If You Need To Use the Art is a tour of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation museum in St. Louis—which ignores the art in the galleries, and instead visits 5 artworks “in the Pultzer’s permanent collection” that are either rarely shown or simply overlooked: Air Filter in the mechanical room, TOILET in one of the restrooms, W-9 in the Director’s office, We’re On Our Break in the kitchen break room, and City I: Redevelopment, which you can best see by standing on the outdoor mezzanine and looking out at midtown St. Louis.
Air, Water, Money, Labor, Governance: 5 artworks, for 5 key urban networks. How do these invisible and often inequitable environmental, political, and socioeconomic networks in St. Louis animate the museum—and the museum-going experience—and how can we use this beloved art museum to think about how, exactly, the City works?
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, June 2023
We created If You Need to Use the Art at the invitation of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, which provided generous funding and many other forms of support.