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PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE CHASE PARK PLAZA

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Sleep See for yourself why “The Chase is the place.”

PRESIDENTS, CELEBRITIES, and royalty

have slept at the elegant Chase Park Plaza Hotel, towering above the Central West End just across from Forest Park. The Chase opened in 1922, and seven years later, construction began on the adja- cent Park Plaza Hotel. The two shared man- agement almost from the beginning, and today they function as one entity, a landmark paying tribute to art deco style with a grand lobby, marble hallways, towering ceilings, and crystal chandeliers. The opulent hotel has always been a magnet for celebrities and political leaders, having hosted every U.S. president from the 1920s through the 1990s. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, and Bob Hope have all graced The Chase, singing at the former nightclub that’s now home to its own five- screen cinema. And from the 1930s to the 1950s, the Starlight and Zodiac rooms high atop the hotel swung to the beat of big bands

broadcast nationwide. Duck into Chaser’s Lounge for a quiet pre- dinner drink; then head to The Tenderloin Room, laden with rich fabrics and carved mahogany. This steakhouse has been serv- ing its famous Pepperloin à la Tenderloin since the 1960s, the same period when The Chase became the first hotel in the Midwest to offer a lavish Sunday brunch, a tradition that continues today in the chic Eau Bistro. Thanks to a $16 million renovation last year, the hotel features a business center, 65,000 square feet of meeting space, a salon and spa, a massive fitness center, and an out- door heated pool surrounded by fountains and carved stone porticoes. In the 1970s, “The Chase is the place” was the catchy slogan that spoke of the strong connection between St. Louisans, visitors and this timeless hotel. And that slogan still rings true today. Rooms start at $189. chaseparkplaza.com

rings true today. Rooms start at $189. chaseparkplaza.com Form in Translation: Sculpt0rs Making Prints and Drawings
rings true today. Rooms start at $189. chaseparkplaza.com Form in Translation: Sculpt0rs Making Prints and Drawings

Form in Translation: Sculpt0rs Making Prints and Drawings

June 25–September 19, 2010

Lee Bontecou, American, born 1931; Etching One, 1967; etching and aquatint; sheet: 25 1/2 x 19 9/16 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by James R. and Mary B. Moog and Paul Taylor through the Art Enrichment Fund 7:2007; © Lee Bontecou/Courtesy FreedmanArt, New York

Fund 7:2007; © Lee Bontecou/Courtesy FreedmanArt, New York Coming Soon: Joe Jones: Painter of the American

Coming Soon:

Joe Jones:

Painter of the American Scene

October 10, 2010–January 2, 2011

The Seneca, Kansas Post Office mural, Men and Wheat, was completed by Jones in 1940. The agricultural scene includes depictions of a red combine and a green tractor. Since advertising was not allowed within the post office, Jones could not include the brand names of the machines in his painting. Instead, he signed his name, “Joe Jones,” across the front of the green tractor.

THE MOURNERS: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy

Presented with

BILL VIOLA: Visitation

June 20–September 6, 2010

Jean de la Huerta (Daroca, active 1431–1462) and Antoine Le Moiturier (Avignon, c.1425–Dijon, after 1495); Mourner no. 51, mourner with cowl pulled down, holding a book in his right hand and with his left hand wiping his tears, 1443–56/57; alabaster; 16 1/2 x 7 1/16 x 5 15/16 inches; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon; photo © FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange) by Jared Bendis and François JAY

Bill Viola, American, born 1951; Visitation, 2008; Color High-Definition video on plasma display; stereo sound; Performers: Pam Blackwell, Weba Garretson; Photo: Kira Perov

Performers: Pam Blackwell, Weba Garretson; Photo: Kira Perov New Media Series: Laurent Grasso, Les Oiseaux July

New Media Series:

Laurent Grasso, Les Oiseaux

July 16–October 10, 2010

Laurent Grasso, film stills from Les Oiseaux, 2008; digital video on DVD, 8 minutes 55 seconds, looped; © Laurent Grasso, Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

© Laurent Grasso, Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park St.
© Laurent Grasso, Courtesy: Sean Kelly Gallery, New York One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park St.

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