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Being Bussabarger: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Sketchbooks, and More

October 31, 2017 - May 5, 2018

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

Painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Robert Bussabarger (1922–2013) lived and worked in Missouri for over fifty years. Being Bussabarger pays tribute to the artist's creative spirit with a retrospective selection of his artworks from the 1940s to the 2010s. The wide range of media within the Society's collection of Bussabarger's art demonstrates the depth and breadth of his talent.

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Luvelli Photo

Jon Luvelli: Images from Central Missouri

October 17, 2017 – Spring 2018

Corridor Gallery, Columbia Research Center

Raised in a rural farm town near Columbia, Missouri, Jon Luvelli's fine art photography has garnered national and international attention in the field of street photography. His images are distinguished by their focus on Midwestern townscapes and underlying social messages. The stark contrasts of light and dark encourage viewers to find beauty in uncustomary forms. This exhibition of photos, which is the first installment of a permanent Luvelli collection at SHSMO, represents central Missouri and casts an aesthetic spotlight on contemporary life on the county roads and midtown streets of the Show-Me State.

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Lee Judge Cartoon

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

March 1, 2017 - December 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.

Toasting book cover from Lemp Brewing Company

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

July 15, 2016 – January 2018

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.

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