Charlotte Street asks a timely question, leading your Third Friday rounds
After the week we have had, what could be more timely than an exhibition about what it means to be living in the United States? Charlotte Street Foundation curator-in-residence Lynnette Miranda starts her work in Kansas City with ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, opening at la Esquina (1000 West 25th Street) Friday, November 18, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
Miranda has brought together work from our city as well as from Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Philadelphia. Among the contributors: Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess, Silvia Beatriz Abisaab, Dominique Carella, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Melissa Leandro, Victoria Martinez, Maya Grace Misra, Enzo Antonio Moscarella, Enzo Antonio Moscarella, Carlos Ortiz-Gallo, Kayla Quan, and Michelle Lee Wallace. Each in his or her own way shows us what it means to be a citizen in this country right now. The name of the show comes from a bilingual 1970s sitcom, and the artists here are set to challenge “dominant narratives lightheartedness and candor,” according to exhibition materials. That’s a welcome thing.
Ortiz-Gallo also has a solo exhibition at Beggar’s Table (2010 Baltimore, upstairs). It consists of black-and-white lithography print collages that explore the concept of family, being immigrants from Peru, living in Miami and handling the pressures of consumer culture and identity. A Veiled History makes a compelling family portrait. He says he has re-manipulated and altered prints to continue the series for the show at la Esquina.
November 18 is also Third Friday, which means galleries in the Columbus Park neighborhood are open with new shows. Trap Gallery (525 Gillis) has Places To Be Gone, new works by John Harter, who explores Korea and middle America using ink and watercolor on Japanese washi paper to render unique landscapes. Join him for the reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
At Kiosk Gallery (916 East Fifth Street) is Deviations, an exhibition of new photographic works by Gary Pycior. His images begin as landscapes but deviate from their sources through digital manipulation — resulting in abstract pattern and rich visual texture. The opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Also Friday is the One Night Stand show at the Kansas City Artists Coalition (201 Wyandotte). From 6 to 9 p.m. you can see work from KCAC members — more than 135 this year — as you mingle with the artists and find things you want to buy and take home. There will be music by DJ Johnny2Tone and refreshments to make this a party.
Saturday, November 19
The 23rd POP Poetry book release and reading, hosted by Prospero’s Books (1800 West 39th Street) and sponsored by Spartan Press, is at 8:30 p.m. (after open-mic readings at 7). A copy of Deluge by Steph French is $10 and can be reserved via EventBrite or purchased (cash only) at the door.
ReModel by Miles Neidinger
Through December 16 at Studios Inc. (1708 Campbell)
Using durable materials familiar to him in his electrical work, in a stretch past the straws and zip-ties of some of his previous sculptures, Neidinger has created several continuous-loop “knots” out of conduit and connectors that dot the gallery floor. A purple, powder-coated “creature” anchors the far end of the gallery space, and approximately 70 small “paintings” of twisted and multicolored wire line up on square white boards along the longest gallery wall. The statement asks us to view them as “insipid objects” that are “collectively charged with social signifiers and identity.”