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Stepping into “Fashioning the Black Body” at projects+gallery

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Whenever I attend an opening at projects+gallery, I find myself as fascinated by what the crowd is wearing as much as by the art on the walls. Fashioning the Black Body, which opened Friday March 15, and the artists talk the following day, led me down the same delightful path.

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The exhibition is Dario Calmese’s, above right, curatorial debut. He is a multi-faceted artist who was the creative force behind last year’s wildly popular exhibition at projects + gallery titled Amongst Friends.

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In the curator’s statement on the gallery’s website, Calmese says: “Far from the reaches of frivolity–a domain to which fashion is usually relegated–Black people have continually engaged the fashion object beyond its utilitarian functions into a device of pride, protection, resistance and camouflage.”

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Artist David Antonio Cruz’s painting, above, is titled thereturnofthedirtyboys/girls.

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Fahamu Pecou’s Black Boy Fly, 2014, acrylic & gold leaf on canvas. During Saturday’s conversation Calmese said that “none of my female friends are attracted to this look.”

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Kenturah Davis’s wood frame structure with embroidered panel, right.

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projects + gallery’s Senior Director Bridget Melloy, standing far right, introduced the artists’ panel Saturday. Those include from left: moderator Rikki Byrd, who until recently was on the faculty of Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design, and is now a PhD student at Northwestern, Curator Dario Calmese (wearing projects + gallery SPACEWALKER), St. Louis-based artist Basil Kincaid, and Kenturah Davis, who earned her BFA from Yale and divides her time between L.A., New Haven, and Accra (Ghana).

When asked how he chose the art for Fashioning the Black Body Calmese explained that many of the artists are friends he’s worked with in the past. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Rikki Byrd projects + gallery Kenturah Davis Kehinde Wiley Fahamu Pecou David antonio Cruz Dario Calmese Bisa Butler Basil Kincaid

Left: Kehinde Wiley’s After Pontermo’s Two Men with a Passage.

Right, Rikki Byrd singled out St. Louis-based Basil Kincaid’s quilt and mannequin Special Spot, above right, to demonstrate that black people have historically found ways to make something out of nothing. Kincaid used various donated fabrics and waxed batik from his travels in fashioning his work.

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Bisa Butler’s  85 x 79″ quilt, Black Star Family, first class tickets to Liberia, 2018, cotton, silk & denim.

Fashioning the Black Body will remain on view at projects + gallery, 4733 McPherson  Ave., until May 4.

Tickets on sale, volunteers needed for 2019 CWEA Home & Garden Tour

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Ted Wight Kingsbury Place Jess Campbell Central West End Association   Tickets went on sale today for The Central West End Association’s 47th Home & Garden Tour scheduled for Saturday and Sunday June 15 & 16, featuring historic homes on Kingsbury Place.  After 45 years as an annual event, the popular tour, which traditionally draws hundreds of people from all over the region, transitioned to a biennial schedule after 2015.

Volunteer opportunities are available, including a role as House Captain (information about all that is involved follows*), or as a Guide ushering attendees throughout the homes and gardens—and perhaps sharing bits of history too.  There are four 3-hour shifts available,** see information below.

As a thank you, volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to tour the homes on Saturday or Sunday. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Ted Wight Kingsbury Place Jess Campbell Central West End Association

A Kick-Off Party, sponsored by realtor Ted Wight, is planned for Friday evening June 14 from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Kingsbury Place home shown above. The price of admission ($100 for CWEA members, $125 for non-members) includes food, an open bar, and a ticket to tour the homes on Saturday or Sunday. More information can be found on the website or Facebook page.

*House Captain responsibilities include staffing a home with volunteers for both Saturday/Sunday morning and afternoon shifts, scheduling, and communicating with CWEA Volunteer Liaison Lacey Mitchell to ensure all rooms/shifts are covered.

**House Tour Shifts
Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

To sign up or for more information, contact CWEA Executive Director Jess Campbell, jess@thecwe.org. You can also purchase tickets for the Home & Garden Tour here ($20 in advance, $30 after May 15, or at the door).

The board of The Central West End Association thanks you in advance for your support of this event which supports the organization and showcases the beautiful homes in the neighborhood, another wonderful reason to call the CWE home. And a big thank you to the generous sponsors of this year’s Home & Garden Tour, see list below.Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Ted Wight Kingsbury Place Jess Campbell Central West End Association

A frigid Fat Tuesday in the CWE

A bitterly cold Fat Tuesday meant fewer people joined the 2nd Line Parade led by the Saint Boogie Brass Band and Jennings High School Marching Band as they traveled along Euclid from Washington to Maryland Plaza. There, the bands joined the McCluer South-Berkeley High School Band for a group performance. The Fat Tuesday event, the first of what we hope will become a tradition in the neighborhood, ended at 1764 Public House at Euclid and West Pine.

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The parade route started at Evangeline’s at Euclid and Washington where the Saint Boogie Brass Band performed before marching to Pi at the corner of Euclid and McPherson.

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There they were joined by the Jennings High School Marching Band.

 

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Some of the hardy souls who joined in the 2nd Line Parade.

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At the corner of Maryland and Euclid the bands converged with the McCluer South-Berkeley Band, below. Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink For Children  Saint Boogie Brass Band Pi Pizza McCluer South - Berkeley High School Band Jennings High School Marching Band Evangeline's

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The high school band members were troopers to battle the cold as they entertained the crowd that had gathered for their group performance, above and below.

Finally, I wanted to share a favorite moment featuring one of Jennings High School’s Band Members during last holiday season’s Window Walk.

Thanks to Kate Haher, Executive Director of CWENorthCID, Erica Lembo, Marketing and Communications Director, and intern, Ellie Stuhlreyer for producing this fun event. And special thanks to all the band members who braved the elements to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the CWE.