It’s an odd time of the year. The kids are on break, maybe family and friends are still in town, or maybe you just want to unwind with a post-holiday infusion of culture at a local museum.
But no exhibitions ever start anew at this time of the year. Things are winding down.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of exhibits to choose from — perhaps some that you have even forgotten about. To give your memory a boost, we present a list of just some of the options. But act fast: Some of these are ending soon.
‘Stephanie Syjuco: Rogue States’
When Through Sunday; hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday • Where Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 3750 Washington Boulevard • How much Free • More info 314-535–4660; camstl.org
The flags of Tazbekistan, Petrovia, Zangaro and others fly high over this exhibit — but not one of the countries is real. Artist Stephanie Syjuco explores racist and imperialist assumptions with this look at 22 faithfully reproduced flags from fictional countries featured in the movies (including, notably, the swastikaesque double cross of Tomania in Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 masterpiece “The Great Dictator”). Also on view through Sunday at CAM: “Bethany Collins: Chorus,” “Jonathas de Andrade: Voyeristico” and “Margaret Keller: Botanica Absentia.”
‘Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’
When Through Jan. 12; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday • Where St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park • How much $6-$15, free for members, children under 6 and all on Fridays (ticket required) • More info 314-721-0072; slam.org
The big dog of current exhibits (for that matter, the big dog of exhibits all year long) presents largely exceptional works from one of the most fertile times of painting. Three works by Rembrandt are included, along with pieces by Franz Hals, Jan Steen, Hendrick Avercamp and many others. No Vermeer, but you can’t have everything.
When Through Jan. 26; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday • Where Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, Forest Park • How much Free • More info 314-746-4599; mohistory.org/museum
It seems as if all of St. Louis became hockey fans last season when the Blues won the Stanley Cup for the first time in the team’s more-than-50-year history. The Missouri History Museum returns to those recent “Gloria” days with an exhibit featuring more than 20 artifacts from the playoffs to the Stanley Cup Final.
‘Ground Control: A Journey Through Chess and Space’
When Through April 26; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day) • Where World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Avenue • How much $3-$5 suggested donation • More info 314-367-9243; worldchesshof.org
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of man’s first trip to the moon, the World Chess Hall of Fame features an exhibition of space-related chess sets, including sets with themes of “The Jetsons,” “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” But the exhibit has its more serious side, too, with portions devoted to chess events from the Cold War year of 1969, plus a set flown on the space shuttle Endeavor and artifacts from a game played between two cosmonauts in space and two others on Earth.
‘Ai Weiwei: Bare Life’
When Through Jan. 5; hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday (11 a.m.-8 p.m. first and third Thursday), noon-5 p.m. Sunday (closed New Year’s Day) • Where Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, 1 Brookings Drive • How much Free • More info 314-935-4523; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu
The works of influential Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei were chosen as the reopening exhibition at the newly expanded Kemper Art Museum. The works shown here — many of them large scale and some of them iconic — focus on marginalized people, including refugees and the displaced, and also on the modern world’s break from tradition and what that means to culture.
‘Zarina: Atlas of Her World’
When Through Feb. 2; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday (closed New Year’s Day) • Where Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Boulevard • How much Free • More info 314-754-1850; pulitzerarts.org
For more than 50 years, the Indian-born American artist Zarina has been exploring big themes (memory, place, loss) in minimalist, abstract ways. Now, for the first time, her prints, sculpture and collages are being exhibited next to some of the works and objects that inspire and inform her art, including a Dürer print and an architectural fragment from the Mughal Empire.
‘2019 Hall of Fame Inductee Exhibition’
When Through March 7; hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (11 a.m.-9 p.m. first Fridays; closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day) • Where International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, 3415 Olive Street • How much $5-$10 • More info 314-535-1999; iphf.org
Eight photographers are included in the International Photography Hall of Fame class of 2019: Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, Mary Ellen Mark, Steve McCurry, Paul Nicklen, Olivia Parker and Tony Vaccaro. Naturally, to celebrate their induction, the hall is exhibiting representative works from each of them.
‘Plastic: The Future Then … and Now’
When Through Sunday; hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday • Where St. Louis University Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Boulevard • How much Free • More info 314-977-6631; slu.edu/sluma
“Plastics” was a trenchant punchline in “The Graduate,” but the material has had a major impact on our way of life, from the ever-expanding information technology to the field of medicine. This exhibition looks at the history of plastic, from the charmingly retro Bakelite to innovations in contemporary technology, along with the environmental cost of creating it.