Salons and Symposia
Donald Judd with Ann Temkin
Knowing that the Museum of Modern Art was in the process of planning a Donald Judd retrospective, the Pulitzer invited Ann Temkin to lead a two-day symposium that considered the artist’s multicolored work within the larger context of his career. The first of three sessions focused on Judd’s innovations as a colorist and contextualized his various approaches. The second session, led by Richard Shiff, considered whether Judd’s multicolored works present a new idiom or if they attest to a continuity in his oeuvre as a whole. The final session, moderated by David Raskin, turned to the subject of Judd’s politics and ethics. Where, the group considered, might we locate the artist’s ethics in these multicolored works?
Design Salons with Ken Botnick
During the fall of 2013, Pulitzer Arts Foundation hosted a series of conversations focused on the intersection of design and daily life in St. Louis. These conversations brought together citizens from a spectrum of professional, academic, and civil disciplines to discuss perspectives on four fundamental questions facing the city: sustainability, aging, education, and innovation. These conversations were shaped by the question: How can design thinking, when considered as a strategic, problem-solving process, be applied to find dynamic solutions to urban challenges? The outcomes of these conversations will help shape future community projects, commissions, interdisciplinary collaborations, and exhibitions at Pulitzer.
The Integration and Impact of Art and Social Work: Toward a New Type of Community Practice
A small group of national academic, arts, justice, and foundation leaders met over the course of two days to engage in a transformational conversation; they aimed to develop a new model of social work practice linked specifically to arts and cultural institutions. In particular, the group sought to determine if these partnerships and programs are meaningful, replicable, and sustainable in supporting former prisoners and other hard-to-reach populations. This conference was inspired by the Staging program—a collaboration between the Pulitzer, the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, and Prison Performing Arts—which targeted formerly incarcerated individuals and homeless veterans who were seeking employment skills and other professional support.
Building Pulitzer Architecture Colloquium
Working closely with Washington University in St. Louis, the Pulitzer hosted an architecture colloquium that detailed the collaboration required to build the Pulitzer, and which featured lively discussions on the design and construction of the building. The event was co-organized with architect Liane Hancock, who is working on a book about the building of the Pulitzer, and participants included the client, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, along with members of the local architecture firm, engineering firms, and construction team for the project. The keynote lecture was given by Masataka Yano, of Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, who was Project Architect during construction of the Pulitzer.
Buddha Conservator Symposium
Coinciding with the exhibition Reflections of the Buddha, the Pulitzer invited curators, conservators, and other specialists to discuss issues surrounding the original appearances and contexts of artworks in the exhibition, and to address how this knowledge may influence the conservation and display of Buddhist art in the twenty-first century.
Questions of Perception
Hosted within the installation of Ideal (Dis-) Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer, this symposium gathered together art historians and curators with neuroscientists and other experts in cognition and perception to discuss issues raised by the viewing of art. Given the unique architecture of the Pulitzer, the conversation often returned to the ways in which natural light (or its absence) affects our engagement with or approach to art.