CONTEMPORARYARTMUSEUMSTLOUISMAGAZINE 5th Anniversary Edition
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis promotes meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today.
MESH is published annually by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Unless otherwise noted, articles may be reprinted without permission with appropriate credit to the publication and the museum. CORRESPONDENCE Jennifer C. Gaby Director of Public Relations and Marketing by email to: email@example.com © 2009 Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Cover Photo: Hélène Binet Photography: Katherine Bish, Robert Boston, Sarah Carmody, Catchlight Park Photography, Jay Fram, Richard A. Nichols, Robert Pettus, Richard Sprengeler, Brea McAnnally, David Ulmer, Peter Wochniak 2
You have a passion for the arts. You believe that art is fundamentally important to the health and vitality of our community. This is why you support the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
The Contemporary is an institution built on a passion for the arts. Twenty-nine years ago, a small group of visionaries founded an organization dedicated to promoting public conversations about the art of the present—they named it the First Street Forum after its address in Laclede’s Landing. Then, just a little more than five years ago, the Forum’s Board of Directors had the passion and vision to expand the scale of the organization dramatically, rename it the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and build an amazing new home for it in Grand Center. Your passion for the Contemporary can be seen through all we do. Your passion for our exhibitions is reflected by the thousands of people who attend our exciting opening nights. Your passion for learning is exhibited by standing-room-only crowds for our distinguished speakers. Your passion for improving our community is shown through your support of the education and outreach programs that make a difference in lives of St. Louis youth. At the heart of all of this is your passion for the arts and your commitment to making our community a better place. The stories that follow in this special 5th Anniversary edition of MESH are a small example of how your passion for the Contemporary helps improve the quality of life in St. Louis. Great non-profit organizations need great communities to support them. At the Contemporary, we are most fortunate to have an engaged and caring community that gives generously of its time, its talent, and its resources. To all our members, donors, volunteers, and supporters, from our Board and staff, thank you so much for being passionate about the Contemporary.
You are making great things happen.
“It’s hard for me to believe that the Contemporary opened its doors just a little more than five years ago. In this short period of time, the Contemporary has presented a number of exhibitions that challenge the way we see the world and has offered diverse education programs that inspire us to think about art differently. I am proud to be a part of an institution that is not only generously supported by the St. Louis community, but is also recognized internationally for the work it accomplishes. The past five years have shown us that future possibilities are infinite. As we go forward, I’d like to express my deepest appreciation to those who have given us support. Your investment in the Contemporary allows our visitors to enjoy a wide range of exhibitions, education, and public programs. Without your support, we simply would not be able to do what we do. Thank you.”
- Paul Ha, Director
Artist Maya Lin and Director Paul Ha give a gallery talk to museum members.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Unlike many museums, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis does not have a permanent collection of art. The exhibitions change regularly, so there are likely to be new works on view each time you visit. In fact, since many artists come to St. Louis to create new pieces just for their exhibitions here, you may even catch the smell of fresh paint as you walk through the doors. The Contemporary’s exhibitions range from major installations by international artists who fill the Main Galleries, to experimental short-term projects by emerging artists in The Front Room, to exhibitions, such as the Great Rivers Biennial, which present new work by artists within the St. Louis community. The art exhibited at the Contemporary changes dramatically from one season to the next, but our commitment is constant: to present the most innovative and relevant art being made today. The Contemporary aims to present the type of work that makes you stop, take notice, and think about art—and the world around you—in new ways. Gedi Sibony: My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms, 2009, installation view.
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A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, 2003
Cindy Sherman: Working Girl, 2005
Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes, 2007
Larry Krone: Artist/Entertainer, 2006
John Armleder and Olivier Mosset, 2008
Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens, 2004
I Remember Heaven: Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol, 2007
Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999 - Now, 2008
Dzine: Punk Funk, 2005
Exhibitions Whether presenting major exhibitions by world-renowned artists or giving young artists their first shows, the Contemporary’s Main Galleries are a place where amazing things happen. With constantly changing exhibitions and site-specific works of art, we can’t always tell you exactly what you will see next at the Contemporary. However, we can guarantee that you will see a first; such as the first solo museum show by a young artist like Gedi Sibony; the first exhibition showing early work by superstar Cindy Sherman; and the first time the work of two contemporary art favorites have been examined side-by-side, like Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol. If we do our job well, years later, when the artists have become well-known and their work is hanging at MoMA or the Saint Louis Art Museum, our visitors can say, “I saw it first at the Contemporary.”
“We believe that it is important for young artists’ works to be seen. The Contemporary has a fantastic program which fosters these artists. It is a privilege for us to support the Contemporary and the many young artists who inspire us.”
— Charlotte and Bill Ford, National Advisory Board Members
“Immediately inspired by the shows and efforts of the St. Louis community, the young artists at White Flag Projects, and the masterful vision of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, I set to work on the physical intricacies and light opportunities inside the rooms of the Contemporary to see what was already there and to find what I already had, but had never seen. The enthusiasm and encouragement to experiment from the curator and staff facilitated the most concise and comprehensive show I’ve ever had. I’m grateful for this opportunity.”
— Gedi Sibony, exhibiting artist, 2009
photo left to right: Charlotte Ford, Gedi Sibony, and Bill Ford
Great Rivers Biennial The wildly competitive Great Rivers Biennial program, launched in 2003 by the Contemporary and the Gateway Foundation, aims to propel the careers of our city’s talented artists to new heights. The Contemporary believes there is no better way to support the careers of our community’s artists than to give them financial support and the opportunity to develop a major museum exhibition. The Great Rivers Biennial enables the Contemporary to do just that: every two years the museum awards $20,000 each to three St. Louis artists who have been selected by a distinguished national jury, and works closely with them to present a large-scale exhibition in the Main Galleries. Previous winners have enjoyed continued successes since their exhibitions at the Contemporary, and many are influential members of the St. Louis arts community. Juan William Chávez started out as student in the Contemporary’s New Art in the Neighborhood youth education program before attending the Kansas City Art Institute, and later, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2006, he returned to St. Louis and cofounded Boots Contemporary Art Space, an artist-run space on Cherokee Street, before being selected as one of the Great Rivers Biennial winners in 2008. Some Great Rivers winners are pursuing careers as working artists in St. Louis while others have moved to other cities around the world. We are eager to see what stories unfold from the next Great Rivers Biennial, opening in April 2010.
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Jill Downen: The Posture of Place
Moses: The Audiophile Series
Corey Escoto: GIT It Together
Adam Frelin: Spotlight/White Heat/Airborne
Matthew Strauss: Dead Language
Michelle Oosterbaan: Living Room
Kim Humphries: Collection
Jason Wallace Triefenbach: Hero, Compromised (Autobiographical Fiction/Narrative Medley)
Juan William Chávez: Drawings from the Cave
“The Great Rivers Biennial Program is a face melter! It’s the best gig in town and the number one opportunity for artists living in St. Louis!”
— Juan William Chávez, Great Rivers Biennial 2008 award recipient
City-Wide Open Studios In St. Louis, you donâ€™t have to look far to find talented and dedicated artists. They live and work all around us. Their studios can be found in loft spaces Downtown, among the antique shops on Cherokee Street, and in renovated spaces in Grand Center. For an entire weekend every summer, St. Louis artists come together to open their doors to the public as part of the City-Wide Open Studios program. Beginning with 40 artists participating in the first year, the program recently featured more than 120 artists from all around the area who engaged the community directly in a conversation about art. The Contemporary has always felt that one of the best parts of contemporary art is the opportunity to talk with living artists about their work. We are proud to present City-Wide Open Studios, Flat Files, and the Great Rivers Biennial to connect the St. Louis public with the creative heart of our community and encourage a dialogue about visual art.
“The Contemporary gives St. Louis the best and most comprehensive view of cutting-edge work today. I’m always excited to see what is coming up next on their exhibition schedule! The Contemporary’s support of young artists through education and funding is one of the most noble art enterprises happening in the Midwest.”
— Tom Huck, artist
Education Programs Contemporary art can be challenging—even intimidating. We get that. That’s why we offer a diverse line-up of education programs that aim to take the fear out of contemporary art. During the Contemporary’s Girls’ Night Out exhibition, the Guerilla Girls presented a free public lecture to a standing-room-only audience of more than 300 guests, and then spent the afternoon with high school students in the New Art in the Neighborhood program. The Contemporary is proud to offer a broad range of education programs for the St. Louis community, including lectures, gallery talks, podcasts, and hands-on workshops for adults, as well as Free Family Days and outreach programs to children in the public schools. These programs are all designed with one goal: to help people better understand and enjoy contemporary art.
New Art, Making a Difference When people think of the Contemporary, they usually think of two things: exhibitions and events. Many people aren’t aware of the Contemporary’s outreach initiatives that make the community a better place. One of the best examples of how the Contemporary’s work is making a difference is expressed by Stan Chisholm’s story. Stan Chisholm is a young man who grew up in South St. Louis with his mom and his nine brothers and sisters. He was a good, quiet kid who loved to draw. Through his childhood, his family moved often, and even struggled with being homeless. By the time Stan was a senior in high school, he and his family moved to Eureka, Missouri, and Stan started attending a new school. His art teacher recognized his artistic talent and encouraged him to apply to a program that would allow him to explore his talent further, New Art in the Neighborhood.
Stan Chisholm at the Contemporary’s 5th Anniversary Gala.
Stan and his fellow classmates also learned how to create a portfolio of their artwork. The group took a field trip to Washington University in St. Louis for National Portfolio Day where they were able to show their work to admissions staff representing art schools from around the country. It was there that Stan met the admissions officer from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who was impressed by him and his work, and encouraged him to apply to the school. Stan is now completing his fourth year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has returned to St. Louis every summer to work at the Contemporary as a gallery attendant and to volunteer at Free Family Days, and last year, he had the special opportunity to return to the New Art classroom as a visiting artist. He led New Art students in an art workshop and also provided them with advice on college and careers in the visual arts.
Beginning that fall, Stan became dedicated to New Art. Just a senior in high school, he took the initiative to figure out how to get the Contemporary from Eureka by bus. He woke up early every Saturday to make his trip, and he made sure he was at each class.
Stan is one of more than 200 students who have participated in the New Art in the Neighborhood program since it began in 1995. Because of the generosity of donors, every student receives a full scholarship to attend this competitive, hands-on art program.
Every week, Stan spent four hours in the Contemporary’s New Art classroom working alongside 20 other creative teens. Throughout the year, he had the chance to work with and learn from instructors and visiting artists, including British video artist Keith Piper, Japanese art superstar Yoshitomo Nara, and Chicago-based artist Dzine. He learned how artists use different media to shape their ideas and to create work, and inside the New Art classroom, Stan found inspiration.
New Art boasts an incredible success rate: more than 85% of students who have graduated from the program over the years have gone on to college. Many, like Stan, want to be artists. Others take the lessons they learned in New Art about teamwork, creativity, and collaboration to pursue other careers.
The Contemporary is pleased to announce that starting in 20092010 New Art students will be able to receive college credit from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, giving them an even greater head-start on life.
New Art in the Neighborhood students with visiting artist Kimiko Yoshida.
“As a senior in high school, my schedule is pretty crammed, but I don’t mind putting my other activities aside to go to New Art in the Neighborhood every Saturday. New Art is by far the greatest art program I’ve come into contact with in St. Louis; it takes talented kids from all over the city and gives them free space and materials to simply create, without any limitations, and with only one rule: to respect each other. On top of that, New Art students get to take part in the hip world of the Contemporary, and meet with great artists who are making a living in the ‘real world’ by doing what they like. New Art in the Neighborhood is pretty much the best thing ever.”
— Rachel Waldemer, New Art student
Collaborative Programs Years from now when Metro Academic and Classical High School students gather to eat lunch, talk about their troubles, and share their joys, they will be taking part in a story that began with a small group of students who imagined they could use art to bring the community closer together. Inspired by the Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes exhibition at the Contemporary in 2007, Tom Tobias’s International Baccalaureate Art class seized the opportunity to work with the Contemporary to create a permanent outdoor sculpture at their school. Students worked with artist Ilene Berman over the course of two years, exploring public sculpture in a variety of contexts and learning about design, materials, the relationship of sculpture to the landscape, and the purposes of public art. After several different plans were presented and debated, the students arrived at a final design. The work, Untitled (Gathering Place), is a circle of clay “seats” formed by the students. The piece was installed on the school grounds in May 2009. Students learned many important lessons through this process. In particular, they learned how to listen to and respect the ideas of peers, when to compromise, and when to seek new solutions to problems. The sculpture now serves as a lasting legacy of the collaborative process to future students.
“My students have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to work on this project with the Contemporary over the last two years. In the process of completing the sculpture, the students have used critical thinking, communication, and problem solving skills to create a project budget, an installation plan, and produce a spectacular piece of art for the entire school and community to enjoy.”
— Tom Tobias, International Baccalaureate Art Teacher, Metro Academic and Classical High School, St. Louis Public Schools
School Outreach Just as children grow strong with a balanced diet, they also benefit greatly from having healthy servings of the arts. At the Contemporary, we believe that early and frequent exposure to the arts is critically important to the health of young people in our community. Thatâ€™s why we are committed to providing outreach programs that teach youth about contemporary artists and ideas, encourage creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and build self-esteem. Throughout the year, the Contemporary sends artists to work with teachers in the St. Louis Public Schools, organizes school group tours, and develops collaborations with community members, teachers, and students, all with the purpose of developing creativity and fostering a deeper understanding of art.
“As a parent, I’ve seen the benefit that creating art can have for kids of all ages. That’s why I am so glad the Contemporary brings art into the public schools so kids in our community have the opportunity to experience the joy of art.”
— Dorte Probstein, Contemporary member, with her daughter Karina
Free Family Days Although contemporary art can sometimes be difficult to understand, itâ€™s not hard to find ways for parents and children to learn about the artists, the exhibitions, and the ideas and concepts behind them. Our Free Family Days offer many ways for the young and old alike to come together to learn about contemporary art. Thousands of families have participated in these special days by creating sculptures with recycled materials, posing for family portraits, creating collaborative maps of the world with sidewalk chalk, and enjoying many other hands-on activities inspired by the art in our galleries. Who knew contemporary art could be so much fun?
“Bank of America has long held the belief that a healthy community is a healthy place to do business. Arts organizations like the Contemporary add vibrancy—and edge —to our community, making St. Louis a great place for people to live and work. We share the Contemporary’s strong commitment to education, and are delighted to provide operating support for its outreach efforts that bring the arts to thousands of youth and families each year. This underscores Bank of America’s belief that investing in the capacity of our non-profit organizations and enabling them to do great things is the way we can make real change possible.”
— Patricia L. Mercurio, President-Missouri, Bank of America and Contemporary Board Member Emerita Marylen Mann
The audience at the Robert Storr lecture.
Gedi Sibony and Richard Flood
Artist and Curator Talks Contemporary art is challenging and often inspires conversation. The Contemporary believes that it is extremely important to foster these conversations, and that is why we bring scholarship and art commentary of the highest caliber to St. Louis through a variety of lecture programs. From presenting cultural leaders such as MoMA Director Glenn Lowery to hosting Internationally-renowned artists such as Maya Lin, we hope to engage the St. Louis community in a dialogue about the ideas and issues of our time.
“My husband David and I are honored and proud to support the Annual Distinguished Speaker Series. It is quite a treat for us to experience such profound and stimulating talks from the likes of Glenn Lowry of MoMA, Michael Kimmelman of The New York Times, and most recently, Robert Storr. The fact that our support enables the Contemporary to present this series free and open to the public brings us real joy. It is our hope that many will be seduced, as we were, by the wideranging talks, exhibits, and other educational programs at the Contemporary, and that art will become a part of their everyday lives.” — Susan Sherman, Contemporary Board Member with Contemporary Director
Paul Ha and MoMA Director Glenn Lowry
Special Events The size and diversity of Opening Night crowds speak volumes about the popular appeal of contemporary art in St. Louis and the museum’s exciting line-up of programs and events. Each year, the Contemporary hosts dozens of free public programs and special events designed especially to engage and delight members of the community. Bustling evening receptions and stimulating lectures by artists, critics, and curators provide insight into the works on view, while events like Playground of the Ridiculous, DJ/Magic, and Select Nights have entertained the after-work crowd with live performances, music, poetry, and art. For fans of the Contemporary, the museum isn’t just a stimulating and exciting place to be—it’s a unique and memorable experience as well.
Fifth Anniversary Gala
Katherine and Marc Lazar with Cabanne Schlafly and Jim Howard
There was magic in the air at the Four Seasons when a crowd of more than 400 came together to honor Tom Friedman and the late Ernest Trova and to celebrate the Contemporary’s first five years. Special emcee Deborah Roberts of ABC News set the evening’s elegant tone and Aileen Agopian, director of contemporary art at Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, led an unprecedented live auction of seven works of art— including a surprise piece Tom Friedman created just for the occasion. By the time the final paddle fell, the Contemporary’s supporters had generously donated more than $378,000 to support the museum’s exhibitions and education programs. Thank you for your generosity and continued enthusiasm for bringing today’s most important artists to St. Louis.
Peter and Susan Tuteur
Linda and Grier Raclin
Aileen Agopian of Phillips de Pury & Company, New York leads an unprecedented art auction to benefit the Contemporary.
ABC News Anchor/Correspondent Deborah Roberts with 5th Anniversary Co-Chairs Jimmy Jamieson and Susan Sherman
Charles and Bunny Burson
Senator Claire McCaskill, Joseph Shepard, John Ferring, Judy and Jerry Levy applaud honorees
Tom Friedman accepts his award
Tino Trova and Carla Hassell accept the award for their father
5th Anniversary Co-Chairs Susan Sherman and David Drier
Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg
Arnold and Hazel Donald
Jim and Meredith Holbrook
Honoree Tom Friedman and Contemporary Director Paul Ha
Andy and Mary Ann Srenco
Randy and Ann Lipton with Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and Juan Carlos
Dorte and Jim Probstein
Clare Davis and David Obedin
Five Years by the Numbers Welcomed
183,290 visitors to the museum
Raised more than
$150,000 to local artists $10,127,390 for exhibitions and education programs
Provided full scholarships to more than students for the New Art in the Neighborhood program Led
261 free public tours to high school and college students Raised
$5,000,000 for our Endowment Exhibited the work of
84 special projects and exhibitions Presented art for 1,393 days
17 books and catalogs
The figures above are reflective of the time period ending on April 30, 2009.
Five Years of Balanced Budgets $2,500,000
Total operating expenses
Where Funding Comes Fromâ€Ś
Where It Goesâ€Ś
Fundraising Events (Net)
Board and Individual Giving
Grants and Sponsorships
Exhibitions and Education Programs
The Front Room
Main Galleries Exhibitions SEASON ONE: 2003-2004
SEASON FOUR: 2006-2007
A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad September 20, 2003 - January 3, 2004 Featuring artists Siemon Allen, Fatma Charfi, Godfried Donkor, Mary Evans, Meschac Gaba, Kendell Geers, Moshekwa Langa, Ingrid Mwangi, Odili Donald Odita, Owusu-Ankomah, and Zineb Sedira.
Larry Krone: Artist/Entertainer September 15 – December 31, 2006
White Flag Projects: Provincial Gallery Simulator; Snowflake/ Citystock: Snowflake Cares; Evil Prints: Outlaw Printmakers ‘08; Boots Contemporary Art Space: Shoebox: Boots Substation; Maps Contemporary Art Space: Character Study; Homegrown, an exhibition by Dana Turkovic; Apop Records
Polly Apfelbaum: Crazy Love, Love Crazy January 23 - March 28, 2004 Yun-Fei Ji: The Empty City January 23 - March 28, 2004 Michael Lin April 23 - June 27, 2004 William Pope.L: eRacism: electronica April 23 - June 27, 2004 Great Rivers Biennial 2004 July 16 - August 22, 2004 Featuring artists Jill Downen, Adam Frelin, and Kim Humphries. SEASON TWO: 2004-2005 Keith Piper: Crusade September 10 - November 21, 2004
New Video, New Europe September 10 - November 21, 2004 Organized by The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago. Yoshitomo Nara: Nothing Ever Happens December 3, 2004 - February 27, 2005 Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Laylah Ali: Paintings and Drawings December 3, 2004 - February 27, 2005 Dzine: Punk Funk March 18 - July 17, 2005 Ruby Osorio: Story of a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far Away) March 18 - July 17, 2005 Alexander Ross: Survey March 18 - July 17, 2005 SEASON THREE: 2005-2006 Cindy Sherman: Working Girl September 16 - December 31, 2005
Girls’ Night Out September 16 - December 31, 2005 Featuring artists Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Elina Brotherus, Dorit Cypis, Rineke Dijkstra, Katy Grannan, Sarah Jones, Kelly Nipper, Daniela Rossell, Shirana Shahbazi, and Salla Tykka. Organized by the Orange County Museum of Art.
Janaina Tschäpe: Melantropics September 15 – December 31, 2006
I Remember Heaven: Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol January 26 - April 22, 2007 Katie Holten: Paths of Desire May 18 - August 5, 2007
Shoot the Family May 18 - August 5, 2007 Featuring artists Yasser Aggour, Darren Almond, Janine Antoni, Richard Billingham, Miguel Calderón, Mitch Epstein, Hai Bo, Lyle Ashton Harris, Ari Marcopoulos, Malerie Marder, Jonathan Monk, Anneè Olofsson, Adrian Paci, Chris Verene, Gillian Wearing, and Zhang Huan. Organized by Independent Curators International.
Fia Backström; Sean Snyder; Sung Hwan Kim & Clemens von Wedemeyer & Alix Pearlstein & Sven Augustijnen & Aurélien Froment; Evas Arche und der Feminist (carte blanche); Susanne M. Winterling; Hayley Tompkins & Sue Tompkins; Florian Pumhösl; William Gass (guest curator); Tris VonnaMichell; Tom Johnson; Cezary Bodzianowski
Great Rivers Biennial 2008 February 1 - April 20, 2008 Featuring artists Juan William Chávez, Corey Escoto, and Michelle Oosterbaan. John Armleder and Olivier Mosset May 9 – August 3, 2008 SEASON SIX: 2008-2009 Lutz Bacher: Spill September 12, 2008 - January 4, 2009 Aïda Ruilova: The Singles 1999 - Now September 12, 2008 - January 4, 2009 Co-organized by the Aspen Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Summer 2009 Olga Chernysheva & R.H. Quaytman & Josephine Pryde; Christopher Orr & J. Parker Valentine & Rezi van Lankveld; Sam Moyer & Lesley Vance & Stan VanDerBeek; Douglas Ross & Philip Vanderhyden
Collaborations and Special Projects
Bruce Nauman: Dead Shot Dan January 23 - April 19, 2009
Black Factory June 18, 2005 and July 8, 2006 The Black Factory, artist William Pope.L’s interactive performance art installation on wheels, traveled to St. Louis and the Contemporary during its two national tours from Maine to Missouri, where Pope.L and other Black Factory passengers playfully hosted a discussion on difference and democracy.
Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space May 8 - August 2, 2009 Organized as a collaborative effort by The Blaffer Gallery at the Art Museum of the University of Houston, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the Miami Art Central/Miami Art Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Spencer Finch: Sunset (St. Louis, July 31, 2008) September 4 - October 17, 2008 On the occasion of The Light Project at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, artist Spencer Finch presented a solar-powered, plein air ice cream stand, in which the color of the ice cream matched the fading colors of a St. Louis sunset.
Carey Young: Speech Acts May 8 - August 2, 2009
It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq Tuesday, March 31, 2009 In a project presented by Creative Time, artist Jeremy Deller traveled by RV on a three-week road trip between New York and Los Angeles. The project encouraged discussion of the history, present circumstances, and future of Iraq through unscripted, nonpartisan conversations with the public.
Gedi Sibony: My Arms Are Tied Behind My Other Arms January 23 - April 19, 2009
Denise Ward Brown: Farewell Old Lady February 27, 2004
The Collectibles April 7 - June 11, 2006 An exhibition highlighting collectible objects by artists such as Pipolotti Rist, Takashi Murakami, Marcel Dzama, Laurie Simmons, Peter Wheelwright, Rikrit Tiravanija, Tobias Wong, and Yayoi Kusama.
Adam Frelin: Pulse March 26, 2004
Reena Spaulings; Wojciech Gilewicz; Chihcheng Peng; Claudia Wieser & Andrew Falkowski & Elad Lassry; Gregor Hildebrandt; Hany Armanious; Diego Perrone; Beatrice Gibson & Alex Waterman; Ian Burns; Roman Signer; Claire Fontaine; Meredith Malone (guest curator); Dexter Sinister (carte blanche) Winter/Spring 2009
Contemporary Masterworks: Saint Louis Collects April 7 - June 11, 2006
Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes September 7 - December 30, 2007 Organized by the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington.
Contemporary Project Series 2004-2007
Selections from the Contemporary’s Flat Files June 30 – August 20, 2006
Ei Arakawa; Alex Hubbard & Oscar Tuazon; Garder Eide Einarsson; Jan Estep; Max Schumann; Vlatka Horvat & Eva Weinmayr; Jia Zhang-Ke; Ed Fella (guest curated by Bruce Burton); Brent Green; Center For Advanced Visual Studies
SEASON FIVE: 2007-2008
Great Rivers Biennial 2006 January 20 – March 26, 2006 Featuring artists Moses, Matthew Strauss, and Jason Wallace Triefenbach.
Centering on the Grand June 30 – August 20, 2006 Featuring artists Bill Kohn, Peter Marcus, and Robert Pettus.
Danny Yahav-Brown: And Then They Danced December 3, 2004 - February 27, 2005 Katharine Kuharic: The World Brought Low March 18 - July 17, 2005 Michael Paul Britto: Dirrrty Harriet Tubman September 15 - December 31, 2006 Slater Bradley: The Year of the Doppelganger and My Conclusion/My Necessity January 26 - April 22, 2007
Publications A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad Yun-Fei Ji: The Empty City Michael Lin Laylah Ali, Types Ruby Osorio, Story of a Girl (Who Awakes Far, Far Away) Dzine, Punk Funk Cindy Sherman, Working Girl Great River Biennial 2006 Larry Krone, Artist/Entertainer Limited Edition Boxset Janaina Tschape, Melantropics I Remember Heaven: Jim Hodges and Andy Warhol Katie Holten, Paths of Desire John Armleder and Olivier Mosset Lutz Bacher, SMOKE (gets in your eyes) Aida Ruilova, The Singles 1999 – Now Gedi Sibony Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space
Cumulative Giving The Contemporary honors those donors who have financially supported the organization since its inception. The following list recognizes cumulative gifts to all campaigns from all donors, living and deceased, since 1980. Should you notice any errors or omissions, please contact Lisa Grove at 314.535.0770 x206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your help in making us aware of inaccuracies is appreciated.
More than $1 Million Alison and John Ferring Emily Rauh Pulitzer $500,000 to $999,999 The Bellwether Foundation, Inc. Ruth P. Blanke Emerson Dana Brown Charitable Trust Gateway Foundation Irving Harris Foundation Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg Trio Foundation of St. Louis Whitaker Foundation $250,000 to $499,999 Anonymous Eleanor W. and Paul Dewald James C. Jamieson III Donna Moog and Leonard Landsbaum Dorothy Moog Regional Arts Commission Susan and David Sherman III Jack C. Taylor $100,000 to $249,999 Anonymous Ann R. Ruwitch and John Fox Arnold Arts and Education Council AT&T Foundation Gertrude and William A. Bernoudy Foundation Charter Communications Barney Ebsworth Susan McCollum and Todd Epsten Jan and Ronald Greenberg Sally and Henry O. Johnston William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank Trustee Ann Sheehan Lipton and Randy Lipton Joan and Mitchell Markow Susan and David Mesker I.E. Millstone Missouri Arts Council, a state agency Missouri Cultural Trust Monsanto Fund Tom Moog Neva and Marvin Moskowitz National City (Allegiant Bank) National Endowment for the Arts Dorte and James Probstein Sara Lee Corporation Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal LLP Carol and Michael Staenberg
TOKY Branding + Design, Inc. Anabeth and John Weil William E. Weiss Foundation The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts $50,000 to $99,999 Bank of America Charitable Foundation Nini and Clarence Barksdale Susan Barrett The Boeing Company (McDonnell Douglas Foundation) Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer P. Brown Bunny and Charles Burson Barbara Z. and Charles J. Cook Yvette and John Dubinsky The Caleb C. & Julia W. Dula Educational and Charitable Foundation Harry Edison Foundation Charlotte and Bill Ford Jeffrey Fort E. Reuben and Gladys Flora Grant Charitable Trust Agnes Gund Foundation Kelly and Shaun Hayes Jerrilyn and David Hoffmann Marylen Mann and Franklin Jacobs Mary Ranken Jordan and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation Mary Ann and E. Desmond Lee Douglas B. MacCarthy Macy’s Foundation Maritz Elizabeth Wright Millard Lester Miller Isabelle and Jean-Paul L. Montupet Eleanor J. Moore The Nimoy Foundation Clare Davis and David Obedin Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation Kim and Bruce Olson Pulitzer Foundation/St. Louis Post Dispatch The Saigh Foundation Jane and Warren Shapleigh Jeanne and Rex A. Sinquefield Mary Ann and Andrew Srenco St. Louis Magazine Sally and John Van Doren Phoebe and Mark Weil $25,000 to $49,999 Alive Magazine Anonymous Judith and Adam Aronson
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R. Jeffrey Edwards Jane Elfers Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis Film Neshui Merle and Greg Fox Fox Associates Foundation Fox Family Foundation Lois and Robert H. Friedman Sara and John Fumagalli Joan Goodson Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation Ray Graham III Gary Grant Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation Jean and Sidney Grossman Dudley and James H. Grove, Jr. Laura and James Hageman Tracy Hart Susie and Howard Hays William Randolph Hearst Foundation Ingersoll Rand/Hussmann Corporation Randee and Myron Jacobs Bettie S. Johnson Suzanne and James Johnson Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation Debbie and Craig Kaminer Francine and Simon Katz Helen Kornblum Jill and Peter Kraus Lashly & Baer, P.C. Karen and Mont Levy Joanne and Richard Liddy Zoe and L. Max Lippman Robert Lococo Greg Lukeman Talbot and John MacCarthy Jenny and Philip Maritz Jackie and William E. Maritz Linda M. Martinez Peggy and Guy McClellan Libby and James McDonnell William D. Merwin Cynthia and Walter Metcalfe Metlife Foundation Microsoft Pat Whitaker and Dick Miles Kim and Bill Miller Mondriaan Foundation Olivier Mosset Noémi and Michael Neidorff Nestle Purina PetCare Evelyn and Eric P. Newman Cathy Barancik and Steve Novik Courtney and Gyo Obata
Oppenheimer & Co., Inc Laura and William R. Orthwein, Jr. Peabody Energy Phillips Petroleum Foundation, Inc Cynthia and Edward Potter Pro Helvetia Linda and Grier Raclin Leslie and Jacob Reby Thomas Rich Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn and Nicolas S. Rohatyn Salon 94 George Schlapp Julie and William Shearburn Southwest Bank Marcella and Greg Stevens Mary Strauss Swiss Reinsurance Company Tarlton Corporation Barbara and Andrew Taylor Sissy and Ted Thomas Thompson Coburn LLP Joseph and Jean Tucker Sheila Greenbaum and Gary Wasserman Phyllis and Terry Weiss Amanda and Hal Wellford Katch and Ben Wells Wells Fargo Advisors Maya Lin and Daniel Wolf Sherry and Gary Wolff Zane Bennett Contemporary Art Ann Ziegler Zipatoni $5,000 to $9,999 Arch Coal, Inc. ARCTURIS Australia Council for the Arts Charline Baizer Susan Cahan and JĂźrgen Bank John Bierbusse Marion and Van Lear Black III Guy Blase Ann and Douglas Brown Reid Buerger Burlington Northern Foundation Cannon Design Robin Carnahan Brad Carsten Coca-Cola
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Join the Contemporary for our 4th annual trip to Art Basel Miami Beach! December 2 - 5, 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top contemporary art galleries with an exciting program of special events. We are excited to collaborate with the Saint Louis Art Museum on this fun-filled trip. For more information, please contact Lisa Grove at 314.535.0770 x206 or email@example.com.
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Board of Directors Past and Current
On this special anniversary, we want to express our sincere gratitude to the following people who have served on our Board of Directors since our founding in 1980. Our success today is truly a result of the vision and hard work of these many dedicated individuals. Thank you. Bruce B. Adaire Daniel J. Anderson Frederick H. Atwood III Ted Atwood Clarence Barksdale John Bierbusse Richard Bomblatusf Vincent Bommarito Leslie F. Bond Mark R. Botterman Donald L. Bryant, Jr. Donald Brandin Barbara Bridgewater Grace Brod Dwyer P. Brownc Thomas R. Brunner, Jr. Bunny Bursonc Susan Cahanc John Capps Robin Carnahan Paul Cavelli Janice Anderson Cerny David Chambers Judy Champ Norman Champ Reuben O. Charles II Kimble A. Cohnf Barbara Cookc Charles Cooke Belle Cori Suzanne Couch Jack Cowartf David Dean Patricia Degenerf Eleanor W. Dewalde David Dienerc Arnold Donaldc David Drierc Barbara Eagleton Jamey Edgertonc R. Jeffery Edwards David C. Farrell Alison Ferring John Ferringcp Laura Kemper Fields Richard T. Fisher
Richard Fordf Barcy Condon Foxfp Alvin Frankp Jack W. Freeze John Fumagalli Jan Goldsteinc Terrance Goodep Joan B. Goodsonfe Gary Grant Ronald K. Greenberg Suzy W. Grote Richard T. Grote Alfred J. Guillaume, Jr. Fred F. Guyton, Jr. Lynn Hageef Laura Hageman Carolyn Hager August W. Hager III Jo Harmon Anthony Havlin Shaun Hayes John Heiman Ronald Hengesf Carrick Hillf David Hoffmannc Russell Hogan, Jr. Meredith Holbrookc Lawrence E. Honig Charles Houghton IIIfp Becky Hubertc Michael Issacson Ruth K. Jacobsonf James C. Jamieson IIIc Richard Jensenc Henry O. Johnstonep Patrick Jostrand George Kassabaumf Kenneth Kermesf Emory Kesteloot Nancy Kranzbergc Phyllis Langsdorfc C. Christopher Lee Mont Levy Alan Liebert L. Max Lippman Zoe Lippman
Ann Sheehan Liptonc Barry Arthur Litwin Donald C. Lottman Douglas B. MacCarthyfp John E. Mackey Kimberly MacLeanc James Mann Marylen Manne Peter Marcus Philip Maritz Joan Markowc Linda Martinez Peggy McClellan Susan McCollumc William B. McMillan, Jr. Margaret McNally William Melzer Pauline C. Mesker J. Ben Miller Isabelle Montupetc Donna Moogep Eleanor J. Moore Terry D. Moore Neva Moskowitz Steven Mortimore Evelyn E. Newmanf John North David Obedinc Deborah J. Patterson William Peacock Nicholas G. Penniman IV David T. Pieroni William L. Polk, Jr. Ruthe Ponturo James Probsteinc Emily Rauh Pulitzerfpc Thomas W. Purcellf Grier Raclinc May Brown Reay Jacob Rebyc Tom Rich John Roach Hannah Rae Roth Drew Roy Edward A. Ruesingf Ann Ruwitche
David L. Sanders Jane Sauer Charles Saulsberry Carlin Scanlane Vincent Schoemehl, Jr. Patrick Schuchard F. Carl Schumacher, Jr. Michael Shapiro Jane Shapleigh William Shearburn Susan Shermancp Yoshiaki Shibusawa Rex Sinquefieldc Guy L. Smith IVf Mary Spraguef Andrew Srencoc Michael Staenbergc Joan Stonecipher Ruth A. Streit Betty Bateman Suggsf Donald Suggsc Edward Sutton Milton F. Svetanics, Jr. Stuart Symington, Jr.f Jerome W. Thomasson Jean S. Tuckerfep George S. Tulloch, Jr. James Turley John Van Doren G.H. Walker III William E. Wallace, Jr. Franklin F. Wallis Harry Watts Anabeth Weil Ben H. Wellsf Patricia Whitakerc Donna Wilkinson Kathryn B. Wright Kay Wren Paul L. Zaffaroni Leslie C. Zuke Key: f = Founder c = Current e = Emeriti p = President/Chair
Highlights of Our History 1979 - 2003
1979 - A group of civic, cultural, and educational leaders, alarmed with
the prospect of an “artless” Downtown, come together with the hope of maintaining the presence of art as a complement to commercial activity.
1980 - First Street Forum (the Contemporary’s original name) is founded by a group of visionaries to “foster open discussions on issues of public interest.” 1981 - The First Street Forum opens in a 1,600 sq. ft. space on First Street in Laclede’s Landing in March 1981. Inaugural exhibition, from the Museum of American Folk Art, New York, opens, Small Folk: A Celebration of Childhood in America. 2001 - The ground-breaking of construction on the new, permanent building at 3750 Washington Blvd. designed by Architect Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture.
1992 - The Forum relocates to the recently created Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District. The Board realizes the importance of this opportunity to become the visual arts anchor for this ambitious development.
1988 - The First Street Forum changes its name to “The Forum for Contemporary Art” and moves to 555 Washington Avenue in the heart of downtown. The new facilities allow for larger and more complex exhibitions and a lecture/performance space. Most importantly, the new location offers access to a larger number of people and the opportunity for a wide range of programs that interest them.
1995 - New Art in the Neighborhood, an education program providing arts education to local teens, debuts.
1998 - Capital and Endowment Campaign kicks off to raise funds for a new permanent building in Grand Center.
1979 1980 1981
Highlights of Our History 2003 – now
2006 - The Contemporary launches ArtLink, a collaborative young friends group, with other St. Louis art organizations. City-Wide Open Studios and Flat Files connect the St. Louis community with regional artists.
“It’s unveiled. It’s in your face. It’s accessible and inclusive. It’s a place to meet your friends after work. It’s a date. It’s a statement. It’s different for everyone. And it’s becoming part of the city’s make up–and not just for those artsy folks anymore.”
2003 - Inaugural Gala, a star-studded event, celebrates the opening of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
– Arch City Chronicle, April 4, 2006
Inaugural exhibition, A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad.
“Checking out the exhibits at a local art museum has always been a worthy pastime. But for more than a year, the Contemporary also has made it equally accessible and comfortable.”
“[ The Contemporary’s] wide-open galleries collide with performance spaces while its yards of window-walls entice communities through the Grand Center cultural district with potentially vivid drive-by art experiences.”
– Bethany Prange, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, November 30, 2006
– Ann Wilson Lloyd, The New York Times, October 12, 2003
2005 - The Contemporary Challenge
2004 - The first Great Rivers Biennial highlights the work of three emerging artists from the St. Louis area. Annual Distinguished Speaker Series kicks off with a lecture by Glenn Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art.
“The Great Rivers Biennial program has galvanized the arts community in St. Louis. The energy it has generated, combined with the recent momentum of community-based arts organizations, has transformed the city’s artistic zeitgeist for the better.”
– Ivy Cooper, Art Papers, May/June 2004
campaign launches with a $1 million gift from Alison and John Ferring and a $5.4 million challenge gift from Emily Rauh Pulitzer. The Contemporary ArtReach education program brings the arts to St. Louis Public Schools. The Contemporary starts podcasting and blogging, and is among the first museums in the country to do so. Monthly Select Nights make the Contemporary the place to be in St. Louis for twenty and thirty-somethings.
“This museum is putting St. Louis on the map. With each new exhibition and program, the Contemp[orary] continues to reinvent itself.” – Rudy Zapf, Playback:STL, October 2005
2007 - The Contemporary successfully meets the Pulitzer Challenge and pays off all building debt, and raises a $5 million endowment—before its 4th birthday. New curatorial team takes the helm at the Contemporary.
“. . .the Great Rivers Biennial, funded by the Gateway Foundation and hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum, is at the top of the heap…” – David Bonetti, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 12, 2007
2008 - Chief Curator Anthony Huberman’s
inaugural exhibition, John Armleder and Olivier Mosset, is presented. Contemporary launches The Front Room series of short exhibitions by artists and others.
April 2009 -
The Contemporary hosts its 5th Anniversary Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis honoring two St. Louis greats, Ernest Trova and Tom Friedman.
“A Contemporary Milestone. It’s a paradox, that juncture where something inherently modern celebrates history. It’s been five years since Brad Cloepfil’s ‘intentional vacancy that achieves meaning through the art itself’ rose at the corner of Washington and Spring. In that time, the museum’s exhibit—from Yoshitomo Nara’s ‘Nothing Ever Happens’ to Bruce Nauman’s neon—have challenged and enhanced the city’s art scene.”
– St. Louis Magazine, April 2009
The John Armleder and Olivier Mosset exhibition is named “Best of 2008.” – Bob Nickas in Artforum
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