What’s up this week in Char­lotte

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WHERE TO GO

En­joy a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Jen Ed­wards, cu­ra­tor at the Bechtler Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, and Durham-based artist Stacy Lynn Wad­dell, 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. The event is part of the pro­gram­ming of the New Gallery of Mod­ern Art, in con­junc­tion with its cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion, “BLACK BLOODED,” but Wad­dell also has im­pres­sive work on view right now in Ed­wards’ am­bi­tious cu­ra­to­rial project, “Wrestling the Angel,” at the Bechtler. Wad­dell and Ed­wards are both smart, tal­ented and di­rect, so we’re look­ing for­ward to what is sure to be an en­gag­ing con­ver­sa­tion.

WHAT TO DO

The Harvey B. Gantt Cen­ter for African-Amer­i­can Arts + Cul­ture brings back a project it pre­sented in 2013, “Ques­tion Bridge: Black Males.” While it might be a tad soon to present an iden­ti­cal project, the Gantt is try­ing to tell us that if you haven’t seen the project yet, you need to. And it may be right, es­pe­cially in this crit­i­cal mo- ment. Cre­ated by Chris John­son, Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith and Ka­mal Sin­clair, the multi-chan­nel video installation asks what it means to be “black” and “male” in Amer­ica. The work will be up for a full year, so there will be plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to spend some time with it.

WHO TO MEET

Learn more about four lo­cal par­tic­i­pants in the ArtPop pro­gram – Janie Ball, Barbara El­lis, Nick Napo­le­tano and Caro­line Rust – at an ex­hi­bi­tion hosted by El­der Gallery of Con­tem­po­rary Art. The ArtPop pro­gram aims to cre­ate a “street art gallery” by trans­form­ing artists’ works into large-scale bill­boards that you have surely en­joyed while driv­ing along roads and high- ways around the city. Meet the artists at the Aug. 23 re­cep­tion or, if you’re lucky, you might be able to squeeze into the cur­rently over­booked lunch and panel dis­cus­sion the next day from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the wait­list by email­ing ash­[email protected] el­der­galleryclt.com. Each week, Grace Cote and Lia New­man of­fer Ob­server readers a to-do list on im­mers­ing your­self in vis­ual arts around town. New­man is di­rec­tor/cu­ra­tor of the Van Ev­ery/Smith Gal­leries at David­son Col­lege, Cote is se­nior co­or­di­na­tor at Jer­ald Mel­berg Gallery, and they col­lab­o­rate on the blog Hap­pen­ingsCLT (hap­pen­ingsCLT.com).

Cour­tesy of the Bechtler

Stacy Lynn Wad­dell’s “Un­ti­tled (Mike Brown’s bat­tle at Nor­mandy),” in the Bechtler’s “Wrestling the Angel.” Her work is also still on view in “BLACK BLOODED” at the New Gallery of Mod­ern Art.

Cour­tesy of the artist

“Bil­lie Hol­i­day’s White Veil Gifted by John Rawls,” 2015, by Carolie Rust, at El­der.

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