Untitled video still from Lost in Space (After Huck) 2017; Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Shimon Attie
For art enthusiasts, this weekend offers two intriguing art openings, both on Saturday. Visit the Saint Louis Art Museum to see a new installation by Shimon Attie or stop by Laumeier Sculpture Park to witness drawings from its collections. Too busy this weekend? Both shows continue for a few months, so save this info for future reference.
Shimon Attie: Lost in Space (After Huck)
Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Dr. | www.slam.org
Opens Sat., Apr. 1. Continues through Jun. 25.
American artist Shimon Attie is interested in making people aware of the historical import of public spaces that might initially appear common. In New York City he projected the written memories of long-time residents of Manhattan’s Lower East Side onto former tenement buildings. For Portraits of Exile
, his exhibition in Copenhagen, he submerged light boxes in a canal so that portraits of Jewish refugees whom the government shipped to safety during World War II would remind Denmark of its heroic actions in the past and underline the current administration’s malign ambivalence to refugees. Lost in Space (After Huck)
, Attie’s new installation for the Saint Louis Art Museum, uses sculpture, video and audio to evoke the memories of St. Louis’ mytho-poetic past. A cast epoxy resin raft is the center of the piece; a corn-cob pipe, an oar and a bindle wait for their absent owners in the menacing glow of a police light. Digitally projected constellations of light appear and then wink out in the darkness surrounding the raft, while streaks of lighting race through the artificial night.
Drawing from the Collection: 40 Years at Laumeier
Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Rd. | www.laumeiersculpturepark.org
Opens 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat., Apr. 1. Continues through Jul. 16.
Forty years ago, Laumeier Sculpture Park was just a 72-acre plot gifted to the county and a dream. Today it’s home to 60 large-scale, outdoor works. Many of the sculptures started as rough drafts in two dimensions, as drawings, photographs or collages. How did their creators begin to puzzle out what the three dimensions should be for Jonathan Borofsky’s 24-foot-tall fiberglass man with a briefcase, or one of Andy Goldsworthy’s earthworks? Drawing from the Collection: 40 Years at Laumeier
presents a collection of the park’s works in progress. It’s a celebration of four decades of the park’s history and of the creative spirit that continues to drive Laumeier into the future.