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Vote Your Art 2020 Results

With 35.78% of the votes, the winner is Gorilla by St. Louis’ own Houston Chandler! Read more about the candidate and his formidable opponents and see the results of the election below. Thanks for voting your art!



Position Statement

This candidate’s polished wood torso and muscular limbs convey one thing above all: power. Gorilla also represents the artistic legacy of Missouri, as its St. Louis-born maker, Houston Chandler, taught at Vashon High School and at the People’s Art Center, the city’s first racially integrated community arts center. Like other gorillas, this candidate is formidable while surprisingly gentle and expressive.

Visit this candidate in Gallery 300E.

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Houston Chandler, American, 1914–2015; Gorilla, c.1946; wood; 8 5/8 x 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Museum Purchase 1124:2010; © Houston Chandler

Deer Pendant

Position Statement

Deer Pendant exudes elegance through its finely crafted details. Notice how the deer’s profile was cleverly depicted with just a few delicate lines. Carved from a shell, the pendant was perhaps a piece of personal jewelry for a Maya noble or a token of a young hunter’s achievements. This candidate seems poised to evade a predator—who do you think will win?

Visit this candidate in Gallery 114.

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Deer Pendant, c.700–800; Maya, Late Classic period, Guatemala; shell; 2 15/16 x 4 7/8 x 1/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Morton D. May 1317:1983


Position Statement

Bowl is a two-for-one deal, combining expressive bears at each end that come together for a utilitarian purpose. The linear carvings are also artful and imbued with significance; for more than a millennium, Native artists in coastal British Columbia and southeastern Alaska have used, studied, and reimagined sinuous lines with ovoid and U-form shapes to create such formline designs. This candidate may have been made by Rudolph Walton, a key figure in an early group to fight for the civil rights of Alaska Native peoples.

Visit this candidate in Gallery 326.

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Rudolph Walton, 1867–1951; or Augustus Bean, 1856–1926; Bowl, c.1900; stained wood, abalone shell, glass beads, and ivory; 7 x 6 x 17 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Morton D. May 275:1982

Grasshopper Floor Lamp

Position Statement

Constructed of steel, aluminum, and brass, Grasshopper Floor Lamp is American-made but comes from the mind of Swedish-born architect Greta Magnusson Grossman. This candidate gets to the point with refined simplicity: only two lengths of tubular steel and a bullet-shaped aluminum shade give the lamp its distinctive, animated form. Lightweight and flexible, this object brings light to the darkest corners of any home.

Visit this candidate in Gallery 130.

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Grasshopper Floor Lamp
Greta Magnusson Grossman, American (born Sweden), 1906–1999; made by Ralph O. Smith Manufacturing Company, American, c.1949–1954; Grasshopper Floor Lamp, 1947–1948; enameled steel, enameled aluminum, and brass; 50 1/4 x 15 x 15 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Funds given by the Ruth Kelso Renfrow Art Club 80:2019
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