Critical Mass for the Visual Arts

Critical Mass for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region.


5 Questions – Wassan Al-Khudhairi

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Join the 5 Questions Crew for our interview with Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator of the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis! Wassan has organized Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Earwitness Theatre, Guan Xiao: Fiction Archive Project, Hayv Kahraman: Acts of Reparation, Trenton Doyle Hancock: The Re-Evolving Door to the Moundverse and SUPERFLEX: European Union Mayotte. Prior to her position at CAM, Al-Khudhairi was the Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Birmingham Museum of Art. During her time in Birmingham, she organized the first large-scale exhibition of the museum’s contemporary collection, Third Space / shifting conversations about contemporary art. She was invited to be a Curator for the 6th Asian Art Biennial in Taiwan in 2017 and Co-Artistic Director for 9th Gwangju Biennial in South Korea in 2012. Serving as the Founding Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar, Al-Khudhairi oversaw the opening of the Museum in 2010 and co-curated Sajjil: A Century of Modern Art and curated Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab.

Creative Stimulus Award Show: The Search July 6- August 10 at Flood Plain – Yvonne Osei, Steph ZImmerman and Edo Rosenblith


Artists Edo Rosenblith, Yvonne Osei and Steph Zimmerman — winners of the 2018 Creative Stimulus Award — work in extremely different methods and media. Yet all three artists source informational and material communication from others, whether it’s asking peer artists to construct a self-portrait, repurposing the discards of anonymous litterers or wandering the streets of colonizing cities in search of the “Discoverer.” The works of Osei, Rosenblith and Zimmerman have disparate motivations and resulting aesthetics but a similar spirit of searching. The search for self, purpose and untold histories. Opens July 6,- 6-8 pm and runs July 6 – August 20.