3rd Annual Contemporary Night Out
Meg Webster, exhibiting artist in Art of Its Own Making, will discuss her work with particular emphasis on its relation to climate change issues, for the third Annual Contemporary Night Out. The program is a collaborative evening of short, informative programs about various aspects of the world of contemporary art, hosted by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
6:00 pm Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Technology
7:00 pm Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Technique
8:00 pm Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Time
Meg Webster (b. 1944)
Since the mid-1980s, Meg Webster has developed a unique body of work rooted in her abiding passion for ecological systems.
Webster was born in San Francisco and received her bachelor of fine arts degree in 1976 from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and her master of fine arts degree in 1983 from Yale University. Prior to attending Yale, Webster lived in San Francisco and Florida where she painted and began bringing beach sand into her studio to create sculptures.
From the beginning of her career, Webster has been active in the discourse surrounding land art while engaging with the socially constructed paradigm between culture and nature. She creates large-scale outdoor and indoor sculptures and installation works made of natural materials such as sand, dirt, grass, egg yolk and clay.
In 1992, in The Brooklyn Museum’s Grand Lobby, Webster constructed Running, an installation consisting of a flowing stream of water adjacent to a “resource room” made of found glass windows and containing books and a computer for researching the environment, gardening and small businesses. Webster’s Pool, originally commissioned in 1998 for MoMA P.S.1 and presented there again in 2013, is a waste-deep water installation with plants, fish, river stones and boulders. Inside the gallery space, Pool evokes an experience with nature while also highlighting the architectural and technological structures that support it.
For a 2002 project entitled California Native Garden at Stanford University, Webster interrupted the campus’s straight lines of precise greenery with a collection of wild, native California plants. In 2010, she transformed Pier 63 at Hudson River Park in Manhattan by installing 38 boulders and perennial plants chosen from quarries in New York State and Pennsylvania. In these works, the embodied experiences of smell, sound and touch remain a central focus.
Meg Webster’s work has been exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis. Her sculpture and permanent outdoor installations are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Walker Art Center, the Panza Collection and the Rubell Family Collection.