Media alert: To celebrate Veterans Day, SLAM offers free military-themed tours

By | October 25, 2016
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828; plates from portfolio "The Disasters of War", 1810-1820, published 1863; etching and lavis; 8 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Marian Cronheim Trust for Prints and Drawings 7:2015

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish, 1746-1828; plates from portfolio “The Disasters of War”, 1810-1820, published 1863; etching and lavis; 8 1/2 x 14 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Marian Cronheim Trust for Prints and Drawings 7:2015

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 25, 2016—The Saint Louis Art Museum once again will commemorate Veterans Day by offering three days of special, military-themed tours of its encyclopedic collection. The free tours are designed and led by volunteer docents at the Art Museum who also served in the armed forces.

“Amphora with Herakles and Apollo,” 530–510 BC; black-figure ceramic; 15 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 39:1921

“Amphora with Herakles and Apollo,” 530–510 BC; black-figure ceramic; 15 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 39:1921

This is the fifth year of the special tours. The program’s was developed in 2012 by docents who also are Vietnam War veterans.

Currently on view in the museum are two exhibitions with martial themes–the free exhibition Impressions of War, which includes prints throughout history responding to the darker side of war and its aftermath, and the ticketed exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan, which features a much wider range of Meiji-period, war-related art than has ever been shown before.

While the special tours will highlight works of art with obvious military connections—such as arms and armor, or important paintings of battles and commanders—the tours also will explore the museum’s entire collection, from antiquities to contemporary art, including works of art with important but less obvious connections to military service.

The free tours will be offered on Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 am, and on Saturday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:30 pm. The Art Museum is closed on Mondays.

All visitors are welcome to join the tours, and no reservation is required for groups of 10 or less. During the three days when the tours are offered, the Art Museum is offering a 20 percent discount on membership for veterans and active-duty service members.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org