During the past few months of confinement and uncertainty, we’ve all gravitated toward people and places that warm our hearts. For Blaise Pastoret, that’s meant spending time at Basso, the restaurant he helped open seven years ago in The Cheshire hotel complex.
In the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial, artists Tim Portlock and Rachel Youn join Kahlil Robert Irving to engage the St. Louis region and the country at large through built environments and kinetic sculptures. The Great Rivers Biennial, now in its ninth edition, is a collaboration between the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation.
“Just Pictures” in particular, which acts as a sort of sequel to curator Antwaun Sargent‘s “The New Black Vanguard,” juxtaposing young Black interdisciplinary photographers from as far away as Lagos, Nigeria, and as close as our own backyard—as is the case with St. Louis photographer Justin Solomon.
We’ve certainly seen the renewed energy around activism across the country during this time, and, naturally, in Barrett’s line of work, art and activism often go hand-in-hand. BBP’s upcoming exhibit “Just Pictures,” curated by critic and author Antwaun Sargent, assumes renewed importance, showcasing genre-defying photographers taking a wide and varied view of experiences of Blackness across the globe.
For thirsty St. Louisans who simply want to relax in their backyards and forget the craziness of the outside world, Schlafly’s Summer Lager is a perfect go-to beer.
“I always feel like when I get a megaphone, I need to speak for others who don’t have one.” Says Darian Wigfall. This compulsion pervades every part of Wigfall’s professional and personal existence. As one of the early members and organizers of the prolific Farfetched artist collective, mentoring and promoting artists; and through his history of activism, Wigfall has made a career of giving a platform to deserving voices.
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