Saturday, April 19th to Thursday, June 6, 2014

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Opening at la Esquina April 19, 2014, The Stench of Rotting Flowers features 13 contemporary artists from around the nation whose labor-intensive and decorative artworks address and provoke such big feelings as sorrow, grief, and heartbreak. Central to the exhibition’s interests are secular approaches to bereavement by feminist and queer artists, including practices that respond to death and loss through ritual, repetition, nature, and high-camp art practices.

Organized by 2013-14 Charlotte Street Foundation curator-in-residence Danny Orendorff, The Stench of Rotting Flowers is equal parts artifice and ache, as sincere as it is satiric. Harpist Pamela Block of Simply Strings will be performing from 6 pm – 7:30pm–don’t miss her rendition of “Stairway to Heaven!” Then at 7:45 pm, Chicago-based artist Hope Esser will present a live version of her video work “For Health and Strength” at the exhibition’s opening, a durational performance featuring the artist and her sister consuming copious amounts of red wine in a ritualistic act of remembrance and forgetting.

Opening: Saturday, April 19

Time: 6-9pm (Harpist Pamela Block plays from 6pm-7:30pm; Hope Esser performs “For Health and Strength” at 7:45pm)

Venue: la Esquina | 1000 W. 25th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

Tickets: FREE

Dates: Saturday, April 19—Thursday, June 6, 2014

Gallery hours: Wed, Fri, Sat: noon-5pm, Thurs: 11-6pm

Curator & Artist Talk | Saturday, May 17, 2-4pm at la Esquina

With Marie Bannerot McInerney, Rain Harris, Peregrine Honig, & Jeff Tackett

Additional Programming:

Every Poem is a Coat of Arms | Saturday, May 3, 2-5pm at la Esquina

A melodramatic poetry workshop by Daviel Shy

Featured Artists: Marie Bannerot McInerney (Kansas City, MO); Elijah Burgher(Chicago, IL); Adrain Chesser (Seattle, WA); Hope Esser (Chicago, IL); Edie Fake(Chicago, IL); Rain Harris (Kansas City, MO); Jesse Harrod (Richmond, VA); Peregrine Honig (Kansas City, MO); Jenny Kendler (Chicago, IL); Daviel Shy (Chicago, IL); Jeff Tackett (Kansas City, MO); Ashley Thomas (Chicago, IL); and Michael Velliquette(Madison, WI)

Images from Left: Hope Esser, For Health & Strength video still; Ashley Thomas, Book; Jenny Kendler, New Ways to See I & II.

For more information, see the full Press Release.

Also, be sure to check out this awesome review in The Pitch and more photos from the exhibition here!

Event Details

April 19th to June 6th, 2014


La Esquina (1000 West St. Kansas City, MO 64108)

Gallery Talk
Saturday, May 17th from 2 pm-4 pm


On Saturday, May 17, from 2-4pm at la Esquina, join 2013-14 Charlotte Street Foundation Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff as he leads a gallery tour of his current exhibition The Stench of Rotting Flowers with artists Marie Bannerot-McInerney, Rain Harris, Peregrine Honig, and Jeff Tackett. Orendorff will provide an overview of the exhibition’s themes and concerns, particularly regarding unconventional approaches to mourning and sadness as represented by the simultaneously sincere and satirical artworks on view. During the gallery tour, each of the exhibiting artists on hand will speak about their artwork and its relationship to the larger exhibition. Questions and answers to follow.

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