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St. Louis Art Museum events to commemorate Juneteenth

Tyrone Wallace

ST. LOUIS, MO — St. Louis Art Museum will be holding two Art Speaks sessions in celebration of Juneteenth.

The detail of the event is as follows:

  • Black Craftspeople, Objects, and the Southern Landscape

The founder and co-director of the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive, Tifanny Momon, will explore the decorative arts, architecture, and handicrafts created by African Americans in the early American South and discuss how scholars, curators, and cultural institutions have historically neglected to highlight their stories and achievements.

She will introduce the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive and discuss the methods used to uncover Black craftspeople through examining historical documents, objects, and places.

Momon will also speak about David Drake, the creator of the ceramic jar recently acquired by the Museum, and highlight Black craftspeople who lived and worked in Missouri.

The virtual program will be held via Zoom on Saturday, June 19, from 11 AM CDT to noon. To get the Zoom link, register at

  • Prints and Murals by Black Artists in the Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Victoria McCraven, 2020-2021 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow, and Clare Kobasa, assistant curator of prints, drawings, and photographs and study room manager, will discuss works in the Museum’s collection by Dox Thrash, Selma Day, Raymond Steth, and other Black artists.

They will also speak about printmaking and mural practices developed during the 1930s and 1940s with funding from the Works Progress Administration and Dox Thrash’s invention of the carborundum mezzotint.

The virtual program will be held via Zoom on Thursday, July 22, from noon to 1 PM CDT. To get the link, register at

All sessions are free with limited capacity. There will be a Q&A portion for both sessions. The program will be recorded and available to access the Museum’s YouTube channel in the following weeks.

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