If the voice’s call is the origin of speech – with its ability to hail, summon, or bestow a name – then perhaps the hand, raised to touch, or signal at a distance, is its silent counterpart. These two gestures form a call and response that provides the structure for stylus, a project created by Ann Hamilton for the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Conceived in response to the Pulitzer’s mission to be both a sanctuary and laboratory, the installation is structured around live acoustic elements and will be punctuated by participatory workshops which will occur throughout the project. This installation offers many opportunities for visitors to interact directly with Ann Hamilton’s work.
As a visual artist whose contributions to contemporary art span three decades, Ann Hamilton’s installations are notable in part for their capacity to weave a broad palette of media into engaging sensory environments. Known for a dense accumulation of materials, her work creates immersive experiences that respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites, while also engaging the public with broad questions of what it means to assemble in such spaces. While the Pulitzer building is the main structural element, the project spills outside the walls and onto the broader stage of the built and social environment of St. Louis and beyond.
In the following video, the Director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Matthias Waschek, talks about the upcoming exhibit and what it’s about.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando and situated in St. Louis’ Grand Center district, the Pulitzer presents changing exhibitions and engages in a variety of programming initiatives involving the visual, literary, and performing arts.
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3716 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108