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Special Pop Up Event! Sneak Peek at “Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration”

Online Presentation by Beth Rudin, St. Louis Art Museum

This is a special pop-up sneak peek into the St. Louis Art Museum’s current main exhibition, Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration. SLAM Arts Specialist Beth Rubin will be sharing an overview of the exhibit, and will highlight a few of the remarkable objects displayed in the collection. 


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The Mississippi at Elsah

Frederick Oakes Sylvester, American, 1869–1915; “The Mississippi at Elsah," 1903; oil on canvas; 30 1/8 x 45 1/16 inches; Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Schriever 2021.103; Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri—Columbia. The painting will be on display at the St. Louis Art Museum as part of "Art Along the Rivers."

Time and Place

Tuesday, December 21, 2021
7:00 pm

Special Pop-Up Online Presentation by Beth Rubin, Cultural Arts/Museum Consultant at St. Louis Art Museum

Hosted by the St. Louis Art Museum on Zoom as a special collaboration with Missouri River Relief and Greenway Network

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

This is a special pop-up sneak peek into the St. Louis Art Museum’s current main exhibition, Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration. The exhibit will be closing on January 9, 2022. We are hoping by sharing this sneak peek, that many of you will chose to visit the actual exhibit before it closes.

SLAM Arts Specialist Beth Rubin will be sharing an overview of the exhibit, and will highlight a few of the remarkable objects displayed in the collection.

In conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Missouri’s statehood, Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration explores the remarkable artwork produced and collected over 1,000 years in the region surrounding St. Louis. The exhibition presents more than 150 objects from Missouri as far north as Hannibal, west to Hermann, and south through the Old Mines area. It also encompasses the Illinois region along the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, from Cairo north through Carbondale and Alton. Although the region that has shaped the exhibition’s objects is small, it has played an outsize role in the history of North America due to the confluence of powerful rivers and major trails and routes within its borders.

Art Along the Rivers includes a surprising range of objects that vary widely in medium, function, and the prominence of their makers. For example, it brings together Mississippian sculpture, Osage textiles, architectural drawings for iconic landmarks, musical instruments, German and Creole furniture, African American decorative arts, prize-winning paintings from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, and contemporary artists’ responses to these historic objects. While at first these works might appear to have few connections, the exhibition arranges them by theme rather than by culture or chronology to establish dialogues around the region’s geography, raw materials, and pressing social issues.

Check out this video about the exhibit. 

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