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Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present ¿Qué Pasa, USA?—a group exhibition curated by 2016-17 Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda. The exhibition features the work of eleven national artists that considers a broad spectrum of experiences reflecting and responding, specifically through humor, absurdity, and joy, to what it means to be a citizen in this country today. Taking its title from the late 1970s bilingual sitcom of the same name, and in the ethos of culturally specific sitcoms, the artists in this exhibition challenge dominant narratives through lightheartedness and candor to highlight nuanced experiences of difference, and expand definitions of identity in relationship to our American citizenry.

Informed by their lived experience in the U.S., each artist in the exhibition presents a different approach to addressing and deepening identity. Through abstracting and translating cultural symbols and materials they reflect on the “Other” in a society that values and privileges Whiteness above all. From video installation to site-specific fiber works, the exhibition weaves a range of narratives together to complicate our collective story.

EXHIBITION: ¿Qué Pasa, USA?, curated by 2016-2017 Curator-in-Residence, Lynnette Miranda
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 18, 2016, 6-9PM
LOCATION: la Esquina / 1000 W 25th Street, Kansas City, MO, 64108
EXHIBITION RUNS: November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2017
GALLERY HOURS: Thursdays: 11-6pm and Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays: 12-5pm

Featured artists: Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess (New York, New York); Silvia Beatriz Abisaab (Kansas City, MO); Dominique Carella (Bay Area, CA); Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (Chicago, IL); Melissa Leandro (Chicago, IL); Victoria Martinez (Chicago, IL); Maya Grace Misra (New York, New York); Enzo Antonio Moscarella (New York, New York); Carlos Ortiz-Gallo (Kansas City, MO); Kayla Quan (San Francisco, CA); Michelle Lee Wallace (Philadelphia, PA)

Additional Exhibition Programming

POC Arts Alliance, Meeting 1 and Listening Roundtable
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 2PM – 5PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)

Roundtable Discussion: Visibility / Invisibility: Issues Around Representation
Led by Lynnette Miranda, Silvia Beatriz Abisaab, and special guests
Saturday, December 10 2016, 3-4:30PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)

POC Arts Alliance Meeting 2, Closing Potluck + Roundtable Discussion – Facilitated by Lynnette Miranda
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2 – 5PM
la Esquina (1000 W 25th Street)
¿Qué Pasa, USA? hosts a monthly meet-up for self-identifying POCs working in creative fields to address critical issues at the intersection of art and social change, share resources, support one another, and grow community together.

In addition, commissioned essays by the following respected writers accompany the exhibition:

“Don’t Tread on Us: Disrupting Symbols of Cultural Assimilation”
Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Artist and Writer – Kansas City, MO
Managing Editor, Informality Blog; Partner, Sight Review

“Between Here and There: Personal Histories and the Anxieties of Existing at the Margins”
Derek Macario, Artist and Writer – San Francisco, CA
Founder, San Francisco Art & Culture Channel

“Making Space for Magic: Joy as a Vehicle for Survival”
Anthony D. Stepter, Curator and Organizer – Chicago, IL
Graduate Program Coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Loose Threads: Weaving Latinx Narratives of Hybridity and Multiplicity”
Charlie Tatum, Curator and Writer – New Orleans, LA
Editorial and Communications Manager, Pelican Bomb

“Carlos Ortiz-Gallo on Memory and Loss In Immigrant Narratives”
Mary Kuvet, Writer

“Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero (Re)discovers Her Afro-Caribbean Roots through Spirituality and Ritual”
Amy Hixon, Writer

“Maya Grace Misra on Decentering American Emblems and Iconography”
Isaac Logsdon, Writer

“Melissa Leandro Constructs Narratives of Hybridity Through Experimental Textiles”
Natalie Spicker, Writer

“Silvia Beatriz Abisaab Uses Portraits and Conversation to Uncover Personal Stories”
Sam Stevens, Writer

Follow along on Twitter and Instagram at #quepasausa.

Images above: Enzo Antonio Moscarella, “Pot Dog”, Ephemeral floor drawing, dried long grain white rice and dried black beans, 2013; Kayla Quan, “Kaedyn Medium”, Photolithograph, 20”x25”, 2014; Maya Grace Misra, “Forever (United We Stand)”, Gouache on paper, 3/4”x1”, 2016

Press Release
Exhibition Statement
**Images available upon request**

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