There's Always More to Discover With Your AARP Membership. Explore Your Member Benefits Today.

Exhibition: Amy Sherald

Sunday, Jun 24, 2018 at 10:00am

Contemporary Art Museum
3750 Washington Boulevard
Saint Louis, MO 63103

Free
314-535-4660

Amy Sherald paints staged narratives and constructed identities, creating portraits of African Americans - most of whom she meets during the course of her day. She deftly represents the features of each sitter with the masterful draughtsmanship of American realism. But she decorates her subjects with fantastical props and costumes: brightly colored pin - striped suits, multi - scooped ice - cream cones, rabbits in hats, giant coffee cups, and cotton candy. A lush, color - field backdrop serves as setting. An obvious care is taken with each portrait: how a prop is chosen, how it is held, the style and fit of clothing, the contrast or complement of colors, the choice of backdrop, or void, with the color intensity of a candied fantasy, and the expression and gesture of the figure. The artist has talked about her artmaking as an act to 'image the versions of ourselves that thrive when extricated from the dominant historical narrative.' Her work lends truth and reality to history. 'My paintings hold up a mirror to the present and reflect real experiences of blackness today and historically,' she says, 'in everyday life and within the historical art canon.'

Images provided by AmericanTowns.com, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Event" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

More from AARP in St. Louis

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today

JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR

  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in St. Louis
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner
JOIN NOW