What does a city need? In response to the exhibition Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement, the Museum will spend 14 weeks examining the multiple answers to this question with the help of contemporary artists, musicians, poets, and speakers. Join us every Thursday evening for new art and new conversations on how we build better cities, better communities, and better citizens—all in the format of a salon.


In response to this year’s Summer Salon Series theme–What does a city need?– the evening of June 2, 2011 will consider the idea ofShelter.

The following is a detailed list of the evening’s events and participants:

5:00 – 9:00 pm: Omar Lopez presents three interactive sculptures including In the Belly of the Whale, Voluntary Tar Pit, andHomoHaus.

Omar Lopez’s HomoHaus not only requires group effort, it rewards it.  With every additional participant, the burden of the roof becomes less and less, in a sense mirroring what occurs in our cities when more citizens become involved in finding solutions and building consensus around urban challenges. HomoHaus also fosters community by encouraging strangers to come together to achieve a singular goal, keeping a roof elevated for 4 hours. For Lopez, the series of individualistic yet cooperative actions of participants in his work represents the very structure of our cities.

In the Belly of the Whale- Gallery 16

Voluntary Tar Pit- Upper Rotunda