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The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts to Launch New Programming Series, Reset
October 8, 2013

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts to Launch New Programming Series, Reset, in January 2014

Cross-Disciplinary Program Will Explore Engagement and Permissiveness
In Gallery Spaces and Include Collaborations with Artist David Scanavino,
Break-dancer Mr. Freeze, Independent Curator Rita Pinto and Vanity Projects,
Drag Artist Raja, and St. Louis Symphony, among others


ST. LOUIS, October 7, 2013—With the launch of its new programming series, Reset, on January 17, 2014, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will explore how creating a sense of permissiveness in its galleries can encourage and enhance audience engagement. Featuring a broad spectrum of performance, time-based, and participatory programs, the series will occur twice a year between exhibition installations and focus on experimenting with new forms of interactivity. Reset emphasizes the range of experiences the public can have with and in an arts institution, from the meditative to highly active and participatory. The 9-day long series, during which the Pulitzer will [significantly] expand its hours, aims to inspire audiences to think differently about art by providing them with the freedom and opportunity to make the Pulitzer space their own.

For the first iteration of Reset, the Pulitzer has commissioned New York-based artist David Scanavino to create a temporary floor installation entitled Candy Crush in the main gallery that will serve as both a dynamic sculpture and stage for the series’ programs. Scanavino investigates issues of volume, color, and illusion through his installations, which he constructs from inexpensive and accessible materials such as linoleum tiles and paper pulp. His commissioned floor piece for the Pulitzer will serve as a backdrop and focal point for the events.

Reset Program highlights include:

• The United States premiere of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras, performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The piece was originally commissioned in 1981 by the Orchestre national de Lorraine and the Centre Européen pour la Recherche Musicale. The performance will take place throughout the Pulitzer galleries under the direction of David Robertson, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s Director;
• A breakdancing competition inspired by the history of dance and hip-hop in St. Louis. Emceed by Mr. Freeze of the Rock Steady Crew, the competition will be open to regional dance crews and public audience. The event will also include screenings of films about breakdancing projected on the walls of the Pulitzer galleries;
Independent curator Rita Pinto and the nail artists of Vanity Projects, who mix high-end nail art atelier with video art. The group will transform the Pulitzer’s space to provide audiences with a unique experience of video as a medium;
• A Bamboo for Kids! program that invites kids and their families to build forts out of recycled materials. The program will be guided by local, sustainable workshop Perennial and include storytime by Miss Jonesey of local, independent book store Left Bank Books;
• And the About Face drag show featuring LA-based performance artist Raja, local drag queen Siren, and other artists from St. Louis’ vibrant drag scene. A collaboration with Glitterbomb Productions, the event explores the construction, emotion, and universality of facial expressions.

The full roster of Reset programs will be announced in November 2013.

“Reset is an opportunity to flip the dynamics of the traditional arts experience. It’s about experimentation, and taking advantage of the rare moments when the space is nearly empty to fill it with new and unexpected programming,” said Kristina Van Dyke, the Pulitzer’s Director. “We envision this series as a laboratory that will give us the flexibility to consider the possibilities of new and growing art forms and to develop programs that highlight the interconnectivity and importance of art to the daily experiences of our community.”

About the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts:
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts provides an intimate space for exploring the arts, fosters community engagement, and inspires its audiences to think differently about art and its relationship to their lives. Founded in 2001 as a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, the Pulitzer is dedicated to utilizing its Tadao Ando-designed building to create multilayered, sensory experiences that link the visual arts with other cultural forms and heighten audience understanding and enjoyment. Its diverse public programming and extended exhibition presentations stimulate deeper public engagement and have made the institution an integral part of the Grand Center arts district and cultural landscape in St. Louis. The Pulitzer is free and open to the public Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.pulitzerarts.org or call 314.754.1850.

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For further information, please contact:

Alina Sumajin
Resnicow Schroeder Associates
212-671-5155
asumajin@resnicowschroeder.com

Katie Hasler
Interim Manager of Communications
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
314-446-2053
khasler@pulitzerarts.org

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