In celebration of National Quilting Month and Women’s History Month in March, the exhibition This Is Who We Are features narrative quilts created by textile artist NedRa Bonds and her granddaughter, Ashlynn Bonds. Embracing a whimsical, nontraditional approach passed down through generations, the works embody themes revolving around African American culture, womanhood, familial origins, resilience, and human connectedness.
Wavelength brings together four prolific abstract artists – Ky Anderson, Sally Paul, and Laura Nugent of Kansas City and Alison Tirrell of St. Petersburg, Florida – whose works range from visualized dreamscapes to woven and collaged peels of paint honoring a long line of female-driven abstraction.
Kansas City’s Chico Salvador Sierra looks to magnify overlooked historical narratives and illuminate current social issues in his art, fusing pre-Colonial imagery with contemporary Chicano Movement aesthetics. In Eikonographia Radicale – a fictitious term for the concept of “radical iconographies” – he subverts traditional religious imagery with humanist, non-religious symbolism.
For decades, Harold Smith has explored the complexities of Black masculinity in America through painting, collage, mixed media, video, and assemblage. In his newest exhibition, Covers, Smith inserts his trademark faces onto canvases of reimagined magazine covers such as Art in America, Ebony, and Jet. The idea of “cover” is also explored through several painted leather jackets and painted, found-object helmet sculptures illuminate the ways in which men may create protective armor.