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Charlotte Street Foundation presents LOVING AFTER LIFETIMES OF ALL THIS, an exhibition by 2013-14 Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff.

Opening at Charlotte Street Foundation’s la Esquina gallery November 7, 2014, Loving After Lifetimes of All This is an exhibition exploring the intersections of craft, (self-)care, apprenticeship, and survival within the practices of historically disadvantaged populations. Including artwork and ephemera from over 15 artists, activists, and archives nationwide, this exhibition considers ‘craft’ in an expanded sense to include such practices as homeopathy, scrap-booking, gardening, and other do-it-yourself (DIY) strategies for self-reliance.

With a focus on intergenerational skill-sharing, this exhibition positions craft-practice alongside the histories of community service, citizen journalism, and volunteerism, as another potential strategy for cultural resistance. In addition to traditional techniques such as weaving, quilting, ceramics, and wood-working, artists in this exhibition incorporate video, photography, archival material, and performance into their multi-disciplinary projects that often hybridize the historical with the contemporary.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 6-9pm
Location: la Esquina / 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, MO 64108
Tickets: Free
Exhibition Dates: November 7, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11am-6pm

Featured Artists: Gina Adams (Lawrence, KS); Tanya Aguiñiga (Los Angeles, CA); Natalie M. Ball (Chiloquin, OR); Jonathan D. Barnett (Kansas City, MO); Nedra Bonds (Kansas City, KS); Sonya Clark (Richmond, VA); Matthew Dehaemers (Kansas City, MO); Josh Faught (San Francisco, CA); Christopher Leitch (Kansas City, MO); Judith G. Levy (Lawrence, KS); Ramekon O’Arwisters (San Francisco, CA); Tina Takemoto (San Francisco, CA); and Temporary Services (Chicago, IL & Copenhagen, Denmark)

Details: Exhibition highlights include an installation of artwork and video from San Francisco artist Tina Takemoto’s Looking for Jiro Onuma and Gentleman’s Gaman projects (2011). Inspired by the life of Jiro Onuma, a gay Japanese-American imprisoned within America’s Japanese incarceration camps during WWII, Takemoto has produced a performance film and various handcrafted objects that investigate Onuma’s strategies for survival. Sonya Clark, of Richmond, VA, will have four artworks on view relative to her ongoing investigations of early African-American entrepreneurship and endurance, including Barbershop Pole (2008) produced entirely from black combs. Two painted quilts from Klamath/Modoc artist Natalie M. Ball (Chiloquin, OR) interpret the reemergence of Modoc Ghost Dance ceremonies within contemporary tribal contexts.

Chicago and Copenhagen-based collaboration Temporary Services contributes Book Cloud (1998-2014), an interactive installation of suspended publications, including How-To’s and guides to ‘creative approaches to living radically,’ produced by their publishing imprint Half Letter Press. Self-help periodicals also appear within the weavings of San Francisco-based artist Josh Faught, whose artwork Triage (2009) pays tribute to home-care, self-care, and activism throughout the ongoing AIDS crisis.

Also featuring materials from the Black Archives of Mid-America in Kansas City and the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America at University of Missouri – Kansas City.

This exhibition is supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.

Additional Programming:
SATELLITE PROJECT: Craft, Care & Justice – Community Hub
Description: a forum for artist and activist presentations, discussions, and film screenings on the topic of violence.
Featuring video, photography, and ephemera by Diana Heise (Kansas City, MO).

Co-Organized by Nedra Bonds, Anna-Maria Kretzer & Danny Orendorff
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Project Space / 21 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Exhibition Runs: Friday, November 21 – Sunday, December 21
Schedule of events and presenters soon to be announced.

Images from Left: Josh Faught, Triage; Temporary Services, Book Cloud, publications; Gina Adams, Honoring Modern Unidentified.

For more details see the full Press Release.

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