Pulitzer Arts Foundation Announces Major Expansion Project and Official Name Change

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Following closely on the heels of its recent groundbreaking series, “Reset,” the Pulitzer has announced it is undergoing a different kind of reset, one that will literally shake the foundation of the Tadao Ando-designed building the Pulitzer calls home. The museum will undergo major renovations that will convert areas of the building previously used as offices and storage into two new galleries that will expand the museum’s programmable space by 3,600 square feet, an almost 50 percent increase. The new space will be used for exhibitions, programs and artist driven activities.

Writer Robert Strasser relaxes next to the reflecting pool at Pulitzer Arts Foundation Photo by Christopher Reilly

Writer Robert Strasser relaxes next to the reflecting pool at Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
Photo by Christopher Reilly

Coinciding with that announcement, the organization has also announced a formal name change to Pulitzer Arts Foundation, effective immediately, to better illustrate the museum’s commitment to the “presentation of art and the examination of the critical role that the arts play in creating healthy, thriving communities.”

The new spaces will be completed with the assistance of Tadao Ando and his office to ensure the work honors the aesthetic and spatial sensibility of the building. In late August, the museum will temporarily close until May 2015. The closure will not affect “Marfa Dialogues / St. Louis,” a program to be hosted by the Pulitzer that explores the culture and science of climate change as it relates to artistic practice, July 30-August 3. “The expansion of our space is the natural next step as we look to the future and expand our vision,” Kristina Van Dyke, executive director of Pulitzer Arts Foundation said in a press release.

The new gallery construction, which will be located on the lower level, will also include a new stairway, improving visitors’ ability to move throughout the museum. In keeping with the existing style of the Pulitzer gallery space, light and spatial dynamics will also play an integral part in the new spaces. Further details regarding the design as well as future programing will be made available online in June with the launch of the Pulitzer’s new website.

For more information about Pulitzer Arts Foundation, visit the organization’s website.

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