Charlotte Street peddles Flesh, a Cherry Pit blows up, and more of the week’s art events
The Charlotte Street Foundation wants to spend the whole weekend with you. Flesh Crisis 2016, a three-day bill of performances by local, national and international artists, goes from 7 to 9 p.m. July 7, 8 and 9 at La Esquina Gallery (1000 West 25th Street; see facebook.com/fleshcrisis).
The symposium’s first night has Nash Bryant, Wolfgang Bucher, Dominic Burkart, Jose Garza, Valerie Kuenhe and Tabitha Nikolai. July 8’s artists are OFL (Boi boy and Sheila Rae), Laura Isaac, Jennifer Laiwint, Luke Mannarino and Crystal Bateman, Tom Maio, Leah Rafaela and Christina Silvius. July 9 wraps up with Shelby Burchett, Erica Gressman and Mikey McParlane, Cris Schayer, B. Ajay Sharma, and Wild Torus. From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, the director of Flesh Crisis, Jessica Borusky, moderates a talk at Arts Dojo (3130 Bell), a Rocket Grants-funded space.
Sample project: Nikolai, from Portland, Oregon, is bringing The Adyton Salon, which she calls “a participatory divination through glamor.” Which means giving you a water-marbled manicure, which Nikolai will use to tell your fortune. Sharma, meanwhile, is based in New Delhi and crafts a performance that questions India’s current politics and culture using ancient rituals.
Sticking to just one evening, the Bunker Center for the Arts (1014 East 19th Street) puts on a hello-goodbye reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Travis Pratt, a resident artist and gallery director, welcomes Mike Carney for the closing of the space’s May show; at the same time, Casey Hannan presents a new group of colorful, block-style drawings and reads from his recently published novella, The Three Woes. (Details: facebook.com/bunkca casey-hannan.com.)
A new communal studio space is shaping up in an east-midtown neighborhood, near established efforts TwoTone Press, Makers Village and Inner Space Yoga. Papermaker Kelsey Pike and painter Adri Luna are working on the Cherry Pit Collective (604 East 31st Street), which lists six other members so far and is hosting an open house from 6 to 11 p.m. Cherry-Bomb-a-Thon is free, but drink and raffle tickets sold inside will help Pike and Luna complete renovations to their space. Expect music by Ladies Night, a pool to cool off in, lawn games, a bonfire for s’mores, art demonstrations and a cherry-spitting contest. Details about participants and how to apply for a studio are at cherrypitcollective.com.
Nearby and relatively new to the neighborhood, True Style Glass Gallery & Studio (805 East 31st Street) is where glass artist Tyler Crane creates and hosts art shows and classes. From 7 to 11 p.m. July 8, the space hosts FlavorPac’s eighth Beware All Style Biters exhibition. The crew’s B.A.S.B. concept began in the 1990s and involves having artists swap finished or partly finished works to add to and complete. Friday’s event features live glass-blowing demonstrations, live aerosol painting, the Intelligent Sound crew, vendors, drinks and food; see truestyleglass.com
If “washy pastel flowers” are what come to mind when you hear the word watercolors, then you haven’t seen paintings by Lee Knox. Now’s your chance: Knox’s work fills the Underground Gallery at the Kansas City Artists Coalition (201 Wyandotte; kansascityartistscoalition.org leeknox.com) in a solo show up through July 22.
Knox was a Peace Corps volunteer from 2003 to 2005 in Romania, where she started painting cityscapes, architecture and skylines. In Uncommon Views: Kansas City, she turns to her hometown to memorialize familiar places such as Union Station, and to remind us of other spots less known: a view of the 12th Street viaduct from below, or the long-gone Municipal Stadium. In a bio and artist’s statement, she writes of these 30-some paintings that she has added “colors which aren’t really there — but should be.” With these colors and her black lines, which suggest the lead channels that hold together pieces of a stained-glass window, she has produced graphically bold homages to her chosen locations and landmarks, and they’re worth seeing up close.
Worth at least one visit, and probably more: the 2016 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile, the invitational biennial exhibition of portfolio works in flatfile cabinets and curated on the walls in rotating installations, along with digital works for audiences to explore. It’s at H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute (16 East 43rd Street) through September 24, which seems like plenty of time until you remember that some 225 artists are included among the files.
In Alone and Together: Colette and Jeff Bangert, the computer-art pioneers get a retrospective. The Bangerts started making plot-based drawings together in the 1960s, and this show looks back to that era while bringing the art current through this decade. Also here are dozens of Colette Bangert’s intricate, large-scale drawings and weavings. The exhibition is up through July 22 at the Kansas City Artists Coalition (201 Wyandotte).
At Paragraph Gallery (23 East 12th Street), Sincerely Yours features works by Charlotte Street Studio residents Monica Dixon, Neil Goss and Lucas Wetzel, curated by Michael Krueger. It’s at the space through August 6, with a 1 p.m. curator and artists’ talk that closing day.
Also in the West Bottoms: Garry Noland: New Surfaces and Anthony Baab: Cover the Earth remain on display through July 30 at Haw Contemporary (1600 Liberty). And Plug Projects (1613 Genessee) has Fallen Pictures: A Solo Exhibition by Jonah Criswell; and trans_late, a group exhibition of art by Midori Harima, Laura Letinsky, Nick Marshall, Melaney Ann Mitchell, John Paul Morabito, Zach Nader and Jered Sprecher. Both are up through August 6.
Gender Treason: Exploring Queer Kansas City Through Art: Ryan Wilks spent a year interviewing, and then painting, queer Kansas City residents. Each of his paintings in this show uses thick brush strokes and hard lines to capture the complex results of his research. A portion of sales will be donated to local LGBTQIA organizations. Through August 27 at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore.
Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire: See luxurious treasures ranging from elaborate gold jewelry to bronze statuettes and fine silver drinking vessels. Through October 29 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak.
Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art: Landfillart Inc., a Pennsylvania nonprofit, asked artists from around the world to transform discarded hubcaps into fine art. More than a thousand responded, and 35 of the best submitted works are featured in this traveling exhibit. Through August 8 at the Kansas City Public Library, 14 West 10th Street.
Super Indian: Fritz Scholder 1967-1980: Explore the iconic 20th century artist’s signature blend of figurative and pop-art influences with this vivid and colorful exhibition. Through September 18 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park.
The Shapes Between: This exhibition by Porterhaus’ Travis Porter focuses on shapes mined from the negative space between the arches and trusses of the 12th Street bridge. Through July 30 at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore.
Fashioning Kansas City Icons: Through July 16 at the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone.
Jazz Speaks for Life: Discovering the Civil Rights Journey through Visual and Musical Expression: An exhibit exploring how art and music helped break down barriers of racial discrimination in the 1950s through the 1970s, featuring sculptures by Kansas City native Ed Dwight and paintings by Charles Bibbs, along with works of other Kansas City artists. Through September 30 at the American Jazz Museum, 1616 East 18th Street.
Better Together: A celebration of Belger’s six Red Star artists-in-residence: Brice Dyer, Christina Erives, Jana Evans, Hiromi Iyoda, Holly Siggelow-Dyer and Maura Wright. Through August 7 at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy.
Stereotypes to Civil Rights: Black Paper Dolls in America: Arabella Grayson’s collection uses paper dolls to explore how African-American stereotypes were created and institutionalized from the mid-1800s to the present day. Through August 22 at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, 5235 Oak. At the same museum through August 10 is Let’s Play House: Amazing Dollhouses, which focuses on Nettie Wells’ dollhouse. Guided tours and workshops every Wednesday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
2016 Student Art Exhibitions: Through July 29 at the UMKC Gallery of Art, 5015 Holmes (Room 203).