Top 10 Things To Do This Summer

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With summer slowly creeping in, it’s time to start thinking about what to do during those hot days. Whether you’re wanting to stay indoors or head outside, art is always an option. That’s why we’ve partnered with 10 great art organizations to bring you the top art events you should attend this summer.


Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 | 314.535.4660
CAM presents the 2016 “Great Rivers Biennial” from May 6 to Aug. 14, featuring St. Louis artists Lyndon Barrois Jr., Nanette Boileau and Tate Foley. Also on view are Mark Bradford’s “Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail” and an immersive hanging garden by Nomad Studio.



Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 | 314.721.0072
“Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Museum,” opening June 19, explores art created by the self-taught within the context of the beliefs and experiences that compelled them to create. This enlightening exhibition expresses distinctive and unorthodox American creativity.



Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries
3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 | 314.533.9900
Enjoy the best in jazz, folk, classical, bluegrass, world music and more in The Sheldon Concert Hall’s perfect acoustics this summer! Subscriptions for The Sheldon’s exciting 2016-2017 season go on sale May 16 at 10 am. Choose from a pre-set series, or choose your own package.


Cahokia Mounds

Cahokia Mounds
30 Ramey St., Collinsville, IL 62234 | 618.346.5160
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site preserves 2,200 acres of the largest prehistoric Indian site north of Mexico. The Interpretive Center brings Mississippian culture to life with a gallery, orientation and iPod tours. Year-round events include Kids Day, Archaeology Day and arts + crafts shows.


Jazz STL

Jazz St. Louis
3536 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103 | 314.571.6000
The 2016 Jazz at the Bistro Summer Series features local favorites, inventive tributes and two piano greats in the same week! One is 12-year- old prodigy Joey Alexander, who plays with the sensitivity of a veteran. The other is 75-year-old legend Chick Corea, who is better than ever. 



The Muny
1 Theatre Dr., St. Louis, MO 63112 | 314.361.1900
Timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz” (June 13-22), two Muny premieres— “Young Frankenstein” (July 13-19) and world-wide mega hit “Mamma Mia!” (July 21-28)—and the poignant love story “Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida” (Aug. 8-14) headline another magical summer under the stars at The Muny.


Union Opera Theatre

Union Avenue Opera
733 N. Union Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
Union Avenue Opera’s 22nd festival season features Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and Douglas J. Cuomo’s “Doubt” starring world renowned soprano Christine Brewer as Sister Aloysius. All performances are at 8pm. For tickets, call 314.361.2881.


Midwest Salute

Midwest Salute to the Arts
525 S Ruby Lane, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
The 28th Midwest Salute to the Arts juried art show features 100 award- winning artists from all over the country. The weekend-long event, held in Moody Park on Aug. 26-28, is family-friendly, free and open to the public. On Friday, catch Rogers and Nienhaus from 6-10pm.



Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “’Untitled’ (Placebo-Landscape-for Roni),” 1993. Collection of Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin. © The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation. Photo by Carly Ann Faye.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 | 314.754.1850
On view from April 15 through July 2 at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, “Ellipsis” is a group exhibition comprising six distinct installations spanning six galleries. The exhibition invites guests to use their senses and gain a new experience with art. Featuring work by Janet Cardiff, Roman Ondák, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres among others, including a new commission by John Lucas and Claudia Rankine, the exhibition showcases a variety of mediums, time periods and disciplines.


Gigi Scaria, Woodhenge, 2016_Indoor. Courtesy the artist, New Delhi.

Gigi Scaria, “Woodhenge,” 2016. Courtesy the artist, New Delhi

Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127 | 314.615.5278
Now through August 14, Laumeier Sculpture Park presents “Gigi Scaria: Time,” a multimedia exhibition consisting of recent photographs, films and a large sculpture inside the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, plus an outdoor commission in Laumeier’s Ferring Family Foundation Museum Lawn. The New Delhi-based artist explores ancient cultures being absorbed into the world’s mega-cities by mixing the disappearing architecture and symbols from New Delhi with the Woodhenge at Cahokia Mounds.

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