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Call for Applications - Concept/Focus 2016

Call for Applications - Concept/Focus 2016The Concept exhibition presents an evocative investigation of contemporary artists in Oklahoma, along with a St. Louis regional artist exchange. The…Continue

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The Luminary is a constellation of ideas and activities: a physical site that opens onto a larger cultural and conceptual space; exhibitions that move through multiple timelines, spaces and forms; music explored as a practice, presence and experience; an equipment library that redistributes tools and creates tangible means for experimentation; residencies with artists, curators and critics meant to test boundaries and continually push forward their individual and collective practice; and wide-ranging projects that critically engage emerging ideas and stretch the definition of the institution itself.
The basis of the organization is experimentation and engagement. Emerging art and ideas are at the forefront of this experimentation, but only as they interact with people: art as an individual and communal experience; call and response; exchange and change; form and reform. We propose, support and present exceptional art embedded in social and cultural contexts, viewing contemporary art as an essential expression of our time. Beyond promoting various modes of artistic exploration, The Luminary investigates its own infrastructure as an artist-run organization in order to advance the understanding of our potentialities within broader social, cultural and political frameworks, documenting these models both in practice and through publishing via Temporary Art Review. Taken together, we seek to be an institution of our time, as malleable as the work we strive to support.

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The Luminary's Upcoming Exhibition: A Collection of Slow Events

A Collection of Slow Events

Curated by Alexis Wilkinson

Opening reception: June 9th from 7 to 10pm

Open June 9th through July 15th,…


Posted on May 6, 2017 at 1:30pm

The Luminary's Upcoming Exhibition: 0ppositions

Oppositions is a group exhibition of abstractions and obstructions featuring work from Colleen Asper, Hannah Black, Vaughn Davis, Danny Giles, Jonah Groenboer, Kat Reynolds, Slavs and Tatars, and Pedro Velez.

The exhibition, titled after a 70's era architectural journal whose initial logo unintentionally shifted its name from "Oppositions" to "0 positions," focuses on work that engages abstraction in relation to both material and language as a way to destabilize…


Posted on April 6, 2017 at 1:30pm


The Luminary is pleased to announce our 2nd annual Lot 49 contemporary art auction + fundraiser on Friday, March 24th from 7pm to 10pm.

Lot 49 is a unique artist-centric auction initiated and shaped by artists as an annual fundraiser for The Luminary and a direct means of support for artists in the region and beyond. The interactive auction will feature acclaimed artists nominated by their peers, with participating artists receiving 51% of all proceeds and the…


Posted on February 15, 2017 at 4:28pm

The Luminary's Upcoming Events // LAB: Teresajenee

The Luminary's musician-led project series, LAB, features St. Louis-native R&B artist-producer Teresajenee. The Love Eklectic Music visionary will take over The Luminary for a one-night-only multidisciplinary event that embraces the collective's artistic vision across music, visuals, and…


Posted on July 6, 2016 at 1:24pm

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