First Friday, tonight in the Crossroads, kicks off a Convenient Season, among other notable new shows

Labor Day weekend kicks off today, along with a number of events like the KC Irish Fest, SantaCaliGon Days in Independence, the World Series of Barbecue at the American Royal … and First Friday in the Crossroads, where all that competition for people’s time might make the area somewhat easier to navigate.


Among the most striking exhibitions that start tonight: Convenient Season by Lori Raye Erickson, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (2012 Baltimore). Erickson presents a collection of collage-based drawings and sculptural paintings that hit America’s political morass head on. She’s addressing, she says, the “chaotic and angry energy, and my frustrations with the administration as well as my fellow Americans.” Her statement adds: “This body of work gives voice to my bewilderment at the current overwhelming disorder. I am constantly upset by our inability to move beyond our differences. … The time for change has come and gone many times over.  The convenient season has come again.”

All times below for Friday, September 1, unless otherwise noted.

Jasper Johns: Prints

Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut

Dozens of prints spanning 40 years of the artist’s output are out of storage and on view through September 2.

New in September: Shalene Valenzuela: Weights and Measures (pictured above)

Opening reception 6-9 p.m.

White Gold: Montana Dreams by Robert Harrison (pictured above)

Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy

Also at Belger Crane Yard: new work from long-time Kansas City Art Institute professor Russell Ferguson and one of his former students, Shane Lutzk (pictured above)

Exaggerated View of a Common Occurence, John Ferry

Convergence, Melissa McCracken

Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Boulevard

Opening reception and artists’ talk, 6-9 p.m.; on view through October 1.

Hank Young: People + Places

The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut

Hank Young’s 50-year career as a photographer of athletes, everyday people and the places they inhabit has taken him around the world. Catch a glimpse of his odyssey through September 22. 

Nicolas Dhervillers

Cerbera Gallery, 2011 Baltimore

In conjunction with Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Cerbera presents the photographic work of Dhervillers, with a 5-9 p.m. reception. Open through October 21.


Fraction Print Studio, 130 West 18th Street (inside Oracle)

Jorge García Almodóvar presents works on paper using oil, a series of black paintings that serve as catalysts for his well-known architectural sculptures. Opening: 6-8:30 p.m.; the show is on view from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through October 28.

Fermenting Feminism

Front Space Gallery, 217 West 18th Street

This group exhibition features work by Regina de Miguel and Lucrecia Dalt, WhiteFeather Hunter, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Rubina Martini, S.E. Nash, Homo Monstrous, Zoe Schneider, the Unstitute, and Agustine Zegers; it marks the U.S. launch of a publication by the same name, curated and edited by Lauren Fournier; 6-9 p.m.

A Life’s Journey: Retrospective of Work by David Gross

Hilliard Gallery, 1820 McGee

Opening reception: 6-10 p.m. The late David Goss was influenced by the Fauves and presents straightforward subjects (landscapes, still lifes, florals) in a visually simplified manner. Through November 27.

Dreamlike Reality

Jones Gallery, 1717 Walnut

Yeqiang Wang was born in Sichuan, China, in 1965 and used to be known for painting cornfields. Today, he approaches his work as a way, he says, to “bring the classical art out of the museum to reality and convey a dreamlike feeling.” It’s at Jones Gallery, which has perhaps the most viewing hours in the district: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday (until 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 p.m. on First Friday).

Red Dirt Rug: Rena Detrixhe

An ephemeral, site-specific installation invoking Oklahoma’s red soil and its scars: the Trail of Tears, the Dust Bowl, hydraulic fracturing.

Works on Paper by Dale Eldred

KCAI Crossroads Gallery, 1819 Grand

Opening reception: 6-8 p.m.; on view through October 28.

Emily Reinhardt, “The Object Enthusiast”

KC Urban Potters, No. 4 Westport Rd.

Opening: 5-8 p.m.; ceramic works by Reinhardt and by KCUP members.

Convenient Season: New work addressing the United States’ political situation by Lori Raye Erickson, on view through October 28 in the Front Gallery.

SANCTUARIES: Print and sound installation by Kristine Barrett, with woven textiles by Debbie Barrett-Jones. Encore live performance with traditional songs of Serbia, Ukraine and other countries.

Troy Swangstu: Vital Regeneration: New paintings based on the rural landscape of his home in Paola, Kansas, including his work with livestock he manages there. On view through October 28.

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore

Chiyoko Myose, installations of Sojourning and Iridescence

Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore

Opening: 6-9 p.m., and by appointment through September 21; the audience is invited to contribute to these works based on threads and their metaphors.

First Friday at MOD

MOD Gallery & Space, 1809 McGee

Judy Onofrio: Unearth

Wayne E. Potratz: Metal Sculpture

Nicolas Dhervillers: Retrospective Works

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore

Opening: 7-9 p.m.; all shows run through October 21.

Left Behind: Nicholas Gadbois

REPETITION: Robert Howsare, Gehry Kohler and Jeran Avery

Todd Weiner Gallery, 115 West 18th Street

Through September 30

Linda Sackin

Veritable Art KC, 2012 Baltimore, No. 303

Opening: 6-9 p.m. and by appointment,

Divination: Magic Works in Collage

Windhorse Tattoo and Gallery, 1717 Wyandotte (2nd floor)

New work by Sharyse Tacy and Ashley Hohman, on view through October 31.

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