Three local arts organizations have teamed up to host Contemporary Night Out, an evening of short, informative programs focusing on the world of contemporary art.
The free event, which takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, is sponsored by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Programs will begin at the Kemper Art Museum, located on Washington University’s Danforth campus, then proceed to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Grand Center before ending next door at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Each stop will feature food and drinks as well as a short interactive presentation exploring particular aspects of contemporary art and its impact on current culture.
“The short and casual format of each program lends itself well to relaxed discussion among the presenters and participants,” says Allison Taylor, manager of education programs at the Kemper Art Museum. “The goal is to provide information in a manner that is welcoming to those who are interested in contemporary art but are unsure of how to approach it.”
Contemporary Night Out is free and open to the public but registration is required. Interested persons can register online at guestlistapp.com/events/103287 or by contacting Taylor at (314) 935-7918 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (galleries open until 7 p.m.)
5:30–6:30 p.m.: Wine and cheese reception
6 p.m.: How to Look at Contemporary Art
This 15-20 minute program — hosted by Allison Taylor, manager of education programs at the Kemper Art Museum, and Tuan Nguyen, education manager at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis — will provide insight on how to approach and make meaning of contemporary art.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (galleries open until 9 p.m.)
7–9 p.m.: Food trucks on site
7 p.m.: Current Trends in Contemporary Art
This 15-20 minute program — hosted by Dominic Molon, chief curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Meredith Malone, associate curator at the Kemper Art Museum — will examine current trends and future directions in contemporary art.
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (galleries open until 9 pm)
7:30–8:30 p.m.: Desserts on the shared CAM/Pulitzer courtyard
8 p.m.: The Artist as Curator
This 15-20 minute program will explore the unique vision of an artist as curator. Emily Rauh Pulitzer will discuss the curatorial work of artist Gedi Sibony in the Pulitzer’s current exhibition, In the Still Epiphany. She will discuss the exhibition in light of how it relates to Sibony’s work as an artist, and how his methods differ from traditional curatorial practice.
About the Organizations:
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, is committed to furthering critical thinking and visual literacy through a vital program of exhibitions, publications and accompanying events. The museum dates back to 1881, making it the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River. Today, it boasts one of the finest university collections in the United States. Located near the corner of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards, directly west of Forest Park on Washington University’s Danforth Campus, the museum is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays thru Sundays (and until 8 p.m. Fridays). The museum is closed Tuesdays.
Facebook: / kemperartmuseum
Twitter: @ kemperartmuseum
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis promotes meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. Founded as the Forum for Contemporary Art in 1980, CAM re-opened in its current location, 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63108, with a new 27,000-square-foot building in 2003. As a non-collecting institution, CAM focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media. As St. Louis’s forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, CAM connects visitors to the dynamic art and ideas of our times. As a gathering place for experiencing contemporary art and culture, CAM pushes the boundaries of innovation, creativity and expression.
Twitter: @ contemporarystl
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts serves not only as a viewing place for art, but also as a place where ideas, programs and discussions about art, architecture and culture are cultivated. Through art exhibitions, programs, collaborations and exchanges with other institutions, the Pulitzer aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of art and architecture and is a resource for artists, architects, scholars, students and the general public. The Pulitzer is free and open to the public Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.