During meetings in which local artists of color and allies gathered to strategize in response to the controversy at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, two possible approaches emerged: reprimand and correct the museum, or elevate the good work happening beyond its walls.
ST. LOUIS — Watching the Kelley Walker exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis unravel in the span of a few weeks, from what the museum promoted as its most ambitious installation to date — taking over the entire museum for the fall season — to becoming a disgraced footnote in contemporary exhibition making, it’s clear that what we have witnessed is a failure of the idea of the institution.
Two incidents this week at the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis suggests the controversy around the current Kelley Walker exhibition continues to escalate.
ST. LOUIS — What does accountability look like in a world where no one is accountable?
Kelley Walker’s solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis features photographs of black men and women smeared with chocolate and toothpaste that have triggered a public boycott of the institution.