Events

Art Gallery Opening | The Sheldon | October 6, 2017

Where: Sheldon Art Gallery | 3648 Washington Blvd 
When: Friday October 6 from 5 - 7 p.m.

LYING HEAVY: NEW WORK BY JOE CHESLA
Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

Joe Chesla uses the corrosive force of the elements to create imprints of raw steel plates on fine printmaking paper, which he further develops with “free drawing.” Chesla’s engagement with the paper and the chance effects of the process explore the interchange between nature and industrialization, as well as the cerebral and intuitive. Chesla’s work has been exhibited internationally in France, Japan, India, China and Taiwan and across the United States.

THE WORLD OF SPECTACULAR STRINGS
Gallery of Music
Drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, this exhibit features over 100 unique stringed instruments from around the world including Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. Instruments from the United States include a rare double bass and violin made from matchsticks, a harpsichord owned by former St. Louis resident comedienne Phyllis Diller, a Gibson guitar signed by B.B. King, and a special edition KISS logo Gene Simmons “Axe” bass.

STEVE MCCURRY: THE IMPORTANCE OF ELSEWHERE
Gallery of Photography
Documentary photographer and storyteller Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for almost 40 years. His work spans conflicts, ancient traditions and contemporary culture from six continents – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of a young Afghan girl, published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, so powerful. McCurry has received some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest and a Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Royal Photographic Society in London.

CARL SAFE: THE ARCHITECTURE OF BUILDINGS, FURNITURE AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
The career of Carl Safe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Art at Washington University in St. Louis, is celebrated in this exhibit of furniture, architectural designs and photographs. Safe has been a member of the faculty there since 1970, where he has taught design studios and support courses. In addition to his status as Professor Emeritus, Safe is Principal at Carl Safe Design Consultants.

INVENT A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT – SELECTIONS FROM THE SHELDON’S SOLID PROGRAM
AT&T Gallery of Children’s Art
This exhibit features a selection of inventive musical instruments by students from area schools made during The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program in 2016 and 2017. A collaboration between The Sheldon, the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Archdiocesan Schools, Grand Center Arts Academy and Boeing scientists, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program, funded by Boeing, takes students through a design and build process using found objects and recyclables.

JILL EVANS PETZALL: STILL LIVES WITH STORIES
Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Emmy award-winning filmmaker and media-artist Jill Evans Petzall’s innovative exhibit explores how Western biases are promoted across cultures through stereotypes in travel photography. Her photographs shot in Southeast Asia of strangely static human bodies become metaphorical “still lives.” Visitors can record their own stories with the artist on selected days. A selection of the recordings will become a lasting part of the artwork. This interactive exhibit asks us to discover what our snapshots reveal beyond ourselves and our “selfies.”