Artist Talk: Andréa Stanislav

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Join us on Wednesday, March 23 in The Farrell Auditorium for an Artist Talk from 2015-2016 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Fellow, Andréa Stanislav. Immediately following this event, attendees are invited to preview Currents 112: Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité, which opens to the public on March 24. Learn more about the exhibition at: slam.org/stanislav

In this Artist Talk, the artist will touch on her long-standing fascination with the city and explain specifically the ways in which St. Louis connects to, what she calls, the “architecture of empire.” Throughout her work, Stanislav seeks to question mythologies surrounding ancient, medieval, or modern civilizations. “I am interested in how the past bleeds through to the present. How ghosts of empires call out to our own, with otherworldly voices.”

Stanislav will focus on two constructions by empiric civilizations that she associates particularly with St. Louis: Cahokia Mounds and the Gateway Arch. Medieval Cahokia was the largest prehistoric civilization north of Mexico, much larger than London during its time period, while the Gateway arch embodies a possible apogee of American capitalism and its ethos of Manifest Destiny, which emerged from nineteenth century America. Two large-scale mirrored sculptures on view in her exhibition, Apogee 1200 and Apogee 1969, echo and abstract the forms of Cahokia Mounds and the Arch, respectively. Each is a half-completed structure, suggesting the underlying and transient fragility beneath the construct of empire.

Stanislav’s hybrid practice incorporates sculpture, installation, video, and public art. In Convergence Infinité, Stanislav has created a complex immersive space that brings together mirrored sculpture, a four-screen multichannel video, digital printing on mirrors, and taxidermied animals.

PLEASE NOTE: Your RSVP on this event page does not reserve a seat at the lecture. A ticket is required for all events, even free events, held in the Farrell Auditorium. Tickets may be reserved on-site at the Museum’s Information Centers, online through MetroTix (link above), or by phone at 314.534.1111. Tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets reserved at the Museum. Same-day tickets are available on-site only.
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