The world-class art museums and galleries of Grand Center are opening their doors for the annual spring Art Walk in Grand Center, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11. The Art Walk in Grand Center features more than a dozen museums and galleries – several of which are hosting opening receptions for their latest exhibitions – lively entertainment, music, and one of the first opportunities to view the forthcoming temporary public art installation, “A Chromatic Confluence,” at Grand Boulevard and Samuel Shepard Drive.
The museums and galleries of Grand Center feature art from some of the region’s most renowned art institutions and brilliant artists from around the world. Visitors to the Art Walk will be issued “passports” upon which they may collect stamps at each museum or gallery. Those with six or more stamps will find discounts at participating district restaurants and venues. A complete list of those participating will be available onsite.
To ensure no one misses an exhibit on their must-see list, visitors can follow the “Purple Path,” constructed of more than 1.5 miles of purple tape, guiding visitors to the various museums, galleries and entertainment throughout the district and Saint Louis University.
The centerpiece of this year’s Art Walk will be the temporary public art installation titled “A Chromatic Confluence.” Designed by the Austin-based creative enterprise Thoughtbarn, the installation is constructed from over 20,000 feet of multicolored string and will be a maze-like structure with multiple paths in and out. Filling a 25-by-65 square-foot space, the piece will also be lit at night, adding to the colorful landscape of neon signs in the district. Special for the Art Walk, members of the youth orchestra group from Orchestrating Diversity will be positioned within the alcoves and eddies of the installation, bringing the piece to life through music.
More live music fills the air in Strauss Park where Aaron Kamm and the One Drops take the stage from 5 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Farshid Etniko from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Outside the Sheldon Art Galleries, John and Tino Covelli, a father/son duo, perform their brand of experimental jazz from 5 to 9 p.m.
More than a dozen galleries and museums are participating in the Art Walk this year. The opening receptions of some fascinating exhibits are conveniently scheduled this evening, including those at the Contemporary Art Museum and Bruno David Gallery. Participating museums and galleries include:
• Arthur & Helen Baer Visual Arts Galleries, featuring a selection of images from the PPRC Photography Projects
• Bruno David Gallery, opening night of HIDDEN in plain sight by Bunny Burson
• Cardinal Ritter Gallery, featuring the Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School Spring Fine Arts Festival
• Craft Alliance in the Kranzberg Arts Center, featuring the 2012 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
• The Contemporary Art Museum, opening night of The Great Rivers Biennial 2012
• Grand Center Artist Studios, featuring exhibited work in the hallways by The Upstairs Artists
• Museum Of Contemporary Religious Art, featuring The Papercut Haggadah by Archi Grant
• Pace Framing/The PSTL Window Gallery, opening night of American Products by Tate Foley
• Portfolio Gallery, opening night of the exhibition Dark Girls
• The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, featuring In the Still Epiphany, curated by artist Gedi Sibony
• Saint Louis University Museum Of Art, featuring Providential Journey: The Art of Brother Mel and Warhol’s Polaroids A Method
• The Sheldon Art Galleries, featuring eight exhibitions
• A temporary installation by The Transients, located at 519 N. Grand Blvd., adjacent to Craft Alliance.
Grand Center, the major arts and entertainment district in the St. Louis region, is home to more than 30 arts organizations that demonstrate the depth and diversity of the city’s cultural life.
The Art Walk in Grand Center is free and open to the public.
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