An art exhibit inspired by police shooting victim Philando Castile opens

The Minneapolis show is dedicated to the man whose brutal death was livestreamed

Philando Castile’s last moments will be forever immortalised as they were tragically live streamed by his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds. However, an exhibit inspired by the life and loved ones of the man whose death went viral and sparked a mass movement against racially-charged police brutality has opened at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The museum was moved to curate an exhibit after a call from his mother. After he was shot four times by a Minnesota police officer, she received countless pieces of artwork inspired by Castile, which she hung on the walls of her home in dedication to his memory. She told the institution how the art had helped her cope with her son’s death, which has resulted Art and Healing: In the Moment, an exhibition of 15 commissioned works by local artists related to Castile’s life and death.

The show, in the small Cargill Gallery off the museum’s entrance lobby, includes portraits, videos, a ceramic sculpture of a broken heart and protest posters signed by the students from the school Castile worked at. This Friday (June 22) will also see Bryan Stevenson, a public defense lawyer, equality advocate, and founder of Alabama’s Legacy Museum chair a sold out talk about lynching. The museum will also be providing a Quiet Space for visitors who need a quiet area to reflect after viewing the exhibition.

“Younger audiences are really demanding that their local museums stand up to contemporary relevance — and walk the walk,” said Kaywin Feldman, director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. “To do that, you’ve got to do projects like this, that really reflect the community at large.

This is not the first time that Castile’s death has caught the eye of the art world, last year artist Luke Thompson curated the autoportrait exhibit which included a new footage of Diamond Reynolds

Art and Healing: In the Moment will be displayed in the Cargill Gallery, at the Minneapolis Institute of Art until July 29

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