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Counterpublic will be activated by a range of expansive public programs happening almost weekly from April 13th to July 13th. Programs will range from community-led sessions and meal-based gatherings to dramatic public processions; a performance series and screenings along with residencies, educational workshops, walking tours, tenant organizing, and a youth-led publication.

April 13th

Opening Day

1pm-6pm Curatorial tours, artist talks, and performances during the day 

2pm Curatorial Walking Tour (starting at The Luminary)

3:30pm Curatorial Walking Tour (starting at The Luminary)

5pm Demian DinéYazhi´ performance at FOAM


Opening Night Party at The Luminary

Join us for the Counterpublic opening night after party at The Luminary from 8 to 11pm featuring the release of “The Luminary Counterlager” beer collaboration between artist John Riepenhoff and Earthbound Beer, an open table with complimentary food from the divergent Cherokee Street restaurants and vendors, artist designed galletas by Rodolfo Marron III and Diana’s Bakery, and live video and DJ Sets by, Makeda Kravitz, and Agile One.

April 19th

Black Tea with Azikiwe Mohammed


As a part of the Counterpublic public art triennial, All Black Creatives + The Luminary invite you to an evening of Black Tea with Azikiwe Mohammed. For Counterpublic, Mohammed is in residence operating Armor Photo Studio, a free neighborhood-based photo studio open from noon-7pm daily through May 4th. The project will exist as an installation in the intervening months displaying portraits taken by the studio.

Mohammed’s work often engages New Davonhaime — a conceptual town conceived by Mohammed that is an amalgamation of the names of the five most densely populated Black cities in America: New Orleans, Detroit, Jackson, Birmingham and Savannah. Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime was created to serve as a safe community, one of reimagined space and belonging, for Black and Brown people living in America. Previous versions of Jimmy’s Thrift of New Davonhaime have shown at SPRING/BREAK Art Show, No Longer Empty, Knockdown Center, MoMa PS1, and Mana Contemporary Miami.

The evening welcomes you to be an active participant in Azikiwe’s portrait project at Blank Space on Cherokee Street.

Tea brewed and served by: Alexis Rece of Sow Tea.

RSVP here

May 2nd

Chloë Bass, This is a Film (1.8) screening and performance at 7pm at Artist Art (2643 Cherokee Street)

This Is A Film (1.8) explores what it means to turn footage into language. Using clips of family home movies found in various online archives, Chloë Bass creates a descriptive piece for the audience to hear and imagine. Where is the film: in the language? In the images that come into each listener’s head? Is it shared between us? What do we see, and how does it make a story?

May 4th

Cinco de Mayo Festival

1:11pm People’s Joy Parade

Azikiwe Mohammed Jimmy’s Thrift Photo Studio at Blank Space

John Riepenhoff Beer Endowment at Earthbound Beer

May 11th

Joseph del Pesco + Jon Rubin’s second phase of Monuments, Ruins and Forgetting opens with a musical performance at 2712 Cherokee Street.

May 24th

Discuss public landmarks, symbols, and sites of memory with Counterpublic artists Anthony Romero, Josh Rios, and Matt Joynt and Monument Lab’s Paul Farber in a live podcast recording at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The discussion will focus on the artists’s role in reframing historical narratives around communities of color, as well as the mobile monument created by Romero, Rios, and Joynt for Counterpublic. Stick around after the podcast for a roof party celebrating Monument Lab’s research residency at the Pulitzer, where a team of researchers is building inventories of St. Louis’s symbols and sites of memory, including both those that take the form of landmarks and others missing from the city’s current landscape.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Monument Lab

May 25th

Save the date for a commissioned performance with Anthony Romero, Josh Rios, and Matt Joynt featuring a mobile sound monument engaging the tactic of using noise ordinance to over-police communities of color.

May 28th
Ted Kerr and Con Christeson will co-host a workshop: A POLITICAL SELF PORTRAIT.  Participants will engage in a creative process to make a poster/sign for an imagined protest that will become a “self portrait”.
May 28 from 6-7:30 at Red Chair Studios/2319 Cherokee.
Workshop is free. RSVP required.
June 1st

On Saturday, June 1st Isabel Lewis will present a new ‘occasion’ at Cherokee Street Yoga. Considered celebratory gatherings of things, people, plants, dances and scents, occasions hosted by Isabel Lewis take place in decorated environments where visitors can drift in and out of attention and sociality. Lewis unfolds a specific dramaturgy attuned to her guests and their energies shaping a live experience using choreography, music, spoken address, and storytelling in ways that allow for conversation, contemplation, dancing, listening, or just simply being. Easing the formalities of distanced observation typically found within the theater and exhibition contexts, Lewis is interested in aesthetic situations that move beyond the merely visual where the entire human sensorium is addressed. Hosted occasions conjure the ancient Greek symposium, where philosophizing, drinking and the erotic were inseparable. Lewis’s spoken discourse engages the question of living an “eudaemonic” or flourishing life in the 21st century and ponder how to generate a sensibility that is more deeply attuned to not only human interrelations but also to our intercourse with the entire ecosphere.

June 8th

Joseph del Pesco + Jon Rubin’s third and final phase of Monuments, Ruins and Forgetting opens with a musical performance at 2712 Cherokee Street.

July 13th

Closing Day

NIC Kay closes Counterpublic on Saturday, July 13th with a newly commissioned processional performance of pushit! (an exercise of Getting Well Soon) that weaves throughout the Cherokee Street neighborhood. “Can resistance be choreographed?” is the question that drives pushit!, a site-responsive performance by the New York–based artist NIC Kay. NIC’s artistic practice is inspired by a wide range of movement disciplines—from butoh to praise dance to voguing—that come together in pushit!

More program announcements soon!
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