Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Bruno David Gallery: Saturday 15 May 2010

THEASTER GATES: Dry Bones and Other Parables from the North
May 15 – June 5, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 15, from 6 to 9 pm

In conjunction with its current exhibition Urban Alchemy/Gordon Matta-Clark, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has organized three artist-drive projects, one of which concludes with an exhibition that will be on view within the Bruno David Gallery. Theaster Gates will exhibit “Dry Bones and Other Parables from the North,” featuring a series of installations richly influenced by the Book of Ezekiel that address the future of the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis. A fully illustrated color catalogue will accompany the exhibition. This series of installations will be the culmination of Gates’ work with students from Holy Trinity Elementary School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis as part of the Urban Expression project, led by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, in collaboration with Succeeding with Reading by ACCESS Academies and Boots Contemporary Art Space.

In conjunction with Succeeding with Reading, Stewart Halperin, Janie Ibur and Juan William Chávez guided students from Holy Trinity Elementary School in explorations of their daily lives through photography, writing and drawing. These workshops were in preparation for the project with Gates, who worked with the students to activate empty spaces, organize a town hall meeting, and create works of art responding to the neighborhood.

In this exhibition, Gates responds with his own artwork to Hyde Park residents’ thoughts and desires. These residents formulated a neighborhood “Master Plan” with the help of Juan William Chávez (the project’s curator) and Cujawa Architecture. Gates’ project brings to the forefront the current state of cultural, spiritual, and familial life in the Hyde Park community while visualizing some of the residents’ hopes for upcoming years. These installations at the Bruno David Gallery will spark new conversations regarding the present and future of this historic St. Louis neighborhood.

This exhibition is part of a programming series from The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts entitled Transformation, which is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Urban Alchemy/Gordon Matta-Clark. The projects in this series will culminate in the Transformation Project Walk on May 15, 2010 from 3pm to 7 pm at various project sites. For information on these projects with The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, visit



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