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February 10, 2017 A Bixby Book Club Valentine's Party
Join us on Friday February 10, 2017 at 6:00pm as we rekindle an old Bixby Book Club tradition. Come for dinner, bookish conversation, an exhibition of the Tern Press archive at the Mercantile Library, and a viewing of recent acquisitions of fine printing. Tickets are $35.00 each. Call 314-516-7248 for tickets or more information.
February 19, 2017 Artist Gallery Talk Featuring Daven Anderson
Meet Daven Anderson, the artist whose work is featured in the exhibition The Rivers: A Celebration of Life and Work on America's Waterways on display at the St. Louis Mercantile Library from February 4- March 27. Learn more about this fascinating series at the Artist's Gallery Talks on Sunday, February 19 and Saturday, March 18. Both events start at 1:00 p.m. in the gallery and are free and open to the public. Public tour sthat include the exhibition are held every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., or may be scheduled by appointment by phoning 314-516-7281.
March 18, 2017 Artist Gallery Talk Featuring Daven Anderson
Meet Daven Anderson, the artist whose work is featured in the exhibition The Rivers: A Celebration of Life and Work on America's Waterways on display at the St. Louis Mercantile Library form February 4-March 27. Learn more about this fascinating series at the Artist's Gallery Talk on Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. in the gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Public tours that include the exhibition are held every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., or may be schedueld by appointment by phoning 314-516-7281.
May 5-7, 2017 St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair
The St. Louis Fine Print, Rare Book & Paper Arts Fair brings together thirty local and national fine print and rare book dealers to present a broad array of exceptional materials appealing to collectors at all levels of experience. From finely illustrated books to prints by Audubon, WPA artists and Old Masters, original watercolors and historic photographs, the thousands of treasures available to view and purchase include something for every taste and budget. The Fair is presented annually the first weekend in May to benefit the Mercantile Library's collection and conservation funds.
Visit printfair.umsl.edu for more information.
May 11, 2017 Give STL Day
The St. Louis Mercantile Library will once again be participating on Give STL Day, on May 11, 2017. Give STL Day is a 24-hour giving event organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation to rally financial support for deserving non-profits in the region. Your donation to the St. Louis Mercantile Library will help us continue to offer educational programming and aid in our staff's research, teaching, and curatorial services as we preserve the great St. Louis cultural asset that is the Mercantile. Visit https://www.givestlday.org/ for more information.
Audubon and Beyond: Collecting Five Centuries of Natural History at the St. Louis Mercantile Library
On Level One through June 2017
This most imaginative exhibition the Library has presented to date will seek to engage the St. Louis public with interactive programs and lectures on the green world around us. Audubon and Beyond tells the history of the Library’s contributions to early St. Louis’ scientific education through its imaginative and awe- inspiring primary and original collections, some of the most diversified in any early American library outside of the American Museum of Natural History itself. This introduction to such a wide universe of nature at the Library will undoubtedly provide a common ground on which to link natural history to the natural present. This exhibition is the second after Mapping St. Louis History in a tetralogy marking in progression the 175th Anniversary of the founding of the St. Louis Mercantile Library.
Tern Press: Printing and Illustrating Timeless English Literature and the Art of Nicholas and Mary Parry
On Level Two through August 2017
The Mercantile Library has collected the works of private presses for generations, and has built some extraordinary holdings in the book arts, fine bindings, and fine printings which can be used for study and projects in a number of research applications. The main interest of the Mercantile has been to collect a broad, exemplary collection of American presses and printers. At the same time the Library never neglected the English presses. When a press demonstrates a particluar adeptness in merging art and design with print and paper, the Library, with its additional mission of providing an unusual museum setting as well, is particularly interested, and no press here has been more admired or more fully collected than Tern Press because of that artistic quality. For more information click here.
The Rivers: A Celebration of Life and Work on America's Waterways
On Level Two February 4, 2017-March 27, 2017
This unique exhibition features paintings in watercolor and oil by St. Louis artist Daven Anderson who builds on his training in the U.S. Naval Academy and his lifelong history of engagement with inland waterways to document all aspects of this essential American resource. His paintings take the viewer onboard working boats, alongside dock workers, and into the heart of busy port cities, providing glimpses of American life few of us ever experience. This series of paintings was created across a broad geographic range of inland waters, including the West Coast, the Gulf Coast and Port of New Orleans, the Mississippi River and its tributaries, the East Coast and the Great Lakes. While the series is ongoing as Anderson continues his travels, some forty paintings are now complete and of these, twenty-three will be featured at the Mercantile Library. The works are a complement to the mission of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, a special subject collection within the Mercantile Library.
Meet the artist and learn more about this fascinating series at Artist’s Gallery Talks on Sunday, February 19 and Saturday, March 18. Both events start at 1:00 p.m. in the gallery and are free and open to the public. Public tours that include the exhibition are held every Saturday at 11:00 and Sunday at 2:00, or may be scheduled by appointment by phoning 314-516-7281.
Presidents and War
On Level Two through February 2017
This focused exhibition examines the role wars have played in political campaigns and presidencies. A variety of materials including glassware, campaign buttons, posters, photographs, political cartoons, newspapers and books illustrate how war and military conflicts have impacted presidents and candidates from George Washington to Barack Obama. The artifacts show how Washington’s role as soldier-president set an example that was utilized by candidates to reinforce their image of leadership, how candidates have sought and won the endorsement of veterans and the military, how candidates used fear of war and the promise of peace as a powerful campaign tool, and how presidential handling – or mishandling – of wars affected their presidencies. This special exhibition is drawn from the Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Political Collection, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat archives, and the Mercantile Library archival and rare book collections. It is complemented by other selections from the Shopmaker Political Collection also on display in the gallery on Level 2 of the Library.
The Nature of Light: Photographs by Heidi Lopata Sherman
On Level One through June 2017
Heidi Lopata Sherman (1954-2014) was, in her own words, “obsessed with light.” This retrospective exhibition presents the broad range of Sherman’s work, including small format platinum print landscapes, large format silver gelatin print landscapes and interiors, and brilliant large format flora studies.
Laughing All the Way to the Ballot Box: Political Cartoons Through History From Mercantile Library Collections
In the Mercantile Library Atrium through January 2017
The use of humor and symbolism in American politics dates from the very birth of our nation and continues in the print and digital media of today. Caricature – the art of the exaggerated portrait – has played a key role in political cartoons and anti-candidate campaign materials as well. This focused exhibition presents samples of political and editorial cartoons from the 19th to the 21st centuries selected from the Shopmaker Political Collection. These works explore reactions to the Civil War, issues of Theodore Roosevelt’s bid for a third term as president, the relationship of the House and Senate to the presidency, and public response to American politics, among others. Several St. Louis artists are featured here, including Daniel Fitzpatrick who worked for the Post-Dispatch, Don Hesse who did editorial cartoons for the Globe-Democrat, and Al Schweitzer who created editorial artwork for several St. Louis publications. Other artists were better known for their fine art career, but they also made political comments through their artwork, such as William Gropper.
Portraits of Lincoln
February 2017-January 2018