Above: Director Marilu Knode during her gallery talk for the exhibition Camp Out: Finding Home in an Unstable World, June 2012.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
In 2010, I brought together a consortium of partners—from Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Art to the St. Louis Art Museum—to launch Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014. Our goal is to celebrate, and support, the explosion and richness of sculpture-related activities happening in the St. Louis region. This is a natural outgrowth of our leadership in supporting all forms of sculptural practice. As one of the oldest and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the country, Laumeier has played a leading role in showing how sculpture is an increasingly relevant artistic practice that makes place relevant for citizens. In fact, Laumeier commissioned the 1988 book Sculpture City (from which our initiative takes its title), celebrating how, since St. Louis’ modern founding, its residents have recognized how sculpture makes our place unique. It is our intention with Sculpture City to make this claim not just regionally but nationally and internationally!
This past October we launched the website for Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014, http://sculpturecitystl.com/. This beautiful website, designed by Kiku Obata and her team and programmed by Studio 2108, will allow area non-profit and for-profit institutions, public art programs and others to promote their sculpture programs to a broader audience. We are an official partner of STL250 and hope to receive broad recognition as a result.
We are also organizing a conference Monument / Anti-Monument April 10 – 12, 2014, that will use St. Louis’s many monuments to trigger a larger conversation about sculpture in the world. We have received funding from the Regional Arts Commission, an anonymous donor and Dwyer Brown and Nancy Reynolds. Please set aside the weekend of April 10-12 to listen to the local and international panelists discuss the class of new and old sculptural practice, and their impact on our built environments.
Marilu Knode, Executive Director