Arts, Film

Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd

When: Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Nov. 1 2015

If the woman in the film Face in the Crowd looks uncannily like Elizabeth Banks, you're not losing your mind. Video artist Alex Prager often recruits professional actors for her projects, and that is indeed Banks dressed in 1950s garb and wading into a crowd of people. The eleven minute long, single-channel film begins with Banks watching a thick crowd of people from her window, and then entering into the tide of humanity. Walking against the crowd's flow, polite greetings and friendly smiles soon turn into collisions, slowed progress and a suffocating sense of claustrophobia. Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd is shown on a loop in gallery 301 at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org) through Sunday, November 1. Admission is free, and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Image Credit: Alex Prager, American, born 1979; Face in the Crowd (Film Still), 2013; three-channel video installation (color, sound); Edition of 3; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission