- Bill Viola at the St. Louis Art Museum closes on September 6.
- The Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. September 4 to 6.
- Intervals, a September 21 performance at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. A collaboration with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, this not to be missed experience set within video projections features soprano Christine Brewer and installation/multi-media artist Ann Hamilton. Tickets are $25.
- St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton. September 10 to 12.
- Poet Reginald Dwayne Betts reads his work as part of the River Styx reading series on September 20.
- Answer Factory at the Luminary Center for the Arts features text based installation artists. September 10 to October 16.
It’s oh so hot and humid in St. Louis right now. Here are some cool events for the weekend of June 19-20.
Bill Viola’s Visitation video installation opens at the St. Louis Art Museum on Sunday, June 20. The work was inspired by devotional art of the Middle Ages and explores universal themes of life and death, faith and sorrow, heaven and earth. Bill Viola’s pieces are often mesmerizing, a little disturbing, and meditative. Take the time to ponder this one. (Hm… and don’t bring your 10 and under child to the Viola installation. Probably a bit on the nightmare feeding side of things.)
Vatican Splendors at the Missouri History Museum. This exhibition features rare paintings, mosaics, frescoes, maps, artifacts, and other historical documents from the Vatican–many never seen outside of Rome. When I was at the Vatican Museum a few years ago, I was swept along by the swarms of people trying to get to the Sistine Chapel that I never did get to see most of the museum’s artifacts up close. Here’s a wonderful opportunity to experience a bit of history.
KIDDIE FRIENDLY: The Magic House opens their new exhibit space, Children’s Village Hospital, this Sunday, June 20. My daughter is infatuated with giving all of her stuffed animals shots and then putting painter’s tape (band-aids) on them that we’re sure to visit this exhibit soon. Let your little doctor explore a pretend hospital nursery and get decked out in scrubs and lab coats. No insurance required.