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In this April 12 photo, arts advocate and law professor Adrienne Davis looks upon a piece by artist Lorna Simpson in her home collection.
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Adrienne Davis teaches law but she regularly cross-examines the status quo in a completely different field: the arts.

The Washington University law professor will receive an Arts Advocacy award from the Women of Achievement of St. Louis in a May 16 event at the Ritz-Carlton. The honor applauds her service on various boards including that of the St. Louis Art Museum and Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

But it also extols her efforts to infuse more racial diversity into the artistic pipeline, from art-makers to gallery attendants to curators to institutional leaders. In our latest Cut & Paste arts and culture podcast, we talk with Davis about her advocacy and why it matters.

"The Way," by Alexander Liberman, seen in this file photo, is a made of steel oil tanks. While modern, it nods to many facets of ancient architecture.
Provided | Kevin J. Miyazaki

St. Louis sculpture fans can now have a hand in taking care of public art.

Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills is asking individuals and groups to help maintain and preserve its displays with a new adoption program. Adoptions start at $25 a year.

At the lower level, contributors get their names on Laumeier’s website and an on-site digital wall. For $50, they receive an adoption paper and a color photo of their sculpture. At the top level of $500, they get a private tour of the park with the park’s executive director. All donations are tax-deductible.

The artist, dressed in a cow-hide apron, Trillby hat and blinders, poses surrounded by hills of unused asphalt.
Provided by Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Drawn in by the landscape, South African artist Mohau Modisakeng hiked out to municipal yards holding heaps of asphalt in Nbabeni, a township outside Cape Town. Surrounded by road maintenance materials, he donned a cow-hide apron, trillby hat, and blinkers and began shooting the video and pictures that would become the artwork "To Move Mountains," currently on display at Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Modisakeng is the 2016 winner of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, one of South Africa’s major art awards. His work offers a look into how artists in other countries address racism and include images of black people. His approach is both personal and political.

"Woodhenge" by Indian contemporary artist Gigi Scaria relates to the reconstruction of the ancient woodhenge site at Cahokia in the Metro East. Scaria's work will be featured for Obscura Day at Laumeier Sculpture Park.
Atlas Obscura |Laumeier Sculpture Park, Gigi Scaria

Two St. Louis area sites are among hundreds of locations around the globe being featured in an exotic festival of places of interest this Saturday.

(Courtesy of the artist)

This month, St. Louis-based video artist Zlatko Ćosić presents two simultaneous—but quite different—exhibits. In one, Ćosić closes a mournful and war-torn chapter of his life; in the other, he celebrates the mundane, lively, hidden world of a park.

Aronson Center rendering
Provided by Laumeier Sculpture Park

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This Sunday, Laumeier Sculpture Park is inviting the community out for a picnic, music, games and art. But this Discover Laumeier Festival could be the last new event before new construction begins there.

Lum's “The Space Between Scott and Plessy”
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The French connection between St. Louis and New Orleans is evident in street names and Mardi Gras celebrations. But the physical tie between the two cities is the Mighty Mississippi.

Laumeier Sculpture Park explores the shared waterway in “The River Between Us,” an indoor and outdoor exhibit opening this Saturday. At a time when the Mississippi River is in the news for efforts to bolster commerce, ecology and transport, and for its power to devastate a community like Pinhook, Mo., Laumeier is examining the the river’s role in U.S. history and how it connects the two cities and their residents.

Review: Sue Eisler's work transforms

Jun 26, 2008
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Photos by Mike Venso | Laumeier Sculpture Park

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 26, 2008 - Sue Eisler stands at a display of small sculptures and talks about transformation. The works are dried paint cakes removed from paint cans, small brushes sticking out of them at odd angles. "They were once used to make art," she says. "Now they are the art."