Visual Art








Upcoming Events

Friday, March 15 through Saturday, April 20


Charlotte Street Foundation welcomes Narciso Argüelles' and C.J. Charbonneau's curated exhibition, Bricolaje, as the second visual arts exhibition in 2019 at la Esquina Gallery. Bricolaje explores the practice of artists engaged in creative strategies to interrogate the dominant narratives surrounding the ongoing immigration crisis.

Bricolaje is the first of two shows; one in Kansas City, featuring a group of Mexican and Mexican-American artists who incorporate traditional cultural elements into their work as a tactic to comment on issues of identity, legality, and belonging. A second iteration of the show will be featured in Oklahoma City will focus on the wider practice of Latinx artists grappling with these issues.

The show will run in Kansas City from Friday, March 15 through Saturday, April 20, 2019. The exhibition will be located at la Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street, KCMO). The opening reception takes places on Friday, March 15 at la Esquina from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Bricolaje is curated by Narciso Argüelles and C.J. Charbonneau. Artists featured include Narciso Argüelles, Patricia Bordallo-Dibildox, Lizbeth Contreras, Joselyn Garcia, Mary Kuvet, Diana Lerma, Thomas Luna, Rodolfo Marron III, Rebekah Pech-Moguel, Fidencio Fifield-Perez and Kiki Serna.

You can check out photos from the opening reception here.

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March 7 - May 24, 2019

Digitizing Kansas City’s LGBTQ Video History

Do you have vhs tapes that need preserving?

Are there moments in your community history stuck on tapes you can no longer access? In an effort to preserve the content marooned on this fragile format, The Roaming Center for Magnetic Alternatives (RCMA) offers a free analog-to-digital conversion service. From political demonstrations and parades, to DIY documentaries and home movies, we are here to help you save those long-forgotten tapes before it is too late!

This Spring, RCMA is partnering with Mid-Continent Public Library in our search for a picture of LGBTQ+ life in the Midwest between 1977-2006. Schedule a 90-minute appointment at one of the nine MCPL branches we are touring and bring your video tapes in for free digitization. Video transfer is performed in real-time with live audio commentary from participants.

Visit to book an appointment today! Support for this work is provided by a Rocket Grants project award, a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation and the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art. Funding is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019, 3 - 10 PM

Open Studios!

Charlotte Street Foundation’s Studio Residency program opens its doors on April 20th for its annual Open Studios event! Get behind-the-scenes insight on the creative process for many up-and-coming artists in Kansas City today. This is your opportunity to meet with the artists, learn about their work and processes, and enjoy free entertainment! Performing residents will showcases their work through free music, readings, performances and more. Open Studios is a free event that is family friendly and open to the public!

FREE Parking: Town Pavilion is walkable from the KC Streetcar line off of Main Street. Free parking is also provided by Commerce Bank. You can use the Commerce Bank parking garage located at 1025 Main Street/Commerce Bank. You can park anywhere that is not reserved so there will be lots of spaces available.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, PERFORMANCES, & ACTIVITIES click to view/download the weekend digital program

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Spine Showcases: Natalie Bates Quartet and Spine Improvisations

Spine Showcases is back for another round of performance in the month of April! With programming curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer. This evening, the Natalie Bates Quartet will use the American language of music in original works born from a personal place that speak to the universal. Classic jazz-era sounds mix with contemporary compositions for a musical experience that’s as diverse as Kansas City itself. After the first act, a small ensemble of Spine Showcase performers and special guests will utilize effect pedals, computerized gear, and unexpected instrumentation to create fascinating new sounds in a completely improvised set of music. The Spine Showcases are FREE and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 10 PM

IMP Ensemble Live at Capsule

Under the direction of Michael Miller, UMKC’s IMP Ensemble explores improvisation in the broadest definition, where listening and responding become a way of real-time creation. IMP is a think-tank of people willing to risk and fail quickly, so a show can go on, using any new individual media to explore the boundaries of the medium and improvisation.

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Friday, May 3, 2019 through Friday, May 10, 2019


NEW NEW NEW is an exploratory, project-based initiative focused on confronting our impact on the world through various real and speculative solutions. This short exhibition features new work by Rachel Ferber and Adam Lucas and will open Friday, May 3, 2019 in la Esquina Gallery. The opening reception will be from 6 - 9 PM in la Esquina on May 3 and the exhibition will run for a week, closing on Friday, May 10, 2019. The opening reception is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

NEW NEW NEW Showroom is the first iteration of this initiative. The showroom features prototypes and possibilities for the continued use of materials that have reached their perceived end-of-life—a process commonly referred to as upcycling. In our search for transcendental approaches to material lifespans, we follow a guiding principle: each transformation remains true to its original form and function as much as possible. Our trans-formations should offer continued life for a material, rather than new life. This approach ensures the quality and ease of the trans-formation (i.e. something that could be replicated), while reinforcing the concept of continuation. There is no new, but there are new possibilities.

Join us in our pursuit of a new new; a Neo Newism.


Rachel Ferber is an artist and designer based in Kansas City, MO. Her work reflects the breadth of her background, combining elements of garment design, video, sculpture, performance; and graphic, sound and set design. She is a co-curator at PLUG Projects, and currently teaches graphic design and video production as the Digital Design Instructor at MINDDRIVE. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Adam Lucas is a graphic designer and educator based in Kansas City, MO. His wide-ranging practice seeks to create new structures for ideas through the thoughtful arrangement of text, image, and space. He often works in close collaboration with artists to design and produce books, websites, identities, videos, and other print- and screen-based matter. His approach is idea-driven, with an emphasis on typographic craft. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Kansas City Art Institute; design-volunteer at Imagine That!; a co-curator of PLUG Projects; and one-half of NEW NEW NEW, a joint art and design initiative with Rachel Ferber. He received an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Kenyon College.

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