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Leveling the Field: Glenn Kaino, Tommie Smith, and Dr. Harry Edwards

Glenn Kaino is an artist whose works, often functioning as poetic contradictions, aim to reconcile conflicting ideologies, opposing systems, and strict dichotomies in material and experiential ways. He has collaborated on a consciousness-raising body of work with Tommie Smith since 2013.

Tommie Smith is an athlete and activist who raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City to protest abuse of human rights around the world and in response to the struggle for civil rights in the US.

Dr. Harry Edwards is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born in East St. Louis and moved to California, where he organized the Olympic Project for Human Rights, the movement that encouraged Tommie Smith and John Carlos to raise a fist at the 1968 Olympics.

Radio Resistance assembles the voices of intersecting local and global agents of change. Artists featured in the exhibition are paired with figures from the past, present, and future of St. Louis, coming together to transmit messages of dissent. A selection from their discussion can be found on St. Louis on the Air, the noontime talk program hosted by Sarah Fenske on St. Louis Public Radio, with the full episode also available in a listening station at CAM, and on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Radio Resistance is co-produced by Michelle Dezember, Director of Learning  and Engagement, Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, and Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator. Sound design and editing by Sean Pierce.

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