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Renee Stout - Kansas City Gallery
Renée Stout
Gallery Installation View

Renee Stout - Kansas City Gallery
Renée Stout
Gallery Installation View

Renee Stout - Kansas City Gallery
Renée Stout
Gallery Installation View
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Church of the Crossroads:
Renée Stout in the Belger Collection

March 2 - September 7, 2018
Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

mdickens@belgerarts.org
816-474-3250

Renée, you may be afraid of a lot of things, but I don’t think a blank sheet of paper is one of them. You have a lot to say – it flows through your work and touches us all. You’re right where you should be … the Crossroads.

When Dick Belger wrote those words in late 2000, plans were well underway to stage Stout’s “Readers, Advisors, and Storefront Churches : A Mid-Career Retrospective,” which opened at the Belger Arts Center in October of 2002. That exhibition later traveled to the DePaul University Art Museum in Chicago, and to the Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans. The exhibit opened to great fanfare in New Orleans in late August of 2005 and closed abruptly three days later when Hurricane Katrina tore through the city. When a Belger gallery assistant told Stout he was impressed that her work survived Katrina, she responded “I’m a powerful woman. What can I say?”

Renée Stout’s work is complex. It's full of humor, mystery, and frank appraisals of the human condition.  Like a really good book, the narrative continues to unfold. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out – surprise!  The more you learn, the more there is to know. – Evelyn Craft Belger, 2018

For spiritual inspiration Stout cites her grandmothers who took her to Baptist and Catholic churches as a young girl. Later in life, Stout explored a variety of religions, especially Vodou as practiced in New Orleans. In 2012 she told a writer for the Baltimore Fishbowl, “I feel that creating an alter-ego allows me to free myself from the constraints of my own persona. Early on in life we kind of get caught up in becoming the person our parents and society expect us to be, especially women. The Fatima character allows me to shed all of that and re-invent myself in order to make work that I feel is more true to who I actually am.” Amen. Welcome back Renée and Fatima!

 

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