Truths and Reckonings: The Art of Transformative Racial Justice, the spring 2020 Teaching Gallery exhibition at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, is curated by Geoff Ward, professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences, in conjunction with his seminar “Monumental Anti-Racism” in spring 2020. This website is based on the exhibition installation and essay.


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View programs related to the exhibition.

About the Teaching Gallery

The Teaching Gallery is an exhibition space within the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum that is dedicated to exhibiting works from the Museum’s collection with direct connections to Washington University courses. Teaching Gallery exhibitions are intended to serve as parallel classrooms and can be used to supplement courses through object-based inquiry, research, and learning.

Image credit:

Glenn Ligon (American, b. 1960), detail from Untitled (Two White / Two Black), 1992. Portfolio of 4 prints: softground etching, aquatint, spit bite, and sugarlift, 25 1/8  × 17 1/2″ each. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, University purchase, Charles H. Yalem Art Fund, 1997