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Top ten, very best, must-see St. Louis art and cultural events for January 2014

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January in St. Louis is jam-packed with new exhibits, screenings, gallery talks, and openings for art and culture lovers, and choosing what to see and where to be seen can be a challenge. Relax! The St. Louis Art Examiner has done the work in advance! All you need to do is refer to this list—we'll tell you where to go and why the event ranks among January's best (refer to the slide show for this information).

From the opening of Howard Jones's TOOLSHED exhibit at SoHa Gallery (January 10) to the screening of Arnon Goldfinger's award-winning documentary The Flat at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center (January 27), you won't want to miss a single date. Trust us on this. Admission to all events is under $20, and most events are free and open to the civilized public. (For the enjoyment of other patrons, please leave your malcontents, curmudgeons, and unruly children at home.)

  1. January 10, 6–10 p.m. Opening Night: Howard Jones, TOOLSHED
    SOHA Studio and Gallery, 4915 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis MO 63109
  2. January 11, 10:30 a.m. "Coffee with the De Loopers"
    Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Avenue, St. Louis MO 63108

  3. January 13, 7 p.m. Meet Author George Saunders, Tenth of December
    Left Bank Books (Downtown), 321 North 10th St., St. Louis MO 63101

  4. January 14, 7 p.m. Author Event with Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
    St. Louis County Library Auditorium, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis MO

  5. January 17, 6–8:30 p.m. Opening Reception: A Dream or A Memory
    St. Louis Artists' Guild, Two Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis MO 63105

  6. January 17, 6–8:30 p.m. George Myles: Hecho en Mexico—20 Grados de Latitud Norte
    St. Louis Artists' Guild Members' Gallery, Two Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis MO 63105

  7. January 24, 5–9 p.m. Opening Reception: Chris Kahler: Dialumens, Bunny Burson: Letters, and Lisa K. Blatt: Spinning on Enola Gay Runway Until I Make Myself Sick
    Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Avenue, St. Louis MO 63108

  8. Through January 26. Postwar German Art in the Collection
    Main Exhibition Galleries of the St. Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive in Forest Park, St. Louis MO 63110

  9. January 26, 1–3:30 p.m. Documentary Screening: The Flat by Arnon Goldfinger
    Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis MO 63146

  10. January 31, 6–8 p.m. Opening Reception: Beyond the Lens VIII
    Framations Gallery, 218 North Main St., St. Charles MO 63301

Howard Jones opening at SOHA Gallery
Howard Jones opening at SOHA Gallery Copyright Howard Jones. Used by permission.

Howard Jones opening at SOHA Gallery

January 10, 6-10 p.m.  SOHA Studio and Gallery, 4915 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis MO 63109

Opening Night: Howard Jones, TOOLSHED
Opening reception for TOOLSHED, an exhibit of sculpture by Howard Jones.

Jones's work involves uniquely paired everyday objects that are masterly crafted and seamless.

Exhibit runs through January 25, with an artist talk at the Gallery on Wednesday, January 22, at 7 p.m.

Willem de Looper at Atrium Gallery
Willem de Looper at Atrium Gallery Copyright Willem de Looper, 1990.

Willem de Looper at Atrium Gallery

January 11, 10:30 a.m.  Atrium Gallery, 4814 Washington Avenue, St. Louis MO 63108

"Coffee with the De Loopers"
Join Gallery owner Carolyn Miles and artist Willem de Looper for coffee and a look at some videos of DeLooper's work shown in a major retrospective at the Katzen museum, and also commentary on his work by several curators. In the setting of his current exhibition at the Atrium ("All That Jazz... works from the 80s and 90s" runs through January 17), these short videos are interesting and elucidating, providing more insight into this extraordinary and accomplished international artist. Also featured will be one of the artist's private "notebooks," offering pages for purchase for the first time. Atrium Gallery welcomes newcomers to take advantage of this unique opportunity to view the extensive exhibition.

Exhibit through January 17, with show catalogues available for purchase at the Gallery.

George Saunders, author of Tenth of December
George Saunders, author of Tenth of December Photo courtesy of George Saunders

George Saunders, author of Tenth of December

January 13, 7 p.m. Left Bank Books (Downtown), 321 North 10th St., St. Louis MO 63101
Meet the Author: George Saunders, Tenth of December

George Saunders is an undisputed master of the short story, and Tenth of December is his most honest, accessible, and moving collection yet.  For this event, $15 admits one person and includes one paperback copy of Tenth of December. $20 admits two people, includes one paperback copy of Tenth of December, and $5 will be redeemable toward the purchase of another Saunders book at the event. Advance tickets are available at georgesaunders.brownpapertickets.com.

Ruth Ozeki, author of 'A Tale for the Time Being'
Ruth Ozeki, author of 'A Tale for the Time Being' Photo courtesy of Ruth Ozeki.

Ruth Ozeki, author of 'A Tale for the Time Being'

January 14, 7 p.m.  St. Louis County Library Auditorium, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis MO

Author Event with Ruth Ozeki:  A Tale for the Time Being
Nominated for the Booker Prize, Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being is an unforgettable novel about a 16-year-old Japanese girl, a 104-year-old Buddhist nun, and the Canadian author who finds the remnants of their lives washed up on a beach following the devastating 2011 tsunami. Full of Ozeki's signature warmth and insight, A Tale for the Time Being is a beguiling story of our shared humanity and search for home.

Bestselling novelist and Zen Buddhist priest, Ruth Ozeki is also the author of My Year of Meats.  Books for signing will be available for purchase.

 

George Myles, "Hecho en Mexico"
George Myles, "Hecho en Mexico" Copyright George Myles. Used by permisison.

George Myles, "Hecho en Mexico"

January 17, 6–8 p.m.  St. Louis Artists' Guild Members' Gallery, Two Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis MO 63105

Opening Reception: George Myles, "Hecho en Mexico—20 Grados de Latitud Norte"
Show runs through March 2, 2014.

A Dream or a Memory at the St. Louis Artists' Guild
A Dream or a Memory at the St. Louis Artists' Guild "Miss Ray's Ranch" by Ken Kuellmer. Copyright Ken Kuellmer. Used by permission.

A Dream or a Memory at the St. Louis Artists' Guild

January 17, 6–8:30 p.m.  St. Louis Artists' Guild, Two Oak Knoll Park, St. Louis MO 63105

Opening Reception: A Dream or a Memory
A Dream or A Memory is a juried, all-media exhibition of artwork exploring the realm of the subconscious. Artwork addresses themes of dreams, memories, and fantasies.  Juried by Anita Jung, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Iowa.  Show closes on March 2, 2014.

Featured image: Ken Kuellmer, "Miss Ray's Ranch." Acrylic on Canvas.

Bunny Burson, "In Plain Sight" at Bruno David Gallery
Bunny Burson, "In Plain Sight" at Bruno David Gallery Copyright Bunny Burson. Used by Permission.

Bunny Burson, "In Plain Sight" at Bruno David Gallery

January 24, 5–9 p.m.  Bruno David  Gallery, 3721 Washington Avenue, St. Louis MO 63108

Opening Reception: Chris Kahler: Dialumens, Bunny Burson: Letters, and Lisa K. Blatt: Spinning on Enola Gay Runway Until I Make Myself Sick

Following the success of Kahler’s recent show in the Project Room titled “Disequencing,” Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present a new selection of paintings titled “Dialumens.” These new works focus on the interaction between negative space, light, and intersecting planes.  Chris Kahler is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Eastern Illinois University. He received his B.F.A. at Ohio Wesleyan University and M.F.A. from Northwestern University.

In the Front Room, the gallery presents an exhibition “In Plain Sight” by Bunny Burson. In a body of work completed in 2013, Bunny Burson continues to develop her narrative about the discovery of over 100 letters she found in her family home. The information contained in the letters gives an account from her grandparents to her mother of their lives in Europe, after they became trapped during World War II. Burson explores the idea that you can miss what you never knew.  Burson received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a video “Spinning on Enola Gay Runway Until I Make Myself Sick” by Lisa K. Blatt. In this video, Lisa Blatt is on the actual runway where the military secretly trained, loaded, and then took off and dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. Through it, she investigates both perception and land use. Visible are the plane’s hangar, the secret training site, the barracks, the casinos, and the desert.

"January," by Gerhard Richter (1989)
"January," by Gerhard Richter (1989) St. Louis Art Museum, permanent collection.

"January," by Gerhard Richter (1989)

Daily through January 26.  St. Louis Art Museum, One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park, St. Louis MO 63110

Last chance to see this important exhibit showcasing the St. Louis Art Museum's stellar Postwar German art collection!

Drawing from the Museum's great strengths in postwar German art, this inaugural installation occupies the temporary exhibition galleries of the newly opened East Building. The exhibition addresses a broad range of artistic responses in the aftermath of World War II, with themes and groupings such as the legacy of Joseph Beuys, large-scale works by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Anselm Kiefer, the vibrant scene of 1980s Cologne, and the influence of the Düsseldorf School of Photography. Galleries showcase works by Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Martin Kippenberger, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, and Candida Höfer, among others.

This exhibition features about 60 works of art, including painting, sculpture, drawings, prints and photography. Curated by Tricia Y. Paik, associate curator of modern and contemporary art, with Nathan Stobaugh, research assistant.

Screening of "The Flat" at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
Screening of "The Flat" at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center Copyright Arnon Goldfinger. Used by permission.

Screening of "The Flat" at the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center

January 26, 1-3:30 p.m.  Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis MO 63146

Documentary Screening: The Flat by Arnon Goldfinger
Written and directed by Arnon Goldfinger
Israel, 2011, 97 minutes
English with some subtitled Hebrew and German

In this gripping, award-winning documentary, filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger, while cleaning out the Tel Aviv apartment of his recently deceased grandmother, finds evidence that his grandparents were good friends with a leading official in the Nazi propaganda ministry and remained friends even after the end of the war. Disturbed and intrigued, he sets out on an unsettling journey into his family’s history.

Introductory remarks and post-screening discussion facilitated by Robert A. Cohn, editor-in-chief Emeritus, St. Louis Jewish Light.

In 2005, the U.N. designated January 27 as the “Day of Commemoration” of the Holocaust. This date was selected because it marks the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945.

Jennifer Weigel, First Prize Winner in Beyond the Lens VII (2013)
Jennifer Weigel, First Prize Winner in Beyond the Lens VII (2013) Copyright Framations Gallery and Jennifer Weigel. Used by Permission.

Jennifer Weigel, First Prize Winner in Beyond the Lens VII (2013)

January 31, 6–8 p.m.  Framations Fine Art Gallery, 218 North Main St., St. Charles MO 63301

Opening Reception: Beyond the Lens VIII
Now in its 8th year, Beyond the Lens remains one of the most popular (and competitive) photography exhibits in the region. For 2014, Framations curators A. Wilson and S. Merideth have selected Mark Douglas, Department Chair and head of photogra­phy and graphic design at Fontbonne University.

Beyond the Lens VIII runs from January 31 until March 6, 2014.

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