10 art exhibits to catch this month
Whether you prefer bright, bold colors or thoughtful looks into the past, there’s plenty to take in this month at the city’s many museums and galleries. Here are a few must-see shows to catch this month.
Slow Accretions: Works on Paper by Michelle Oosterbaan and Brigham Dimick – November 17 – December 23
Though their styles differ, artists Michelle Oosterbaan and Brigham Dimick share common practices, including the accumulation of small pieces to form large-scale works. In this exhibition pairing the work of the two artists–who have supported each other’s practices for decades–in St. Louis Artists’ Guild’s Curated Gallery, explore “the liminal space between drawing and painting as an embodiment of transformation.”
Eternal Jungle – Through December 10
This colorful, thoughtful installation from Jasmine Raskas in COCA’s Millstone Gallery blends sculpture, paining, sound, and touch for an immersive viewing experience. Through strange and almost fantastical forms, Raskas presents us with questions about our relationship to non-animal forms of life and how we accept or overlook forms of living in our environment.
Vaughn Davis Jr. – Through December 17
Laumeier Sculpture Park is hosting the first-ever solo museum exhibition for St. Louis artist Vaughn Davis Jr. The artist’s textured canvases, which take on sculptural elements, will be on display through December. Davis has also created two new flags for Laumeier’s Northern Grove flagpole.
Ink Tributes – Through December 31
St. Louis native and Disney Animation artist Marlon West’s provocative portrait exhibition is now on view at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. Ink Tributes features comic-book-style portraits of victims of police brutality and racial discrimination, as well as those who have fought for their rights. The collection of more than 40 portraits, which was started after the death of George Floyd, has grown to include figures such as Rep. John Lewis, Michael Brown, and Nina Pop.
The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century – Through January 1, 2024
The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century, a far-reaching exhibition created in partnership with the Baltimore Museum of Art, is now on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip hop and its influence on culture includes work from international and regional artists, as well as artifacts from the history of the genre.
Adam Pendleton: To Divide By – Through January 15, 2024
American artist Adam Pendleton is known for his large-scale paintings, drawings, sculptures, and films, many of which are informed by Black Dada. In this new exhibition featuring recent work across various media, Pendleton constructs “an elaborate call-and-response network that articulates a sense of history as fragmented poetics.”
Dominic Chambers: Birthplace – Through February 11, 2024
A new collection of work by St. Louis–born painter Dominic Chambers is on view at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. In Birthplace, Chambers reflects on spaces that have shaped his artistic life and imagination, including classrooms, libraries, and parks.
Coloring STL – Through February 18, 2024
This interactive exhibition at the Missouri History Museum gives visitors a chance to embrace their creativity while learning about the impressive architectural history of our city. More than 50 St. Louis landmarks have been rendered on the walls of the museum’s galleries in black and white, waiting to be colored in by attendees each day.
Elsworth Kelly – Through April 7, 2024
Celebrate the birthday of acclaimed artist Ellsworth Kelly at the Saint Louis Art Museum with an exhibition spanning six decades of his work in various media. The exhibit will include paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, including newly displayed works from private and institutional collections.
Revival: Digging into Yesterday, Planting Tomorrow – Through June 2024
The new 21c Museum Hotel announced its presence on the local gallery scene with this stirring multimedia exhibition, which includes work from Kehinde Wiley, Myrlande Constant, Ebony G. Patterson, Hew Locke, and more. Each artist has contributed work that examines the ways the past persists in our present and futures.