Marina Zurkow, The Thirsty Bird (still), 2012.
Marina Zurkow, The Thirsty Bird (still), 2012.

Art at Home: The Thirsty Bird Flip-book

Currently on view on CAM’s facade is Marina Zurkow: The Thirsty Bird. On one side of this split screen video, viewers witness the seemingly eternal motion of an oil pump jack (known colloquially as a “thirsty bird”), and on the other side, a range of archetypal figures drinking from a…

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“This moment enforces my belief that we need each other. It sinks in day by day.
“This moment enforces my belief that we need each other. It sinks in day by day." Liz Johnson Artur selfie. Courtesy the artist.

Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Liz Johnson Artur

Liz Johnson Artur takes photographs of people as a means toward connection. As viewers of the photographs, we connect with the people in the pictures. These connections are powerful—one human being, a group of human beings, linked to each other in the space of a museum. A…

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Courtesy Janie Stamm.
Courtesy Janie Stamm.

Art at Home: Embroidery with Janie Stamm

It seems forever ago, but at CAM’s March First Friday event, artist Janie Stamm taught embroidery to anyone who was willing to try, which became an ever expanding group of visitors before the evening was over. Janie was a teaching artist for LEAP Middle School Initiative this season, leading…

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Jen Nugent and Caleb Hauck shovel dirt into Derek Fordjour's installation <em>SHELTER</em>. Photo: Robert Cohen, <em>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</em>
Jen Nugent and Caleb Hauck shovel dirt into Derek Fordjour's installation SHELTER. Photo: Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Where the Magic Happens

Empty crates stand in CAM’s Receiving Area, stored there after the artwork they contained has been put on display. The room is filled with construction materials and meticulously labeled tool boxes, with a paint storage cabinet and a woodshop enclosed within. Jen Nugent leads me around the Staff…

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Courtney Paolicchi
Courtney Paolicchi

From Art Camp to CAM

Courtney Paolicchi is a Visitor Services Associate (VSA) at CAM who is passionate about contemporary art, long walks, and Florence and the Machine. A native of St. Louis, Courtney studied art history in McGill University in Montreal, and returned home to pursue a career in museum work. With…

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LEAP Middle School Initiative at work on Project Lost Island
LEAP Middle School Initiative at work on Project Lost Island

Project Lost Island

Cutting tools, rulers, pieces of cardboard, hot glue guns, duct tape—the CAM Education Studio is filled with art supplies of all sorts, laid out in different stations for each stage of the art-making process. Students crowd around long tables, enjoying their pizza and chattering excitedly in anticipation of…

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CAM VSA Autumn Wright
CAM VSA Autumn Wright

CAM Ambassadors

The first faces you see when you walk into CAM are those of the Visitor Service Associates. VSAs do more than safeguard the art—they are CAM ambassadors who are informed and willing to give you a ten-minute Spotlight Tour of one of the works on view. Far from…

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CAM VSA Gian Garma and Alice Nguyen on a Spotlight Tour.
CAM VSA Gian Garma and Alice Nguyen on a Spotlight Tour.

Shining a Spotlight

When you step into CAM, you often find yourself in the presence of the unfamiliar. This may induce wonder, mystification, a sense of the sublime, confusion, or all of the above. Even for the most sophisticated museumgoer, an encounter with contemporary art can be a disorienting experience. Sometimes…

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Dirt is ready for walking.
Dirt is ready for walking.

CAM Gets Dirty

Four large white plastic bags neatly line CAM’s loading dock. Each bag is tightly packed with dirt. Earthy scents fill the air. Outside, a forklift slowly moves another white bag from a flatbed truck and places it against the museum’s outer walls. A member of CAM’s install crew…

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The colors of Stephanie Syjuco's <em>Rogue States</em> flags are made more visible to visitors wtih color blindness with EnChroma glasses.
The colors of Stephanie Syjuco's Rogue States flags are made more visible to visitors wtih color blindness with EnChroma glasses.

In Living Color

Perched upon the front desk at CAM a pair of EnChroma glasses is on display. These lightweight glasses have a thick black frame with a pinkish lens, and allows those with color blindness to see more of the color spectrum. According to the National Eye Institute, about 8.5…

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