Political illustrations of the past

Thousands of photographers, videographers and writers will descend on Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 9 to cover the presidential debate. But in mid-20th-century America, another sort of journalist was part of the media mix — the illustrator. The Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library features hundreds of images of politicians, the electoral process and American voters.
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Building better health care

For all the advances of modern medicine, health-care architecture has long been guided by custom and intuition rather than research and testing. That’s changing, thanks to an emerging field known as evidence-based design, said Xiaobo Quan, director of Washington University’s newly formed Center for Health Research & Design.
Franz Ackermann (German, b. 1963), "Untitled (yet)," 2008–9. Oil on canvas, 109 5/8 x 216 1/8". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase with funds from the David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation, 2011.

‘Real / Radical / Psychological: The Collection on Display’ opens Sept. 9

A collection is not a static thing, a project to be finished. A collection lives and breathes and evolves over time. This fall, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum — one of the oldest university museums in the nation — will mark the 10th anniversary of its Fumihiko Maki-designed facility with an ambitious, building-wide installation. “Real / Radical / Psychological: The Collection on Display” steps back from a decade of thematic presentations and, for the first time, presents the esteemed permanent collection in chronological fashion.
Adam Turl with his installation "Red Mars" at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
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‘Red Mars’ and the fictional artist

The paintings of Adam Turl climb the walls like a rocket hitting exit velocity – an image slyly reinforced by the telescope installed at their base. Collectively titled “Red Mars,” the group of 10 canvases is currently on view in the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum as part of the Sam Fox School’s annual MFA Thesis show.
Gerald Early with his star on the walk of fame in the UCity Loop

St. Louis Walk of Fame Quiz

Embedded in the sidewalks along the Delmar Boulevard Loop are bright brass stars honoring 140 great St. Louisans. This who’s who of St. Louis has among its honorees more than 30 people affiliated with Washington University: professors, alumni, former chancellors and co-founders among them. Test your knowledge of university luminaries in this quiz.
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30 years of public art

It began as an experiment. Three decades later, the University City Public Art Series is the nation’s longest-running public art collaboration between a university and a local municipality.

Bill T. Jones to receive Humanities Medal

Dancer and Choreographer Bill T. Jones will receive the 2016 International Humanities Medal from Washington University in St. Louis. Granted biennially, the medal honors the lifetime work of a noted scholar, writer or artist who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the world of letters or the arts.
Kelvin Roston, Jr., as Donny Hathaway in "Twisted Melodies." (Photo: Sam Roberson)

Music, genius and ‘Twisted Melodies’

Soul singer Donny Hathaway was a musical genius. He was also a man battling the ravages of schizophrenia. In “Twisted Melodies,” actor, playwright and St. Louis native Kelvin Roston Jr. explores Hathaway’s life and legacy while shattering taboos about the depiction of mental illness.
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