Exposure 20: Safe Spaces

Exposure 20: “Safe Spaces”
Sage Dawson, Katherine, Simóne Reynolds, Shabez, Jamal and Rachel Youn

Saturday August 24th, 2019

Panel Discussions: 4pm-5PM

Artists’ Reception: 5pm – 7pm

Gallery 210 is pleased to open its fall exhibition season with Exposure 20: Safe Spaces. The exhibition features new work by area artists Sage Dawson, Katherine, Simóne Reynolds, Shabez, Jamal and Rachel Youn. The exhibition opens on August 24 at 4PM with an artists’ panel moderated by Jessica Baran. The panel is followed by a reception for the artists from 5PM to 7PM.

The themes addressed by the artists in the exhibition examine and define what ‘safe space’ means in today’s contentious and politicized environment. In current vernacular ’safe space’ is defined as a physical or metaphorical place for people, usually of marginalized identities, to feel free of judgment or harm. However, ‘safe space’ can also be seen as a concept that allows persons with cultural authoritarian or pro-censorship leanings to evade criticism. From the artwork of Sage Dawson, Shabez Jamal, Katherine Simóne Reynolds, and Rachel Youn emerges an overall sense of safe spaces as a deeply personal sense of awareness, of a place within an intentionally constructed or accidental community, of benefiting from the compassion of friends, family or an institution.
This exhibition is part of a year-long series of programs supporting the UMSL Common Read. The purpose of the UMSL Common Read is:
• To spark a wide-ranging conversation about diversity and inclusion in our community and on our campus
• To provide a shared intellectual experience that connects students, faculty and staff to an important piece of literature
• To model for UMSL students the concept of multi-disciplinary, broad-based inquiry
For more information about the Common Read and its related programs please visit its website at: https://www.umsl.edu/divisions/artscience/common-read/home.html

Exposure 20: Safe Spaces is the latest in a series of group exhibitions designed to feature artists who live and work in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The Exposure series originated with the St. Louis Art Gallery Association in the late 1990s and was housed at Hunt Gallery on the campus of Webster University. Gallery 210 took ownership of the series in 2005 with Exposure 8. Since then, it has become one of the Gallery’s most anticipated programs.

This exhibition is made possible by the Missouri Arts Council, the Center for the Humanities, and the College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL.

Public parking for Gallery 210 is available at the South Millennium Parking Garage on the east side of East Drive on the UM-St. Louis Campus. Handicapped parking is available behind Gallery 210.

Gallery 210 is on the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 44 Arnold Grobman Drive between the North UM-St. Louis Metro Station and the Touhill Performing Arts Center.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The gallery phone is (314) 516-5976; the fax is (314) 516-4997; and email is suhret@umsl.edu. For parking locations, campus maps and directions to Gallery 210 please visit our website at umsl.edu/~gallery/ .

Gallery 210
University of Missouri-St. Louis
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Email: gallery@umsl.edu
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