Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, November 21, 4:30-6:30PM

The George Caleb Bingham Gallery is pleased to present Pentiment, the MFA thesis exhibition of nessi alexander-barnes. Using a dense personal mythology aggregated from idiosyncratic engagement with pop culture and a long history with online participatory cultures, nessi's work allegorically catalogues xyr experiences as a neurodivergent genderqueer and generally queer person attempting to interface with a frequently hostile and alienating social world. At issue are questions as to whether and how it is possible to be understood; as authenticity to nessi's experience increases, legibility decreases. Through the use of painting, diaphanous fabrics, projection, and deeply nested knots, Pentiment claims that there is worth in trying to bridge that gap and interfacing in cultural objects clearly designed with someone else in mind.

nessi is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Xe received a BFA in studio art and a BS in art history at Towson University, in Maryland.

Past dates

Download schedule


  • Starting Monday, November 18th, 2019, repeated every day until Thursday, December 05, 2019 @ 8:00 am
  • Occurred Thursday, November 21st, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


George Caleb Bingham Gallery

A126 Fine Arts Center, Department of Art
Columbia, MO 65201
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