"Waxworks 1: Self Portrait in Honeycomb" by Brigham Dimick (left) and "Garden Falling Star" by Romare Bearden will be on display this year in Gallery 210 as part of the "Exposure 14" and "Southern Journeys" exhibits, respectively.

Oliver Herring throws parties where strangers create and complete imaginative tasks. A group of contemporary African American artists chronicle their memories of Southern culture. Harry Bertoia sketched his famous sculptures and modern furniture designs. The 2011-12 exhibition season at the University of Missouri–St. Louis’ Gallery 210 ties them all together.

The next season at Gallery 210 will include the following exhibits:

From Aug. 25 to Oct. 1, “Exposure 14” will feature artwork by St. Louis artists Greg Edmondson, Brigham Dimick and Ron Leax. The exhibit is a long-running annual series hosted by Gallery 210. The goal of the series is to present new and challenging work by St. Louis artists.

From Sept. 8 to Oct. 8, the gallery will display “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South,” a traveling exhibit of drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints and mixed media from 54 contemporary African American artists. Their work showcases the influence of their native or current home, the American South.

From Oct. 20 to Dec. 3, “TASK” will feature art created during a party thrown by artist Oliver Herring. The party will involve attendees creating and completing tasks written on slips of paper and drawn at random. Herring will then select works to be on display. The exhibit will also feature a video and sculpture by Herring.

From Jan. 26 to March 17, the gallery will present “Harry Bertoia: The Traveling Exhibit.” Organized by Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, the exhibition will feature 30 framed drawings from between 1940 and 1978 that feature sketches of Bertoia’s sculptures and modern furniture designs.

From Jan. 26 to March 17, Gallery 210 will feature “Go Fall Apart,” a video by Edward Rankus. His video is an erotic and mystical misadventure in which the allure of the religious path is strewn with earthly temptations.

From Feb. 16 to May 12, the gallery will exhibit “New Design from Hermann Miller.” The exhibition is the fifth in an ongoing Gallery 210 series to feature developments in contemporary design. Featured artists have created work for Miller. They will include Ayse Birsel, Yves Behar and Studio 7.5 Berlin designers Burkhard Schmitz, Claudia Plikat, Nicolai Neubert and Carola Zwick.

From April 12 to April 28, the annual exhibit “Parental Advisory” will feature artwork by students from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in the Department of Art and Art History at UMSL.

From April 12 to May 26, Gallery 210 will show “Barbie Liberation Organization: BLO Nightly News,” a video displaying acts of reverse shoplifting in which talking Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls were reprogrammed to say different phrases than the cultural clichés they were originally programmed to say. The dolls were then placed back on store shelves by the guerrilla artists.

From May 3 to May 26, “A Sense of Place: Collaborative II” is the second installment of the theme-based cooperative exhibition featuring work of selected students from local high schools.

Gallery 210 was established in 1976 at UMSL. It was named for its initial location, 210 Lucas Hall. The gallery has since grown to include three exhibition spaces and a 50-seat auditorium at its current location, the Telecommunity Center at UMSL, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121).

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

More information:
gallery210.umsl.edu

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