Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled
All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
Lester Goldman: Flights of Fancy Fulfilled, an exhibit featuring selected paintings and ceramics, including many that have never been displayed before, opens at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., on Friday, September 18.
Goldman, professor of painting at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1966 until his death in 2005, abandoned figurative portraiture for more playful abstract experimentation: electric colors, sweeping lines, personal and political symbols, and a variety of media from sculpture to performance. He was interested in the complexities and paradoxes of the human condition, depicting human body parts as organic machines; delving into palindromes and wordplay; and using form and color to communicate profound emotions.
The exhibit will remain on display in the North Gallery of the Central Library from September 18 through November 8. Admission is free.
The Lester Goldman exhibit inaugurates a new series, beginning in October, called Conversations on Contemporary Art that encourages public dialogue about area artists and their work. Discussions will take place in the same space as the exhibition, where featured speakers will talk about the artist’s process, answer questions about specific works, and explain how to “read” art as a visual language that is accessible to everyone.