Top Museum Exhibits This Spring In St. Louis

February 24, 2014 7:00 AM


The top museums in St. Louis are gathering some pretty exciting works for you this spring. These exhibits celebrate everyone from the ancient mound builders of Cahokia to the rum runners of the Jazz Age. The diverse artists whose works are on display include French Impressionist painters, lesbian feminist printmakers, photojournalists and sound artists. There is truly something for everyone this spring in STL.

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Impressionist France: Visions Of Nation From Le Gray To Monet
St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072

Date: March 16 – July 6, 2014

This exhibit will explore the ever-popular French Impressionist landscapes as they relate to national identity. The selection of paintings and photographs date from 1850 to 1880 and include spectacular French scenery as interpreted by featured artists Manet, Renor and Monet, along with photographers Le Gray, Baldus and Marville. The works will be displayed in the Special Exhibit Galleries. The exhibit will open March 16 and continue through July 6, 2014.

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Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993–2013
Contemporary Art Musuem
3750 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 535-4660

Date: Through April 13, 2014

One of the highlights at the CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) this spring is a mid-career retrospective of New York artist Nicole Eisenman’s work to date. CAM will display more than 120 pieces of Eisenman’s drawings, prints and paintings. Her work is witty, political, feminist and typically has a lesbian cast. While you’re at CAM, enjoy the installations of sound art in unexpected locations like the elevators and hallway that are part of the “Audible Interruptions II” exhibit. And check out the video installation “Melter 2” by Takeshi Murata, projected onto the Washington Avenue facade of the building from dusk to 11 p.m. nightly. Spring exhibits at CAM began at the end of January and will continue through mid or late April.

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American Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition
Missouri History Museum
5700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 746-4599

Date: April 26 – Aug. 17, 2014

Prohibition was a wild period in U.S. history. There were temperance fighters who smashed barrels of whiskey with hammers and people who ran it illegally in hidden compartments in their cars. The political activities and mobsters were all set against a backdrop of jazz music, speakeasies, flappers and an explosion of social freedoms. The “American Spirits” exhibit captures all of the chaos of the time and legendary characters like Carrie Nation and Al Capone. The traveling exhibit will visit The Missouri History Museum from April 26 through August 17, 2014.

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Mound City
Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road
St. Louis, MO 63127
(314) 615-5278

Date: April 12 – Aug. 24, 2014

The Mississippian Mound Culture that once dominated the St. Louis area rivaled the Aztec, Inca and Mayan civilizations when it came to planning cities. The Mound Builders of Cahokia built a city of over a million people and the area is known worldwide for its astonishing (and sometimes controversial) archeological marvels. However, local celebrations of the Mound Builders are rare. The “Mound City” exhibit will allow artists to explore aspects of native culture that have trickled into modern life and examine themes of destruction and resurrection. The exhibit will be open April 12 to August 24, 2014. It might be interesting to revisit Cahokia Mounds in conjunction with your visit to this exhibit.

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Decisive Moments: 20th Century Street Photography Prints from St. Louis Collections
International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum
3415 Olive St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 535-1999

Date: Through April 27, 2014

Street photography began in Paris at the beginning of the 20th Century, when Eugene Atget used a large-format camera to capture the feeling of the city. Both Paris and street photography were soon immensely popular among artists and photojournalists. This exhibit captures the evolution of city life, American society and the art of street photography with a collection of works lent by St. Louis-area collectors. The exhibit opened February 7 and continues through April 27, 2014.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at

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