April 12, 2013 LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK AND WEBSTER UNIVERSITY The River Between Us
A large crowd of students, artists, and sculpture enthusiasts gathered at Webster University on April 12th for a free ISConnects panel discussion with the artists and curators from Laumeier Sculpture Park’s new exhibit, The River Between Us. The panel was introduced by Marilu Knode, Executive Director of Laumeier Sculpture Park and exhibition co-curator, and moderated by co-curator Joe Baker, former Director / Chief Curator Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, LA. Artists Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), Ken Lum (Canada) Mel Watkin (USA) and Bernard Williams (USA) spoke about how their work engage the figurative bridge that the Mississippi River creates between St. Louis and New Orleans. Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions at Laumeier Sculpture Park, also participated in the panel.
After an engaging Q & A discussion with the audience, event participants traveled to Laumeier Sculpture Park, where they were treated to an exclusive preview of The River Between Us, as well as artist, curator and self-guided tours of the sculpture park. This ISConnects event was followed on April 13, 2013 by the formal opening reception for The River Between Us at Laumeier Sculpture Park, including an artist talk and performance.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is a living laboratory where artists and audiences explore the relationship between contemporary art and the natural environment. Laumeier Sculpture Park and Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, co-organized the exhibition, The River Between Us, which physically and metaphorically link these two Mississippi River communities. Artists were asked to respond to the specific social and natural opportunities found at Laumeier and Longue Vue to unpack the tangled social histories where Native American, French, Spanish and American traditions collide.
Bernard Williams speaks about his piece in The River Between Us.
ISConnects presentation at Webster University.
Mel Watkin discusses her installation at Laumeier Sculpture Park.