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Created by artist Renee CinderhouseManifest Destiny is a multimedia, immersive sensory experience featuring sculptural vignettes addressing American History, story-telling, and the Midwest as frontier.

“As we crowd into tomorrow, we carry our past, and with it the answers that help us to define ourselves.  We are travelers always pressing forward, re-writing the stories of ourselves and our culture as we go; so let’s collectively re-write the stories we are telling as a culture. Let’s take over where the news and politics leave us voiceless. This is our story, and we tell it any way we choose.”  – Renée Cinderhouse

Opening ReceptionFriday, September 7, 7pm-11pm featuring Reverend Glasseye
LocationLa Esquina/ 1000 W 25th St. KCMO 64108
Installation Runs: September 7 – September 30
Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11am-6pm
Special In-Installation Events: Check the Manifest Destiny website for full details on gallery talks, tours, and many special performances, including, but not limited to:

Sept. 7, 7-11pm – Opening Reception with ambient performances by Reverend Glasseye from Boston, MA, FREE

Sept 15, 12-5pmVictor & Penny performs ‘antique pop’ on ukulele and guitar, $5 donation requested

Sept 22 + 23, 12-4pm each day – Ron Megee hosts docent tours presented as natural history museum exhibit, $5 donation requested

– Sept 28, 29, + 30, 7pm each night – Exhibit Closing Weekend features rare performances by Denver Broncos UK. Tickets available on Get discount tickets promo code for closing weekend performances by stopping by Manifest Destiny during regular gallery hours!

  • Friday Sept. 28 – Opens with solo performance by Amy Farrand
    Saturday Sept. 29 – Opens with solo performance by Adam Lee (of Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company)
    Sunday Sept. 30 -Features Jeff Harshbarger

– Sept 30, 2pm  – Artist Talk with Renee Cinderhouse, creator of Manifest Destiny. Q & A to follow, free and open to the public.

Gallery will be CLOSED during normal gallery hours Friday and Saturday, Sept 28 and 29th to be open for the evening performances starting at 7pm nightly.Details will be posted on the Manifest Destiny site as they are finalized

Designed by artist Renée Cinderhouse, Manifest Destiny is a multi-media installation crafted specifically for Charlotte Street’s La Esquina gallery. Manifest Destiny transforms La Esquina into an immersive, dreamlike landscape featuring mixed-media porcelain sculpture and a life-size forest reminiscent of pop-up books. Focusing on American History, the Midwest as frontier, and story-telling as the means to of creating personal and cultural identity, Manifest Destiny fuses art, theater and music to yield a singular sensory experience.

Manifest Destiny is informed by the demise of oral folklore tradition and story-telling as a family pastime, and the idea that this loss has positioned the mainstream media as modern-day story-tellers imparting media stories as cultural priorities to passive audiences. Given this context, we must become active to define who we are, the direction of our country, and our role in global culture. Manifest Destiny aims to tell a story of our present while examining the ghostly influence of American history over current cultural struggles, all through a frozen photographic moment transformed into a full three-dimensional space.

Learn more about Manifest Destiny and Renée Cinderhouse. Read the Press Release, Artist Statement, and Show Statement. Read the review in The Pitch.


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