Adult Classes

The Power of Printmaking
Saturday, November 19, 10:30 am-4:30 pm
Daniel Heyman, artist
Education Center


Printmaking is a powerful vehicle for communicating political, social, and personal messages. Explore printmaking techniques and create a woodblock print with artist Daniel Heyman, whose Amman Portfolio is featured in Impressions of War. All experience levels welcome (ages 18+).

This event is part of the Politics, Propaganda, and the Power of Art program series.

Youth Classes

Wee Wednesdays
Third Wednesday of each Month:
April 20, May 18, June 15
July 20, August 17, September 21
10:30–11:30 am

Free; pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Perfect for pre-kindergarteners and their parents. This hour-long Museum experience allows tots to use their imaginations during a gallery tour, story time, and a hands-on art project.

Registration is open for the following dates:
October 19
November 16
December 14

For October 19 class, registration opens September 23
For November 16 class, registration opens October 21
For December 14 class, registration opens November 18


Gallery Talks

Thursday, September 15, 11:00 am
Friday, September 16, 6:00 pm

Feline Imagery in Ancient America
Amy Clark, Senior research assistant Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Thursday, September 22, 11:00 am
Friday, September 23, 6:00 pm

Modern Bathers
Amanda Beresford, doctoral candidate, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, October 6, 11:00 am
Friday, October 7, 6:00 pm

Textiles: Politics and Patriotism
Zoe Perkins, textile conservator

Thursday, October 13, 11:00 am
Friday, October 14, 6:00 pm

Scrape, Scratch, and Burn: European Art in the Aftermath of World War II
Gretchen Wagner, Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Thursday, October 20, 11:00 am
Friday, October 21, 6:00 pm

Photorealism: Close, Flack, and Richter
Bradley Bailey, associate professor of art history, Saint Louis University

Thursday, November 3, 11:00 am
Friday, November 4, 6:00 pm

George Caleb Bingham's Political Career and Its Impact on His Art
Charles E. Valier, president, The Bingham Trust

Thursday, November 10, 11:00 am
Friday, November 11, 6:00 pm

Introducing the New American Art Galleries
Melissa Wolfe, curator of American Art

Thursday, November 17, 11:00 am
Friday, November 18, 6:00 pm

From Reconstruction to Reunification: Contemporary German Art, 1964–1992
Hannah Klemm, assistant curator for modern and contemporary art

Thursday, December 1, 11:00 am
Friday, December 2, 6:00 pm

Heather Read, PhD candidate, art history, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, December 8, 11:00 am
Friday, December 9, 6:00 pm

Japanese Painting and Calligraphy: Highlights from the Collection
Rhiannon Paget, Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art

Thursday, December 15, 11:00 am
Friday, December 16, 6:00 pm

The Medium is the Message
Jeanne Zarucchi, professor of art history and French, University of Missouri–St. Louis

Thursday, December 22, 11:00 am
Friday, December 23, 6:00 pm

Nicolaes Maes' The Account Keeper
Samuel Harned, historian

This event is part of the Politics, Propaganda, and the Power of Art program series.
Artist Talk: Dara Birnbaum
Wednesday, October 19, 11 am
Education Center

New York-based artist Dara Birnbaum discusses her career as an innovator in early video art of the 1970s. Birnbaum's provocative video work appropriates period television footage to critique mass media's gender biases.

Donald Danforth Jr. Lecture

Through Artists' Eyes: The Donald Danforth Jr. Collection of Plains Indian Art
Saturday, October 29, 11 am
Emil Her Many Horses, curator, National Museum of the American Indian

Emil Her Many Horses, Associate Curator and beadwork artist will feature examples from the Museum's Donald Danforth Jr. Collection of Plains Indian Art to examine how new trade materials influenced traditional art forms. As artists utilized new materials specific tribal styles emerged through quill and beadwork techniques and designs.

George E. Mylonas Lecture

Home on Board: The Kyrenia Ship and the Goods of its Crew
Friday, November 4, 7pm
Andrea Berlin, James R. Wiseman Chair in Classical Archaeology, Boston University

The Kyrenia ship, discovered in 1964 largely intact near Kyrenia, Cyprus is the best preserved small Greek merchant ship ever found. Its cargo included 400 amphoras, from Rhodes, Knidos, Samos, Paros, and Cyprus, 45 sizeable unused millstones, iron ingots, nearly 10,000 almonds, a consignment of oak planks and logs – and 109 whole and fragmentary vessels that comprised the goods of the crew. The goods of the crew are portable, and functional. These goods allow us a glimpse of life on board for the ship's crew's. In this illustrated lecture these goods will explain the place and date of the ship's final departure, what the character of the ship's crew, life in the 4th century BC – and what some of the smallest fragments reveal of the ship's beginnings before it became a Greek merchantman.

Curator Talks

Drawing to Painting: George Caleb Bingham's Artistic Process
Sunday, November 6, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Meet in Sculpture Hall
Melissa Wolfe, curator of American art
Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings and photographs

Hear from the Museum's curators about George Caleb Bingham's unique artistic process and subject matter through a visit to the recently reinstalled American Galleries and the Print Study Room for a presentation of Bingham's drawings.

Panel Discussion

The Campaign to Save the Bingham Drawings
Sunday, November 6, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Education Center

Panelists The Honorable Christopher S. "Kit" Bond, Charles E. Valier and Nancy W. Work of The Bingham Trust will recount the story of a successful grassroots campaign to save important pieces of America's artistic heritage. A selection of drawings by George Caleb Bingham will be available for viewing.


The American Artist: George Caleb Bingham
Sunday, November 6, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium

Enjoy the St. Louis premiere of the 2016 documentary film about the life and art of Missourian George Caleb Bingham from award-winning Wide Awake Films in partnership with The Friends of Arrow Rock and the Pillsbury Foundation of St. Louis. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

Staged Theatrical Reading

Permanent Collection
Saturday, November 12, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium

Solid Lines Productions presents a reading of Thomas Gibbons' Permanent Collection.

Inspired by the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia,the play examines the institutional, financial, and racial politics of collecting and exhibiting art. A discussion will follow.

Cocktails & Conversation

Artists Respond to War and its Consequences
Friday, November 18, 6 pm cash bar/7 pm program
The Farrell Auditorium

Daniel Heyman, artist
Ila Sheren, assistant professor of art history andarchaeology, Washington University in St. Louis
Ann Wainscott, assistant professor of political science, Saint Louis University

Nelson I. Wu Memorial Lecture

Electric Design: Light, Labor, and Leisure in Prewar Japanese Advertising
Friday, December 2, 7pm
Gennifer Weisenfeld, dean of the humanities andprofessor of art history & visual studies, Duke University, co-presented with East Asian studies, Washington University in St. Louis
The Farrell Auditorium

Japanese manufacturers Toshiba and Matsushita played an important role in cultivating a consumer market for electrical goods in Japan before World War II. The speaker will examine how their companies' graphic design and advertising visualized and commodified the transformative social powers of electric energy.

This event is part of the Politics, Propaganda, and the Power of Art program series.

All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum.