PRO Director Michael Allen will be giving a talk entitled, “Seeking the Landscape of Civic Identity: The Gateway Mall and Serra’s ‘Twain'” on June 19th at 11am and June 20th at 6pm. Allen’s talk will examine the history of St. Louis’ Gateway Mall, with a focus on the significant changes that occurred between the 1960s and 1980s that affected the cityâ€™s civic and cultural landscape.
The talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition Sight Lines: Richard Serra’s Drawings for “Twain” on display in gallery 313 through September 7th highlights a series of drawings and manipulated photographs as well as a steel model related to the large-scale sculpture, Twain, located on the Gateway Mall in downtown Saint Louis. In 1974, Richard Serra was chosen by a panel of art professionals and civic leaders to create a site-specific work on an open plaza just east of the Civil Courts building. The material that is on display acts as a record of the extensive planning for Serraâ€™s first public commission in the United States.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.slam.org, under Exhibitions.
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Granted, Serra’s full vision — including his plans for landscaping, lighting, and benches — were never completely implemented. Nonetheless, Twain is a monumentally uninteresting piece of art. Don Bellon’s Demo Man, symbolic of the post-industrial site it inhabits, is more inspiring.