Gala Porras-Kim, <em>31 west Mexico ceramics from LACMA collection: Jalisco Index</em>, 2017. Graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic ink on paper, artist’s frame, 73 x 73 x 3 in. Courtesy the artist.
Gala Porras-Kim, 31 west Mexico ceramics from LACMA collection: Jalisco Index, 2017. Graphite, colored pencil, and acrylic ink on paper, artist’s frame, 73 x 73 x 3 in. Courtesy the artist.

Gala Porras-Kim

Gala Porras-Kim’s work investigates the institutional frameworks that define, legitimize, and preserve cultural heritage, looking at the global circulation of pre-colonial artifacts extracted from their original sites and stored in museum collections in the West. Porras-Kim’s work questions the ethical principles of museum conservation while inviting the viewer to assign new meanings to artifacts displayed within institutions. CAM will present Porras-Kim’s first major survey exhibition in the Midwest, featuring multiple bodies of recent work, including drawings, sculpture, text pieces, and artifacts.


Gala Porras-Kim is organized for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis by Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator with Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator.

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