Politics, Propaganda, and the Power of Art
Fall 2016 Program Series

Throughout history, artists have used their talents to capture moments in time, tell stories of people and their influence on significant events, and communicate their own personal beliefs and philosophies. In this series of programs coinciding with the exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, Impressions of War and the opening of our newly reinstalled American art galleries, and other featured exhibitions, we invite you to delve into the world of persuasion and political messaging as told through the visual arts and the creators. Events are free unless otherwise noted by this symbol ·.





Ibuki Kôshû; Our Forces, Flying a Great Distance, Bombard the Airport and the Surrounding Area in Nanjing, from the Series "Sino Japanese Incident: Illustrated Report of the Nation in Arms: First Series", 1937; color woodblock print; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Lowenhaupt 907:2010.4

Daily Tour of the Month

Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 am
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm

Information Nation: Art as Propaganda
Join a docent-led tour exploring how art across the ages has been used to convey potent messages and political ideologies.
Meet in Sculpture Hall.

Gallery Talks

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

Textiles: Politics and Patriotism
Zoe Perkins, textile conservator.
Meet in Sculpture Hall

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

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

Exhibition Opening

Sunday, October 16
Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan ·
Main Exhibition Galleries

Artist Talk

Wednesday, October 19, 11 am
Dara Birnbaum
Education Center
New York-based artist Dara Birnbaum discusses her career as an innovator in early video art of the mid-to-late 1970s. Birnbaum's provocative video work appropriates period television footage to critique mass media's gender biases.


Friday, October 21, 5–9 pm
Saturday, October 22, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan ·
$45 General Admission | $35 Members | $15 Students
Registration required
The Farrell Auditorium
In conjunction with exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan (October 16, 2016–January 8, 2017), this symposium will examine creative practices and social experiences relating to Japan's wars between the late 19th and first half of the 20th centuries through art history, material and visual culture, sociology, literature, and history. Additional information and registration at slam.org/conflicts

Friday, October 28, 7–10 pm
SLAM Underground: Inked
Be immersed in the expressive power of printmaking while enjoying live music, DJ, signature cocktails, art making in the Create Lab and unique gallery experiences in our print-filled exhibitions Impressions of War and Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan.

· Ticket required

Daily Tour of the Month

Tuesday-Friday at 10:30 am,
Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm

Cloak and Dagger: Art and Political Intrigue
Uncover fascinating political personalities, stories and scandals captured in works of art on this hour-long docent-led tour. Meet in Sculpture Hall.


Friday, November 11, 10:30 am
Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 1:30 pm

Veterans Day Tours
Tours designed and led by volunteer Museum docents who also served in the armed forces will explore art from antiquities to contemporary that include connections to military service. Meet in Sculpture Hall.

Gallery Activity

Thursday, November 3-Sunday, November 6, and
Tuesday, November 8

Vote Your Art
Consider an impressive slate of candidates for the top work of American art on display in the Museum's galleries. Study the candidates and our curators' stump speeches and then cast your vote in the ballot boxes at "Vote Your Art" election headquarters in Sculpture Hall. Online voting will be available as well. Voting concludes at 5 pm on Tuesday, November 8. Ballots will be tallied and the winner announced on the Museum's website and social media channels on Wednesday, November 9.

Gallery Talks

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

George Caleb Bingham's Political Career and its Impact on his Art
Charles E. Valier, independent scholar.
Missourian George Caleb Bingham was active in state politics as well as being a nationally known 19th century artist. Recent research suggests Bingham's outrage at the events surrounding his overturned election to the Missouri Legislature in 1846 influenced his depiction of the political process in his paintings. Meet in the Education Center.

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

Introducing the New American Galleries
Melissa Wolfe, curator of American art.
Meet in Sculpture Hall.

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

From Reconstruction to Reunification: Contemporary German Art, 1964-1992
Hannah Klemm, assistant curator for modern and contemporary art.
Meet in Sculpture Hall.

Documentary Film Screening

Sunday, November 6, 2 pm
The American Artist: The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham ·
The Farrell Auditorium
Don't miss the St. Louis premiere if this 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.

Curator Talk

Sunday, November 6, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
3:30 Curator Talk - Sold Out
Drawing to Painting: The Artistic Process of George Caleb Bingham ·
Melissa Wolfe, curator of American art.
Elizabeth Wyckoff, curator of prints, drawings and photographs.
Registration required; space is limited
Hear from the Museum's expert curators about George Caleb Bingham's unique artistic process and subject matter through a visit to the recently reinstalled American Galleries, as well as the Print Study Room for a presentation of Bingham drawings and discussion of how they were used by the artist in the creation of his paintings. Meet in Sculpture Hall.

Panel Discussion

Sunday, November 6, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
The Campaign to Save the Bingham Drawings ·
Panelists: The Honorable Christopher S. "Kit" Bond, Charles E. Valier and Nancy W. Work of The Bingham Trust.
Education Center
A special bonus outtake from Wide Awake Film's The American Artist will set the stage for recounting this incredible story of a successful grassroots campaign to raise funds to save an important piece of America's artistic heritage long before the advent of social media and crowdfunding. A special selection of drawings by George Caleb Bingham saved by the campaign and on loan from the People of Missouri will be available for viewing in the Education Center.

Staged Theatrical Reading

Saturday, November 12, 2pm
Permanent Collection ·
The Farrell Auditorium
Co-presented with Solid Lines Productions.
Solid Lines Productions will present a staged 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. An audience discussion following the reading will include the director, actors, and Nichole Bridges, associate curator of African art.

Cocktails & Conversation

Friday, November 18, 6 pm cocktail hour (cash bar),
7 pm program

Artists Respond to War and its Consequences ·
$15/$10 Members
Register Here
The Farrell Auditorium
Daniel Heyman, artist.
Ila Sheren, assistant professor of art history and archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis.
Ann Wainscott, assistant professor of political science, Saint Louis University.
Through brief presentations and a discussion between the three panelists, the speakers will contextualize the exhibition Impressions of War, a selection of prints by four European and American artists responding to the conflicts from the 17th century to the present.


Saturday, November 19, 10:30 am-4:30 pm
The Power of Printmaking ·
Daniel Heyman, artist.
$50/$40 Members
Register Here; all levels of experience welcome
Printmaking is a powerful vehicle for communicating political, social and personal messages. Explore the wide variety of printmaking techniques currently represented in the Museum's exhibitions Impressions of War and Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan with Boston-based printmaker Daniel Heyman, whose Amman Portfolio is featured in Impressions of War. Learn about the artist's process and experiment with basic printmaking techniques. (ages 18+)

· Ticket required

Daily Tour of the Month

Tuesday-Friday at 10:30 am
Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm

Power Up: Art that Electrifies
Be energized by art that provokes, inspires, and illuminates during this docent-led tour. Meet in Sculpture Hall.

Gallery Talk

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

Heather Read, PhD candidate, art history and archaeology, Washington University in St. Louis.
Meet in Sculpture Hall.

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

Japanese Painting and Calligraphy: Highlights from the Collection
Rhiannon Paget, Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art.
Meet in Sculpture Hall.

Nelson I. Wu Memorial Lecture

Friday, December 2, 7pm
Electric Design: Light, Labor, and Leisure in Prewar Japanese Advertising ·
The Farrell Auditorium
Gennifer Weisenfeld, dean of the humanities and professor of art history & visual studies, Duke University.
Co-presented with East Asian studies, Washington University in St. Louis.
Japanese manufacturers Tōshiba 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 graphic design and advertising produced by these companies visualized and commodified the seemingly transformative social powers of electric energy.

· Ticket required