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The constant transformation inside and outside of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis continues with its latest installations starting the first week of May. CAM is well known for curating work from emerging and internationally known artists, and the newest exhibitions reflect the museum’s dedication to maintaining that balance. From LA-based artist Mark Bradford’s “Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail” to local St. Louis artists Lyndon Barrois Jr., Nanette Boileau and Tate Foley, CAM’s mission to showcase art that reflects the world around us certainly rings true. The mixture of installations, paintings, multimedia and multi-sensory experiences work make CAM one of the most unique museums in St. Louis.


“Great Rivers Biennial”
May 6-Aug. 14
The Great Rivers Biennial Arts Award Program—a partnership between CAM and the Gateway Foundation—identifies talented emerging artists working in the greater STL area and provides them with a $20,000 honorarium and an exhibition at the museum. The work created this year comes from three very different artists—Lyndon Barrois Jr., Nanette Boileau and Tate Foley.

Barrois Jr.’s piece “Of Color” brings a real asphalt basketball court indoors; “Dakota Territory” by Boileau, filmed over several months, is a three-channel video installation examining the life of ranchers in Wyoming and South Dakota; and Foley’s “Post No Bills” presents the language of protest in a series of phonetically spelled words.


“Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail”
May 6-Aug. 14
Mark Bradford’s installation— a grid of 38 paintings—focuses on the challenge of receiving collect calls from prison on one’s cell phone. The work conveys the reality of cell phone providers restricting customers from receiving calls from prison and the way a prisoner can feel cut off from communication. The installation will be displayed across CAM’s Project Wall to be read from left to right, showcasing the passage of time in a cell.

New Art in the Neighborhood
May 6-July 10
Started in 1995, NAN is CAM’s first education program, which provides St. Louis-area high school students the opportunity to work with contemporary artists from around the world. The exhibition, featuring artwork made by the students, will include a number of multimedia works that showcase contemporary life through the eyes of the teens.

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“Green Air”
May 21-Aug. 14
The second transformational green installation in CAM’s courtyard, “Green Air,” designed by New York-based Nomad Studio, consists of 2,000 slices of wood suspended from the courtyard’s trellis with air plants attached to each. The piece will sway high above the heads of visitors and easily fills the outdoor space.

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