Curatorial Happenings: Pearl Fryar

In conjunction with the 2013 American Arts Experience, Laumeier Sculpture Park welcomed renowned topiary artist Pearl Fryar. Equipped with a hedge trimmer and clippers, Mr. Fryar carved two trees on site at Laumeier and one, an impromptu performance, was completed at Sherwood’s Forest garden center. Fryar also visited the Northside Workshop to speak with students from … Continue reading

Where’d They Go?

For the park’s tenth anniversary in 1986, Chicago based artist John David Mooney was commissioned to create St. Louis Night Garden. A temporary garden of lights and candles, the work blanketed over six acres in the center of the Park in translucent white and brown paper bags with sculptural electrical elements, each covered with brightly … Continue reading

Laumeier Expansion Groundbreaking

On Wednesday, October 23, the Laumeier Board of Directors, together with St. Louis County, St. Louis County Parks and the Aronson Family, ceremoniously broke ground on construction of a new gallery building and renovation of the 1917 Estate House, marking Phase II of Laumeier’s Capital Campaign. While donors, city and county officials and the public looked on, … Continue reading

Sculpture City

In 2010, I brought together a consortium of partners—from Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Art to the      St. Louis Art Museum—to launch Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014. Our goal is to celebrate, and support, the explosion and richness of sculpture-related activities happening in the St. Louis region. This is a natural outgrowth of our … Continue reading

Where Did They Go?

Richard Long’s Red Slate Circle (1980) In 1988, Laumeier Sculpture Park acquired approximately 4,500 pounds of incongruous rocks from the Art Museum of South Texas. The rocks, broken chunks of red slate that comprised artist Richard Long’s Red Slate Circle (1980), were on loan from the work’s original owner Sondra Gilman, a long-time art and … Continue reading

Conservation Isn’t Sexy…

Museums always struggle to balance presenting new exhibitions, with new art and scholarship to their audiences, against the more invisible work of conserving the things in our care. Conservation isn’t sexy; it’s painstaking, detail-oriented and frustrating as conservators and staff find solutions to material problems in objects 10, 100 or 1,000, years old. Contemporary artists … Continue reading

Discussion of Post-Dispatch Article

In the Sunday, July 21st article in the Post-Dispatch, “Untreasured Trovas” called into question Laumeier’s care of the 40 Trova works owned by the County. The article indirectly suggests we don’t take care of all the other works in our own Collection. There are many details this story that we wish would have made it … Continue reading