The Museum will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 23. We will reopen at 10 am on Friday, November 24 and we will remain open that day until 10 pm for SLAM Underground.
Art + Science Program Series
Art + Science
October 2017-January 2018
Program Series

The interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives can provide new insights for viewers and artists alike. This fall and continuing into 2018, a range of exhibitions and programs highlight the relationship between art and science. Examine how science and technology influence art through nature and humanity and inform subject matter and design motifs. Explore how neuroscience affects our perception of art, and how scientific innovations enable us to preserve and conserve works of art. We invite you to join us in investigating the intriguing, entertaining, and sometimes complex intersection of these two worlds.


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All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed.
Tickets to the exhibition and related programs may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum’s Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased or reserved at the Museum. Same day tickets, if available, can be obtained on-site only.

Still from Metropolis
Textile panel (detail), c.1745; English; brocaded silk satin; 19 3/4 × 40 1/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Richard Brumbaugh Trust in memory of Richard Irving Brumbaugh and Grace Lischer Brumbaugh 108:2016

Lecture

Friday, October 13, 7 pm
Come to your Senses: African Arts, Sensiotics and Understandings of Persons, Cultures, and Histories
Henry John Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor, Departments of Art History and Afro-American Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The Farrell Auditorium
Free
Support for this lecture provided in part by Jim Harris in honor of Tom Alexander
Using examples of Yoruba arts from West Africa, Drewal proposes the vital role of the senses as the source of cognition.

Gallery Talk

Thursday, October 19, 11 am
Friday October 20, 6 pm

Illustrating Botany in 18th-Century Europe
Jim Solomon, Susie Cobbledick, and Douglas Holland of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Free
Struth - Golems Playground

Thomas Struth, German, born 1954; Golems Playground, Georgia Tech, Atlanta 2013; chromogenic print; 92 1/2 × 129 1/8 inches © Thomas Struth

Tour of the Month

Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 am
Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 pm

Nature in Design
Sculpture Hall
Free
Explore the science of nature's intricate designs—from nautilus spirals, flowers, and feathers, to the power of water, insects and more.

Ask a Docent

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics
Museum docents will be available in the exhibition to answer your questions on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm November 8 through January 20. Exhibition admission required.

Conversation with the Artist: Thomas Struth

Sunday, November 5, 2 pm
Thomas Struth, photographer
The Farrell Auditorium
$20/$15 Members
Internationally celebrated photographer Thomas Struth will take part in a cross-disciplinary panel to discuss his images of technological frontiers on view in Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics.

Class

Wednesdays, November 15, 29, and December 6
10:30 am–noon

Thomas Struth in Context
Education Center
$50/$40 Members
This multiple-session class takes an in-depth look at the work of photographer Thomas Struth.

Gallery Talk

Thursday, November 16, 11 am
Friday, November 17, 6 pm

Movable Gardens: Cross-Pollination in Eighteenth-Century Silk and Porcelain
Brittany Luberda, research assistant
Free
Discover the rise of naturalism in the decorative arts in this gallery talk on the special exhibition featuring expertly illustrated flora and fauna on fashionable goods.

SLAM Underground: TECH

Friday, November 24, 7–10 pm
Join us for activities, cocktails, and art making inspired by the exhibition Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics. Admission is free. Details at slam.org/underground.
Still from Metropolis

Dr. Eric R. Kandel, M.D.

Ask a Docent

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics
Museum docents will be available in the exhibition to answer your questions on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm through January 20. Exhibition admission required.

Dorismae Hacker Friedman Lecture

Friday, December 8, 2 pm
Reductionism in Art and Brain Science
Dr. Eric R. Kandel, M.D., Kavli Professor and Director, Kavli Institute for Brain Science and Co-Director, Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University
The Farrell Auditorium
Free
Nobel-laureate Dr. Eric R. Kandel, an editor of Principles of Neural Science, the standard textbook in the field, will speak on the ways neuroscience influences our perception of art.

Dr. Kandel will be available to sign copies of his book following the lecture. A limited number of copies of Reductionism in Art and Brain Science (2016) will be available for purchase in advance of the program at the Museum Shop.
Still from Metropolis

Still from Metropolis. Dir. J Fritz Lang. Perf. Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, and Brigitte Helm. Fox UFA, 1927.

Ask a Docent

Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics
Museum docents will be available in the exhibition to answer your questions on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm through January 20. Exhibition admission required.

Presentation and Film Series

Utopia/Dystopia: Thomas Struth and the Image of Nature and Technology in Film
Friday, January 12, 2018, 7 pm
The Farrell Auditorium
Lutz Koepnick, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts, Vanderbilt University

$5 (free for Members)

In this presentation, media scholar and art critic Lutz Koepnick will bring Struth’s work in conversation with various films that pose questions about the future of humans and the role of nature amid the complexities of our technology-filled world. After Friday evening’s introductory talk, return to the Museum on Saturday and Sunday to view related films selected by Koepnick in The Farrell Auditorium. Saturday films are each $5/Members free. Sunday’s film is $15/$10 Members.

Film Series
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971, 1h 29m)
Saturday, January 13, 11 am
Blade Runner (1982, 1h 57m)
This film is rated R
Saturday, January 13, 2 pm
Metropolis (1927, 2h 33m)
Presented with live musical accompaniment
Sunday, January 14, 2 pm