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Explore St. Louis Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage at SLAM

On October 3, the Saint Louis Art Museum opened a mixed-media art exhibition titled “Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration,” which is dedicated to the St. Louis region’s vibrant cultural heritage. One of the most prominent museums in the US has brought together 156 objects of cultural importance. The collection joins a variety of cultures, including the ancient Mississippian, French, Osage, African American, and German. If you are interested in the art and culture of the St. Louis region and want to find out more about its historical significance, this exhibition is right up your alley.

Explore St. Louis Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage at SLAM

“Art Along the Rivers” pays tribute to the rich and complex artistic narratives collected or produced over 1,000 years. The exhibition features a wide range of media, from paintings and sculptures to metals and textiles. Never before have so many unique and rare items been exhibited together. Thanks to the yeoman’s work of the museum staff, visitors can witness the dialogue between luxury and utilitarian objects made by local artisans long ago.

Explore St. Louis Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage at SLAM

Joe Jones, American, 1909–1963; “We Demand”, 1934; oil on Masonite; 48 x 36 inches; Loan courtesy of The Butler Institute of American Art, Gift of Sidney Freedman 2021.3; © Heirs of Joe Jones

Furthermore, “Art Along the Rivers” has a contemporary art section that provides a contrast between the historical objects and artworks created these days. Overall, it offers visitors a larger context in understanding St. Louis’ cultural heritage. You can explore the venue either gradually or randomly since sections are arranged thematically. In addition to the museum exhibit, Amy Torbert and Melissa Wolfe—curators of American art—edited the 224-page illustrated catalog that everyone can buy.

Explore St. Louis Region’s Rich Cultural Heritage at SLAM

Harriet Goodhue Hosmer, American, 1830–1908; “Zenobia in Chains”, c.1859; marble; 44 14 x 14 x 18 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, American Art Purchase Fund 192008

“Art Along the Rivers: A Bicentennial Celebration” is presented by the William T. Kemper Foundation and supported by the Trio Foundation of St. Louis and Edward L. Bakewell Jr. Endowment. The exhibition will be on view through January 9, 2022, so you still have a lot of time to plunge into the exciting world of St. Louis’ cultural heritage.