Projects + Gallery
4733 McPherson Ave. | www.projects-gallery.com
Opens 5-8 p.m. Fri., Apr. 7. Continues through May 27.
Cultural appropriation is a two-edged blade. It can hurt and demean the people whose cultures are being commandeered by outsiders, but heirs of a culture can also reclaim their heritage, using the work to shine a light on ignorance. Transparency Shade: Seeing Through the Shadow is a group show of artists who use cultural appropriation and hybrid materials to create two- and three-dimensional works that explore how meaning is created around individual identity and its signifiers. Among the artists in the show are Philip Aguirre y Otegui, Ayana V. Jackson and Modou Dieng.
Taking It to the Streets
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand Blvd. | www.kranzbergartsfoundation.org
Opens 6-9 p.m. Fri., Apr. 7. Continues through May 20
Taking It to the Streets is actually two exhibitions in two separate galleries. The Kranzberg Arts Center and the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Gallery 210 jointly host the show, which addresses the contemporary urban experience in the metro area. It features work by Howard Barry, Lois Ingrum, De Andrea Nichols and Basil Kincaid at both locations. This quartet is joined by Cbabi Bayoc, Solomon Thurman, Christine Ilewski and Damon Davis at Gallery 210. A bus will shuttle people between venues during the evening so you can experience the full exhibit.
Juan William Chavez: Sun Hive
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design
6640 Delmar Blvd. | www.craftalliance.org
Opens 6-8 p.m. Fri., Apr. 7. Continues through May 14.
The creation of art has been romanticized as a solitary pursuit, but in truth most artists have a support network of trusted friends and peers who help shape ideas, offer technical advice and inspire new directions. Juan William Chavez’s multimedia installation Sun Hive is a celebration of those other communal artists: the bees. Inspired by the seeming conflict between the bees’ collective lifestyle and the meditative practice of the lone beekeeper, Chavez’ drawings, sculptures and videos explore the symbiotic relationship of the hive dwellers and the humans who harvest their golden produce.
It's a great weekend to see some art — and all the excitement starts tonight. Catch the city's first-ever group show featuring Muslim artists at Third Degree Glass Factory, or stop by any of our three recommended gallery openings.