Ruth Owens, Black Outdoors: Crossing Boundaries

October 8 – October 29


The SLU Contemporary is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings and
video works by New Orleans-based artist Ruth Owens. The exhibition Black Outdoors:
Crossing Boundaries will debut a selection of works that expands the narrative around
racial identity. Putting forth the concept that identity is fluid and open, Owens’
subjects cross boundaries that hold in fixed and stable constructs. The Black and
Brown bodies in this exhibition venture into the outdoors, which has been historically
an uninviting or dangerous space for people of color. The Great American Outdoors
and the Arian alpine landscape have taken on meaning as a place for spiritual, physical,
and psychological growth that does not include Black people. Black Outdoors crosses
this boundary and examines both the healing power and the dangers faced by Black people
in these spaces.