2018 student show season


Friday March 23, Junior Exhibition

Thursday March 29, BFA Exhibition (Group 1)

Friday April 6, BFA Exhibition (Group 2)

Friday April 13, BFA Exhibition (Group 3)

Thursday, April 19, MFA First-Year Exhibition (Group 1)

Friday April 27, MFA First-Year Exhibition (Group 2)


All exhibitions have opening receptions from 6-9p.

Additional viewing hours will be each following Saturday from 1-6p.

XOXO images



February 8 – March 10, 2018

Opening reception, Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6-8 PM

Des Lee Gallery

1627 Washington Avenue

St. Louis, MO   63103


Gallery hours for this exhibition will be Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1-6 PM and by appointment.

Harry Benson

IMAGE CREDIT: Harry Benson CBE,  Judy Garland, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1965
Archival Pigment Photograph, Courtesy of Barrett Barrera Projects


The Des Lee Gallery is proud to present XOXO – a group exhibition curated by Jessica Baran of work from Barrett Barrera Projects’ collection as assembled by Susan Barrett.

“I need anything, anything that will stop me from living in the kind of death the bourgeois eat, the death called comfort.”   – Kathy Acker, from In Memoriam to Identity

X marks the spot, the kiss, the nixing-out; O is the void and the hug, the encircling gesture that says that’s it and, all together, I love you truly but casually. The artworks in this show burlesque common strategies of evoking authenticity, using intimacy and self-revelation as methods for unmasking the constructedness of status quo identity.

Susan Sontag writes, “To perceive Camp in objects and persons, is to understand Being-as-Playing-a-Role. It is the farthest extension, in sensibility, of the metaphor of life as theater.”

This work “camps” gender, race, class. It writes fictions of the self that become both reality and myth. Employing parody, homage, cut-up and collage, these pieces quote familiar character typologies then strip-tease their constituent parts. They are skillful fakes full of real historical grandeur, empty icons made genuine by their excess, and somber survivors of pathological glamour and the power of desire.

Artworks by Zoe Buckman, Nicole Eisenman, Fantich & Young, Chantal Jaffe, Terrence Koh, Marilyn Minter, Toyin Odutola, Mickalene Thomas and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among others.



About Barrett Barrera Projects


Founded in 2014 by Susan Barrett (BA86/BFA86, MArch94), Barrett Barrera Projects is a multidisciplinary consulting company specializing in art, culture and contemporary fashion. Representing national and international artists who blur traditional disciplinary boundaries, Barrett Barrera Projects also organizes exhibitions for travel that assert nontraditional media as historically and artistically vital. With its affiliated commercial art space, projects+gallery, Barrett Barrera Projects brings regional, national and international artists to St. Louis. The gallery serves as a laboratory for experimentation by our represented artists as well as other leading contemporary practitioners.

About Jessica Baran

Jessica Baran is the Associate Director of Curatorial and Program Development at Barrett Barrera Projects. She has curated exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, COCA, the Charlotte Street Foundation, fort gondo compound for the arts and White Flag Projects, among other venues. She holds a BA in visual art from Columbia University and an MFA in poetry writing from Washington University and is the author of three full-length poetry collections. With Ted Mathys, she co-curates the 100 Boots Poetry Series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.



Parabola 2017: Frankenstein

Parabola 2017-Frankenstein

December 1, 2017
Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave.

The Des Lee Gallery presents Parabola 2017: Frankenstein, an exhibition that will encourage cross-disciplinary investigations relating to the various issues raised in the book. How does Frankenstein relate to the idea of the “other” in sociological contexts? What are the book’s influences on popular culture, art, and medicine? How does the “year without a winter” that is referenced in the novel relate to climate change and environmental issues?

The opening reception will take place from 6-9p December 1, with additional gallery hours from 1-6p December 2.

This exhibition is curated by MFA students Taylor Yocom and Jacopo Mazzoni, and Des Lee Gallery director Brandon Anschultz. It is made possible through the generous support of WashU’s Graduate Professional Council, the Sam Fox School, the Graduate School of Art, the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, and the Des Lee Gallery.

Process & Innovation: 20 Years of Partnerships in Print at Hand Print Workshop International

Process & Innovation: 20 Years of Partnerships in Print at Hand Print Workshop International

October 5, 2017 – November 11, 2017
Opening Reception: 6-8p October 5
Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave.

Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 1-6p and by appointment.
Dennis O’Neil’s Hand Print Workshop has fostered the work of printmakers across America and internationally, many of them leading artists from the former Soviet Union. The Hand Print Workshop: Twenty Years of Partnership in Print features a wide representation of the prints created by these artists in his Alexandria studio, including some by William Christenberry and Renee Stout, as well as works by O’Neil himself.



Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, 2006

(image: Alexander Djikia
Moscow, Russia
Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
Screenprint on Arches 88 with cold wax and pigment
Edition 16, image size 16 x 12 inches)

Smoldering: a Project by Museum Blue

 Smoldering: a Project by Museum Blue

Justin Favela, Jemila MacEwan, Kat Reynolds, Rachael Starbuck, Joe Ziolkowski


February 3, 2017 – March 11, 2017

Opening Reception, Friday, February 3, 2017, 6-9p.

Gallery hours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from 1-6p, and by appointment.


Parabola: Reverberate

Parabola: Reverberate

Opening Reception, Friday, December 2, 2016, 6-9p.

Additional hours to view this exhibition will be on Saturday, December 3, from 1-6p.