The Luminary: Counterpublic Public Art Exhibit (#STLMade)
04/13/19, 1:00 PM - 1:00 AM
A strong example of the innovative, forward-thinking work the STLMade movement* aims to shed light on – The Luminary, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing a platform to raise up the voices of our community through artistic expression, will launch its Counterpublic public art exhibit Saturday, April 13. This exhibition will bring more than 30 art commissions, including many by local St. Louis artists, into the everyday storefronts that have built the foundation for Cherokee Street and the surrounding South St. Louis neighborhoods, for example a local tea shop, Buddhist temple, Mexican eatery and barbershop, among others. Works will range from architectural interventions to community-led sessions, meal-based gatherings to dramatic public processions. Opening Day Event Details: • Opening Day Schedule: All installations open at 1 p.m. Tours with curators and performances will take place from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. See website for site locations. • Opening Night Party: An after-party will be held from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. at The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee St. The event will feature the release of the Counterlager beer collaboration (more info below), complimentary food, live video and DJ sets by the diverse collaborators of Cherokee Street. • Visit the website for more information and specific site addresses. *STLMade aims to shed light on the amazing things our innovative, tenacious, big-hearted people are doing to move the St. Louis region forward, in an effort to encourage both St. Louisans and non-residents that in this city you can start up, stand out and stay. Visit thestl.com to discover the stories of the people who make St. Louis special. Follow STLMade on Twitter: @in_thestl and Instagram: @in_thestl and use #STLMade to share your St. Louis story. Snapshot of Counterpublic Art Installations: St. Louis Artists • José Guadalupe Garza + Miriam Ruiz will present a collaborative project at their South St. Louis Mexican panaderia, El Chico Bakery. Featuring interventions titled Ojalá in the bakery’s dining area, the programs will pay homage to Mexican-chicanx-Latinx content. • Yowshien Kuo, rising St. Louis artist, will contribute a new suite of paintings on clothing and materials sourced by Carrillo Western Wear that will feature prodding questions of assimilation, solidarities among minority positions, and American masculinity. • Kahlil Robert Irving will install a large structural intervention as both a monument and memorial referencing the underlying violence inherent to the present-day United States. As a graduate of Washington University, Irving’s work emerges from direct interaction with the streets of St. Louis, his family, friends and ancestors. • Connecting Counterpublic with civic infrastructures, and future interventions, six St. Louis based artists including; Lyndon Barrois Jr., Sage Dawson, Jen Everett, De Nichols, Yvonne Osei, and PWMD, will create permanent sign banners to be hung throughout the streetlights on Cherokee Street. Other Artists • Kim Hanauer will present a large-scale public installation on the political practice of denizenship in reference to foreign residents who are granted limited rights in the states in which they reside. Her project, Free From To With For, partners with individuals and organizations to explore the nuances of citizenship, sovereignty, migration, exile, and diasporas. • John Riepenhoff of Beer Endowment, collaborated with Earthbound Beer of Cherokee Street to create the Luminary Counterlager. The name and taste both speak to The Luminary’s expansive local, national and international public and will premiere at the opening night after party.
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