Irving’s Street Matter Exhibit Opens at Zilkha Gallery

On Sept. 26, the exhibition "Street Matter — Decay & Forever / Golden Age" opened at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

On Sept. 26, the exhibition Street Matter — Decay & Forever / Golden Age opened at the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. This mobile structure, “RELIEF & Memorial: Cortége |Malcolm, Martin| (STOP: DROP: ROLL)” is made from wood, vinyl, canvas, and ink (2018).

St. Louis–based multimedia artist Kahlil Robert Irving has created several pieces commissioned by the Center for the Arts. From left to right: “Titled Mass: Crushed Floral vessel (circa: some century) Enjoy Heaven;” “Fallen Order: Vess & Sprite Edition 2018 – (^10, ^04, ^018);” “Rose Memorial 2018 edition: {RIP ALS} – STL.” These pieces are made with glazed and unglazed stoneware and porcelain, opal luster, gold luster, silver luster, blue luster, found decals, and personally contracted decals.

Working across a variety of material production methods, Irving examines the evolving relationship between symbols and power by bringing attention to the oppressive legacies of colonialism present in contemporary culture. His practice purposely challenges constructs around decorative arts, monuments, and the history of how race has been reinforced in America.

Working across a variety of material production methods, Irving examines the evolving relationship between symbols and power by bringing attention to the oppressive legacies of colonialism present in contemporary culture. His practice purposely challenges constructs around decorative arts, monuments, and the history of how race has been reinforced in America. Shown here is “Paneled Sky | Gray on Grey,” made with cardstock and panel.

During the exhibit’s opening reception, Irving (at right) presented a gallery talk and conversation with Anthony Hatch, associate professor of science in society. Hatch is also associate professor, African American studies, and associate professor, sociology. He wrote an accompanying essay for the exhibition.

Decay & Forever will be on exhibit through Dec. 9. The Zilkha Gallery's hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Street Matter — Decay & Forever / Golden Age will be on exhibit through Dec. 9.

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More than 100 people attended the opening reception on Sep. 26.

This exhibition is organized by the Center for the Arts. The exhibition and its accompanying events were made possible by support from Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts; the Hoy Family Fund; and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York; with co-sponsorship by the Department of Art and Art History and the African American Studies Program.

The exhibition and its accompanying events were made possible by support from the Center for the Arts; the Hoy Family Fund; and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York; with cosponsorship by the Department of Art and Art History and the African American Studies Program.

Listen to an interview with Kahlil Robert Irving about this exhibition on the Center for the Arts Radio Hour online.