Arts

Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 18 2015

The Saint Louis Art Museum (314-721-0072 or www.slam.org) celebrates the rich artistic heritage of West Africa with Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, a new retrospective featuring more than 170 works of art on loan from museums and private collections from around the world. This first contemporary exhibition of Senufo artwork in North America explores how the figures, masks and decorative arts of many Sub-Saharan societies were academically classified and how cultural labeling has changed their perceived context since the 1930s. Léger and Picasso were both influenced by these civilizations whose artwork requires a serious gander to better understand their significance. Senufo is on display through Friday, September 18. Admission is $6 to $12, but free on Friday.

Rob Levy

Price: $6-$12, free on Friday