In the News: September 2020

From Dark Matter by John Whitaker (MLA21), receipient of an Award of Excellence in the 2020 National ASLA Student Awards.

Posted by Sam Fox School September 7, 2020


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Associate professor Aggie Toppins discussed her research on graphic design historiography, including equity in representation and methodology, on the Design Dedux podcast. Learn more>>

Associate professor Patty Heyda's review of Erkin Özay’s new book, Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore: Rethinking the 21st Century Public School (Routledge, 2020), has been published in the Journal of Urban Design. Heyda's review is titled "Designing the Instruments of Urban Reform." Learn more>>

Work by artist Quinn Antonio Briceño (MFA22) informed by his experience growing up in Nicaragua and St. Louis is featured in a solo exhibition at Houska Gallery. The show is on view through October 17. Learn more>>

John Whitaker (MLA21/MSAAD21) received an Award of Excellence in the 2020 National ASLA Student Awards for Dark Matter, a research by design thesis investigating organic reduction (composting) of human remains as a means of promoting biological and cultural diversity in human cemeteries. Learn more>>

Four members of the Sam Fox School community are featured in the fall/winter exhibitions opening September 11 at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The Great Rivers Biennial features selected artists Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA17), professor Tim Portlock, and Rachel Youn (BFA17). ...when the cuts erupt...the garden rings...and the warning is a wailing... juxtaposes two new works by Ebony G. Patterson (MFA08): an immersive installation in the Front Gallery and a monumental, multilayered paper collage extending from CAM’s 60-foot-long Project Wall. The exhibitions are on view through February 21. Jane Henderson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights the work of all four featured artists in this article.

Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA18) discusses his practice and participation in the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Great Rivers Biennial in this episode of Sliver Space's Cool WIP podcast. Learn more>>

As part of the Detroit Month of Design, associate professor Linda C. Samuels is participating in a two-part panel discussion organized by LOHA on the future of design and community engagement in the public realm. The panels will take place September 15 and 16. PART ONE will focus on community engagement, and will consider how the changes brought about by COVID-19 impact the lives of all citizens and in turn shape our cities. PART TWO will explore the effect of social distancing on the future of design in the public realm. Registration details are available through the link. Learn more>>

In this Ladue News story, Eric Mumford (Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture) and Patty Heyda (associate professor of urban design and architecture) reflect on the history of residential developments in the St. Louis area, as well as current trends and spots that are "current hotbeds for architectural innovations." Learn more>>

In a recent Hyperallergic article, several artists were asked how they look at their personal collection differently in the midst of the pandemic, and which works in particular. Artist Tanja Softić reflects on Linear Progress by Elysia Mann (BFA07): "The work is an enraged elegy. Everything in it—the process, the composition of text, the unforgiving colors—speaks with shocking clarity. Especially now." Learn more>>

Professor D.B. Dowd discusses everything from illustration history and the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library to his latest publication, A is for Autocrat, on St. Louis Public Radio's Cut & Paste podcast. Learn more>>

David Mason (BA75) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. A licensed architect, Mason is the president and CEO of David Mason & Associates, which he co-founded in 1989. Learn more>>

Anna Friedrich's (MArch20/MCM20) essay "The Essential Business of City Hall" is published on the Places Journal website. Friedrich wrote the essay as part of the inaugural Places Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop. Learn more>>

The Wheel of Fortune & How to Build a Ghost by Michael Byron (Kenneth E. Hudson Professor of Art) and Oculus by Patricia Olynyk (Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art) are among the exhibitions opening September 12 at Bruno David Gallery. The shows will be on view through October 24. Learn more>>

Julia Clift (BFA09) is among the artists featured in Sand Between my Teeth, a printable exhibition curated by Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Learn more>>

La nación en llamas, an exhibition featuring work by José Guadalupe Garza (MFA13) and Miriam Ruiz representing a nation in crisis, is on view September 1-30 at STNDRD in Granite City, Illinois. Learn more>>

Screenings of the films ILLUSIVE ECHOES and DESCEND by alum Zlatko Ćosić (MFA11) will take place at the ALC Videoart Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante (Spain) September 3-5. His films STORY 5: SCENES 1-9 and STORY 6: SCENES 1-9 will screen at LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival, presented by the Ottana & Santa Teresa Gallura (Sardinia, Italy), September 3-5 and 18-21. He will also screen PIZZICATO at Kurzfilmwanderung in Leipzig, Germany, September 9-19.

them, now and thereafter, an exhibition curated by senior lecturer Jennifer Colten, is on view September 4-October 2 at Monaco. The show features work by Colten, Sara Ghazi Asadollahi (MFA19), Dail Chambers, and Wyndi DeSouza (MFA16). Learn more>>

NO DEAD ARTISTS, the 24th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, features work by associate professor Arny Nadler and alum Norton Pease (MFA99), among others. A self-guided artwalk will take place from 10a-5p September 5. The exhibition is on view August 22-September 30. Learn more>>