NEW TERRITORIES, 2015–19

Laumeier's thematic focus of New Territories, 2015–19, follows the activities previously launched under the theme of Archaeology of Place, 2010–14New Territories broadens our look at the world’s cultural zones as they have directly and indirectly impacted life in St. Louis.

First launched during 2014 EXPO Chicago, Laumeier staff and adjunct curators Mark Coetzee, Founding Director & Chief Curator, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, Cape Town; Dylan Robinson, Independent Curator, Vancouver; and Lana Sokolova, Local Programs Director, YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, worked with artists who imaginatively challenge the economy-driven thinking about these rich global cultural zones beyond East vs. West and North vs. South.

 


2017 KRANZBERG EXHIBITION SERIES: YVONNE OSEI

Whitaker Foundation Gallery, Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center

Exhibition Dates: November 4, 2017–January 28, 2018
Curator: Dana Turkovic, Associate Curator
Opening: Saturday, November 4, 2017

For Laumeier's 2017 Kranzberg Exhibition Series, conceptual artist Yvonne Osei will create a large-scale custom made garment to occupy the breadth and width of the gallery, resulting in an installation where textiles create landscape. Inspired by both the physical and cultural landscape of the Park, Osei weaves design motifs from her home country of Ghana with her photographic and videographic documentation of the Park. A series of public performances and social media collaboration culminates in an installation of fashion as sculpture and a series of large-scale photographs, engaging the indoor / outdoor relationship between the gallery and the Park. Here, Osei continues her inquiry utilizing the import of fashion as a medium to celebrate diversity in culture and nature.


FARID RASULOV: 1001 SKEWERS

Whitaker Foundation Gallery, Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center

FARID RASULOV: GARDEN ORNAMENTS

Outdoor Galleries

Exhibition Dates: April 7–July 22, 2018
Curator: Dana Turkovic, Associate Curator
Opening: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Farid Rasulov’s project at Laumeier Sculpture Park contines his current exploration in sculpture and performance based on complex cultural references from the Caucasus. 1001 Skewers, located in the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, is a large, multi-part sculptural installation using more than 1,000 kebab skewers with configurations based on Azeri fairytales. Garden Ornaments consists of several monumental, concrete sculptures installed in Laumeier's outdoor galleries. Each work is a formal extraction of geometric, abstract shapes inspired by Asian carpet ornaments of birds, traditional dances and native flowers. The two installations are whimsical, humorous applications of design techniques inspired by Rasulov’s heritage in Azerbaijan.