Above: Director Marilu Knode during her gallery talk for the exhibition Camp Out: Finding Home in an Unstable World, June 2012.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
We know it's officially Spring because the calendar says so and more visitors are exploring the park and its changing landscape! This includes the exciting preparations for our spring exhibit, Mound City, the fifth in a series of thematic group shows we've organized under the rubric of "archaeology of place" intended to celebrate, and critique, the unique role St. Louis plays in the history and myths of America.
I first came across St. Louis' nickname-and the mounds that are scattered about the region-when I was preparing to move here. The many trips I took to Cahokia Mounds allowed me to create a link between my new home and the research I had been conducting in Phoenix into "desert aesthetics" and global contemporary indigenous artistic practice. As such, this show is truly the culmination of research I have been interested in for over five years, and I am glad to see it come to fruition.
Mound Citycoincides with the 250th anniversary of the modern founding of St. Louis. Just as STL250 provides an umbrella for community-wide birthday celebrations of the waves of immigrants to the city, Mound City celebrates the presence of ancient Native culture across our landscape. The coincidence allows our ongoing use of St. Louis as a research platform for the creation of truly inspiring art.
Laumeier is able to celebrate our community's cultural memories and memorials thanks to partners in various organizations, and the diligent and insightful work of Laumeier's Curator of Exhibitions, Dana Turkovic, who has led this project into rich and fruitful areas of research.
Hope to see you at the Exhibit opening on April 11!