Lester Goldman’s presence at the Kansas City Art Institute was nearly constant for 40 years — he taught painting from 1966 until his death in 2005. Less constant was the form that his own style took; he expertly navigated and melded various media, including figurative portraiture, abstract painting, sculpture and performance. In conjunction with Flights of Fancy Fulfilled, a show that includes a number of previously unexhibited paintings and ceramics, the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (14 West 10th Street, 816-701-3407) hosts a talk exploring Goldman’s work. It’s the first in a new series called Conversations on Contemporary Art. At 6:30 tonight, artist Glenn Goldberg and art historian Elisabeth Kirsch discuss the symbolism in Goldman’s work and the philosophy behind it; Sean Kelley, co-founder of Grand Arts and the library’s volunteer chief curator of art, moderates. The exhibit remains up through October 31. See kclibrary.org for more information or to RSVP.
Fri., Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m., 2009