Museum crawl will showcase art galleries at MU

Thursday, September 17, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Night "crawlers" can visit art exhibitions in five MU locations Thursday.

The fifth annual MU Gallery and Museum Crawl runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. with exhibits including Missouri artifacts to portraiture, editorial cartoons and a "nest" of glass and twigs.


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Each gallery will stamp "crawl" cards that give patrons a chance to win prizes donated by event sponsors, including University Bookstore.

“We want to make people more aware about what great resources these organizations are for both students and families,” said Christine Montgomery, a photography specialist with the State Historical Society and co-founder of the event.

Here is what visitors can expect to see:

• At the State Historical Society of Missouri in MU's Ellis Library, famous and not-so-famous Missourian faces are displayed in the exhibit, "Twentieth Century Missouri Portraits: From Famous to Familiar."

Mark Twain and former President Harry Truman share the spotlight with a portrait of a nameless Kansas City man and others.

Ben Nichols, portrayed in Thomas Hart Benton’s 1941 lithograph, "Aaron," was born a slave before he was freed, said Joan Stack, curator of art collections and another co-founder of the event.

She said the title references the Old Testament patriarch Aaron,  a former Hebrew slave freed with the help of his brother, Moses.

The historical society is also displaying a series of editorial cartoons, "Wall Street and Main Street: Editorial Cartoons of the 1930s" by St. Louis Post-Dispatch cartoonist Daniel Fitzpatrick.. The exhibit features more than 40 original drawings depicting the economic crisis of the 1930s.

• The Museum of Art and Archaeology in MU's Pickard Hall is showing paintings and sculptures of real and fictional woman as part of the exhibit, "The Sacred Feminine: Prehistory to Post-Modernity." Visitors can see how the depiction of women changed from ancient to modern art. 

• The George Caleb Bingham Gallery in MU's Fine Arts Center is displaying the  "Communal Nest." Artist Susan Taylor Glasgow created the 10-foot nest using hundreds of glass and wood twigs. The sculpture is the centerpiece of the exhibit, "Absence of Body."

• The Craft Studio & Art Gallery at MU's Memorial Student Union will feature oil on wood paintings by Elizabeth Snipes displaying the human figure. Prizes from the Craft Studio include pottery pieces, do-it-yourself classes and day passes.

• The Museum of Anthropology in MU's Swallow Hall is showcasing the exhibit, "Show-Me the Best: Remarkable Artifacts of Missouri." The exhibit includes artifacts excavated from Missouri. Also on display at the museum is the Grayson Archery collection.

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