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Watching the Cargo by George Caleb Bingham

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Toasting book cover from Lemp Brewing Company

"Ein Prosit!" (A Toast) to St. Louis Brewery Workers circa 1900

July 15, 2016 – August 2017

Stairwell Gallery, Research Center-St. Louis

The large numbers of Germans that immigrated to St. Louis in the nineteenth century led to a flourishing brewing industry. The legacy of Lemp, Anheuser-Busch, and scores of smaller breweries ensure that the region's history is intertwined with that of local beer production. To explore this relationship, an exhibit in the Stairwell Gallery of the Research Center–St. Louis will run through the end of 2016.

The show highlights photographs of brewery workers and artifacts from the Henry Tobias Brewers and Maltsters Union No. 6 Collection (S0615) and Mit Feder und Hammer! (With Feather and Hammer): The German Experience in St. Louis Records (S0941). Learn more about the exhibition in the Missouri Times or contact the St. Louis center.

Lee Judge Cartoon

Kansas City Cartoonists S. J. Ray and Lee Judge: Cartoonists from Two Millennia Critique Culture

March 1, 2017 - November 2017

Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center

The Kansas City Star has reported the news in the greater Kansas City region since 1880. Many editorial cartoonists have critiqued contemporary culture for the paper, but two have lasted longer than most: S. J. (Silvey Jackson) Ray, who worked for the Star from 1931 to 1963, and Lee Judge, who has served as the editorial cartoonist since 1981. Through a wide array of over 60 cartoons by Ray and Judge from the SHSMO collection, this exhibition displays humorous and creative approaches to contemporary issues. Viewers can compare the styles, perspectives, and attitudes of two artists. Many of the topics addressed in the cartoons remain relevant today, and spectators may marvel at how technology has altered the understanding of the world over the last 86 years.

James Rollins portrait

Painted Personas: The Portraits of George Caleb Bingham

June 10 – September 23, 2017

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

The State Historical Society of Missouri is home to over two dozen portraits by the celebrated American painter George Caleb Bingham. These artworks were originally produced for a variety of venues, from the homes of private citizens to the halls of government buildings. Painted Personas examines the varied functions of Bingham's portraiture and considers how dress, gesture, and background communicated carefully choreographed messages related to the paintings' original settings as well as the subjects' roles within families, society, and nineteenth-century culture. Among the paintings on display will be a portrait of Thomas Jefferson, an image of the sculptress Vinnie Ream, and several portraits on long-term loan from the descendants of James S. Rollins.

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