Thomas Struth in Context
Wednesday, November 15, 10:30 am–noon
Wednesday, November 29, 10:30 am–noon
Wednesday, December 6, 10:30 am–noon
Education Center
$50 ($40 Members), Register Here

This multiple session class takes an in-depth look at the work of photographer Thomas Struth. The class will investigate the sites of technology featured in Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics and, through the perspective of three scholars, place the photographer’s recent work within a broader historical and artistic context.

Youth Classes

Wee Wednesdays
Third Wednesday of each Month:
10:30–11:30 am

Free; pre-registration is required.

Learn, play, explore, and grow at the Museum's program for our youngest visitors. Join us for an adventure as we discover new ways of interacting with art and each other. With time for play, storytelling, museum walks, and art making, Wee Wednesdays provides a fun and active way to explore the Museum together. Recommended for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.

Registration is open for the following dates:
October 18
November 15
December 20

For October 18 class, registration opens September 21
For November 15 class, registration opens October 19
For December 20 class, registration opens November 16

Gallery Talks

Thursday, October 5, 11 am
Friday, October 6, 6 pm

An American Story, Told Through Music

Thursday, October 12, 11 am
Friday, October 13, 6 pm

Mickalene Thomas: Her Photography in Conversation
Molly Moog, research assistant

Thursday, October 19, 11 am
Friday, October 20, 6 pm

Illustrating Botany in 18th-Century Europe
Jim Solomon, Susie Cobbledick, and Douglas Holland of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Thursday, November 2, 11 am
Friday, November 3, 6 pm

North Coasts: Indigenous Art from the Arctic and Pacific Northwest
Alex Marr, assistant curator for Native American art

Thursday, November 9, 11 am
Friday, November 10, 6 pm

The World of Bernardo Strozzi
Chris Naffziger, instructor, Lindenwood University

Thursday, November 16, 11 am
Friday, November 17, 6 pm

Movable Gardens: Cross-Pollination in 18th-Century Silk and Porcelain
Brittany Luberda, research assistant

Thursday, November 30, 11 am
Friday, December 1, 6 pm

Collection Highlights
Sherri Williams, educator, adult learning

Thursday, December 7, 11 am
Friday, December 8, 6 pm

Gender and Power in the Arts of the Ancients Americas
Deborah Spivak, Mellon post-doctoral fellow in ancient American art

Thursday, December 14, 11 am
Friday, December 15, 6 pm

What Makes a Work of Art Feel Sacred?
Jeanne Zarucchi, professor of art history and French, University of Missouri–St. Louis

Thursday, December 21, 11 am
Friday, December 22, 6 pm

Looking at Color with New Eyes: Matisse, Derain, and the Fauves
Samuel Harned, former chair of the history department, Clayton High School

Conversation with the Artist

Mickalene Thomas
Friday, October 6, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
$20 ($15 Members)
Advanced tickets recommended

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New York-based artist Mickalene Thomas works on a larger-than-life scale using diverse media to explore black female identity and representation. Thomas will discuss her work within the themes of beauty, gender, and race, as well as her inspiration drawn from the history of art and contemporary popular culture. This program is made possible by a grant from the Trio Foundation of St. Louis.


Come to your Senses: African Arts, Sensiotics and Understandings of Persons, Cultures, and Histories
Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor, departments of art history and Afro-American studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, October 13, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium, Free

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Using examples of Yoruba arts from West Africa, Drewal proposes the vital role of the senses as the source of cognition. He explores this with an approach he developed called sensiotics—the study of the senses and bodily knowledge in the creation and reception of arts. Support for this lecture provided in part by Jim Harris in honor of Tom Alexander.


Beauty in the Making: Native American Art Collections and Collaborations

Jill Ahlberg Yohe, assistant curator of Native American art, Minneapolis Institute of Art
Saturday, October 21, 11 am
The Farrell Auditorium, Free

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Jill Ahlberg Yohe will discuss the impact of collaborative relationships between museums and Native communities, her experiences installing the Saint Louis Art Museum’s first permanent Native American art galleries, and her current work at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.


Sharon R. Stocker, senior research associate, University of Cincinnati
Sunday, October 22, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium, Free

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The University of Cincinnati archaeological excavations at the Palace of Nestor, Pylos resumed on May 18, 2015, for the first time since 1969. During the course of that campaign, the so-called grave of the "Griffin Warrior" was discovered a few hundred meters from the Palace.This presentation will describe the excavation of this remarkable grave and discuss in detail the four gold rings found therein. The discovery of four gold rings in association with the male individual was unexpected and unprecedented. The iconography of these rings is extraordinary and of great significance for the study of Minoan and Mycenaean ideology in the early Late Bronze Age. This unique, undisturbed burial affords an unparalleled opportunity to examine aspects of Early Mycenaean funerary ritual, gender association with grave goods, and burial structure that cannot be obtained through more standard multi-individual burial contexts.


Opening Members Lecture
Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings, and photographs
Friday, November 3, 11 am
The Farrell Auditorium, Free

Conversation with the Artist

Thomas Struth
Sunday, November 5, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
$20 ($15 members)
Advanced tickets recommended

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Internationally celebrated photographer Thomas Struth will appear in a cross- disciplinary panel to discuss his photographs of sites of high technology on view in the Museum. The panelists will bring different perspectives to bear on the work, engaging with the broader issues that may be raised at the intersection of art, science, and culture.


Elegant and Hallucinatory: Designing the Future at the Festival of India

Rebecca M. Brown, associate professor, history of art, Johns Hopkins University
Friday, November 10, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium, Free

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In 1985, the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum invited European and American designers to work with craft workshops in India to produce fashion, furnishings, textiles, and fantastical interiors. This lecture invites you to learn more about this collaboration. Co-presented with East Asian Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Film and Panel Discussion

New Media Series: Local Urbanism
Friday, December 1, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium, Free

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This program will feature screenings of video works by three local multi-media artists—Kat Reynolds, Jun Bae, and William Morris. The videos screened all explore in different ways the layered and complicated histories that can be found in the built environment. In particular, these artists are concerned with the urban landscape of Saint Louis, using it as a backdrop for further social, political, and art historical discussions. This screening examines both the vibrant artistic scene of Saint Louis and new avenues in the medium of video and film.

After the screenings there will be a panel discussion with the artists moderated by assistant curator of modern and contemporary art Hannah Klemm and local artist and former Romare Bearden Fellow Yvonne Osei.


Reductionism in Art and Brain Science

Eric R. Kandel, M.D., Fred Kavli Professor, Columbia University; director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science; co-director of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute
Friday, December 8, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium, Free

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Nobel-laureate Eric R. Kandel reached a broad general audience with his 2006 book In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind and through the Charlie Rose Brain Series on PBS. He has published two books on the intersection of art and science, and he will speak on the ways neuroscience influences our perception of art.


Utopia/Dystopia: Thomas Struth and the Image of Nature and Technology in Film
Friday, January 12, 2018, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
$5 (free for Members)

This presentation will bring Struth’s work in conversation with various films that pose questions about the future of humans and the role of nature amid the complexities of our technology-filled world. After Friday evening’s introductory talk, return to the Museum on Saturday and Sunday to view related films in The Farrell Auditorium. Saturday’s films are $5 and free for Members; Sunday’s film is $15 and $10 for Members.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11 am
Film to be announced
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 2 pm
Metropolis Presented with live musical accompaniment
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2 pm

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.