projects+gallery: Innovative Art Exploring Complex Themes

 In Culture, Guide

This intimate gallery space responds to the thriving demand for innovative art in St. Louis with engaging works, created by unique contemporary artists from all over the world who challenge accepted norms. These renowned artists and designers who exhibit at projects+gallery explore complex themes through unconventional artistic disciplines.

Owner Susan Barrett and senior director Bridget Melloy work closely with Barrett Barrera Projects to both craft exhibitions that transcend traditional commercial gallery practices and to introduce both fresh and established talent to St. Louis. The four-year-old gallery’s 2017 winter exhibit, “Object As Mirror,” explored questions about the art of fashion, prompting a discussion around identity and self-expression with designers such as Alexander McQueen and Gucci.

Other exhibits at the Central West End gallery have included “Haute Hip-Hop,” which highlighted the cultural influence of hip-hop; a show by Paris-based ceramicist Stéphane Margolis; and “Saint Louis to St. Louis: The City on the River meets River City,” curated by Modou Dieng to create a conversation through the arts between the two sister cities in Senegal and Missouri.

Don’t miss out on this gallery’s avant-garde programming, as it has found its niche with unexpected mixed-media works crafted by multidisciplinary creatives. And check out its sister gallery in The Grove, projects+exhibitions, which hosted its inaugural show, “Ann Ray & Lee McQueen: Rendez-Vous,” in the fall of 2019.

4733 McPherson Ave.

projects+gallery: Innovative Art Exploring Complex Themes

Image courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

While you’re in the neighborhood …

Philip Slein Gallery
Established painters are the bread and butter of this gallery, but the owners’ enthusiasm for talented emerging artists has helped many gain footholds.

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Duane Reed Gallery
This 4,400-foot space is a favorite for collectors looking to mingle with the contemporary artists who exhibit their work here.

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World Chess Hall of Fame
Even if all you know about chess is the word “checkmate,” the fascinating exhibits and displays at the World Chess Hall of Fame will engage your curiosity.

4652 Maryland Ave.

A version of this story first appeared in 2017 in Guided: St. Louis focused on the Central West End neighborhood, available in a digital edition.

Featured image courtesy of Modou Dieng.

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