The Saint Louis Art Museum’s Art in Bloom event will go virtual this year and take viewers beyond the walls of the museum

Since its creation in 2000, the Saint Louis Art Museumit is Blooming art has become extremely popular. The weekend event, which asks designers to reimagine museum artwork using floral designs, draws more visitors to SLAM than any other. Last year it set a weekend attendance record with over 27,000 visitors.

To comply with COVID-19 prevention rules, this year’s Art in Bloom, which begins March 3, is going virtual. Instead of flowers on display in the galleries, the museum has created programming that will be available to stream from the comfort of your home.

As museum staff began to reconceptualize this popular event during the summer months, they realized the new format allowed them to do things they weren’t able to do before. “This presents an exciting opportunity,” says Amanda Thompson Rundahl, director of learning and engagement. “We know people will miss coming to the museum and we won’t have fresh flowers in the galleries, but this provides an opportunity to create an offering that includes favorites like flower arranging and local florists.

An example of new programming in this format will be a visit to Urban buds‘ Farm in Dutchtown. “We can actually take Art in Bloom outside the walls of the museum,” says Rundahl. “We couldn’t take 27,000 people to the farm, but we can take them there virtually, and it gives us the opportunity to shine a light on a really unique local urban farm.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is considered the originator of the Art in Bloom concept, which now takes place annually in museums across the country. “It’s a way to showcase the art of flowers, the art in the museum and the relationship between the two, the idea that fine art can inspire florists to interpret the works in the collection” , explains Rundahl. With that in mind, Sara Ward from Wildflowers will show how she conceptualizes and creates an Art in Bloom arrangement, and there will be a slow art guided experience featuring Kehinde Wiley. Charles I. There’s even a treasure hunt and an art activity for the youngest. There will be a live program, featuring Philip Hu, curator of Asian art at the museum, who will discuss floral design and symbolism on Chinese blue and white porcelain.

There are several member-exclusive events that are only available to museum members, but anyone can join so you don’t miss out on these events.

Blooming art programs will be available on the Saint Louis Art Museum website from March 3-31.

February 23, 2021

11:11 a.m.

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