Pulitzer Arts Foundation Announces Reopening Celebration May 1
After embarking on a yearlong renovation, Pulitzer Arts Foundation will reopen its doors on May 1, 2015, with an exciting Reopening Celebration. We recently teamed up with the Pulitzer to learn a little more about this inspiring St. Louis institution and bring you an agenda of its exciting upcoming events.
The Pulitzer is a nonprofit arts organization in Grand Center that’s free and open to the public. Opened in 2001, the building was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando. While the the Pulitzer doesn’t have its own collection, it curates exhibitions that engage the building’s architecture, and range in subject matter from works on Buddha and Old Masters to modern and contemporary artwork.
In addition to exhibitions, the Pulitzer offers programs that invite the public to engage with leading figures from diverse fields such as art, architecture, design, urban planning, social work, technology and science.
In September of 2014, the Pulitzer began a major renovation project that resulted in two new galleries on the lower level of its building. Working in consultation with Ando and his office to extend the aesthetic and experience of the building, the Pulitzer converted spaces that were previously used for storage and offices into galleries that can accommodate a broader range of exhibitions, programs and collaborations. The expansion represents the first major alteration to the Pulitzer’s building since it opened, and added 3,700 square feet of public space to the 7,500 square feet of existing galleries.
Three solo exhibitions of artists Alexander Calder, Richard Tuttle and Fred Sandback are scheduled to open on May 1, 2015. “Calder Lightness” will highlight Calder’s influence on the medium of sculpture with 16 significant works that include his iconic large-scale hanging mobiles. “Richard Tuttle Wire Pieces” will be installed by Richard Tuttle himself in one of the new lower level galleries. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see 14 works first made in 1972, which use line and volume to explore space. Occupying the additional new gallery is “Fred Sandback 64 Three-Part Pieces.” A US debut, this series features three tightly drawn lines of yarn, which can be presented in 64 different configurations involving the walls and the floor. The Pulitzer will install a new configuration every week throughout the exhibition.
In conjunction with the reopening, the Pulitzer will launch “Press Play,” a five month program series that invites visitor participation to explore The Pulitzer building through sound. Many of the sound experiences of “Press Play” will take place on cushions, created specifically for the Pulitzer space by fashion and housewares designer dosa.
“Press Play” programs include collaborations with Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony, a drawing and hip-hop meditation class, curated record collections by local DJs, movement classes for babies and their caregivers, poetry, a performance by sound artist Chris Kallmyer and more!
The Pulitzer reopens its space and unveils the new galleries on Friday, May 1, 2015, with a public opening celebration from 5-9pm. As a part of “Press Play” programming, the reception will feature a commissioned performance by award-winning composer David Lang. Performed by 60 members of local choirs, the piece is expected to create a “glow of sound” enlivening the art and architecture.
The Pulitzer’s neighbor, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, as well as the Kemper Art Museum, will also have openings this night, and the three institutions will provide a free shuttle between their buildings.
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