having performed here five times previous to his performance on Saturday…

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Amy Sherald poses with New Art in the Neighborhood students. Photo: Jon Gitchoff.
Amy Sherald poses with New Art in the Neighborhood students. Photo: Jon Gitchoff.

Specific about People

“You know who I am,” she smiles. “I’m Amy Sherald.”

The students from CAM’s New Art in the Neighborhood program are shy and nervous at first, but warm to her in a very short while. She’s totally open, engaging, funny. She’s tall and stands…

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