The classic era of sci-fi postulated that by the year 2000, humans would live in high-tech, atomic-powered skyscrapers. But it's 2011, and many of us in St. Louis still live in buildings that were new in 1911. Where's the progress? Where's the sky-based living conditions once imagined? Tomás Saraceno is tired of waiting for the future to arrive. The artist's long-running project, Air-Port-City, is devoted to experimenting with possible solutions for building a sustainable city in the sky. These experiments, in the form of inflatable sculptural models and installations, draw inspiration from natural phenomena (spider webs, clouds, bubbles) to determine the most feasible structures for our theoretical domiciles of the future. Tomás Saraceno: Cloud-Specific, the new exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum on the Washington University campus (1 Brookings Drive; 314-935-4523 or kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu), brings together Saraceno's models, prototypes and video of his field tests. Tomás Saraceno: Cloud-Specific opens with a free public reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, September 9. The museum is open every day except Tuesday, and the show remains on display through Monday, January 9, 2012.
Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Sept. 9. Continues through Jan. 9, 2011