Teaching Gallery


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Teaching Gallery

The Teaching Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting works from the Kemper Art Museum’s collection with connections to Washington University curricula. This space offers exciting possibilities for cross-disciplinary dialogue among faculty, students, and the community. Faculty members work with a Museum curator and educator to determine the concept and content of the exhibition. Teaching Gallery exhibitions can be used to supplement courses in a variety of ways, including through art historical analysis, creative writing or research assignments, and interdisciplinary inquiry. Exhibitions are installed for an entire semester to facilitate class visits and student assignments throughout the duration of the course.

Recent Teaching Gallery exhibitions have been organized by faculty in art history, anthropology, classics, East Asian studies, and American studies, among other departments. To learn more about the range of possibilities, explore the past exhibitions listed below.

Due to the 2018–19 Museum closure, the Kemper Art Museum is not currently accepting proposals for Teaching Gallery exhibitions. 

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Past exhibitions

Reframing Feminism: Visualizing Women, Gender & Sexuality
September 8, 2017–January 8, 2018

(Re)Presenting Heroes, Defining Virtue
February 10, 2017–March 19, 2017

Battle of Ideal vs. Real: The Figure in Nineteenth-Century Art
May 6, 2016–July 31, 2016

Abodes of Plenty: American Art of the Inhabited Landscape
January 29, 2016–April 24, 2016

Relationships and Representation: Perspectives on Social Justice Work
September 11, 2015–January 4, 2016

Parallel Modes: Illustrated Visual Journalism and American Photography, 1955–1980
January 23, 2015–April 5, 2015

Picturing Narrative: Greek Mythology in the Visual Arts
September 12, 2014–January 4, 2015

Wanting Women: Expressions of Desire and Difference in Images of Women from the 15th Century to Today
January 31, 2014–April 14, 2014

September 20, 2013–January 6, 2014

Ugly: An Alternative Look at Western Art
June 5, 2013–August 4, 2013

Ways of Seeing the City
September 14, 2012–January 7, 2013

Art and the Mind-Brain
January 27, 2012–April 16, 2012

Performance and Performativity in Contemporary Art
August 19, 2011–January 15, 2012

Mythologized, Idealized, Modernized: The Human Figure in Western Art
May 13, 2011–July 18, 2011

Dada and Surrealism: Rethinking Reason
January 28, 2011–May 9, 2011

Studying the Art Object: Materials and Methods
August 20, 2010–January 10, 2011

Humor, Irony, and Satire: Strategies of Critique in Modern Art and Culture
May 21, 2010–July 18, 2010

American Indian Art and Iconography
February 5, 2010–May 17, 2010

The Political Eye: Nineteenth-Century French Caricature and the Mass Media
January 30, 2009–April 27, 2009

Serious Drinking: Vases of the Greek Symposium
August 22, 2008–January 5, 2009

The Cultural Life of Things
February 8, 2008–April 21, 2008

Container Narratives: Literary and Visual
February 9, 2007–April 29, 2007

Pressing Issues: The Social Agency of Prints
October 25, 2006–December 31, 2006