In the News: June 2020

Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Mirrored Dinosaur. Full credit below.

Posted by Sam Fox School June 22, 2020


The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum was named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Go! List: 2020 in the category Favorite Reopening Museum Exhibition. The newly expanded Museum reopened last September with Ai Weiwei: Bare Life. Full story>>

MFA in Visual Art alum Sara Ghazi Asadollahi (MFA19) is now represented by the Bruno David Gallery. Born in Iran, Asadollahi's work invokes urban landscapes and ruins, drawing on disintegrated structures often created by war. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Film and Media Studies at Georgia State University. Full story>>

Leaning on Nature, a solo exhibition by Margaret Keller (MFA89), is on view through July 19 at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Full story>>

Architecture alum and former faculty member Jodi Rios (BA90) has just published Black Lives and Spatial Matters: Policing Blackness and Practicing Freedom in Suburban St. Louis (Cornell University Press, 2020). The book studies the cultural, institutional, and spatial politics of race in North St. Louis County and how they connect to global histories of race and race-making. Full story>>

An animation by alum So A Ryu (BFA18) about advertising legend Carol H. Williams was awarded Best in Show for 3 x 3 magazine's 17th annual professional competition. Alum Jin Xia (BFA19) earned a gold medal in the student competition. See their award-winning work on their websites (links in names).

Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School, published several panels of his sketchbooks in The Plague Review. The graphic periodical was launched this spring by Rotland Press and examines life during the global pandemic. Full story>>

On his Graphic Tales blog, professor D.B. Dowd examines Quaker Oats' decision to retire the character and brand of Aunt Jemima, which dates back to the late 19th century. Dowd's practice encompasses illustration, writing, and cultural history. Full story>>

Following the removal of Tower Grove Park's Christopher Columbus statue, senior lecturer Michael Allen considers, in this article in the Riverfront Times, whether Forest Park's Louis IX statue should come down next. Allen was also quoted in stories on Hot Air and NBC's 5 On Your Side about the controversy surrounding St. Louis's namesake, King Louis IX of France.

Assistant professor Eric Ellingsen, who witnessed the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Tower Grove Park, spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the complexity of this moment. Full story>>

Several members of the Sam Fox School community presented at the ACSA108 Virtual Conference, taking place June 15-19. Hongxi Yin (InCEES associate professor), Jian Zhu (MArch19), and Heewoong Yang (MArch19), along with Ming Qu (Purdue University) and Wenjun Ge (HIC Architects), presented on Printing Architecture: How Additive Manufacturing Methodologies Are Posited to Transform Building Construction during the Material and Construction Technology session, looking at the use of 3D printing technology for the construction of Lotus House. Associate professor Linda C. Samuels and Christopher Trumble (University of Arizona) presented on Sustainability Laboratory and Urban Garden (SLUG) during the Community Practice session, a project to envision and implement an experimental space for downtown Tucson. Assistant professor Kelley Murphy presented on The Accidental Beauty of the Productive Landscape during the Ecological Landscapes session. Full story>>

+StL: Growing an Urban Mosaic, a project by [dhd] derek hoeferlin design, OBJECT TERRITORIES, and TLS Landscape Architecture, is featured in the new edition of Architizer: World's Best Architecture (Phaidon, 2020). The project was co-led by Derek Hoeferlin, associate professor and chair of landscape architecture and urban design. Other team members include associate professor Linda C. Samuels, former visiting assistant professor Paola Aguirre Serrano, senior lecturer Michael Allen, associate professor Jason Purnell (Brown School), Kristin Fleischmann Brewer (MFA11), Casey Ryan (MArch17), and Jess Vanecek (MArch17/MCM18). Full story>>

Lauren R. Weinstein's (BFA97) comic, "A Story of Mothering-in-Place during the Coronavirus," was published in The New Yorker. Weinstein, the author of Girl Stories, was a painting major at WashU and a recipient of a Sam Fox School Award for Distinction in 2019; she now teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Full story>>

A drawing created by associate professor Patty Heyda was featured on CityLab as a part of their series examining how perspectives have changed since the outbreak of COVID-19. Heyda's map charts how the public and private spaces of her life collapsed into one, but she notes (optimistically), "There is still one horizon line— outside!" Full story>>

Professor D.B. Dowd was recently featured on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast in the episode "Stepping Away from the Mimetic, Drawing in the Everyday World." Dowd discusses his book Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice. Full story>>

On June 5, Washington University's Center for Diversity and Inclusion invited members of the WashU community to attend “Ring Their Names,” a virtual vigil that honored the lives of George Floyd and other black men, women, and trans people who recently lost their lives at the hands of injustice. At the event, Adrienne Davis, vice provost and the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law, urged faculty, students, and staff to direct their passion, intellect, and resources to achieve racial equity. A recording of the event is available through this link>>

Ai Weiwei: Bare Life, the inaugural exhibition at the Kemper Art Museum's reopening last fall, was reviewed in Sculpture magazine: "The overall message of the show was a timely one of interconnectedness and mutual responsibility. As Ai states in the excellent catalogue... 'When others are stripped of their freedom, you also lose yours.'" Full story>>

Island Press recently completed a new edition with Enrique Martínez Celaya, who served as the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist in fall 2018. An essay on the artist's work written by Laura Mart (BFA10), an assistant curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, is available through the link. Full story>>

This spring, students in associate professor Patty Heyda's Master of Urban Design studio, We the People: Capital Urbanism in Washington, D.C., researched the tensions, needs, and opportunities of local life in D.C.'s historic Anacostia neighborhood. The studio focused on promoting social justice through urban design in this long-neglected neighborhood. View student projects through this studio website>>

Architect and urban planner Peter Green (AR64) has published a new mystery novel, Chicago's Designs, part of his Patrick MacKenna series. In addition to his bachelor's degree in architecture, Green also earned a creative writing certificate from WashU. Full story>>

Undergraduate design students Gillian Fink, Maddy Angstreich, and Jenny Kim were selected to participate in live portfolio review sessions with renowned designer and illustrator Zipeng Zu as part of his Instagram Live series. Full story>>

The latest installment of Hyperallergic's Beer with a Painter series features Judy Pfaff (BFA71), who discusses everything from her upbringing to the trajectory of her work. “There is a demand in much of art to read the text panel to understand what you are experiencing," Pfaff says. "Generosity and openness are important to me, so that the viewer is not intimidated, threatened, or belittled. There’s no coming to school and feeling like you didn’t get the homework done. You can enjoy it, even if you don’t know everything about it." Full story>>

Associate professor Linda C. Samuels is part of a small team at the ACSA writing (among other actions) about architecture and COVID-19. In her latest essay, "REBALANCING: infrastructure in a moment of forced immobility," Samuels writes, "Mobility is not a privilege, but a right, and rebalancing the system to prioritize connectivity and inter-connectivity by designing across our public infrastructure networks with equity and environment in mind, is a once in a century opportunity." Full story>>

Crimson Arpeggios, Muted, a collage by Eric Dinyer (BFA82), is included in Issue #3 of Defaced, the International Collage UK Zine. Editor/creator Olivia Browne selected 20-plus artists representing nine countries from a pool of over 100 entries. The open call theme was "Red Zone." Full story>>

Image caption: Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Mirrored Dinosaur, archival inkjet, collagraph, silkscreen, and chine collé on Shiramine Paper, 67 x 44 inches. Edition 14.