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Pulitzer Arts Foundation to Inagurate New Galleries
July 17, 2014

Pulitzer Arts Foundation to Inaugurate New Galleries
With Solo Exhibitions of Work by Alexander Calder,
Fred Sandback, and Richard Tuttle
 
First Concurrent Exhibitions in Institution’s History To Extend Experience of Space in Tadao Ando-Designed Building
 

ST. LOUIS, July 17, 2014 – In May 2015, Pulitzer Arts Foundation will open three focused, single-artist exhibitions of the work of Alexander Calder, Fred Sandback, and Richard Tuttle, examining these seminal American artists’ investigations of line, space, and materiality. The exhibitions will inaugurate the transformation of the Pulitzer’s lower level into public spaces and mark the first time in its history that the institution is presenting concurrent exhibitions. This spring line-up of artists—shown simultaneously for the first time in this context—provides an in-depth look at a critical aspect of each artist’s practice, demonstrating the range and potency of sculptural gestures in animating a space. The exhibitions will enliven the expanse of the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando-designed building and actively engage viewers, directing their gaze upward to Calder’s soaring hanging mobiles, downward to Sandback’s sculptures stretching within and through the gallery spaces, and to Tuttle’s wire sculptures extending from one wall.

The simultaneous presentation of the Calder, Sandback, and Tuttle exhibitions is made possible by the forthcoming expansion of the Pulitzer’s gallery spaces, which represents the first major modification to the building since it opened in 2001. Conceived to extend the Pulitzer’s activities through the repurposing of office and storage spaces on the lower level, the expansion will add 3,600 square feet of public space to 6,800 square feet of existing galleries. This renovation greatly increases the institution’s capacity to deliver innovative exhibitions and programs as well as to create opportunities for scholarship and collaborations. This growth enhances the Pulitzer’s position as an incubator for ideas that extend the dialogue about art, design, social engagement, and urban health and development.

"The opening of our expanded gallery spaces in May marks a new chapter for the Pulitzer in which we will be able to provide our audiences with an even broader range of arts experiences. The three inaugural exhibitions—showcasing Calder’s mobiles and related sculptures, Sandback’s stretched acrylic yarn sculptures, and Tuttle’s works in wire—play ideas of lightness off the mass and solidity of our building,” says Director of Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Kristina Van Dyke. “The exhibitions will explore the work of these three artists and inspire the viewer to consider the negative space around them in different and active ways. The interplay between the three installations will invite the viewer to take an active look at the important role of design in our building.”

The Calder exhibition, presented in the existing main gallery spaces on the upper level, will feature 14 influential works that highlight Calder’s distinct ability to transform sculptural weight into something delicate, light, and airy. Guest curated by Carmen Gimenez, Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, the exhibition will include an exemplary selection of the artist's mobiles as well as wire and rod sculptures from his less familiar Constellation series, showcasing Calder’s revolutionary influence on the medium of sculpture in the 20th century.

The Sandback exhibition will inaugurate one of the two new gallery spaces in the building’s lower level. Curated by Tamara H. Schenkenberg, Associate Curator at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, it will feature a focused selection of approximately six important works, including early sculptures made from metal rods and elastic cord along with those created with acrylic yarn—the artist’s signature medium. The exhibition will demonstrate Sandback’s radical approach to sculpture, which pushed the dematerialization of mass and volume to its extreme through a reduction of material means, while simultaneously creating an imposing spatial presence.

The presentation of sculptures by Richard Tuttle will be housed in the second gallery on the new lower level. The exhibition is curated by Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Founder and Chair of Pulitzer Arts Foundation, in close association with the artist. It will feature 10 wire pieces from 1972, which use line, plane, and volume to form a multi-layered sculptural experience that reflects Tuttle’s career-long exploration of spatial relationships, often with minimal material.

Additional information regarding all three exhibitions and accompanying programming, as well as the Pulitzer’s expansion project, will be announced in early fall 2014.

About Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Pulitzer Arts Foundation provides an intimate space for interdisciplinary collaboration and community engagement that focuses on the intersection of visual and other art, as well as design. A non-collecting institution, the Pulitzer is committed to pushing the boundaries of the traditional arts encounter and providing its audiences with new and unexpected arts experiences. Founded by curator, philanthropist, and arts patron Emily Rauh Pulitzer in 2001, the Pulitzer presents a highly varied program that invites visitors to think differently about art and its relationship to other disciplines and daily life. As part of its continued support of Grand Center’s revitalization and its vision to serve as a cultural destination for the St. Louis community, the Pulitzer brings together a diverse range of innovators, including artists, curators, and community partners, as its collaborators. Housed in a Tadao Ando-designed building, the Pulitzer offers visitors an evolving viewing experience, as it blends indoor and outdoor spaces enlivened by natural light.

In August 2014, the Pulitzer will launch the first major alteration to the building since its opening. The Pulitzer is repurposing office and storage spaces in its lower level to add 3,600 square feet of public space to the current 6,800 square feet of existing galleries. This expansion will enable the Pulitzer to present concurrent exhibitions for the first time in its history, extend its curatorial and public program, and explore a broader range of collaborations.

The Pulitzer is free and open to the public. Normal gallery hours are Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; the Pulitzer is frequently open for extended hours to support its programming and events. For more information, visit www.pulitzerarts.org or call 314.754.1850.

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For further information, please contact:

Sara Griffin / Alina Sumajin
Resnicow Schroeder Associates
212-671- 5169 / 212-671-5155
sgriffin / asumajin@resnicowschroeder.com

Katie Hasler Peissig
Manager of Communications
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
314-446-2053
khasler@pulitzerarts.org

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