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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 15, 2019—A presentation of new works by artist Dave Hullfish Bailey—the 117th installment of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s popular “Currents” series—opens today (Nov. 15). The free exhibition will be on view in Gallery 250 through March 8, 2020.

Founded in 1978, “Currents” serves as a laboratory for emerging and mid-career artists to create and exhibit new work. Featured artists have included Matthew Buckingham, Dale Chihuly, Leonardo Drew, Brian Eno, Ellen Gallagher, Frank Gehry, Donald Judd, Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra and Cindy Sherman.

Bailey seeks to disrupt the way we think about our interactions with the environment in the Anthropocene age, our current geological era, which is marked by significant human impact on the earth’s environmental systems and climate. In “Currents 117,” he takes the Missouri River watershed and the aquifers of the high plains as a starting point to investigate the connections among art, geography and the environment through photographs, drawings and large-scale sculptures.

Bailey is the recipient of the 2018–2019 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellowship, which includes a residency at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and an exhibition at the Museum.

“Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey” is curated by Hannah Klemm, associate curator of modern and contemporary art, with Molly Moog, research assistant. The exhibition is supported in part by the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Endowment Fund.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493,

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