Sam Durant, proposal drawing for Free Hanging Chain, 2014.
April 12 - August 24, 2014
Curators: Marilu Knode, Executive Director and Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions
The title Mound City is St. Louis’s appellation in honor of the Mound culture that existed here a thousand years ago. The heart of this Mississippian culture’s capital, located at Cahokia, adjacent to East St. Louis on the Illinois border, is where the bulk of the remaining mounds are found. This ancient city was the largest north of Mexico City, and like Hohokam in the southwest, the Mound builders dispersed (or disappeared) around 1400 CE. Although archaeology on the site continues to yield astonishing, and controversial, findings (such as evidence of human sacrifice), the presence of this early civilization is little felt in the surrounding area. Indeed, while the nation recently celebrated Lewis & Clark’s historic voyage to find an uninterrupted water route to the West coast, the specifics of St. Louis’s role in taming of the West is little examined.
St. Louis does celebrate its position as the “heart” of the country, ignoring its less palatable history—its erasure of its native past supplanted by European settlements, its current racial problems, a convoluted political system that precludes collaboration and resource sharing, a declining industrial base and environmental problems. It is this uncelebrated set of realities that we hope will be a rich vein for artistic exploration. Through Mound City, and other educational and curatorial initiatives, we intend to explore the interrelationship between art, history and nature in our 105 acres and historic gallery spaces.
Artists in the exhibition will explore traces of native culture in our contemporary world ranging in topics of disappearance and destruction, resurrection and monument. Artists include A Tribe Called Red (Ottowa), Sam Durant (Los Angeles), Geoffrey Krawczyk (New York), Beverly Pepper (Todi, Italy), Alison Saar (Los Angeles), Marie Watt (New York), among others. Mound City will also include our In Residence: Archeologists Joe Harl and Robin Machiran. Laumeier Sculpture Park is also co-curating a film series with Webster University focusing on films by native and indigenous filmmakers from around the globe.
KRANZBERG EXHIBITION SERIES 2014
Tom Huck: Bugs
Curator: Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions
40 years ago, a young artist named Thomas Lindhardt witnessed an event that changed the world of children’s play. He realized that children were more interested in playing on his brightly colored sculptures, placed in a new housing estate to add color to the drab surroundings, rather than admiring them. Now “springers” are an enduring playground favorite, because they encourage children to use their imaginations and to develop their range of motion and movement helping them learn balance and confidence. Local artist Tom Huck has designed three bug “springers” based on a series of his original woodcut designs inspired by the many insects inhabiting the micro-environment of Laumeier Sculpture Park. The monumental insects, to be installed in the Children’s Sculpture Garden, reflect Huck’s signature beautifully grotesque stylized illustrations in his infamous woodblocks. These interactive works also illustrate how both nature and art experienced together, with a sprinkle of mischief, can inspire creativity and amusement in both children and adults.
Bugs will include a catalog in the form of a children’s coloring book with an essay and 15-20 one- color reproduction of the artist’s insect woodcuts.
Tom Huck was born in 1971 in Potosi, Missouri. He received his MFA in Printmaking from Washington University, St. Louis and hisBFA in Drawing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois in 1993. His selected solo and group exhibitions include: St. Louis Art Museum; International Print Center, New York; Kumu Art Museum, Tallin, Estonia; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Daum Art Museum, Sedalia, Missouri; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin; Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivieres, Quebec; Mesa Arts Center, Arizona; University of Windsor Gallery of Art, Windsor, Ontario; COBRA Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam; Lamar Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Huck’s woodcut prints are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Milwaukee Art Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; New York Public Library; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kansas; St. Louis Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Huck earned a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2011. Huck resides in St. Louis where he owns Evil Prints, a studio where he produces his own woodcuts and offers printmaking classes.
Tom Huck: Bugs is made possible by operating support from St. Louis County Parks, the University of Missouri – St. Louis, the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis. Additional support for Tom Huck: Bugs has been provided by Nancy and Ken Kranzberg and the Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund.
NEW TERRITORIES (2014-2020)
Based on the activities launched under the organizing guidance of “Archaeology of Place”, Laumeier staff will launch a new series of commissions, collaborations and programs under the phrase “New Territories”. New Territories broadens our look at the world’s cultural zones as they have directly or indirectly impacted life in St. Louis.
Danica Dakic: Three Places
Curator: Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions
Trained as a painter, Danica Dakić often relies on formal techniques used in historical painting in her photographic and video works. Dakić’s installations are elegant meditations on place and how it affects its residents through role playing and performance. Her works are drawn from and inspired by collaborations with her protagonists of interest or performers set in highly wrought scenes and documented through a variety of media as they play out their own narratives. Originally from Bosnia and splitting her time between Sarajevo and Dusseldorf, Dakić has been invited to work with St. Louis’s 70,000 Bosnian populations during 2013 and will show the collaboration in a series of works to be shown in Laumeier’s galleries.
Danica Dakić was born in Sarajevo in 1962, and now lives and works in both Düsseldorf and Sarajevo. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo (1981-85); the University of Arts, Belgrade (1985-88); and the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf (1988-90). Her work deals with issues of language and identity, and also comments on the conflict between individual and collective experience. Dakić has exhibited at the Gandy Gallery, Bratislava; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. She has also participated in the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Curitiba in 2011, the Liverpool Biennial in 2010, and the 17th Bienniale of Sydney in 2010. She received first award for her video installation, “Wall” at the SCCA – Sarajevo Second Annual Exhibition.
This exhibition is generously supported by St. Louis County Parks, the Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council
and the Arts & Education Council.
New Territories: Here, There, Everywhere
In 2015, Laumeier will work with RAQS Media Collective, a group of New Dehli-based artists / theorists exploring the complexities of urban life, will conduct research and projects in St. Louis that explore the impact of the rising economies of the non-Western world on the United States. In addition, Laumeier will be commissioning a new outdoor work by New Delhi based artist Gigi Scaria whose current work is focused on "social mapping" be it as territorial, cultural, environmental and of the hierarchies and systems of our global communities.