A St. Louis Autumn Arts Guide

Discover inspiration in all its forms in our fall arts guide.

 

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COCA
COCA kicks off its 30th season with “Outside In: Paint for Peace,” a showcase of murals painted on boarded-up storefronts following the 2014 protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Arts classes and a magical production of “The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and The Hare” round out the season.

 

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Historic Shaw Art Fair
The Historic Shaw Art Fair features 135 artists from around the country. On Oct. 1 and 2, guests will enjoy food, music, kid’s activities and—most importantly—great art. For $7, or $1 off with a canned-food donation, spend a fall weekend treating yourself at this highly rated fair.

 

Mohau Modisakeng, Endabeni 1, 2015. Courtesy the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Mohau Modisakeng, Endabeni 1, 2015. Courtesy the artist and WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Laumeier Sculpture Park
Laumeier Sculpture Park presents an indoor multimedia exhibition by South African artist Mohau Modisakeng, Nov. 5, 2016, through Jan. 29, 2017. Soweto-born, Cape Town-based Mohau Modisakeng creates lush, elegant photographs and videos that reimagine the black body in contemporary South African society. Meet us at the free, public opening on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11am to 1pm at the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center.

 

 

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Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Pulitzer Arts Foundation presents “The Ordinary Must Not Be Dull: Claes Oldenburg’s Soft Sculptures,” on view from July 29 to Oct. 15. Claes Oldenburg’s iconic soft sculptures playfully alter the material, form and scale of commonplace items, overturning sculptural conventions.

 

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Saint Louis Art Museum
Opening Oct. 16, “Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan” showcases materials documenting Japan’s military rise in East Asia. The exhibition includes paintings on screens and scrolls, and woodblock prints depicting battles and propaganda.

 

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The Sheldon
Surround yourself with the engulfing acoustics of The Sheldon as it presents its 2016-2017 concert season. From jazz and folk, to classical and bluegrass, this season features Jason Marsalis, Marc Cohn, Kathy Mattea and many more. Call MetroTix at 314.534.1111 for prices and reservations.

 

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Saint Louis Ballet
Saint Louis Ballet presents its 2016-2017 season with classic productions “The Nutcracker” and “The Sleeping Beauty.” The lineup also includes the romantic “It’s Only Love” and the dynamic season-opener “Vision: Where Ballet + Fashion Meet” on the Touhill Performing Arts Center stage.

 

Dan’yelle Williamson (Deloris Van Cartier), Jessie Hooker (Sister Mary Wilson), Michele Burdette Elmore (Sister Mary Lazarus), Sarah Michelle Cuc (Sister Mary Patrick), Leah Berry (Mary Robert), and Morgan Amiel Faulkner (Sister Mary Miguel) in STAGES’ 2016 production of SISTER ACT Photo by Peter Wochniak, ProPhotoStl.com

From left: Dan’yelle Williamson (Deloris Van Cartier), Jessie Hooker (Sister Mary Wilson), Michele Burdette Elmore (Sister Mary Lazarus), Sarah Michelle Cuc (Sister Mary Patrick), Leah Berry (Mary Robert) and Morgan Amiel Faulkner (Sister Mary Miguel). Photo by Peter Wochniak.

STAGES St. Louis
Rejoice as one of Broadway’s recent smash-hit musicals comes to STAGES in its regional theatre premiere. Enjoy lots of laughter, irresistible music and some real habit-forming fun in the uplifting divine comedy, “Sister Act.” Follow low-rent lounge singer-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier as she eludes the mob in the last place anyone would look for her: a convent. Tickets are on sale now and the delightful show runs Sept. 9 through Oct. 9.

 

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World Chess Hall of Fame
Join the World Chess Hall of Fame as it explores the cultural significance of chess through world-class exhibitions and programming, including lectures and musical performances. This fall, the WCHOF celebrates its fifth anniversary in St. Louis with new multimedia exhibitions.

 

Kelley Walker, Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees), 2006. Digital print with silkscreened white, milk, and dark chocolate on canvas. Triptych, right panel: 83 x 104 inches. Private collection.

Kelley Walker, Black Star Press (rotated 90 degrees), 2006. Digital print with silkscreened white, milk, and dark chocolate on canvas. Triptych, right panel: 83 x 104 inches. Private collection.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
This fall, CAM presents “Kelley Walker: Direct Drive,” the first solo American museum exhibition by acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Kelley Walker, on view Sept. 16 through Dec. 31. Since the early 2000s, Walker has developed a multifaceted body of work that alters and subverts some of our nation’s most pervasive cultural, political and social signifiers. A flagship event for CAM, Direct Drive will encompass every space in the museum—galleries, Project Wall, courtyard and mezzanine, as well as the facade of the building.

Public Reception
 Friday, Sept. 16, 7–9pm
Artist Talk Saturday, Sept. 17, 11:00 am

 

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