St. Louis Guide To The Arts Spring 2017

St. Louis is steeped in rich culture and history, and the best way to take it all in is through its vivid arts scene. Take a look at this roundup of highlights and events taking place this summer at four renowned cultural institutions in the city, and be sure to mark your calendar.

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World Chess Hall of Fame
Located in the heart of the Central West End, the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) celebrates the game of chess through engaging exhibitions and creative programming. As a not-for-profit collecting institution, the WCHOF honors the accomplishments of the game’s finest players and presents exhibitions that explore the history of the game and its subsequent impact on arts and culture. Along with those of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the WCHOF’s activities have distinguished St. Louis as an international chess destination.

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Pulitzer Arts Foundation
St. Louis is well known for world-class arts that are free and open to the public. The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is an important contributor to this citywide atmosphere, as a creative engine for innovative arts collaborations and exhibitions. On view through May 13, Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form is the first comprehensive US-museum exhibition of the artist’s work in over 50 years, bringing together sculpture, drawings and photographs. The works represent Medardo Rosso’s (1858-1928) variety of efforts to capture and manipulate light, and the result is a stunning experience not to be missed.

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The Sheldon
The Sheldon Concert Hall has earned its rightful spot as one of St. Louis’s most innovative arts institutions. In addition to galleries dedicated to music, architecture and innovative visual artists, the Concert Hall regularly hosts world-class artists for performances. Upcoming performers include bluegrass phenom Sierra Hull, Caribbean jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles and Celtic favorite Gaelic Storm (pictured), all in March 2017. The Sheldon’s annual gala will take place on May 12, featuring jazz and R&B legend George Benson.

St. Louis Ballet

Saint Louis Ballet
Saint Louis Ballet, one of the city’s premier ballet companies, presents one of the most beloved ballets of all time: The Sleeping Beauty. Perfect for children and adults alike, the show has it all: glorious costumes, spectacular pageantry and the world’s most famous kiss. Prepare for beautiful dancing, a classic score and a large cast of fanciful characters, with four upcoming performances April 7-9 at the stunning Touhill Performing Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased online or by phone at (314)-516-4949.

Deanna Lawson Portrait

Deana Lawson, Kingdom Come, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2015. Inkjet print, mounted on Sintra, 55 x 44 inches. Edition 1 of 3, with 2 APs. Courtesy the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
It’s your last chance to see the Contemporary Art Museum’s Spring Exhibitions: the first solo museum show in the U.S. of paintings and drawings by “psycho-figuration” artist Nicola Tyson; intimate and provocative portraits of African Americans and the African diaspora by photographer & 2017 Whitney Biennial artist Deana Lawson; St. Louis-native Katherine Bernhardt’s euphoric spray-paint mural, XXL SUPERFLAT PANCAKE, on the 60 foot-long Project Wall; and multidisciplinary artist Louis Cameron’s Clouds photographs, along with poster art from his The Poster Project presents online initiative. The last day to see Spring Exhibitions will be April 16!

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