Beyond Identity

May 8, 2009 - July 27, 2009
Kemper Art Museum, Teaching Gallery

Organized in conjunction with the Diversity Arts Youth Program to be held at Washington University in St. Louis this summer, this Teaching Gallery installation brings together works from the Kemper Art Museum's permanent collection that address and complicate topics of race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Artworks by Glenn Ligon, Gran Fury, and Annette Lemieux, among others, will provide visitors an opportunity to explore the various visual and textual strategies employed by these artists, the manner in which they grapple with the complex politics of identity, and the distinct ways each work engages and implicates the viewer.

The Diversity Arts Youth Program is two week-long summer arts immersion retreat for teenagers weaving the performing and visual arts with dialogue about social justice and issues of diversity in the St. Louis community. This program is coordinated by the Diversity Awareness Partnership (DAP), an organization dedicated to promoting diversity in the St. Louis region.

Image credit:

Neal Slavin (American, b. 1941), New York Transit Authority, Brooklyn, New York, from the portfolio Groups in America, 1979. Kodak Ektacolor 74 RC-N paper, 11 x 14". Gift of Robert Sutner, 1985.