Name: bridget Melloy
Member Level: contributor
Member Since: 2012
What was your favorite exhibition at the museum?
I still think about the 2007 Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes exhibition. The huge topographical installation in the main gallery and the delicate outline of the Mississippi River confluence are images burned into my brain. Maya Lin transformed everyday objects such as wooden 2x4s, plywood, and metal pushpins into giant sculptures that depict landscape. I always enjoy artwork that shows you natural forms in unexpected ways.
Do you have a favorite program or event?
I went to my first Pecha Kucha night this past month during STL DesignWeek 2013, and afterward I was kicking myself for not checking it out sooner. It was amazing how people were able to tell their stories with twenty slides and twenty seconds per slide. Our community is filled with creative individuals with great ideas on how to make this community better and connect with one another. I walked away with such a sense of pride for the city of St. Louis. I love that CAM is a place for the community to come together and share new ideas and passions. I believe that aligns with what contemporary art is all about.
The Gruff Rhys: An Investigative Concert is at the top of my list too. It combined many of the things I love: art, storytelling, music, and film. He weaved all these components together to tell the fictitious account of a young man in search of the Welsh-speaking Native Americans in the Great Plains. Did I mention there was puppetry involved? Yes, it was pretty spectacular.
What excites you most about CAM’s future?
New programming that is being developed for the Young Friends members. Special events that are targeting young adults and showing that they play an important role in the museum and the greater art community. I can’t divulge any secrets yet, but we’re working to bring in speakers, films, and education programs on contemporary art and how to start an art collection.
Why would you encourage others to become members of CAM?
After becoming a member and consequently more involved with the museum, I was very impressed to learn what an earnest effort the museum makes to reach out to all different audiences. They have educational outreach programs for students, stroller tours for parents and kids, dinners by top chefs for foodies, book clubs for book worms, PK nights for local innovators, speaker series for the intellects, and most importantly art exhibitions for art lovers. You could easily be at CAM once a week. Becoming a member grants you access to additional fantastic events at the museum—a chance to meet artists, exclusive dinners, and conversations with the curators. I like knowing that by being a member, I am helping sustain to an institution that I love into the future.
Why is CAM important to St. Louis?
I remember the first conversation I had with Lisa Melandri shortly after she arrived at CAM; she said that she wanted the Museum to feel like the city’s living room. CAM is a gathering place for the community to exchange and share ideas, whether it’s through the artwork on display, the speakers and performances, education programs, or even just a place to gather socially. CAM is always pushing the boundaries of what is being shown in St. Louis. Art challenges you, makes you feel, or can even just make you laugh. The excellent curatorial staff at CAM brings in thoughtful exhibitions of living artists from all over the world, and we are lucky to have it here!
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