Friday, August 24th through Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Kansas City Artists on the Midwestern Experience
What defines the experience of a person living in the geographic middle of the United States? There are expectations of what that existence looks like, feels like. A picture painted with the residue of a black and white intro to the first ever movie in technicolor, a smear of bbq sauce on a paper bib, the quilt-like squares of “flyover country”. Welcome to the Neighborhood is an exhibition that presents the lived experience of midwesterners through the eyes of its artists – people who live or have lived in the Kansas City area. It presents the textured landscape, the complicated dichotomies, the hues and politics of a place that these artists have embraced as home.
Artists included in the exhibition include Yoonmi Nam, Jessica Borusky, Rashawn Griffin, Patty Carroll, Rodolfo Marron III, Mike Sinclair, Rena Detrixhe, Glyneisha Johnson, Michael Krueger, Nedra Bonds, Deanna Dikeman, and Lara Shipley.
Exhibition Opening Reception: August 24, 2018, 6-9:00pm
Exhibition Closes: September 22
La Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th St, Kansas City, MO 64108)
In conjunction with the Welcome to the Neighborhood exhibition on display at la Esquina Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation would love to welcome you to a free screening of multiple short films produced by local filmmakers. These filmmakers, through these curated videos, will welcome you into their lives on various levels: their hometowns, their families, their identities, and so much more. The free screening takes places Thursday, September 20th at 7:00 PM in Capsule (1664 Broadway Blvd).
Local filmmakers featured are: Meg Jamieson, King Kihei, David Wayne Reed and Savannah Rodgers.
Viewers are encouraged to come to Capsule (1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO) for a free showing of these intimate short films and let themselves be welcome to new communities. Charlotte Street encourages you to bring friends and enjoy the films. Free drinks will be provided and the event is open to the public.
About the films:
Directed by Savannah Rodgers, Dragtivists is a short documentary about the intersection of activism and drag performance. This thought-provoking documentary follows Rayfield Lawrence and Caithe Alexander, two college students in Lawrence, KS whose activism and drag personas intersect in order to rise in revolution.
Using drones, dance, farm implements, heirloom quilts, agriculture, and video installation, Eternal Harvest is a short film by David Wayne Reed about the cycle of life as depicted by the growing season on a rural Kansas farm.