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(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:
November 3: Fantastic Faces
November 21: Fantastic Faces
December 1: Our Community
December 19: Our Community

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, 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


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.


Nelson I. Wu Memorial Lecture on Asian Art and Culture: Chinese Cosmopolitans in Twentieth Century Shanghai
Friday, November 16, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
Free, Tickets Required

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Julia F. Andrews, Professor, Department of the History of Art, Ohio State University

This lecture will consider how the approach of the Pegasus Society in its decade of activity (1919-1928) and its impact on the subsequent generation of Chinese artists yielded a distinctive artistic culture in the Shanghai-Hangzhou region. Their attitudes toward cosmopolitan modernity may defy our standard assumptions and set the stage for more pluralistic definitions of contemporaneity in Chinese art.

Co-presented with East Asian Studies, Washington University in St. Louis.

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 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.