Exploring Contemporary Sculptural Practices in St. Louis


Artists, curators, art historians, architects and urban planners from across the globe will converge in St. Louis April 10-12 for the conference Monument / Anti-Monument, the keystone of Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014. SCSTL uses the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding to examine how sculpture has defined the city’s aspirations while exploring new public art practices that challenge traditional modes of urban planning to engage in active civic discourse.

National and international experts will bring fresh scholarship to the sculpture, monuments and new genres of public art that enliven communities across the globe. Panelists include: Peter MacKeith, Associate Dean & Associate Professor of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University; artist Sam Durant; Erika Doss, Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame; Harriet Senie, Director, Museum Studies Program and Professor of Art History, The City College, New York; and Patricia Phillips, Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Rhode Island School of Design; and keynote speaker artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

Panel topics include:

  • The Arch, The City, The River: Questions of Monumentality
  • Artists Reclaim the Commons
  • Counter-monuments: Transformation in Commemoration
  • Networked Monumental: Immemorial Cloud Object, but IRL
  • Redefining Memorials: The Conflation of Heroes and Victims
  • The Ruins of Mound City
  • Panel/Anti-Panel: An Open Space Forum
  • When Communities Reject Monuments

Early registration price offered to February 28.

Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014 is organized by Laumeier Sculpture Park and Via Partnership in collaboration with regional funders and organizations.

For more information, please visit sculpturecitystl.com