I love some of the titles of art exhibitions. I recently saw a unique exhibition entitled, "Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose" at the Palm Springs Art Museum's location in Palm Desert, California.
The recent reopening of Jazz at the Bistro now known as the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz has made me think of what a great jazz city St. Louis is.
According to Jazz St. Louis's executive director, Gene Dobbs Bradford, St. Louis is known around the country as the center for jazz from the Gaslight Square Days until now and the new Steward Center has made the new jazz center a real game changer for jazz and the community.
I went to see the musical "Billy Elliot" at The MUNY in Forest Park. The story takes place in the coal fields of Northern England, where mining had been the major employer for hundreds of years.
Sad, depressed Willie Loman, the protagonist in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," and his struggle and failure came to mind and the fact that work and labor are common themes in art was very much apparent.
I was talking to a recent college graduate and asked what she had majored in. When she told me that her degree was in graphic arts, I wasn't really certain what the term meant or what she was going to do with such a degree.
The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.
In discussing how women are portrayed in the visual arts, I realized that it's an endless topic.
Going back through the ages we think of the idealized goddesses and mythological characters portrayed in ancient Greek and Roman art. The Saint Louis Art Museum has wonderful examples. The Greek Kalistrate Stele is an excellent example of a memorial grave marker of an idealized beautiful young woman bedecked in jewels with flowing locks.
In the past couple of months drag shows and a lively burlesque scene in our city have been brought to my attention.
In January, drag shows moved from the bars to such places as The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts where Tyler Cross (stage name Siren) performed with other drag divas and Washington University's 7th annual drag show was for the first time held in the mainstream Danforth University Center.