Experience Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis After Hours at ‘Art Up Late: Faster’

On Friday each season, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis keeps its doors open until midnight for a lively and interactive exhibition-themed celebration. This time around, at “Faster,” CAM zooms in on their exhibit “Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars ” during an evening of race-car-themed frivolity on Friday, April 13, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tickets include two cocktails, free valet, dancing to the sounds of James Biko (formerly known as Nappy DJ Needles), a performance by Consuming Kinetics Dance Company and photo ops of racing cars from Margay Racing.

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Original artwork by Edo Rosenblith.

Attendees have the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of vehicular and non-vehicular activities and experiences at the “Art Up Late: Faster” silent auction. Take home four NASCAR tickets at Gateway Motorsports Park, a Grand Prix Karting experience at Gateway Kartplex, or the original “Faster” artwork by Edo Rosenblith. All proceeds go to support CAM’s innovative programming.

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Salvatore Scarpitta, “Sal’s Red Hauler Special,” 1966-67. Image courtesy of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

The evening promises to embody the same dynamic energy represented by the objects in the exhibit and their maker. Artist Salvatore Scarpitta (1919–2007) was an electric, compelling force in American art, skirting the boundaries of movements from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. “Salvatore Scarpitta: Racing Cars” features painting, collage, sculpture, installation, video and a record-breaking collection of Scarpitta’s own race cars.

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