Friday, March 17 through Saturday, April 29, 2023

clock:work is a multimedia exhibition which treats sports as a source of inspiration while questioning the institutional bodies that oversee them. The title, clock:work, refers to the timed and regulated structure of sports and art practices in a deadline-focused society, sifting through the topics of iconicity, representation, and systemic injustices. Just how games and races create a beginning and end using the shot clock, innings or starter pistol, the work of artists also exists within a self-imposed time frame that determines when an artwork is considered to be done. The selected artworks range from being critical to celebratory, exploring the individual elements that create a shared culture within sports.

Featuring Maryam Amirvaghefi, Lyndon Barrois Jr.,Tay Butler, Cesar Lopez, Abigail Smithson, Breanne Trammell and Bradley Robert Ward

Curated by Abigail Smithson



 Exhibition Opening Reception

Friday, March 17 from 6:00-9:00 PM | Charlotte Street Gallery

Please join us for the opening reception for clock:work 

Pre-Opening Artist Talk

Friday, March 17 from 5:00-6:00 PM | Charlotte Street Gallery

Artists will talk to audiences about their work in an intimate Pre-Opening Artist Talk.

Re-imagining Sports Logos with “Not In Our Honor” & Jason Lips

Wednesday, April 5 from 6:30-7:30 PM | Charlotte Street Kemper Library

For this public program, we will discuss the complexities and debate surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs’ team name. Not In Our Honor, founded in 2005 by a group of Native American College students at the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University, advocates against the use of Native American imagery in sports. We will hear from Gaylene Crouser, a leading member of Not In Our Honor, and Executive Director of the KC Indian Center. We will also speak with Jason Lips, a Kansas City-based artist and arts educator. Lips has initiated a project on re-imagining the Chiefs team logo through an educational lens, and will share about these ideas.

Unpacking Clock:Work With the Artists

Thursday, April 20 from 6:30-7:30 PM | ZOOM

Join us for a conversation with featured artists Tay Butler, Abigail Smithson, and Maryam Amirvaghefi from the clock:work exhibition, on view until April 29. We will discuss thematic crossovers in the exhibition, in conversation with Professor Noah Cohan, the Assistant Director of American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, and artist John Early, Senior Lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis.  Noah Cohan’s research and teaching are oriented to the intersection of American fan cultures, sports, and narratives, particularly as they pertain to race and gender. John Early is a multidisciplinary artist and most recently, he has been part of an interdisciplinary team addressing questions of spatial equity related to the absence of basketball courts in Forest Park.


Exhibition Details


Friday, March 17 through Saturday, April 29, 2023


Charlotte Street Gallery (3333 Wyoming)

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