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Black in the Abstract:

This lecture has been rescheduled from the original date of September 20.

In The Farrell Auditorium

Opening Lecture for the exhibition The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection


Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


This talk considers the history of black artists working in abstraction beginning in the 1950s to the present. In this meditation, Cassel Oliver considers how artists have engaged in abstract painting as an act of resistance, as a marker of identity, as narrative, and as innovative form.



American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this lecture.


Supported by a grant from the Trio Foundation of St. Louis


Forest Park Traffic Alert: Saturday, September 21:


Due to The Great Forest Park Balloon Race taking place on Saturday, September 21 some roads in Forest Park will be closed or will allow only one way traffic, which may result in delays and congestion.


We strongly recommend that you enter Forest Park from Skinker Blvd. and turn onto Lagoon Drive. Turn right at Fine Arts Drive to access the parking lots and parking garage.  Please also allow extra time to navigate the traffic in the Park.


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$5.00 - Reserved Seating $3.00 $8.00

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MetroTix sales end at 12:01am on the day of the event.
On event day, tickets are available only on site at the Museum.

There is a 6 ticket purchase limit.

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Saint Louis Art Museum

1 Fine Arts Drive , Saint Louis, Missouri 63110


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