Arts

Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey

When: Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 8, 2020

Dave Hullfish Bailey is an artist attuned to the environment but not as it exists currently. Through rigorous study of a pre-defined territory and the practice of speculative geography, Bailey rearranges the individual elements of an environment and then breaks up the way it's inhabited and exploited by people, effectively creating a new, temporary link between humans and their corner of the Earth. Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey, his new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), sees Bailey imagine a new present for the Missouri River watershed. Through both texts and redrawn maps, he creates a series of small dams near the origin of the river to imagine a present where water is more plentiful in the high plains, while two of his sculptures depict how such changes would rewrite the lives of people who live near the river. Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey opens Friday, November 15, in gallery 250 at the museum. His work remains on display through March 8, and admission is free.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission