In the Footsteps of Josephine Baker in St. Louis with C215

In honor of Josephine Baker's Pantheonization on November 30, French street artist C215 transformed walls around St. Louis into celebrations of the legendary figure.

As part of the celebration of Josephine Baker's induction into the Pantheon, French street artist Christian Guémy, known as C215, has created different portraits of Josephine Baker around St. Louis, Missouri, that represent her at different ages and from different parts of her life, from her life as an artist to her time as a resistance fighter. The portraits are painted on the walls of the Alliance Française de St-Louis, the Griot Museum of Black History, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, and on various streets, including the Boulevard Josephine Baker. Check out the artist's process in the video above! 

In partnership with

 The Alliance Française de Saint Louis
Alliance Française de Saint Louis

The Alliance Française de Saint Louis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Missouri and part of the Alliance Française global network that dates from 1883 and spans 138 countries with over 1100 chapters. It foster an appreciation for French language and culture, and maintain a center which serves as a resource for individuals, universities, corporations and cultural groups to learn more about France and French-speaking countries and their peoples in Saint Louis and the state of Missouri.

Washington University
Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university in Greater St. Louis. Founded in 1853 and named after George Washington, the university has students and faculty from all 50 U.S. states and more than 120 countries. Washington University is composed of seven graduate and undergraduate schools that encompass a broad range of academic fields. As of 2020, 25 Nobel laureates in economics, physiology and medicine, chemistry, and physics have been affiliated with Washington University, ten having done the major part of their pioneering research at the university.