1:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

'Through a Lens Darkly' Focuses On Black Photographers

'Through a Lens Darkly'
Credit Via Cinema St. Louis

Flipping through the nation’s family album, what’s missing? That question led director Thomas Allen Harris to create “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People,” a film that examines how photography shaped the identity and perceptions of blacks in America.

“In some ways, it is a history lesson, although it’s kind of a different take on history because we have a lot of contemporary artists in the film,” Harris told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “In many ways, as they do this, they reshape the way in which we view history.”

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11:37 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Dance Theatre Of Harlem Performs, Teaches In St. Louis

Normandy High School students learn ballet from Dance Theatre of Harlem's teaching artists Theara Ward.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold / St. Louis Public Radio

This weekend, the Dance Theatre of Harlem performs as part of the Dance St. Louis fall season. Yet the company is here to teach as well as perform. Since Oct. 27, teaching artist Theara Ward has been teaching ballet and diaspora history at Normandy High.

“The main thing is for young people to understand history, how they connect to history and how history connects to them, their culture, their community, but also how the arts can be used as a powerful tool to express yourself,” Ward said. 

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10:06 am
Fri November 7, 2014

MOCRA Installs First Site-Specific Exhibition

An overview of Rebecca Niederlander's installation at the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University in St. Louis.
Credit Jeffrey Vaughn / Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art

After 20 years, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art has its first site-specific installation.

“During our first 20 years, we had thematic shows that often included many artists,” museum director the Rev. Terry Dempsey told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter. “Each one of the works that is in place over at MOCRA right now is essential to the other works that are there. This is very special.”

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4:29 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Conference Draws Attention To Female Artists

Alice Guy-Blaché
Credit Courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

As women strive to gain equal ground in the workplace, they’re also working to establish the same ground in the arts. The Women in the Arts Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis will feature lectures, demonstrations, papers, performances and workshops from 27 speakers on Nov. 6-8.

“Everyone thinks the playing field is level,” said Barbara Harbach, a composer and director of the Women in the Arts Conference. “It’s not quite as level as you might think.”

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1:46 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

St. Louis Debut Set For Tennessee Williams Play

"Stairs to the Roof"

For only the second time, Tennessee Williams' "Stairs to the Roof" will be seen in the U.S. 

Williams wrote the play in December 1941, after he had left Washington University and was working at the International Shoe Co. in St. Louis.

“It’s, I think, his love letter or valentine to St. Louis,” set and costume designer Marcel Meyer told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday. “The main character is the Williams alter ego.”

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Art After Ferguson
2:27 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

African-American Art: It’s Not Just For February Anymore, In St. Louis

Kehinde Wiley, detail, ‘After Titian's Penitent Mary Magdalene,’ oil wash on paper, 90 x 60 inches, Courtesy of Susan and David Sherman
Credit Provided by Philip Slein Gallery

Black-owned galleries display African-American art all year long. Many others tend bring out such work only during February, Black History Month. But that’s changing.

Recent shows bucking the trend include an exhibit opening Friday at the Philip Slein Gallery in the Central West End. African-American-themed work from private St. Louis homes comprises “Other Ways, Other Times: Influences of African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections.”

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1:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Alarm Will Sound Premiering Two Pieces In St. Louis This Weekend

Alarm Will Sound
Credit Justin Bernhaut via Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound, which conductor Alan Pierson describes as “the orchestra of the 21st century,” will debut two pieces this weekend in St. Louis.

On Friday, the group will perform "Miles Re-Vision" by local composer Peter Martin at a concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall celebrating St. Louis' musical history.

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11:32 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Concert Pianist Inspires Through Music At Hospital, Symphony Gala

Concert pianist Lang Lang performs in the lobby of Mercy Children's Hospital St. Louis on Oct. 17, 2014. Lang was in St. Louis for a Saturday performance with the St. Louis Symphony.
Courtesy of Mercy Children's Hospital St. Louis

For pianist Lang Lang, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is special.

“Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto is a classical music workhorse — everybody plays it,” Lang Lang said Thursday. It’s also the first piece he played, at age 17, with the Chicago Symphony, and he credits it with making his career.

Lang Lang will play that piece again Saturday at the St. Louis Symphony’s Red Velvet Ball.

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4:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Saint Louis Art Museum Opens Polynesian Sculpture Exhibit

"I knew it wasn't the hair, and I knew it wasn't the eye," Michael Gunn, a senior curator at the National Gallery of Australia, said of a sculpture of Polynesian god A'a. "It became clear that it's that space between the eye and the eyebrow. I realized that's the part of us where our visual imagination is located. It just shows you the attention and the focus that the people had and the value they place on visual imagination."
Credit Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum's "Atua: Sacred Gods From Polynesia" exhibition takes a closer look at sculpture and religion, but it's not the first time the museum has explored art from the region.

"The museum's been collecting Pacific art since the 1900s," said Nichole Bridges, associate curator in charge of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the museum. "Most of the permanent Pacific arts collection comes from Melanesia; we have very little that comes from Polynesia. This is a nice complement to our collection."

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2:36 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Sound Bites: A Closer Look At The Modern Butcher

Andrew Jennrich, left, is the head butcher at The Butchery, Truffles Restaurant's new meat market. Brandon Benanck, right, is Truffles' executive chef.
Credit Meera Nagarajan / Courtesy of Sauce Magazine

Butcher shops are changing. Whole-animal butcher shops, using local farm-raised animals, are popping up in St. Louis. In this month's Sound Bites segment on "Cityscape," we talked to local butchers about the benefits of the new trend.


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