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Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 5 - 7 PM

AN EFFIGY TO MYSELF : a public program dedicated to mourning our past selves

AN EFFIGY TO MYSELF : a public program dedicated to mourning our past selves

On Wednesday, May 29th from 5-7 PM at la Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street, KCMO), please join Charlotte Street Foundation for a free public program before the opening of Melt on Friday, May 31st! This will be one of the last public programs to exist in la Esquina Gallery before it closes so you will not want to miss out on this opportunity.

“Lost has indeed made a tenuous we of us all—not just because we have all experienced losses, but because in some significant way, we all are loss.” Judith Butler

There is something “never again” about the selves we once were; that ideal, that portrait, that symbol of what our predecessors decided we’d be, but because we’ve decided differently we find ourselves lost in a self we’ve been unwilling to let go of. We didn’t know who we were when we were born, then we spent most of our lives trying to figure it out only to learn that self we were searching after is not who we are, it is not who we are now; and now we are left with the dead weight of an identity we didn’t choose to carry -- An Effigy To Myself is a burial of that identity.

This is an invitation from artist B Bečvář to come and participate in this transformative ceremony. Guests are invited to share writings, eulogies, testimonials and or burnable effigies they’ve created in memory of their past self, a self they no longer are. This dedicated time for mourning will also be a celebration and an embrace of transformation. Guests who wish to share will step up to an open mic and read their prepared statement, and once finished will be encouraged to let go and burn their object in a small fire pit. This is a chance for us to properly say goodbye to the person we use to be, and begin to heal from the trauma that comes along with having a self we no longer recognize.

Please join us on Wednesday, May 29th from 5-7pm at La Esquina Gallery as we let go of what we use to be and begin to welcome what we are now.

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Friday, May 31 through Saturday, June 29th, 2019


Melt Charlotte Street Foundation —  La Esquina — Opening May 31st 2019

Artists included: Bo Hubbard, B Becvar, Kelly Runningen, Trey Hock and Jaime David, Lauren Louvel Louise Whitacre, 2007 Balquier, and William Plummer

Curated by Camile E. Messerley

We all wait, whether we are on-call and know something is coming or not; while waiting we carry an ache or hope in anticipation of a delivery.

The artists you will come to know in the exhibition Melt are both in the process of waiting and are on-call. The artists carry the wait in objects and sensations— while they are seeking, discerning, and intuiting forms of being in-between it is important to know that their artworks are not a short term fix or a means to an end. The images and installations you will find in Melt are in their nature in-transition. The artists in Melt are unpacking and sifting through their documentation of home, of people who do and do not currently live in these homes with us, the people who have been removed from our homes, our geographic location, of their respective and collected solitudes.

In between the solitary yet often reciprocative feelings that come from the drip-drop-oobleck of time there is a tension sitting on a spectrum of experiences reaching between patience and empathy. When a popsicle melts you get juice, cold juice, but it’s sticky, not everyone likes to be sticky. A popsicle will melt in your mouth as you eat, but if it melts before you have it on your tongue why do you no longer want the sweet juice, because it’s messy? What about the form is so satisfying that it cannot possibly hold you the same way it did in its perfect rectangular shape?


What we ask of you in between now and Memorial Day is this: “Don’t ask what the work is. Rather, see what the work does” — Eva Hesse, German-born Sculptor.


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Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Making Moves #6: Maura Garcia Dance

For Making Moves 6, we are so excited to present the work of artist Maura Garcia with Maura Garcia Dance. "Her work is powered by a desire to perpetuate ancestral knowledge, actively respect the living earth and bring happiness to people. Maura’s artistic creations reflect the power of stories to form and change our realities. Through narrative driven choreography she seeks to form connections, empower Indigenous cultural values and explore the rhythms of the natural world.”

The event is FREE and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

A monthly gathering, Making Moves aims to build community through a shared passion for dance and movement. Throughout 2019, Making Moves will host improvisation jams and provide performance opportunities for local and regional dance makers. The series is produced by Kyle Mullins and made possible by Charlotte Street Foundation.

  • Date: June 6th
  • Time: 7pm (Doors at 6:30)
  • Where: Charlotte Street’s Capsule, 1664 Broadway

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    Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM

    Cyanotype Workshop with 2007 Balquier

    Join Charlotte Street Foundation on Thursday, June 6th - 4pm - 6:30pm for a free public program associated with the Melt exhibition currently showing in la Esquina Gallery (1000 W 25th Street, KCMO)!

    A week after the opening of Melt in la Esquina, bring a friend and check out the show while enjoying a hands-on experience with 2007 Balquier!

    Using found materials, participants will learn cyanotypes with artist 2007 Balquier. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan blue image when paper, which is made light sensitive is exposed to ultraviolet light. Images can be taken with a camera or made by placing objects directly on the cyanotype paper.

    During the workshop, we will discuss the basics of DIY cyanotype printing and what it means to locate ourselves in and document our surrounding environment in this way.

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    Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 3PM to 9PM

    The Big Top! at the Neighborhood Artists Residency

    You are invited to bring family and friends to "The Big Top!" at the Neighborhood Artists Residency! On Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 3PM to 9PM, community members of the Troost Corridor are invited to participate in fun, family-friendly arts activities with peers!

    Supported by the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Neighborhood Artists Residency is located at 4001 Troost Avenue, KCMO and focuses on community support through arts opportunities and programs.

    You are invited to participate in creative input with your fellow neighbors through interactive art activities, performances, food, music, and community conversations!

    Bring your family and friends to paint murals with several Kansas City artists! Featured arts programming will be provided by Start the Arts.

    More information will be announced soon! Be sure to check back in to see what exciting programs and activities we announce!

    For more information, you can contact Neighborhood Residency Coordinator Selina ONeal at or 816-721-5311.

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    Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2019


    ASMRS. JUG is a tactile sound performance presented by local artists Jametatone and Joey Watson.  Said to be a "living sequence of ASMR gestures for acoustic synthesizers and household objects," this experience is sure to explore the sensory response for all senses that you can experience. For two nights, the duo will be exalting the mundane via subtle fluctuations in air pressure through their music, objects, and visual presentation. 6 people per session will all be able to experience the stimulation in parallel through wireless headphones.

    Ten performances are offered on the evenings Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2019. Each performance is 44 minutes long and accommodates six people. Seats must be RSVP'd through Eventbrite at Tickets are free and open to the public.

    The following performance times are:
    • Friday, June 21 at 6:00 PM
    • Friday, June 21 at 7:00 PM
    • Friday, June 21 at 8:00 PM
    • Friday, June 21 at 9:00 PM
    • Friday, June 21 at 10:00 PM
    • Saturday, June 22 at 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, June 22 at 9:00 PM
    • Saturday, June 22 at 10:00 PM

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