August 19, 2013

Call for Panel Sessions: “Monument/Anti-Monument”

Sculpture City Saint Louis
Image courtesy Sculpture City and Laumeier Sculpture Park.

“Monument/Anti-Monument” is an international conference that will bring together artists, curators, art historians, architects, academics, urban planners, archaeologists and other experts to explore the intersection of sculpture and the public realm. While the public sculpture and monuments of the host city of St. Louis will be used frequently as a catalyst for discussion, the conference will also seek a broader dialogue that will encompass a global perspective on sculpture and its relationship to place. The conference keynote speaker will be artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.

“Monument/Anti-Monument” is being organized as part of Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014, an initiative that brings together a consortium of programmers and practitioners from across the St. Louis region, in a challenge to launch new exhibitions and commissions; sponsor lectures, educational programs; develop sculpture-related community resources, and engage new audiences for sculpture.

Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014 is intended to draw attention to the rich presence sculpture has in the visual landscape of our region. From traditional forms of sculpture—victory and honorary statuary—to abstract modern monuments and a proliferation of temporary “new genre” public art, sculpture has long been part of how St. Louis institutions and organizations have created, and sustained, a sense of regional identity. St. Louis has long been proud of its nickname “Sculpture City,” and this initiative will bring new ideas to the interpretation and understanding of the works that adorn and define our community.

The conference organizers invite proposals for panel sessions. Proposals should be submitted by panel chairs and respond to the conference brief. Proposals are due September 16, 2013.

The full conference brief and proposal requirements can be downloaded at

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