Freedom of Expression

An exhibit exploring themes of censorship, bigotry, free speech, racism, and speaking truth to power

For this special collaboration, artists were asked to respond to themes of censorship, bigotry, free speech, racism, and speaking truth to power such as those found in the play “Alabama Story,” which will be presented by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Alabama Stories tells the 1958 story of Emily Wheelock Reed, an Alabama librarian who refused to ban the children’s book, The Rabbit’s Wedding, that depicted a marriage between a black and white rabbit.
The play and exhibit will be presented concurrently, sharing audiences. Images of the work in the exhibit will be projected in the lobby of the theatre before the performances and during intermission.

The exhibit is on view through February 28th, 2019. All rights reserved by the artist.

Best of Show: Jenny Balisle for their triptych: FREE SPEACH, PEOPLE POWER, & ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE
Awards of Excellence: It is Known by Don Manderson & Thinly Veiled Jackass Makes a Statement by Anne Skok


Art Imitates Art: A Powerful Exhibit Reflects Themes of “Alabama Story” Drama in St. Louis
Read about what playwright Kenneth Jones has to say about the Freedom of Expression exhibition and its collaboration with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis on themes that surface in his fact-inspired drama Alabama Story.

Learn more about Alabama Story’s run at The Rep here.