Local Arts

What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?

Still from “The Golden Fish,” 2017, by Liliya Zalevskaya. (HD Video)
Still from “The Golden Fish,” 2017, by Liliya Zalevskaya. (HD Video)

Who to meet

Get to know the multimedia work of Liliya Zalevskaya. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, she immigrated to the United States in her teen years as the Soviet Union fell. She now creates artwork that attempts to make sense of reality through fantasy, and as the past months of national news have proven, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and a new perspective is just what we need. Zalevskaya works in printmaking, sculpture, video and performance and one of her pieces will be on view in “Lenin Lives,” a new exhibition examining the cult of Vladimir Lenin 100 years after the Russian Revolution. That exhibition’s on view at Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College through Oct. 8.

What to do

“Women of Santa Ana, Michoacán, Mexico,” 1933, by Paul Strand. Paul Strand © Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive

See “Paul Strand in Mexico” (Sept. 1-Jan. 7, 2018) at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Strand's 1940 portfolio “Images of Mexico” contains 20 photographs of the changing people and landscapes of 1930s Mexico. This exhibition is part of “In Focus/Enfoque,” a cross-venue Mexican photography showcase supported by Bank of America.

Each week, Grace Cote, Lia Newman, and Kati Stegall 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, Stegall is Art-in-Transit program administrator at the Charlotte Area Transit System, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).

For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article100517602.html.