|The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents an unprecedented collaboration between St. Louis-area teens and acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Kelley Walker. Kelley Walker: Schema is on view August 5 through December 31, 2016, and is organized by the 2016 class of Teen Museum Studies, CAM?s career exploration program. Serving as an extension of the Museum?s upcoming comprehensive examination of Walker?s work?Direct Drive, which opens September 16?Schema presents examples from several of the artist?s most iconic series. Held each summer, Teen Museum Studies offers a select group of high school students the opportunity to learn from CAM staff members in all departments and culminates in the teens organizing an exhibition from start to finish.|
Kelley Walker: Schema is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Teen Museum Studies students Anna Brackett, Dylan Sparks-Bostic, Jilian Danto, Madi Goetzke, Crista Hatcher, Oliver Kanak, Sasha Mothershead, Marcus Polk, Michael Ross, Andrea Skrobic, Violet Stopp, and Gordon Stuvland.
Throughout his career, Kelley Walker has explored the manipulation and repurposing of images in order to destabilize issues of identity, race, class, sexuality, and politics.
For Schema, the walls of CAM?s Education Gallery are completely covered by digitally printed vinyl. Each wall features enlarged photographs of Civil Rights protests overlaid with scanned Crest and Aquafresh whitening toothpaste. The toothpaste overlay simultaneously draws our attention to areas of violence and alludes to the gestural brushstrokes and drips of the Abstract Expressionists. The scale of the reproductions envelopes the audience, making us feel part of the scene and situating us within a historic, yet ongoing, American narrative.
Opening Reception and Artist Q&A
Friday August 5, 5-7 pm
Artist Q&A,6 pm