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Sound Waves: Space + Form Playlist


Want to hear it again? DJ Kate of 88.1 KDHX has shared her playlists from the recent Sound Waves event, Space + Form. Check out the list below for the amazing songs selected by the host of Beep Beep Boop Boop to complement the work of Donald Judd on view in our galleries.

(Artist / Song / Album / Label/ Notes)


Elite Gymnastics / h e r e,  i n  h e a v e n 4 & 5 (CFCF Remix) / RUIN 3 / Acephale / Free here

Coma / Bette Davis Eyes / Single / Kompakt / Free here

Kris Menace / Higher Love (feat. Julian Hamilton from the Presets) / Features / Compuphonic

The Rice Twins / For Penny and Alexis / Speicher 33 / Kompakt / I was very excited to hear this song inside the Pulitzer with the Donald Judd exhibition.  This was one that just felt right.

Falty DL / She Sleeps (feat. Ed Macfarlane from Friendly Fires) / Hardcourage / Ninja Tune

Richie Hawtin / Range-Smart Card?-10 Strikes to 2001 / DE9: Closer to the Edit / Mute

Richie Hawtin / Smart Card?-10 Strikes to 2001-Monostatic-Diminishing Returns (Special Edition Dub) / DE9: Closer to the Edit / Mute / Couldn't do a set like this without paying homage to the minimal techno master - and primo art museum DJ - Richie Hawtin.

Swayzak / Ping Pong / Dirty Dancing / !K7

Kraftwerk / Radioactivity / The Mix / Elektra/WEA

Ladytron / Destroy Everything You Touch / Witching Hour / Rykodisc / Moving into electro for a bit now.

Crystal Castles / Not in Love / II / Fiction/Universal / Contemplated using the version that featured Robert Smith of the Cure doing vocals, but this original version fit better.

Big Black Delta / Capsize / Big Black Delta / Masters of Bates

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Freecell Architecture to Transform a Vacant Lot in Grand Center


The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis have selected Freecell Architecture as the winner of their urban design-build competition, PXSTL.

Launched in March 2013, the competition invited artists, architects, and designers from across the United States to submit concepts to re-imagine a vacant lot in St. Louis’ Grand Center cultural district with the goal of demonstrating how small-scale interventions can spur large-scale urban transformation. Among the three finalists announced in June, Freecell Architecture was chosen for its focus on community engagement and innovative vision for Grand Center as a hub for social and cultural activity.

Freecell Architecture's proposal, entitled Lots, features components for active audience engagement, transforms the vacant lot into a gathering space, and is architecturally resonant with the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando-designed building, located across the street. Construction on the project will begin in spring 2014.

Read more about Freecell Architecture and the PXSTL competition here: Architect Newspaper, St. Louis Beacon.


Kate_to Taylor

Last week I was driving home from yoga and caught the killer sounds of Beep Beep Boop Boop on 88.1 KDHX. It was the perfect music matched to my mind, lit-up and clear, body still electric from the recent blue moon.

It’s not the first time I’ve felt connected to the sets of @beepbeepkate – I was introduced to her work a couple years back at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. She was performing at Sound Waves, a collaboration between the @pulitzerarts and @kdhx that syncs music and visual art. That night, she responded through music to the stunning exhibition Reflections of the Buddha: electronic sounds juxtaposed with ancient stone sculpture.

It totally reconfigured the way I saw the works in that show, and the way I listened to electronic music – not only as a modern invention, but as concepts of layer, beat, and cycle, rooted in much older energies. I have since learned, at a tantric school in Thailand, that electronic music can actually stir up certain energies during meditation. But that is another, weirder story.

The point is: I’m hooked on the simultaneous experience of music and art that Sound Waves inspires.

This Thursday, August 29, 6-9 pm, @beepbeepkate is back for another Sound Waves – this time mixing sets specifically in response to Donald Judd’s pared-down industrial approach to art-making.

Kate will be joined by live electronic / drone / ambient duo Ou Où, who explore themes by combining repetition, minimal electronics, texture, and drone – a perfect fit against the enameled aluminum surfaces of Judd’s multicolored works.

Complimentary beer by Urban Chestnut will be on tap, and food will be available for purchase from Cha Cha Chow food truck.

Sound Waves is free and open to the public. It’ll be a night you don’t want to miss!

Ou Ou_to Taylor

Can't make it? Follow the conversation on Twitter at #SpaceForm

Philip Matthews
Programs Coordinator

A New Addition to Grand Center

Recently, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts launched their collaborative design-build competition called PXSTL that has challenged artists and designers to transform an empty lot in Grand Center. Named for the two collaborating institutions – Pulitzer, Sam Fox – and STL for the city of St. Louis, PXSTL will result in a temporary structure or design innovation which will activate the empty lot across from the Pulitzer building next summer. The winner will be awarded an honorarium and given a budget for construction of the design. After weeks of reviewing submissions from over sixty exceptionally creative and innovative candidates, the selection panel named three finalists to develop conceptual proposals: Freecell Architecture, Rebar with Liz Ogbu, and Oscar Tuazon.

Last week, the three finalists presented their concepts at a public charrette – an architectural term for discussing a project with its stakeholders. The PXSTL Public Charrette gave the finalists an opportunity to introduce their design concepts and engage directly with the St. Louis community for which they are designing. The project was well received by the public and thoughtful feedback was given through comment cards and the Q&A session with the finalists. The proposals were smart, inviting, and exciting to see as possible outcomes of the project.  Freecell’s plan would transform the lot with a convertible tent housing a hub of various activities; Rebar partnered with Liz Ogbu to design an adult playground-like structure that focused on community partnerships; and Oscar Tuazon played with the idea of emptiness and space through a sculptural installation that utilizes light to activate the lot.  All three concepts present exciting possibilities to experience the space in a new way.

The winning PXSTL proposal will be announced in early September. Construction on the project will begin next spring, with the site open to the public in Summer 2014. For more about the PXSTL project, read the recent articles on ArchDaily and the St. Louis Beacon.


Katie Hasler, Interim Manager of Communications

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Photos by Shaun Alvey

Your Small Actions Inspire Big Change


To help Saint Louis Art Museum celebrate the grand opening of their new modern and contemporary galleries, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and other St. Louis arts organizations were invited to participate in a two-day World of Art Festival.

On Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, the Pulitzer hosted an interactive booth activity which taught guests to make “seed bombs,” marble-sized balls of soil and clay packed with seeds of grass and wildflowers native to Missouri. This activity provided guests of all ages a fun and hands-on way to learn that even small actions can inspire big change. A form of guerrilla gardening, you can throw seed bombs into a vacant lot, a poorly maintained park, or your own backyard to strengthen and beautify the landscape and community around you.

Inspired by the Pulitzer’s Design Initiative—a series of programs and exhibitions that explore St. Louis as a living organism—this activity allowed us to connect lovers of art and nature, connect communities to design tools and resources, and have a lot of fun along the way.



Philip Matthews, Programs Coordinator

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

Latest Posts from the Contemporary

Open Studios STL

Open Studios STL June 22-23, 2013

Although Open Studios has now become an accepted tradition here at CAM, it is instructive to consider how singular and unique a phenomenon it is in the larger context of national and international contemporary art institutions. Museums are destinations, places where people come specifically to perform a ritual of interacting with meaningful objects and experiences that is simultaneously personal and public. As such, they are both generally accessible yet somewhat closed off, allowing for a sense of contemplation about the world in a space that feels closed off from it. The artist’s studio performs a similar function, offering the opportunity for private reflection and deliberation as well as production. Typically, the labors that take place in the studio are only seen in their completed form in the museum space. Open Studios, however, allows the audience a rare window into the artistic process, not only in terms of what an artist may be working on, but also a sense of the atmosphere within which the work is made. While a studio visit is a normal and everyday occurrence for a museum curator—providing a way to familiarize ourselves with a new artist’s work and working process or a site for discussion about a project we’re developing for the museum with an artist—it is a special privilege and form of access that this program affords to our public. There are no set rules per se, but one would generally be advised not to be shy about asking questions, to be respectful of being a guest in someone’s typically very personal space, and to visually absorb as much as possible. CAM is incredibly grateful to the St. Louis artist community for their annual partnership with the Open Studios program and we sincerely hope the experience is a thoughtful and enriching one for all involved.

By Dominic Molon, Chief Curator

About Open Studios STL
Now in its eighth year, Open Studios STL (formerly known as City-Wide Open Studios) features more than 170 St. Louis-based artists who open their studios and art spaces to the public over the course of one weekend. Studios and gallery spaces are open Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, 11:00 am–6:00 pm, with locations east of Grand Blvd. open on Saturday and locations west of Grand Blvd. open on Sunday. In addition, CAM is hosting a kick-off party at the Museum on Friday, June 21, organizing a variety of guided tours, and sharing information about artist-organized events taking place throughout the weekend.

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Has the World Changed or Have I Changed?

Jeremy Deller, Has the World Changed or Have I Changed?, 2000. Performance, Expo 2000, Hanover, Germany. Courtesy the artist. © Jeremy Deller

I first met Jeremy Deller at his studio in London in 2000. It was my last stop in the city en route to Heathrow and had been prefaced by two recent encounters with Jeremy’s work that heightened the anticipation of our meeting. As part of the Tate Britain show Intelligence, he’d presented his collaborative “Folk Archive” project with fellow artist Alan Kane which functions as an ongoing compendium of the art and cultural production of everyday contemporary Britons. I was blown away not only by the breadth and volume of the material, but also by his redefining the notion of what “folk art” could mean and represent—as something that could truly embody the creativity of a people rather than merely signifying a particular genre of art. The other was a more subtle and subdued work presented as part of the exhibition Protest and Survive at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, titled Has the World Changed or Have I Changed? (2000). I immediately recognized the phrase from the song “The Queen is Dead” by the legendary 1980s Manchester The Smiths. Both the song and the eponymously-titled album that it opens were a staple of my musical life as a Chicago-area teenager, yet I’d never really meditated on that lyric until prompted by Deller’s intervention. The work itself—represented as part of the larger installation Beyond the White Walls (2012) in CAM’s presentation of Jeremy Deller: Joy in People (opening February 1)—features documentation of a day that Deller spent with a circus clown in and around the German town of Hanover. The droll tragicomedy of the situation fit perfectly with the sense of world-weariness of the title phrase. While its appearance in the middle of The Smiths’ song is mitigated by the momentum of Johnny Marr’s urgent guitar, placed in this new context it becomes a somewhat maudlin reflection on growing old, on the passage of time, and one’s ability to truly feel in touch with the present moment. I suspect that both Marr’s guitar and a teenaged lack of life-perspective conspired to obscure the lyric for me in 1986, but since then I cannot help but reflect on the phrase when confronted with some new cultural phenomenon, the appeal of which I cannot fathom.

The forthcoming opening of Jeremy Deller’s survey exhibition at CAM has prompted me to ask the question “has the world changed or have I changed” once again from perhaps a more affirmative and optimistic perspective. The world HAS changed since The Smiths first posed that question to me, as have I—thanks, in part, to Jeremy’s work. As the exhibition demonstrates through a range of experiences—from a re-creation of Deller’s first show in his parent’s home to an exploration of the life and times of British glam-wrestler Adrian Street—there certainly is joy to be had in the things that people do, say, make, and sing—things that in large and small ways change the world and our relationship to it.

By Dominic Molon, Chief Curator

Shop "POP" for the Holidays


Paper Boat Studios

We are proud to feature many St. Louis-based artists in the CAM POP shop, many of whom have created CAM exclusives—just in time for the holidays.

Amy Thompson presents gorgeous calendars, funky coasters, and unique letterpress games from her company, Paper Boat Studios. Amy teaches book design and typography at Maryville University and operates two Chandler & Price letterpress printing presses—Leona and Dolly—out of her Cherokee Street storefront.

Jenny Murphy is the founder and executive director of Perennial. Inspired by objects discarded on the side of the road, Jenny started Perennial as a way to fight back against the consumer culture that leads to such waste. For CAM, she has made amazing "do-it-yourself" kits, including one for making coasters out of wine corks.

Scarves, coasters, and dishtowels from screen printer Amanda Gray-Swain of Sprouted Designs feature natural images that Amanda photographs and then transfers to the screen.

And last but not least, multi-talented Gina Alvarez has created sweet and delicate necklaces as well as gorgeous shadow boxes with small pieces of her art. Look for her pieces under the name Fox and Whale. (I think they are a treasure and own two shadow boxes myself.)

Just for the holidays, several of these artists are making CAM exclusives. Special snow globes, paper garlands made from letterpress remnants, and scarves will be on sale starting next week.

See you at CAM!

Judy Glik, Firecracker Marketworks


Vote for...


One of my favorite “comfort movies”—those special films you can pop in the DVD player anytime or can’t resist finishing out if you catch it on cable—is Alexander Payne’s Election, from 1999. The many snappy lines and inspired comedic acting notwithstanding, it remains a great testimonial to the fact that one vote can indeed make a massive difference. On November 6, those of voting age who haven’t already done early voting will head to the election booths yet again to cast their ballot for congressmen and women, senators, governors, and of course, the President of the United States. While there really isn’t such a thing as an insignificant race in an election—every office signifying in some way a political decision made by the electorate—it is, of course, the presidential election that most visibly and comprehensively reflects the way the nation as a whole perceives itself and where it wants the country to go.

Rather than sit passively on the sidelines of this important election between two rival candidates/parties with often diametrically opposed visions of how the country should be run, CAM has welcomed a provocative work by New York-based artist Jonathan Horowitz--Your Land/My Land: Election '12--into the lobby as a way for our audience to reflect on, or perhaps even cope with, the forthcoming election. The basics of the installation include the division of the museum’s main entrance space into blue and red carpeted halves; suspended video monitors continuously streaming MSNBC and Fox News broadcasts simultaneously; and portraits of Mitt Romney (leaning on the wall) and Barack Obama (presented above on the same wall), set to change position or remain static depending on the election’s outcome. Beyond the implied sense of participation of being immediately immersed within the work, CAM has held debate screenings and invites the public to watch the results of the elections the night of November 6.

The event will not only fulfill Horowitz’s vision for the work to function in a “public” capacity but offers St. Louisans an opportunity to truly feel part of a larger civic collective on such an important night. I hope you’ll come join to watch the results, but first, be sure to VOTE!!!!

By Dominic Molon, Chief Curator




CAM POP is the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’s innovative new retail space, consisting of a series of focused pop-up shops that change with each new exhibition season. One: Contemporary Design is CAM POP’s debut shop, featuring products from carefully selected artists and artisans that relate to new trends in contemporary design.

Our opening selection features artists who are creating innovative work right here in St. Louis. Tied to the current exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz, Your Land/My Land: Election ’12, and CAM’s debate watch parties, we thought we’d feature some political items to make you laugh. From Bobbi Nesladeck of Down Zipper, "Barack" and "Mitt" squeek toys for dogs are one of our best-selling items, and we love supporting this witty local artist.

We also asked Brooke Pratt from Sucre Shop make "Barack" and "Mitt" wooden spoons. Brooke's work has been featured in the national magazines Martha Stewart Living, People, and Redbook, as well as locally in Feast. Wouldn't it be fun to use these candidate specific utensils at your next political gathering? Which one would you choose? Which toy would your dog choose? Let the debate begin!

For the non-political shoppers out there, local artists Gina Alvarez, Amanda Verbeck, Amy Thompson, Amanda Gray-Swain, and Heidi Neuman lend creative twists to traditional items like dish towels, coasters, and jewelry. As their work has proved tremendously popular, we’re commissioning them to create CAM exclusives for the holiday season. Stayed tuned for fun and unique holiday gifts, only available at CAM.

National artists like Asheville ceramist Heather Knight and Minneapolis jeweler Tia Keobounpheng also bring fresh, cutting-edge design to the mix. And we have toys and items for children too!

One: Contemporary Design is only open through December 30. Afterwards, we’ll make room for our next pop-up shop concept, which will coincide with CAM’s spring exhibition season. We receive new jewelry, gifts, and toys weekly, and every purchase you make at CAM POP supports CAM and the artists we feature. Don’t miss out—come by often!

By Judy Glik, Firecracker Marketworks


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