Upcoming exhibitions


Damon Davis

Save the date for the opening of a solo exhibition featuring a major new body of work from Damon Davis entitled Darker Gods in the Garden of the Low-Hanging Heavens, opening on June 15th, 2018.

Latest Blog Posts


Commoning the Institution: 2018 Residents

The Luminary is excited to announce our 2018 Residency Season, composed of an assembly of artists, activists, curators, critics, collectives, and experimental practitioners. For the year, we invited proposals that rethink the relationship between the individual and the institution, asking questions such as: How does an artist, art writer or curator reshape an institution’s practice, its publics, or its politics? How do economies of care and collaboration reshape the institution? How do we work past the individual economies of the art world and advance new conceptions of the commons? Selected participants proposed to rewrite our institutional language, host VR summits on alternative practices, convene conversations on feminist arts organizing, and imagine prefigurative forums for art's funding, creation, and circulation.

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In Residence: Dan Miller

Continuing our "in residence" series, James McAnally speaks with recent resident Dan Miller on his collaborative practices, the different contexts of working in Australia, Chicago and then St. Louis, and his attempts at working past established individual and institutional forms.

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Temporary Art Review


CIA-sponsored “Cultural Freedom” Comes Home: Parapolitics at HKW

The recent exhibition "Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War" at HKW interrogated the intertwined re-canonization of modernism and the international propagation of a US-backed, anti-communist idea of “cultural freedom” put forth by the many-armed Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) from 1950–1967.

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Current Residents

2017 Special Residency Session

The Luminary's special residency session supports eight leading St. Louis-based black artists, including Lyndon Barrois Jr., Addoley Dzegede, Jen Everett, Kahlil Irving, Dani and Kevin McCoy (WORK/PLAY), De Nichols, and Kat Reynolds.

Featured Events


Lot 49 2018

Support the groundbreaking work of The Luminary by attending our annual Lot 49 art auction + benefit on Friday, March 23rd from 7pm to 10pm.