Friday, February 7th to Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Charlotte Street Foundation is pleased to present The Tyranny of Good Taste, an exhibition of contemporary artworks produced from such lowbrow materials as studio left-overs, junk food, craft store oddities, urban detritus, and remnants of failed first attempts. Featuring 15 artists from across the nation producing artwork during a time of extreme economic turmoil, those included have developed abnormally resourceful and strategically inventive means by which to produce uncommonly experimental art forms.

Organized with an emphasis on the (counter-)productive time spent (or wasted) in an artist’s studio, the maximalist and anarchic artworks in this exhibition challenge established fine art hierarchies of value and status-quo conventions of taste.

Featured artists: Brandon Anschultz (St Louis, MO), Mara Baker (Chicago, IL), Tim Brown (Kansas City, MO), Jared Clark (Salt Lake City, UT), Julia Anne Goodman (San Francisco, CA), Ben Harle (Kansas City, MO), Michelle Hartney (Chicago, IL), Jack Henry (Brooklyn, NY), Matt Jacobs (Kansas City, MO), Cara Krebs (Salt Lake City, UT), Bobbi Meier (Chicago, IL), Garry Noland (Kansas City, MO), Sabina Ott (Chicago, IL), Matthew Schlagbaum (Chicago, IL), and Dean Roper (Kansas City, MO).

Curated by 2013-14 Charlotte Street Foundation Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff.

Opening Reception:  Friday, February 7

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: la Esquina / 1000 West 25th Street KCMO

Tickets: FREE

Dates: February 7-March 29, 2014

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

Learn more about the exhibition + artists in the full Press Release.

Images from left: Sabina Ott, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, 2011; Dean Roper, Time Out (excerpt), 2012.

Photos of the Opening!

Event Details

February 7th to March 29th, 2014


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

Gallery talk with Curator, Danny Orendorff
Saturday, February 8, 2pm, FREE

Recently heralded by Chicago Magazine as one of Chicago’s “Six Young Art Curators You Should Know,” Danny Orendorff has curated large-scale exhibitions for international contemporary art spaces, including; All Good Things Become Wild & Free at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), Learning to Love You More at MU Gallery (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), and There is Always a Machine Between Us at SF Camerawork Gallery (San Francisco, CA), who also hosted his Andy Warhol Foundation supported exhibition Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, co-curated with Adrienne Skye Roberts in 2010.

Orendorff is currently a contributing writer to Art in America Online and Bad at Sports, and has previously written for NewCity Chicago, Camerawork Journal of Photographic Arts, and Shotgun Review. Formerly the assistant director of the Renegade Craft Fair’s nationwide marketplaces of handmade goods, Orendorff has also held positions as curator-in-residence for Art2102 of Los Angeles and project manager for The Backroom, an internationally traveling exhibition of artist-ephemera.

Orendorff received an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory & Criticism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and a B.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Arizona State University in 2006. For more information, visit

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