Sporadic Democracy + The Marvelous Is Free Opening Reception

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Sporadic Democracy + The Marvelous Is Free Opening Reception
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Join us for the opening of our fall exhibitions, Sporadic Democracy in the main gallery and The Marvelous is Free in the entry gallery.

Sporadic Democracy is a culmination of a year-long exploration of how communities come together and fall apart, how public space is shaped, and wide-ranging experimentations with artistic forms appropriate to these questions. Conceived as a cycle of actions, expansions and gathering points, Sporadic Democracy will contain independent, but interrelated projects within a single shared space, alternately occupying the gallery as an opening, an archive, a platform for discussion, a publication, a date, a street parade.

The exhibition includes significant contributions from The Luminary’s Fall Residents, including Tori Abernathy, Rebecca Conroy, Alessandra Saviotti, Antonio Serna, and Paul Shortt with additional contributions including a video program curated by Rachel Reese and an accompanying youth-led publication to be distributed throughout the exhibition.

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In parallel, The Marvelous is Free, curated by Anthony Romero and Matt Joynt, opens in the entry gallery. The Marvelous is Free is an exhibition of archival and historical ephemera that places St. Louis' Black Artists' Group, a collective of African American experimentalists working in theater, visual arts, dance, poetry, and jazz, within a network of like-minded artists and activists producing similar experiments in politics, form, and community between the late 60s and early 70s.

Bringing together a range of rarely seen objects, films, and ephemera from personal and institutional collections, The Marvelous is Free presents a landscape of art and activism that includes the Black Arts Movement, Queer Liberation, the struggle for Latina/o civil rights, and more.


The Luminary's exhibitions are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission and the Arts and Education Council.

Image courtesy of the Missouri History Museum.
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