Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Debuts Innovative Reset Program

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Museums are continually searching for ways to reach community populations whose “to-do” list doesn’t normally include visiting a museum. In an attempt to extend their reach, art institutions try any number of inventive programs, lectures, creative programming and ways of casting a wider net. While these efforts may draw additional patrons, seldom do their efforts result in the rich bounty of new museumgoers they hoped to haul in from city seas.

Reset at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Reset at Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Nor do museums typically try showing vastly different types of art, or the even more radical approach of redefining what they classify as art. There will always be, it seems, a glass window that large numbers of people will only peer through rather than actually using the door to experience the artwork first hand. Now, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is shattering all preconceptions with Reset, their wildly creative program debuting Friday, Jan. 17 and running through Jan. 25.

To call Reset creative is an understatement. When is the last time you attended a drag show at a museum? Or a hip-hop demo or listened to world class orchestra or had your fingernails turned into art? Reset offers all that and more.

“Reset is an opportunity to flip the dynamics of the traditional arts experience,” Director of the Pulitzer Kristina Van Dyke said in a press release. “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.”

Reset takes advantage of the time in between major exhibitions when the museum is normally dark, and they’ll do it twice a year. If this first iteration of Reset is any indication of what’s in store for future Reset exhibitions, St. Louisans truly have some unique and inspiring events to look forward to.

ALIVE magazine is proud to offer a bounty of exclusive Reset coverage, beginning Wednesday with an Artist Spotlight on David Scanavino, creator of “Candy Crush“, a site-specific installation that will function both as a floor and stage throughout the series. We also have exclusive interviews with Mr. Freeze—creator of the B-Boy world championships and street-dance teacher for Michael Jackson—and Raja, the gorgeous, world-renowned drag queen.

For traditionalists, we’ll also feature an exclusive interview with Maestro David Robertson of the St. Louis Symphony, who will conduct the orchestra in the United States premiere of John Cage’s “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras,” with musicians placed throughout the Pulitzer galleries.

And that’s just a tiny fraction of the tricks up the Pulitzer’s artistic sleeve. Reset just may be the first program anywhere that truly offers “something for everyone.” For a complete list of all the events that complete the inaugural Reset program, visit the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts website.

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