Community Day

Free event includes music, art, snacks, games and more

Posted by Liam Otten September 16, 2011

Art, of course, can be challenging, engaging, uplifting and enlightening. It also can be fun.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will host Community Day, an all-ages afternoon of games, storytelling, art-making, workshops and tours led by museum curators and Washington University student docents.
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to the public.

“Community Day is a chance for the museum to welcome both new and regular visitors and to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our new facilities,” says Allison Taylor, manager of education programs.

“It’s also a chance to show off the museum’s permanent collections, which were reinstalled over the summer, as well as a pair of special exhibitions, Tomás Saraceno: Cloud-Specific and Precarious Worlds: Contemporary Art From Germany,” Taylor says.
“It will be a day of family friendly fun, with music, art, dance, snacks, tours and much, much more.”

Bubble artist Josh Routh, a founding member of St. Louis’ Circus Kaput, will perform throughout the day. Choreographer Alice Bloch will lead a pair of movement workshops, at 11:30 and 12:30. Rockabilly revivalists The Woo Daddies will perform their effervescent mix of swing, jump-blues, classic country, surf and pop beginning at 1 p.m.

Also at 1 p.m., associate curator Meredith Malone will lead a walkthrough of Tomás Saraceno: Cloud-Specific. The exhibition includes Saraceno’s interactive One Cloud Module (2011), a five-meter-wide tetrahedron-shaped structure that strongly resembles a geodesic balloon and gives visitors a powerful sensation of hovering above the ground.

Other events will include an art-themed scavenger hunt and a storytelling session. The latter, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature When Pigasso Met Mootisse, Nina Laden’s sly homage to Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. The light-hearted tale recounts the friendship, aesthetic rivalry and eventual reconciliation between a feisty bull and his neighbor, a prima-donna pig.