(Re)Shaping the History of Abstraction and Representation
Saturday, November 3,10:30 am - noon
Saturday, November 3, 2 - 3:30 pm
In the Galleries
$15 ($10 Members), Tickets Required

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Jade Powers, assistant curator, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Join us for this exploration of art by prominent contemporary African American artists who are reshaping the history of contemporary abstraction and figuration. The workshop will focus on works by Kehinde Wiley in relation to artists represented in the Museum’s collection such as Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Louis Cameron, Stanley White, Jack Whitten, and Al Loving.

Open Studio: Print Shop
Friday, November 16, 6–8 pm
Intended for teens ages 14–18

Teens are invited to a drop-in, printmaking workshop to celebrate the opening of Graphic Revolution. All supplies are provided and no art experience is required. This program is hosted by the Museum’s Teen Arts Council.

Youth Classes

Wee Wednesdays + Wee Weekends
Third Wednesday of each Month and select Saturdays
August 15: Friendship
September 19: Imagine That!
October 6 and 17: Body Language
November 3 and 21: Fantastic Faces
December 1 and 19: Our Community
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 and Wee Weekends 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 6: Body Language
October 17: Body Language
November 3: Fantastic Faces
November 21: Fantastic Faces
December 1: Our Community
December 19: Our Community

For October 6 class, registration opens September 2.
For October 17 class, registration opens September 20.
For November 3 class, registration opens October 7.
For November 21 class, registration opens October 18.
For December 1 class, registration opens November 4.
For December 19 class, registration opens November 22.

Gallery Talks

Thursday, October 4, 11 am
Friday, October 5, 6 pm

Historic Native Art of the Columbia River Plateau
Alex Marr, assistant curator of Native American art

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

Fabrics that Bind the Dead and the Living: Textiles of the Ancient Andes
Sarah Braitzel, assistant professor of archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, October 18, 11 am
Friday, October 19, 6 pm

The Importance of Titles
Jeanne Zarucchi, professor of art history and French, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thursday, November 1, 11 am
Friday, November 2, 6 pm

Structure and Seating: David Adjaye’s Washington Skeleton Chair and the Legacy of Furniture Designed by Architects
Genevieve Cortinovis, assistant curator of decorative arts and design

Thursday, November 8, 11 am
Friday, November 9, 6 pm

Kehinde Wiley: Process and Presence
Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, and Yvonne Osei, transmedial artist and curator in residence at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA)

Thursday, November 15, 11 am
Friday, November 16, 6 pm

A New Look at Jacob Jordaens
Chris Naffziger, instructor, Lindenwood University

Thursday, November 29, 11 am
Friday, November 30, 6 pm

Study for Frankenstein #1: The Power of Language Two Hundred Years Ago and Today
Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, and Reginald Pierre, actor

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

Flora and Fauna in Japanese Art
Philip Hu, curator of Asian art

Thursday, December 13, 11 am
Friday, December 14, 6 pm

Yoruba Arts for Gods and Mortals
Nichole Bridges, associate curator for African art

Thursday, December 20, 11 am
Friday, December 21, 6 pm

The Search for the Primitive: German Expressionism 1900-1914
Samuel Harned, former chair of the history department, Clayton High School


Mylonas Lecture: 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed
Sunday, October 7, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
Free, Tickets Required

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Eric Cline, professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute, the George Washington University

For more than 300 years during the Late Bronze Age, the Mediterranean region hosted a complex international world. In this illustrated lecture, Cline will demystify the tales of the Bronze Age’s collapse, explore the human and natural circumstances that coalesced to create a “perfect storm,” and discuss whether this history holds some warnings for today.


Friday, October 12, 6:30 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
$5 (Free Members), Assigned Seating
Tickets Required

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Rated R

Part of the 2018 Latinx Film Festival presented in collaboration with Webster University.


Danforth Lecture: Trading Women: Beads, Cloth, and Innovation on the Northern Plains
Saturday, October 13, 11 am
The Farrell Auditorium
Free, Tickets Required

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Sherry Farrell Racette, associate professor of visual arts, University of Regina

While the fur trade is typically discussed as a male endeavor, objects in museum collections bear witness to the importance of women in radically changing economies. Stitches trace the gestures of women’s hands as they transformed new materials to create clothing, accessories, and ceremonial objects.


Graphic Revolution Members Opening Lecture
Friday, November 9, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
Free, Members Only, Tickets Required

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Learn more about the exhibition from Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs and Gretchen L. Wagner, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for prints, drawings, and photographs, at our free Members-only lecture.


Editions and Printed Stuff in Retrospect: A Legacy of Artistic Production in the 1960s to the Present
Sunday, November 11, 2 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
$5 (Free Members), Tickets Required

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David Platzker, Director, Specific Object

Starting in the 1960s, artists, publishers, and workshops partnered to explore new modes of making in the form of prints, multiples, artists’ books, and a wide range of other projects. This talk will explore the spirit of these collaborations and the occasionally narrow line between commerciality and fine art found in Graphic Revolution.

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.