A Preview Of 2017 Exhibitions Coming To The Gallery At The Kranzberg Arts Center
The Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center (501 North Grand) has long been devoted to serving as a catalyst for transformation, as a space that provides local artists with a supportive outlet while also promoting a provocative dialogue with the community.
This Grand Center resident is never content to sit idly by. Instead, Kranzberg actively partners with area nonprofits and arts organizations to host workshops and events that contribute to an atmosphere of creative development, challenging conventional concepts of what art is and does. This spirit of innovation and experimentation is also a dominant force at The Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center, which constantly introduces St. Louisans to important works from a diverse range of artists, through their independent spunk and imaginative multiplicity. This tradition will continue in 2017 with a new series of exhibitions. Check out this exclusive preview of upcoming shows at the Kranzberg Arts Center, detailed below.
Bryce Robinson, “Prime Beauty” (Jan. 20 – Feb. 25)
Bryce Robinson doesn’t produce much on a small scale. In the studio, gallery or in the public domain, his work reflects a natural resourcefulness and collaborative intuition, using multiple forms of sculpture that urges audiences to clearly examine social issues transpiring all around us. The pieces are oftentimes formed from a variety of materials, and the result is an engaging reflection on the themes of community and place.
University of Missouri-St. Louis Group Show, “Taking It To The Streets” (April 7 – May 20)
Kranzberg continues its support for the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), which also holds theater productions onsite, by highlighting the work of the school’s up-and-coming artists from several genres. “Taking It To The Streets” features art that takes no prisoners, bringing contemporary issues to the forefront of cultural discussions. The show includes the work of several artists, such as Howard Berry (shown above). The show will also feature the multimedia work of Basil Kincaid, photography by Lois Ingram and performance art of De Andrea Nichols.
Artists First, “Variation and Adaptations” (June 2 – July 29)
The summer heat brings “Variations and Adaptations,” a collective show curated by Artists First, an organization that seeks to promote the work of artists confronted with physical or psychological challenges. Artists Angela Gipson, Jeff Johnson and Jimmy Holmes will each present a focused selection examining the ideas of society, history and diversity, with the purpose of sparking a substantive conversation with other forms and settings.
Sarah Paulsen, “WhiteGhosts” (Sept. 1 – Oct. 21)
Through a series of rich paintings, Latina artist Sarah Paulsen conceptualizes her own cultural memories and influences, intentionally meant to combat what the artist adeptly calls “the invention of race in the U.S.,” in her artist statement. Through images that evoke a sense of collage, the artist investigates questions relating to her own ethnic heritage and identity, while also calling out the over-prevalence of white cultural norms and values. The result is a body of work that takes the social issues of our time head-on.
Kat Douglas and Sukanya Mani, “Reflections” (Nov. 3 – Dec. 30)
This joint show brings together themes of human communication, designed to evoke how art can effect change, inspire conversation and show both the beauty of diversity and the struggles of our time. Mani, whose use of Warli—an Indian technique where plants, animals, people and landscapes are painted white against a terracotta background—allows her to create stories steeped in her own cultural heritage. Vibrant and symbolic, the work touches on themes of race, injustice and empowerment. Douglas (whose work is shown above) is a former artist-in-residence at the Intersect Art Gallery, bringing together art and activism with her work. Her pieces create a powerful dialogue about difficult issues between communities, with strong themes of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
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