Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cabinet on the Move

Another long hiatus here on the blog as the Cabinet of Curiosities made the Big Move from Saint Louis, Missouri to Bakersville, North Carolina...along with all the stuff we've had in storage for the past 10 years (!!)

All this time that I have been posting about it, the Cabinet has been quietly minding its own business in the beautiful downtown StL loft of my friend, architect and professor, Peter MacKeith.

Former Associate Dean at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University in  St Louis and now in Fayetteville as Dean of the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas,  Peter wrote a wonderful thoughtful essay, This Phenomenal City: Christina Shmigel's Shanghai, in St Louis 2011, for the catalogue of my show at Bruno David Gallery.

The journey of the Cabinet from Shanghai to StL was quite the travail. First stuck in customs in NYC, then caught in blizzards, it finally arrived two weeks late for the actual opening of my show.  On the night of the second opening, it nearly got snowed out again. So I'm very grateful to Peter for offering post-show to give it safe harbor & for all the years it has had in the good company of John Watson's sculpture (far right of photo above) and Peter's collection of blue shirts...

Now the Cabinet is in my new studio, buried under boxes of all the other work from that St Louis show - plus boxing bags & golf clubs & dozens of other things for which we can't believe we paid storage's like having the Goodwill truck deliver donations... 

The Cabinet of Curiosities goes on the road again (oh the weight) in the spring for my show in Washington, D.C. at the Hillyer Art Space. Opening 4/1/16: come open drawers, live and in person!