Resetting the Stage

 In Culture, Feature

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts unveils a surprising new program embracing its dark periods.


When the Donald Judd exhibition closes at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts Jan. 4, the building would typically be closed until the next exhibit, “Art of Its Own Making,” opens several weeks later on Feb. 14. Not any longer. An innovative new program launching this month, “Reset,” will offer a nine-day series of performances and participatory programs twice each year, between the institution’s exhibitions. The mission is to inspire audiences to think differently about art and offer a variety of ways to experience it—from the serene and meditative to the highly interactive.

New York-based artist David Scanavino has been commissioned to create a temporary floor installation in the main gallery titled “Candy Crush,” an 88-by-22-foot mosaic of colorful tile on which all of the week's performances will take place. The first “Reset” event series runs Jan. 17-25 and includes a performance of John Cage's “Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras” by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson. Visitors can also look forward to a break dancing competition with video art, emceed by Mr. Freeze of the Rock Steady Crew; as well as high-end nail art by Vanity Projects; a drag show featuring LA-based performance artist Raja and local drag queen Siren; events for children and more.

Visit for the full schedule of performances and more information about the series.





Photo credit: Courtesy of the Pulitzer Foundaton for the Arts

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