9 Must-See St. Louis Art Exhibits this Month

By Katie Davis
In Culture

February is a great month for checking out the city’s most recent exhibits. From video installations to modern paintings to exhibits focused on the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, there are numerous art events worth seeing this month.

Takeshi Murata

Street Views: Takeshi Murata. Photo courtesy of CAM.

Ron Gorchov: Serapis” and “Street Views: Takeshi Murata
Jan. 24-April 13, CAM
Artist Ron Gorchov has been creating for 50 years, and his Greek history-inspired modern piece, “Serapis,” is a painting, giant sculpture and architectural piece all in one. On view every evening from dusk to midnight as part of the “Street Views” series is Takeshi Murata’s newest work, which transforms CAM’s wall into bright colors and flowing animation.

“A History of Queer”
Jan. 25-March 1, phd Gallery
Celebrate the LGBTQ community and its history in St. Louis with this unique exhibit at phd. Featuring an enormous collection of artifacts and images, it tells the story of the gay and lesbian activists, drag queens, leather men, and more.

In the Aftermath of Trauma: Contemporary Video Installations
Jan. 31-April 20, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
“In the Aftermath” presents multiple film installations created by five separate artists, and all focused on dramatic events of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Dealing with themes like revolutions, ethnic cleansing, civil wars, terrorism and more, this exhibit is sure to keep you engaged.

A Solo Exhibit by Zack Smithey
Feb. 1-March 29, The Vino Gallery
Witness the unique and abstract of local artist Zack Smithey in this brand-new exhibit at The Vino Gallery. With images of important people splashed with bursts of color and unusual shapes, this exhibit is both strange and beautiful.

Fail-Safe: Discomforts Close to Home
Feb. 7-April 20, Craft Alliance
“Fail-Safe” features an extremely wide range of art forms that use what one might consider safe or comforting materials from daily life, merging them with plenty of darker or more incendiary content and themes. Each piece of art looks at a point of discontent or anxiety in modern life, forcing viewers to reconsider the status quo and look toward the future.

Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography
Feb. 7-April 27, International Photography Hall of Fame
This unusual exhibit reveals the history of street photography through the 20th century. Started in Paris in the 1920s, this form of photography was brought to America by artists such as Berenice Abbott and Walker Evans, who appreciated the style and wanted to capture American life in the same fashion.

250 in 250

250 in 250. Photo courtesy of Missouri History Museum.

250 in 250
Feb. 14-15, Missouri History Museum
The 250 years of St. Louis history are told through this one exhibit, combining 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments and 50 objects. One of the events marking the yearlong celebration of the city’s anniversary, this exhibit’s 250 snapshots of St. Louis history and life gives visitors an idea of the richness, diversity and complexity that surrounds the area.

Art of Its Own Making
Feb. 14 – Aug. 20, The Pulitzer Foundation
Featuring sculptures, installations, film, performance art, sound works and more, this exhibit looks at the artistic process and the different ways in which art evolves throughout time with both people and surroundings. This is a must-see exhibit with its emphasis on showing the connections between artwork, the art audience and environment.

Thresholds: MOCRA at 20, Part Two
Feb. 16-May 18, MOCRA
The second part of MOCRA’s “Thresholds” exhibit continues with artwork by 35 different artists from the museum’s second decade. Guests will see a number of different media including traditional paintings, photography, video, woodcut panels, movie posters and more.

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