August 25 - October 7, 2017
Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present Against the Screen, an exhibition curated by Lynnette Miranda, Charlotte Street’s 2016-2017 Curator in Residence. Against the Screen is an exhibition that interrogates one’s relationship to the image as both object and material, highlighting the impact of lens-based image making in both art and contemporary society. The opening reception of the exhibition is on August 25th, 2017 from 6-9PM at La Esquina gallery, which is located at 1000 West 25th Street in Kansas City, MO. The reception is open to the public. The Against the Screen exhibition will be open from August 25th through October 7th. This exhibition will be the last exhibition curated by Lynnette Miranda, the outgoing Curator In Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation.
Against the Screen presents new works by eight Kansas City-based artists working in photography, video, and new media: Barry Anderson, Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Molly Garrett, Caitlin Horsmon, Judith G. Levy, Megan Pobywajlo, Benjamin Rosenthal, and William Toney. These artists experiment with material, time, and space, and redefine how one makes an image, challenging the boundaries of image and screen through unconventional methods.
In Hito Steyerl’s “In Defense of the Poor Image,” the author asserts that the poor image (or the highly distributed, low-quality digital image) is less about representing “the real,” but rather “about its own real conditions of existence: about swarm circulation, digital dispersion, fractured and flexible temporalities. It is about defiance and appropriation just as it is about conformism and exploitation.” The influence of Steyerl’s writing and artwork, along with the international dialogue around the politics of images, inspires the central question of this exhibition: How do images influence our daily experience and impact our understanding of ourselves?
Against the Screen asks viewers to consider the condition of existing with images that are often made by an invisible, anonymous hand, and through each artist, they are presented with questions and propositions around the environment, the body, and the everyday through a Midwestern lens.
Essays commissioned for the exhibition will be published by Informality Blog, co-edited by Lynnette Miranda and Melaney Mitchell. Essay written by:
Stefanie Kae Dlugosz-Acton, Assistant Curator of Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Mia Lopez, Assistant Curator
DePaul Art Museum
Rachel Adams, Senior Curator Of Exhibitions
UB Art Galleries, The University at Buffalo
Danny Orendorff, Manager of Public and Community Engagement Programs
Museum of Arts and Design
Ann Meisinger, Assistant Curator of Public Programs
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Kate Bowen, Exhibitions Director
Henry Murphy, Public Programs Fellow
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Yisa Fermin, Art Director