Big Toh and the rest of your All Saints Day First Friday
No need to abandon your Halloween costumes for All Saints Day: The closing reception for Día de los Muertos at Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery (919 West 17th Street) coincides with the true week of the Mexican holiday. To celebrate, the gallery has special music and, at 8 p.m., a Calaca Parade led by StoneLion Puppet Theatre with giant glow-in-the-dark figures including “Dead Betty.” At 9, Resistencia Indígena performs Capulli Iskali, a fire ritual dedicated to the god of the Aztec underworld, Mictlantecuhtli.
Pop Up Art Gallery (2100 Grand) presents the second part of Anson the Ornery’s PLZ! Despoil My Art!!!, and includes artwork by the Kansas Art Therapy Association and a late-night (10 p.m.-midnight, $5) Day of the Dead costume party and carnival.
For those of Celtic heritage, this is Samhain, and Krzyz Studio (1800 Locust) is putting on a party with the Kansas City Irish Center, featuring photography by Barry Hendrickson, Fionan O’Connell and Dave Shaughnessy.
Down in the West Bottoms at Blue Djinn (1400 Union Avenue), Doc Snyder presents the culmination of a years-long journey into Native American history, culture and design. Inspired by a visit to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation (where the high school dropout rate is the highest in the country), Snyder’s Bad Medicine Wheel is a 10-color serigraph shown with multimedia works intended to raise awareness about the state of American Indian poverty. A portion of sales benefits the Oglala Lakota College and Red Cloud Indian School.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2012 Baltimore) has a lot going on. The KC Textile Studio showcase and holiday sale features pieces from the Columbus Park collective, and works by four up-and-coming ceramists are in KCAI Undergrads Underground. There’s also an unexpected presentation of works by Salvador Dalí, curated by Christine Argillet from her father’s collection and experience as a chronicler of the dada and surrealist movements (these are normally part of two French and Spanish museums). Perhaps most exciting, though, is Momentary Longing, a new series of works on paper in which Heinrich Toh combines a number of printmaking techniques with layers of images culled from Eastern and Western sources. The results speak to the complexity of memory and ancestry.
City Ice Arts (2015 Campbell) is the perfect white box for Gerry Trilling to explore what she calls a “shift in scale” with In Site. Taking some of her favorite materials, including plastic fencing, Trilling constructs woven paintings that are heavily accretive, both physically and visually.
Finally, showing together for the first time are colleagues whose relationship began more than a decade ago when Caleb Taylor was the student of Armin Mühsam. For Land:Mark, at Greenlease Gallery (1100 Rockhurst Road), they riff off each other and off architectural ideals, trying new things with works on paper, paintings, photo collages and sculptures (some made of paper). Hear about it at 6:30 p.m. on First Friday, followed by one of the night’s nicer reception spreads.