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May Tveit’s “Universal Boxes” in the wedge-shaped Kansas Focus Gallery at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, features eight immaculate cardboard sculptures densely installed for this solo exhibition.
Cardboard has a smell.
You notice it as soon as you walk into the glass-encased Kansas Focus Gallery at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, where eight of May Tveit’s cardboard sculptures emerge from the walls like sentries, layers of flat, precision-cut cardboard stacked into pyramids arranged in various rectangles. You recognize the smell; you just weren't expecting it in an art gallery.
“I think about collage as a metaphor to describe black culture,” says Glyneisha Johnson, a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute and Charlotte Street Foundation resident artist.
Looking at quilts his grandmother had made, Louisburg native David Reed knew he wanted to make a movie about them. A seed had been planted and, as Reed constructed the movie in his head, it grew. Studying the quilts, Reed realized how much some of them looked like agricultural land when viewed from the air and his idea for the movie grew to include his parents’ Miami County farm.
“I found a crazy quilt at my grandmother’s house and it just looked like a landscape from above, a large, verdant landscape,” Reed said. “It stirred something in me, how the tapestry of the landscape was like the tapestry of our lives.”
For an artist, one year is plenty of time to develop new techniques and mature. Today, we check in on local artist Rodolfo Marron, who, after two residencies in New York, has returned to Kansas City with a new exhibit.
Can you name one practical thing you learned from a former partner? This question was the seed of "Lessons from Exes," a new short film featuring five vignettes by Kansas City filmmakers.
“I was making some popcorn in a pan on the stove,” Lyn Elliot remembers, “and the thought came into my mind that a particular ex-boyfriend had taught me how to do that.”
Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) and Missouri Bank are once again calling on local artists for the chance to display their art on the Missouri Bank Crossroads ARTBOARDS.
“Time's Not Listening,” on Saturday, September 30, at the Folly Theater, is the musical centerpiece of the Charlotte Street Foundation's 20th-anniversary "Every Street is Charlotte Street" celebration, a year-long series of performances and programs by more than a hundred artists involving 20 venues and organizations across the city.