Thursday, April 14, 2016

Two Interesting Art Shows Opening This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 6:56 AM

click to enlarge Gigi Scaria's Woodhenge
  • Gigi Scaria's Woodhenge
There's a new show opening at the Pulitzer this weekend ... and that's always an event. But if you'd rather see your art outside, there's another option, too — Laumeier Sculpture Park's new exhibition explores the peculiar growth of St. Louis atop the natives' Mound Builder culture.

Here are our picks for the weekend's top art openings.

Ellipsis
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Blvd. | www.pulitzerarts.org
Opens 5-9 p.m. Fri., Apr. 15. Continues through July 2.
The spring exhibition at the Pulitzer is all about engaging your senses. Janet Cardiff’s installation The Forty Part Motet broadcasts the voices of 40 choral singers through 40 separate speakers in the main gallery; what you hear depends on where you are and which way you’re heading. Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ sculpture Untitled (Placebo-Landscape-for Roni) is a mass of hard candies that are intended to be plucked and eaten by viewers, so that the piece is transformed by human interaction. Roman Ondák’s Clockwork similarly requires your participation for its activation; visitors’ names are written on the wall, along with the time they stop by, so the piece is not completed until the exhibition closes.

Gigi Scaria: Time
Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Rd., Sunset Hills | www.laumeier.org
Opens 11 a.m. Sat., Apr. 16. Continues through Aug. 14.
The future is built on the bones of the past. Cities expand from the remains of villages, but some part of those villages remain in the form of names or memories. New Delhi-based artist Gigi Scaria is interested in the way territorial, cultural and environmental elements can survive the passage of time. His new exhibition explores the peculiar growth of St. Louis atop the Mound Builder culture that existed along the Mississippi long before the French arrived. His outdoor sculpture Time combines the form of Cahokia Mounds’ Woodhenge with the modern concrete high-rise building. A further selection of Scaria’s recent photographs and films is on display inside Laumeier’s Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center.


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