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Upcoming Events

October 22, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Built Environments

Built Environments is organized in conjunction with the Charlotte Street Foundation 25th anniversary program series "Every Street is Charlotte Street," and The International Sculpture Conference in Kansas City October 25 – 29, 2017. An immersive exhibition featuring site-specific installations and multi-media works of art focused on ideas of space, design, architecture and communal environments that are both human constructed and found in nature. The exhibition will feature work from featured artists Ricky Allman, Jorge Garcia Almodovar, Anthony Baab, Ke-Sook Lee & Judi Ross. Special programs featuring artist talks and presentations/discussions with professionals in the art & design community in Kansas City will occur during the exhibition.

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October 6 - November 3, 2017


Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is pleased to present Linden by Kansas City artist Marcie Miller Gross, opening for First Friday October 6. Linden debuts as part of Every Street is Charlotte Street, celebrating twenty years of partner organization Charlotte Street Foundation’s Award Fellows. Through an incremental means of building, Miller Gross, a Charlotte Street Fellow in 2004, studies repetition, mass and void, physicality and weight, compression and release. Her work is informed by repetitious activity and simple gestures of the hand, as in folding, stacking, and cutting. Linden is inspired partially by a recent residency to Berlin. Says Miller Gross, “my focus on the city led me to draw connections between the powerful sites of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation, and the history and significance of trees and forests in Germany. In this urban context, I found the lushness of the lindens, from darkness to sublime, profound in their sense of hope. The trees buffer, envelop, shelter, offering repose and sanctuary, in their verdant loft. The lindens were a looming protection and a timeless witness to the city’s ghosts.” This residency was supported in part by an Inspiration Grant from ArtsKC. The exhibition will be on view for First Friday on October 6 and November 3. Gallery hours are 6:00–8:00 p.m., with other public viewings by appointment only through November 3. -- Event description provided by Beth Maggard of M-AAA

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Thursday, September 7 – Friday, October 6, 2017

A Surrender Against Reality

Throughout history, artists have utilized ingenious methods of manipulating materials and processes to manifest various perceptions of reality. And by extension, many artists from the marginalized to the mainstream have challenged the notions of truth and its tenuous relationship with reality. Today, with the loss of faith in institutions to provide a collective comprehension of truth while autocratic leaders espouse misconceptions and misinformation, citizens are left to forge their own understandings. In this exhibition the participating artists will explore the manipulation of reality and its tricky and fraught relationship with truth. This exhibition is made up of former Charlotte Street Foundation awardees and is in conjunction with Every Street is Charlotte Street, celebrating their 20th anniversary.

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September 8, 2017

Pattern Languages

As part of "Every Street Is Charlotte Street," Kate Hackman has come back to Kansas City to guest curate Pattern Languages, a special exhibition at Greenlease Gallery showcasing some of best works from select Charlotte Street fellows. The Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University will host an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 8 at 6:30 PM. Opening remarks by Kate and selected artists will begin the event with a reception to follow. "The unifying theme among the works is the use of pattern as a strategy for communicating ideas and making meanings: pattern as content. In some works, the artists employ patterns to convey personal narratives, cultural histories, and/or social or political concerns. Others generate their own patterns through the recurrent use of specific materials, gestures, forms or formats, emphasizing similarities or variations amid repetition and across time."    

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Gilded Attrition

Gilded Attrition is a new outdoor site-specific installation by Ari Fish Studio as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation's 20th anniversary event, Every Street Is Charlotte Street. Viewing is open on August 11, 2017 and the installation will remain there until further notice! The installation is located at the Kansas City Museum Historic Grounds (3218 Gladstone Ave., KCMO 64123). A semi-permanent installation, Gilded Attrition is located on the south-facing grounds of the Kansas City Museum and viewable from the street. In a nod to Native American “bent trees” or “pointer trees,” branches of the trees that flank the entrance of the Museum and point toward the Missouri River are gilded in copper-colored aluminum foil much like the slow growth of moss. This installation is a memorandum to the current residents of Kansas City and of the peoples that traversed the land centuries ago where the Museum now resides.

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August 23 - February 24


CUT/PASTE is a new site-specific installation by Madeline Gallucci as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 20th anniversary event, Every Street Is Charlotte Street. Inspired by the Kansas City Museum’s collection of “crazy quilts” from the 1880’s, CUT/PASTE references the multitude of colors and textures combined together to create a new whole. Gallucci has re-imagined the “crazy quilt” from object to image and reinterpreted it through her frenzied mark-making and painted patterns.

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