Gateway to the weekend: Gallery of Art Friday events

Tired of TV, bored with bars, cynical about the cineplex? Start the weekend at the Gallery of Art, which will host lectures, concerts, film screenings, artists’ talks and guided tours on Friday evenings throughout the spring.

All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Most activities are presented in conjunction with the gallery’s major spring exhibition, American Art of the 1980s: Selections From the Broad Collections, or the attendant shows Painting America in the 19th Century and American Art on Paper From the 1960s to the Present, both drawn from the University’s permanent collection.

Highlights include the SoHo In Hollywood/Hollywood in SoHo: 80s Artists on Film Series, which screens Downtown 81 (Edo Bertoglio, 1981/2000) and Arena Brains (Robert Longo, 1987) Feb. 6; Search and Destroy (David Salle, 1994) March 5; and Basquiat (Julian Schnabel, 1996) April 9.

The Friday Forum series will feature conversations with:

• Sabine Eckmann, curator of the Gallery of Art, and Paul Ha, director of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (Feb. 13);

• Eckmann and David Bonetti, visual arts critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (March 19); and

• Angela Miller, associate professor of art history and archaeology in Arts & Sciences, and Andrew Walker, senior curator at the Missouri Historical Society (April 2).

Each talk is preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per talk or $25 for the whole series (students are $5 each/$12 series) and includes wine and appetizers.

Advance reservations are required and space is limited. Call 935-5490 or e-mail for more information.

Also on the spring calendar are talks by Fumihiko Maki, Pritzker Prize-wining architect of the University’s planned Sam Fox Arts Center (6 p.m. Feb. 23); and Alison Pearlman, author of Unpackaging Art of the 1980s (March 23).

Go online to for complete schedule. Regular Gallery of Art hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays; and noon-4:30 p.m. weekends. (The gallery is closed on Mondays.)

For more information, call 935-5490.

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