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Lawrence’s history has many well-known characters, but not many are women and even fewer are women of color. A new community history and mural project hopes to change that.
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.