The River Between Us
April 13 – August 25, 2013
FREE OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 13, 2013Â
Laumeier Indoor and Outdoor Galleries
5-7p.m. Public Opening (Artist's Talk: 6p.m.)Curated by Marilu Knode, Executive Director, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Joe Baker former Director, Longue Vue House and Gardens
Thomas Easterly, Courtney Egan, Matts Leiderstam, Donald Lipski, Ken Lum, Allan McCollum, Jenny Price, Alec Soth, Robert Stackhouse, Mel Watkin, Bernard Williams and Keith Williams
St. Louis and New Orleans have many issues of common concern and are physically linked by the mighty Mississippi River. The River Between Us, will showcase works that reflect how the lives of people in both communities have always been intertwined with the river's role in US history.
The River Between Us will be the fourth in a series of projects Laumeier has organized around the rubric "archaeology of place." Laumeier's 105 acres, Longue Vue's eight acres and Estate Homes at both sites provide unique backdrops to works that focus on the history of land usage. The exhibition will feature commissions by artists, inspired by the two locations, and historical documents culled from local institutions. Some of the commissioned works will travel to New Orleans in the fall, opening at Longue Vue in September and closing February 2014.
While there are many cities that have grown along the Mississippi, St. Louis and New Orleans are linked through trade and social and cultural exchange dating from the pre-historic Mississippian cultures to today. The series of indoor and outdoor commissioned works responds to the past as the past impacts the future.
In addition to the borrowed works is a checklist of artworks, artifacts and objects titled Loans That Don't Move: a curatorial addendum to The River Between Us exhibition. Organized by Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions, these resources function as appendix, bibliography and glossary to
the thesis of the exhibition. Loans That Don't Move encourages an experiential personal trip through the ghostly remnants and relics of our past, and in so doing, encourages the viewer to participate in the discovery of the dead souls and creative acts that litter and enliven local geography. Loans That Don't Move are located at the Campbell House Museum, The Missouri History Museum, The Museum of Transportation, The Saint Louis Art Museum and The St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Park: 8am– 30 minutes after sunset daily, Indoor Galleries: 10–5pm Tuesday–Friday, 12–5pm Saturday & Sunday. Closed legal holidays. Laumeier Sculpture Park12580 Rott Road1-270 & 1-44 in Sunset HillsSt. Louis, MO 63127
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