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‘Cut & Paste’: Contemporary’s Lisa Melandri on 10 years of artists 'showing their work'

Provided by the Contemporary Art Museum
Contemporary Art Museum director Lisa Melandri

What if you held a pub crawl but replaced the alcohol with art?

You’d have the Contemporary Art Museum’s Open Studios Tour. Or at least one of the many ways you can experience the Oct. 3-4 event, according to CAM director Lisa Melandri.

Open Studios is a tour of nearly 200 artists’ spaces in the St. Louis area, an opportunity to peer into the artistic process. You can be part of a pre-planned bus, bike or walking tour, or customize your own. For example, you can choose a neighborhood like Cherokee Street, and poke your head in a number of studios (and possibly some pubs) in the district.  

For some of the past nine years, it's been a sticky expedition. But in its tenth year of Open Studios, CAM is emphasizing the cooler temperatures that come with scheduling it in fall instead of summer, as well as the mobile app that helps participants organize their weekend.

Here’s some of what Melandri tells us in the podcast.

  • Melandri on the generosity of participating artists: “I also have this very warm and fuzzy feeling about this.” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • On how people can curate their own customized tour: “[Someone might  say] I really like ceramics, for example. Where should I go on Saturday?” Tweet #cutpastestl
  • About how the event ensures the meeting of souls: “When you go out, there will always be multiple times when you will see someone who has, you know, magically chosen your path.” Tweet #cutpastestl
Cut & Paste

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Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.