Exhibition: “Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now”

The exhibition “Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now” will be on display in the Garen Gallery at the Kemper Art Museum February 2, 2018 – May 21, 2018.  This exhibition includes architectural drawings, photographs, and other material from University ArchivesJoin us for the opening on Friday, February 2, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Campus Construction, Grading of Forsyth Boulevard, c. 1902.
Washington University Architectural Plans, University Archives

The exhibition examines the rich history of architectural planning and design for the east end of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. Located between the iconic Brookings Hall and the western edge of St. Louis’s renowned Forest Park, the east end has long been considered the main entry to the University, serving as a gateway from the surrounding city to the academic space of campus. The history of this area reflects the history of the University as a whole and reaches back to the end of the 19th century, during a time of significant transition in American higher education. Through archival photographs, architectural drawings, and models, “Transformative Visions” explores the complex relationship between planning and design as well as the broad range of theories and design strategies architects have used to shape this part of campus.

“Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now” is curated by Leslie Markle, curator for public art; James Kolker, University architect and associate vice chancellor; and Eric Mumford, Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.  Support is provided by the William T. Kemper Foundation, Elissa and Paul Cahn, and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

About the author

Rose is a PhD candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. When she is not working on her dissertation on post-1945 asylum novels or blogging about the amazing materials in Special Collections, she fills much of her time reading, writing, gardening, and wrestling.