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Monday Noon Series

A Free Arts & Cultural Series Presented by the UMSL Center for the Humanities.

Check out below the Sept. 18 - Nov. 13 schedule for the Fall 2017 season of the Monday Noon Series.                      

Parking for Gallery 210 in Millennium Student Center Garage North (MGN), across street.

 Sept. 18 Matthew Pitt reading from the book These Are Our Demands

Matthew Pitt, a St. Louis native, lives, writes, and teaches in Ft. Worth, where he is an Assistant Professor of English at Texas Christian University. Author of the collection Attention Please Now (winner of the Autumn House Prize), Matt's individual stories have appeared in such forums as Oxford American, Epoch, Cincinnati Review, The Southern Review, Conjunctions, The Saturday Evening Post, and Best New American Voices. They have been cited in The Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies. Pitt has been honored with grants and awards from The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The New York Times, and the Mississippi Arts Commission.  Books available for signing. Light refreshments.

Sept. 25 MADCO—Modern American Dance Company

Preview the extraordinary journey of FREEDOM. MADCO presents a community-inspired encore performance after a sold-out run in the spring of 2017. A vision inspired by Ferguson, FREEDOM became a two year creative exploration of human rights. Master choreographers skillfully bring their perspectives to life resulting in four breathtaking works. Broadway World described MADCO in FREEDOM as “an immensely gifted group that display copious amounts of athleticism and grace in their performances. We are truly blessed to have this level of talent in our city.”

 The full performance will be at the Touhill Performing Arts Center Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. Tickets for full performance at 314-516-4949.

Please note location and early start time for this Monday Noon Series event: Touhill Performing Arts Center, Whitaker Rehearsal Hall. Time: 10:15-11:45 am. Park in Lot K on West Dr., UMSL North Main Campus.

Oct. 2 A Decade of Visual Activism: A Gallery 210 Artist Talk by Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan discusses her Gallery 210 exhibition of work exploring gender, sexuality, identity, and community. She is deeply committed to the transformative power of photographic portraiture. Her work is regularly exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of several major museums. Dugan received a 2015 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change. In today’s talk, she describes the trajectory of her work over the past decade, her motivations for making photographs, and her experiences as a working artist.

A Decade of Visual Activism opens in Gallery 210 September 9, 2017, 4:00-7:00 pm with slide lecture and public reception. The exhibition runs to October 15, 2017.

Oct. 9 Still Lives with Stories

Jill Evans Petzall, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and artist, discusses photographs included in her innovative Sheldon Art Galleries exhibition exploring how Western biases are promoted across cultures through stereotypes in travel photography. Her photographs shot in Southeast Asia of strangely static human bodies become metaphorical “still lives.” Petzall shares with us stories recorded by exhibition visitors after she encouraged viewers to imagine the stories behind the photographs. Seeing the photographs and hearing the stories provide us with insights into how we can use photographs to reveal more about ourselves and others than meets the eye. Once you have seen and heard Petzall’s Monday Noon presentation, you will want to visit the Sheldon to record your own stories! Still Lives with Stories runs October 6, 1917- January 20, 2018, Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery, The Sheldon Art Galleries.


Oct. 16  Through A Long Absence: A Reading by Joy Passanante

Joy Passanante’s Through a Long Absence goes beyond telling a World War II story to explore her father’s personal wars: a stint as child bootlegger, newlyweds strained by continents and years apart, and late-life struggle with his own mind. The story moves from a freight train through N. Africa to an underground Prohibition-era St. Louis distillery, from forbidden courtship to the chaos of surgical tents under fire in Normandy, from priceless artwork that Nazis hid to Jewish New Year services in Paris after liberation. Passanante’s work appears in Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Shenandoah. Her books The Art of Absence and My Mother’s Lovers were national awards finalists, and her poems are collected in Sinning in Italy. A St. Louis native, Passanante, now lives in Idaho, has held Fellowships from Idaho’s Humanities Council and Commission on the Arts, and was Associate Director of Creative Writing, University of Idaho. Books available for signing.

Oct. 23 Building Community via Music: The HEAL Center for the Arts

Harvey E. A. Lockhart, educator and composer whose first love was the saxophone,  is Band Director & Performing Arts Coordinator for Riverview Gardens School District. At today’s event he describes his teaching philosophy, students’ successes, and his new HEAL Center for the Arts at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. HEAL Center, which offers access to arts programs for urban students, helping them create meaningful art experiences to affect positive thoughts and feelings in our communities. Lockhart has developed the Riverview District high school music program into one of the region’s best, re-establishing its concert, marching, and jazz bands. After Ferguson’s 2015 tragic events, Lockhart envisioned a community jazz big band to serve talented high school musicians in N. County and other underserved districts. Aided by jazz pianist Peter Martin and the Sheldon Arts Foundation, he formed the North County Big Band coached by leading educators and musicians. Lockhart received the 2017 the Educator of the Year award of the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

Oct. 30 Wizards of the Weird: Spooky Films at the Library

Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Library, and UMSL’s Center Monday Noon Series team up just in time for Halloween. This event brings together local film directors and aficionados who specialize in horror, science fiction, and similar film genres.  Each director will screen a short film followed by lively discussion with the audience.  Location: St. Louis Public Library Schlafly Branch 225 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, 63108. Paid parking available at adjoining garage and meters.

Nov. 6 Ellen Stern on Artist Al Hirschfeld: A St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Joint Event

Ellen Stern discusses her new book, Hirschfeld: The Biography. Beginning in the 1920s, Al Hirschfeld, who was born in St. Louis, caricatured Hollywood, politics, and notably the theater. His distinctive drawings appeared in The New York Times and other publications for more than seventy-five years. Ellen Stern has penned the first definitive biography of this legendary artist. Stern has been a writer and editor at New YorkGQ, and the Daily News. Her books also include Once Upon a TelephoneThreads (with designer Joseph Abboud), Sister Sets, and Gracie Mansion. This event is presented in partnership with the 39th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, Nov. 5-19, 2017.  Books available for signing. Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Location: Jewish Community Center, Staenberg Family Complex,Arts&Education Bldg., 2 Millstone Campus Dr.,  Creve Coeur, 63146. Email for information on Monday Noon Series audience ticketing for Nov.6.  

Nov. 13 Surveillance Now--Smile—You’re on camera 75 times per day: A Gallery 210 Artist Talk

Margaret Keller creates artworks examining the network of surveillance in our country, especially the pervasiveness of digital cameras and software providing an endless loop of doubtful examination and ultimately revealing themselves as threats to freedom, civil liberty, and identity privacy. Her art looks back at these cameras and shows tangled, complex, hidden aspects of the intrusion.  Keller uses giant 14-foot drawings, paintings, miniature frescos, video, and 3D printed sculptures, including one with of rows of 156 tiny drone sculptures arranged in the pattern of the American flag in colors of gray, black and white—a somber representation of surveillance today. Keller has exhibited nationally and internationally, including recently at Quadratfuß, NX2 at Annex Art, Berlin, Arkansas Art Center Museum in Little Rock, Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon, IL, and COCA in St. Louis.  She is Professor of Fine Art at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

Surveillance Now opens in Gallery 210 October 21, 2017, 4:00-7:00 pm with slide lecture and public reception. The exhibition runs to December 2, 2017.

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  A Sampling of Past Monday Noon Series Events:

A Reading by Novelist Mary Troy: Swimming on Hwy N

Mary Troy, UMSL professor in the MFA Writing Program, reads from her new novel and discusses her writing. As Troy’s novel Swimming on Hwy N opens, Madeline Dames has moved to a small town in the Missouri Ozarks to get over the death of her third husband, but instead finds herself reliving another past. Her damaged sister shows up at her trailer, having changed her name to Misery, and as Misery moves in, the abusive mother both sisters fear comes for a surprise visit. Swimming on Hwy N is an unpredictable generational story of recovery, love, hate, bravery, devotion, and disillusionment. Books available for signing

To Count Subtle Alchemy: An Artist Slide Show by Regina Martinez

Regina Martinez, 2017 St. Louis Visionary Award Community Impact Artist,  discusses the art of small movements and collaborative tension. She examines the subtle alchemy of cultivating relationships that encourage us to take risks and increase opportunity. For 6 years, in partnership with Beyond Housing and Rebuild Foundation, she organized The Pink House, a space for creative exchange with young people and their families intimately located in Pagedale, MO.  Martinez is co-founder of the clothesline, a monthly installation where artists intersect to transform a space for a single night.  She is also a leadership team member of Yeyo Arts Collective, dedicated to the creative empowerment of women.

A Reading by Henry Schvey: The Poison Tree: a memoir

Henry Schvey, Professor of Drama and Comparative Literature at Washington University in St. Louis, reads from his newest work, The Poison Tree: a memoir. The book is a study of Schvey’s relationship to his father, an illumination of the secret life of a father in the world of global high finance who was powerful, highly respected, and greatly feared, and of a journey―both sad and tragicomic―that ultimately leads to forgiveness. A.E. Hotchner says, “The Poison Tree is a tantalizing coming of age memoir that painstakingly recalls the joys and pains of a boy's passage into celebrated manhood." Books available for signing.

| Two Centuries of Native American Art in Saint Louis

Alexander Brier Marr, assistant curator of Native American Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, gives a slide talk on displays of Native American art in Saint Louis. He starts from William Clark's 1816 museum to the galleries opened at the St. Louis Art Museum in 2014. Our rich local history has contributed significantly to broader national shifts in the perception of Native American art and material culture. 

| Poetry as Memoir: Fresh ways to tell a personal story   

Jennifer Goldring reads from her recent work and talks about poetry as memoir and the varied forms it can take—from prose poem and flash lyric essays to the more traditional narrative poem. Goldring was the 2013 UMSL Poet Laureate and Commencement speaker for the UMSL College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to her writing, Goldring is also a photographer and editor. She earned an MFA in creative writing from UMSL and a BA in economics, and serves as Managing Editor for the magazine december. Her poetry can be found in Architrave and Tar River Poetry. 

Gene Dobbs Bradford: Jazz in the City

Gene Dobbs Bradford, President and CEO of Jazz St. Louis, has been building the organization for17 years. He's received many honors, including St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” “Most Influential People in St. Louis,” and “Non-profit Executive of the Year.” Under his direction, Jazz St. Louis received the 2006 “Excellence in the Arts” award from the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis and its flagship program “Jazz at the Bistro” was named one of the country’s great jazz clubs by Wynton Marsalis in USA Today. Bradford directs Webster University's Arts Management and Leadership Department. He holds a BA in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music and MBA from Washington University. Join us as Bradford chronicles the growth of St. Louis jazz and performs on the harmonica.

| 38th Annual St. Louis Storytelling Festival: A Preview

The St. Louis Storytelling Festival gives us an insider’s sneak preview of this year’s 38th annual event. Come hear some great stories told as only professional master storytellers can spin them. Our storyteller this year is Bobby Norfolk, recipient of the national Circle of Excellence Oracle Award, which is presented by the National Storytelling Network. This prestigious award is given to the top storytellers in the United States. The Monday Noon Preview of the Storytelling Festival is a chance to learn all about the myriad opportunities to enjoy the great stories from our heritage in Missouri and the Midwest.




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Financial assistance provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; funded in part by the Arts and Education Council; with technical and artistic assistance from Gallery 210.