Some say the devil is in the details, but last week, some visitors to the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) found that the details are where the magic lies.
The AP Art History class challenged friends and family to a “deeper dig” at the art museum last Saturday, which involved looking more closely at works of art than many of us are accustomed to doing. Students select 15 works displayed at the museum and make photographs of details within those works. The photographs are then used to create a scavenger hunt, which encourages participants to dive more deeply into the act of viewing art. Originally suggested by alumnus Harry Agress ’64, this activity is now in its second year.
Five AP Art History students served as guides for 23 guests of the 2019 Deeper Dig. Students, parents, friends and teachers competed in teams of three or four to identify the source of detail images selected by our guides. After the search, the group reconvened to discuss the works of art. Art students answered questions. Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Dig: Laurent Hunt ’19, Bergen Goede ’19 and Alexander Huber ’19. We’d say every participant was a winner, though, since it’s a gift to share time with the details of beautiful art.