The works in Life Altering: Selections from a Kansas City Collection explore a rich array of meaning relevant to the present moment. Artists investigate the global inequity of wealth and power, social justice, race, slavery, colonialism, and more.
Boston University Art Galleries' Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery hosts Life Altering: Selections from a Kansas City Collection. The exhibition features a selection of art from the collection of Bill and Christy Gautreaux, who are committed supporters of a variety of nonprofit and charitable organizations, with a primary focus on the arts.
The works in the exhibition explore a rich array of meaning relevant to our present time. Artists investigate the global inequity of wealth and power, social justice, race, slavery, colonialism, the experience of exile and the diaspora, identity, the important role of the body, LGBTQ+ issues, popular culture, the precarious balance between progress and technology, climate change, and the environment. Some artists draw from the traditions of their cultural heritage—African, American, Caribbean, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi, and Native American. These artists celebrate their heritage by reclaiming ownership of, and pride in, their cultural origins. Above all, the artists express hope, courage, resilience, and determination in the service of a better future.
Life Altering features the work of the following artists: Omar Ba, Firelei Báez, Hank Willis Thomas, McArthur Binion, Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Nick Cave, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Asad Faulwell, Vibha Galhgotra, Theaster Gates, vanessa german, Jeffrey Gibson, Hayv Kahraman, Zanele Muholi, Ebony G. Patterson, Amy Sherald, Odili Donald Odita, Wendy Red Star, Elias Sime, Lynette Yiadome-Boakye.