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Artist Talk: Cesar Lopez, “Northward”

August 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for an artist talk to hear more about our current gallery exhibit, “Northward,” from local artist Cesar Lopez.

Artist talk and Q&A will take place from approximately 2:30-3:30 PM.


About the exhibit from the artist:

This series of paintings is based on the structures that lay below maps. Latitudinal and longitudinal lines form a grid, and this grid has had many uses throughout history. To the Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator, a rectilinear grid aided in the making of maps for ship navigation. These sorts of tools have helped define me on my journey as an immigrant in America. For generations, various peoples have used these means to form their understanding of place and belonging. My variations on maps and globes provide alternatives that leave room for those of us who have not been included in these histories and images.

Maps have carried many interpretations and meanings throughout history. Beyond the physical, they can communicate a mental or spiritual journey. These works are more than an exercise in geography. The paintings in this body of work take on a northward orientation, expressing a sense of northward longing that is present in certain immigrant communities, particularly the idea that migration in a certain direction delivers a promise for a better life. My work is not unlike conventional maps in this way—maps can reveal as much about the maker as they do about the geography they depict.


August 14
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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208 W 19th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
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208 W 19 St.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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