May 23 Monday
On August 28, 2021, the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park will open St. Louis Sound, a new 6,000 square feet special exhibit that explores the history of popular music in St. Louis from the dawn of recorded sound in the late 1800s to the turn of the 21st century.
Nearly 200 artifacts will be on display from national stars, local legends, and important venues.
Artifacts on display are from the Missouri Historical Society Collections as well as over 100 objects on loan to the Missouri History Museum from individuals and other institutions.
Artifacts on display include:
The St. Louis tinfoil, recorded by Thomas Edison in 1878, the oldest playable recording of an American voice and the earliest known recording of a musical performance. In March 2021, the Library of Congress announced the “St. Louis tinfoil” is one of 25 “audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time” that will be inducted into their National Recording Registry.
Costumes from Treemonisha, ragtime legend Scott Joplin’s ill-fated opera
A dress and original theatre artifact of entertainer, French resistance agent, and civil rights activist Josephine Baker
Dress worn by Tina Turner on the Tonight Show
Artifacts from the Club Imperial, which hosted Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm and televised dance shows.
Guitars belonging to Chuck Berry, Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, Albert King, and Mel Bay (who has taught millions to play the guitar)
Trumpets of Miles Davis and Clark Terry
Stage clothing of legendary artists like Little Milton, Luther Ingram, and the 5th Dimension
The piano of Henry Townsend, the St. Louis Blues Legend whose recordings span nine consecutive decades
Outfits from gospel stars David Peaston and Willie Mae Ford Smith
Fontella Bass’s gold record and Grammy nomination for “Rescue Me”
Artifacts from Mississippi Nights, including the stage floor that was played on by everyone from Kenny G to Nirvana
Stage clothing of The Welders, St. Louis’s 1970s all-female punk band
Artifacts from Bob Heil, who built sound systems for The Who and invented the Talkbox
A drum that symbolizes the racial divide in St. Louis’s 1920s jazz scene
Pieces from Gaslight Square, St. Louis’s nightlife center of the 1960s
In addition to incredible artifacts, St. Louis Sound will feature interactive maps of St. Louis musical hotspots, listenable song selections for every artist covered, archival film footage, and a trivia game for visitors to test their music history knowledge.
The Missouri History Museum will offer a wide range of exhibit-related programming throughout the duration of the exhibit, including the St. Louis Sound: LIVE series of free, live performances relating to the many artists featured in the exhibit.
St. Louis just can’t stay quiet. No matter the genre, style, or musical moment, this city has a huge story to tell.
St. Louis Sound is open at the Missouri History Museum from August 28, 2021, through January 22, 2023. Admission is free.
Green Door Art Gallery proudly presents Botanicals & Blooms II, A celebration of all things floral and botanical. The exhibit features sculptural gourd vessels by Pat Berkbigler, clay floral sculptures by Nasrin Godarzi, photography by Ronald Krieger, and watercolor works by Karen Romani and Marty Spears. The artwork will be on display and available for sale May 4 – June 25, 2022. Join us for the opening reception on May 20, 2022 5:00 -8:00 pm.
Green Door Art Gallery’s 35 resident artists will also be exhibiting and selling artwork including fused glass, mosaics, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, collage, mixed media, wood, pottery, textile art, jewelry and more. Green Door Art Gallery is located at 21 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves in the historic Heritage Building. Hours are Wednesday thru Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. www.greendoorartgallery.com (314) 202-4071
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will present the first solo exhibition in the Midwest by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist Chitra Ganesh. In her multidisciplinary practice, Ganesh draws on Buddhist and Hindu iconography, science fiction, queer theory, comics, Surrealism, Bollywood posters and video games, combining them with her own imagery to present speculative visions of society in the past, present and future.
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis will present “A Sound, a Signal, the Circus,” a major new commissioned project by California-based artist and filmmaker Nicole Miller. Known for her evocative videos and multimedia installations, Miller frequently addresses themes such as race, translation and the politics of representation.
The Art of Assemblage, a juried art exhibit. Assemblage art consists of assembling scavenged materials, odd and ends and everyday objects into artistic creations. See how local artists give common materials new artistic meaning.
Artist submission deadline is April 17 at 6:00 pm
The Soulard Art Gallery is a co-op art gallery located in historic Soulard. With artwork by 14 resident artists, we offer a diverse collection of works, including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry. We also host a group exhibition in our main gallery every month for artists to submit their work for display. Visit the gallery's website for additional details https://www.soulardartgallery.com/
May 24 Tuesday
Awaken your body and bask in the morning sunlight! This gentle yoga practice is designed to energize and align your body and mind through movement and breath.