2014 IN RESIDENCE: JOE HARL AND ROBIN MACHIRAN
January 1 – December 31, 2014
Laumeier is pleased to announce our 2014 In Residence experts are archaeologists Joe Harl and Robin Machiran of the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis. Harl and Machiran have been invited in response to, and as a part of, our upcoming exhibition Mound City which explores traces of native culture in our contemporary world and the mound culture that existed here a thousand years ago. Harl and Machiran will contribute an essay to the Mound City exhibition publication on their research of the numerous theories regarding the origin of the Missisippian peoples. For Laumeier, Harl and Machiran will literally explore the land at Laumeier and investigate the Park through their professional practice by way of a lecture, artifact identification day and a community artwork based on historical research on native tribes in our area.
This 12-month residency is meant to encourage an active collaboration with Laumeier Sculpture Park’s landscape and its many visitors. The residency also wraps up Laumeier’s curatorial focus on “archaeology of place,” and will allow Harl and Machiran to “dig even deeper” into Laumeier’s unique material culture both historic and contemporary. Having Harl and Machiran as our 2014 In Residence archeologist’s further supports our focus on diversifying the different art forms supported at the Park, and introducing yet another exploratory practice to our audiences.
Joe Harl has been actively excavating local and regional histories in the Southwest Ceremonial Complex for over thirty years. His work investigates relationships between contemporary living conditions and important historical figures and events. Through collaborative site surveys and educational programs, Harl endeavors to promote a community’s place within local, state and national historical landscapes and to increase awareness of shared histories. His archaeological research centers on the developments of Late Woodland and Mississippian lifestyles and cultural practices in present-day Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Tennessee. Harl is Vice President of the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis and has served as principal investigator of master plans for the management of archaeological resources within St. Louis City and County as well as St. Charles County, Missouri. He obtained an M.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Robin Machiran is a St. Louis-based anthropologist, art historian and educator who specializes in Mississippian cultures and indigenous artifacts of what is known as the American Bottom region of North America. As a founding member of the Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis, Machiran conducts field investigations, prehistoric and historic archival research, artifact analyses and architectural surveys of past and present landscapes to help communities better understand the natural and built environments with which they interact and shape. In 2003 Machiran was awarded an Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology grant to conduct field work with volunteers and community groups in East St. Louis and Cahokia. Projects include Cahokia Mound 34, Cahokia West Palisade, Sugarloaf Mound, East St. Louis Mound Group and the Shilo Park Project. Machiran holds an M.A. in History with a Museum Studies from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a B.A. in Anthropology.
2013 IN RESIDENCE: JENNY PRICE
January 1 – December 31, 2013
Our 2013 In Residence expert is Dr. Jenny Price, an Environmental Historian originally from St. Louis living in Los Angeles. For Laumeier, Price is developing an “alternative” series of nature trail signs to highlight the infrastructure put into place as part of our wresting the land away from its functional status as a watershed for the Meramec and Mississippi rivers. During a recent tour of Laumeier, Price observed the importance of our ecotones—those edge areas between woods and lawn—that play host to many species who can nest and feed at this border. She observed that, while visitors consider Laumeier a “natural” environment, the bulk of the trees and growth on the grounds are around 40 years old, meaning that the area was actively logged just before donated to St. Louis County Parks in 1968. Price is picking out such un-touristic sites as a fallen tree, the electric box, a bench looking onto invasive bush honeysuckle and the Museum’s shop as first stops on her “natural” tour. Over the coming year, Price will continue to produce signs that map the stages of civilization introduced in Sunset Hills. Her residency will culminate with a walking tour for the 2013 American Arts Experience event on Saturday, October 5 at 1pm.
Jenny Price, a native of St. Louis, received her PH.D from Yale University with a focus on environment, the American West and writing history. Price published, Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern Americain 1999, and many book chapters including, “Looking for Nature at the Mall: A Field Guide to the Nature Company” in Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature, 1995 and “A Natural History of the Plastic Pink Flamingo” in The Nature of Nature: New Essays from America’s Finest Writers on Nature, 1994. She is a free-lance writer for LA Observed, Sunset, the Los Angeles Times, GOOD, the Huffington Post and the New York Times, among many other publications. Price is also a founding member of the LA Urban Rangers. Since 1998, Jenny has been a Research Scholar with the UCLA Center for the Study of Women. She received a Guggenheim Fellow in 2005 and a resident artist at the Orange County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art. She has taught at UCLA, University of Southern California and Antioch-Los Angeles and is a two-time National Endowment for the Humanities fellow.
2012 IN RESIDENCE: ERIC HALL
January 1 – December 31, 2012
Laumeier Sculpture Park is pleased to announce St. Louis-based sound artist Eric Hall as its first Composer-in-Residence. Throughout 2012, Hall will develop a new series of works and projects using sound in an open-ended exploration that will begin with field recordings from the Park. Hall will develop a series of new soundscapes, installations and performances to be staged at Laumeier. This 12-month residency is meant to encourage an active collaboration with Laumeier Sculpture Park’s permanent collection and its landscape. The residency, part of Laumeier’s curatorial focus on “archaeology of place,” will allow this sound artist the chance to respond to Laumeier’s unique geographic and cultural context.
“I am excited about the creative potential of expanding the type of artists-in-residence here, and I’m looking forward to Eric Hall’s sound based collaboration with Laumeier’s collection and the lush landscape within which it resides,” said Dana Turkovic, Laumeier’s Curator of Exhibitions. “Hall’s residency should help to inspire not only his own artistic practice but will also enhance our relationship to the Park’s diverse environment.”
“Laumeier continues to diversify the different art forms supported at the Park by naming Eric Hall our first-ever Composer-in-Residence,” said Marilu Knode, Laumeier’s Executive Director and the Aronson Endowed Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “As we continue to dig deeper into an ‘archaeology of place,’ which we are using to guide our curatorial practice for the next few years, Hall will create a new series of lenses to understand the urbanized natural world around us. Because so many St. Louis residents reside in a suburban environment, we felt it would be relevant to have an artist look at the aural landscape we have created for ourselves in this particular social climate. Artists reveal things to us about our world that we miss—and I am eager for the different types of experiences our audiences will enjoy over the coming year.”
Hall, whose work is also currently exhibited as part of Laumeier’s Kranzberg Exhibition Series: Electric is the Love presented a Campfire Chat performance on Saturday, November 12 at Beverly Pepper’s earthwork, Cromlech Glen, on Laumeier’s Nature Trail. You can watch or listen to Eric Hall's performance by following these links:
Eric Hall is a St. Louis native who has created several sound-sculptures and interactive installations for St. Louis institutions including the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and White Flag Projects. He has composed and performed works commissioned by Washington University in St. Louis and Forest Park Community College, St. Louis and recently performed John Cage’s “First Construction (In Metal)” as a solo live-sampled electro-acoustic piece with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
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