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Rosa Lee Lovell, American, 1935–1969; “Figure Group Series”, 1969; screenprint; sheet: 24 13/16 × 29 5/16 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. William Lovell 127:1971 © Rosa Lee Lovell

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 22, 2019—Artists, printers, publishers and scholars will discuss the vibrant state of American printmaking during a two-day symposium at the Saint Louis Art Museum that begins Friday, Feb. 1 with a keynote lecture by artist Enrique Chagoya. The event continues Saturday with panels and interactive breakout sessions featuring international, national and local presenters.

The symposium takes place during the closing weekend of “Graphic Revolution: American Prints 1960 to Now,” an exhibition of more than 110 works drawn from the museum’s collection and private collections in St. Louis. Notable highlights include works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois, Bruce Conner, Barbara Kruger, Luis Jimenez, Edgar Heap of Birds, Julie Mehretu, and many more.

Chagoya’s lecture can be attended as a stand-alone event or in conjunction with other symposium programming.

In a lecture titled “Then and Now: Aliens Sans Frontières,” Chagoya will address the ways his art reflects on the cultural contrasts and collisions he has experienced during his lifetime living in different parts of North America and Europe. He will discuss his concepts of “reverse anthropology” and “reverse modernism,” while reflecting on the role of print media in his art. The lecture in the museum’s Farrell Auditorium begins at 7 pm. Tickets to the keynote lecture are $10, $5 for museum members and $5 for students.

Other symposium programs begin at 10 am on Saturday. The day will feature two panels moderated by “Graphic Revolution” co-curators Elizabeth Wyckoff and Gretchen Wagner. “The Alchemy of the Process: Problem Solving in the Printshop” will be led by Wyckoff, the museum’s curator of prints, drawings and photographs; and “Art and Publishing, an Evolving Dialogue” will be moderated by Gretchen Wagner, the museum’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Participants can also select from a menu of small-group gallery tours, presentations and demonstrations. A full list of presenters and their titles can be found on the museum’s website.  Tickets to the Saturday symposium events are $55, $50 for museum members and $15 for students.

Tickets can be purchased in-person at the museum or through MetroTix. Tickets purchased through MetroTix incur a processing fee.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org

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