Upcoming Events @ The Luminary

Posted by Anne McCullough on June 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Upcoming Events @ The Luminary

Damon Davis: Darker Gods in the Garden of the Low-Hanging Heavens opensFriday, June 8th

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On Friday, June 8th from 7 to 10pm, acclaimed post-disciplinary artist Damon Davis opens his largest solo exhibition to date, an afro-surrealist allegory entitled “Darker Gods in the Garden of the Low-Hanging Heavens.” Occupying the entirety of The Luminary’s galleries, the show composes an alternate adjacent universe parallel to our own moment that is presided over by darker gods – Deuses on the flip. Composed of photography, installation, sound and video, the exhibition is accompanied by an LP and catalogue to be released following the opening.

For this large scale exhibition, Davis constructs new mythologies around the tropes and cultural ideas of Blackness. Davis explores the function of narrative and its effects on identity and belief systems in communities of color by creating modern myths and fables. The body of work began as an exploration of the social impairment to see Black people as fully human- always either as subhuman or superhuman. Weaving together otherworldly images, sound, and installation into a mythical environment, the exhibition calls attention to western fears and infatuations of Blackness while reclaiming identity through the supernatural.About the artist
Damon Davis is an award-winning post-disciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. His work spans across illustration, painting, printmaking, music, film, and public art. Davis has work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn and the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art. Acclaimed cultural critic and scholar Jeff Chang licensed Davis’ piece, All Hands on Deck, as the cover art for Chang’s 2016 book “We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.”

The documentary short A Story To Tell (2013), which profiled Davis, his work, and the creative process, won an Emmy Award Mid America for Best Short Form Program. His work has been nominated for a Critic’s Choice award, Gotham Award, and NAACP Image Award; Filmmaker Magazine selected him and Director Sabaah Folayan for their “25 New Faces of Independent Film 2016.” Davis is a 2015 Firelight Media Producers Lab Fellow, a 2016 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab Fellow at Skywalker Sound, a TED Fellow (2017), and a Root100 Honoree (2017).

More details at http://theluminaryarts.com/exhibitions/damon-davis

Upcoming Events
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Art + Landscape Screening Series with Caitlin Berrigan and Gavin Kroeber: As part of her residency at The Luminary, Caitlin Berrigan will organize with Gavin Kroeber a final moving image screening at 7pm tonight, 5/30, towards their research into infrastructural geographies, affective geologies, and landscape ethnographies under global warming. The screening will focus on sites and landscapes not just as textures of film, but as protagonists, as investigations of space, and as time-based media in their own right.

Critical Conversations: A Matter of Taste: On June 14th, Critical Mass reboots their long-running Critical Conversatons series with a conversation among three critic/curators – Jessica Baran, Liz Wolfson, and James McAnally – discussing the formations of critical canons, hierarchies of taste, and the infrastructure through which art is understood, circulated, and supported.

Pro Se STL Launch Event with ArchCity Defenders: Join us on June 28th to celebrate the release of Pro Se, a guide for people to protect and represent themselves around police, in court and in jail created by nonprofit civil rights firm ArchCity Defenders. This guide is designed to give people better tools to navigate a difficult system that routinely and unjustly punishes the poor and people of color. With the help of Caitlin Metz, Illustrator and Educator, ArchCity invited creatives to develop this into a powerful and user-friendly tool available for free to print, download and distribute.

Open Channel:  Upcoming Residents Alison Burstein and Brian Droitcour present a workshop series entitled “Open Channel: Thinking about the Dialogue between Art Organizations and Their Audiences.” Organized as a part of The Luminary’s year-long “Commoning the Institution” residency session, the “Open Channel” sessions will investigate the formats and writing styles that art organizations of various types commonly use and will work toward proposing new, experimental approaches. Central to this workshop series is an interest in “commoning” the organization’s voice—developing modes of speaking that reflect a fluidity between the perspectives of organizers, contributors, and guests. The final session on Saturday, June 30 from 1-3pm will be a public program, during which Alison, Brian, and the workshop participants will present their findings and invite guests to respond to the newly developed templates.
All events are free and open to the public.

Current Resident: Caitlin Berrigan works across performance, video, sculpture, text and public choreographies to engage with the intimate and embodied dimensions of power, politics, and capitalism. Berrigan has created special commissions for the Whitney Museum of American Art, Harvard Carpenter Center, and the deCordova Museum. Her work has shown at Storefront for Art & Architecture, Hammer Museum, Anthology Film Archives, LACMA, and Goldsmith’s London. She has received grants and fellowships from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Humboldt Foundation, Skowhegan, Graham Foundation, PROGRAM for Art & Architecture Berlin, and the Wassaic Project. She holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT and a B.A. from Hampshire College. She is a professor of emerging media at NYU Tisch Photography & Imaging and an affiliate of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Technology, Culture and Society.

About The Luminary
The Luminary is an incubator for new ideas in the arts, founded in 2007 as a forum for artistic research, production and presentation, conceived in response to both our immediate and international community, alongside our audiences, and in dialogue with artists. The Luminary’s programs are supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts Commission, the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, the Arts and Education Council, Urban Chestnut, and individuals like you.



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