Category: History

Lessons from Berlin

Lessons from Berlin

| June 13, 2017 | Reply

Last week I spent a day in Berlin on my way to Amsterdam. Berlin is a mecca of interesting museums, but one that particularly struck me was the DDR museum, the Deutsche Democratic Republic, or the museum of Soviet occupied Germany. After writing recently about memory, I was surprised to remember again that Berlin was deeply buried within the partitioned East Germany, which meant that this cosmopolitan city was often at the mercy of the Soviet Union for supplies brought by truck. This vibrant city was partitioned into 4 sectors at the end of World War 2.

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Memory Palaces: on Remembering

Memory Palaces: on Remembering

| June 2, 2017 | Reply

This last year I have faced some $24,000-question-type problems: the question of when to respond with practicality, and when to respond with the heart. It’s been a year of tricky problems: human problems, daughter problems, sister problems, caregiver problems, mother problems. These have proven difficult to navigate with the tools I have honed through my profession, as it seems to me that design prides itself on the practical, and is suspicious of the whiff of sentimentality

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Thoughts on the Recent Exhibit: Cast and Recast St. Louis Type Design Present and Past

Thoughts on the Recent Exhibit: Cast and Recast St. Louis Type Design Present and Past

| July 6, 2016 | Reply

I sometimes forget that one of the most important and exciting parts of teaching is the part where the teacher gets excited about learning and walks in the students’ shoes for a while. The last few weeks have been such an excellent example of that. I have been working on a show for UMSL Gallery 210 called Cast and Recast: St. Louis Type Design Present and Past. The show has really been challenging, and ultimately very rewarding, to organize, collect for, orchestrate, and finally design.

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The St Louis City Museum: How outsider Art Saved Downtown St. Louis

The St Louis City Museum: How outsider Art Saved Downtown St. Louis

| July 1, 2014 | Reply

When Bob Cassilly first started working on City Museum in 1995, it didn’t have a name but he knew he wanted his mission statement to read: “we seek the white whale.” St Louis has never seen anything like Bob Cassilly’s work. He creates from his gut, obsessively, constantly, joyfully. Although he was classically trained by Rudolf Torrino to do highly realistic and traditional sculpture commissions, Cassilly simply couldn’t stomach the work. After a few years of creating commissions for zoos and gardens, he was looking for a way to develop his own ideas. Bob Cassilly bought the International Shoe company in an abandoned section of downtown St. Louis almost on a whim.

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