Local Arts

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

Phyllis Galembo’s chromogenic print “Curpite, Flower Gatherers,” Mexico 2017.
Phyllis Galembo’s chromogenic print “Curpite, Flower Gatherers,” Mexico 2017. Courtesy of the artist

Who to meet

Phyllis Galembo is an internationally acclaimed photographer known for her work throughout Africa and its diaspora. She primarily photographs individuals at festivals, carnivals and masquerades. Her subjects pose themselves, though, in an attempt to affirm agency and strength in some of the most rural, poorest, harshest locations. In her latest exhibition, currently on view at The New Gallery uptown, Galembo presents portraits taken during cultural and religious events throughout Mexico between 2008 and 2017. Semana Santa, Corpus Christi and Easter Week events involve the making and donning of costumes, including body paint, leather, cloth and papier-mache. The exhibition is presented as part of the multi-venue exhibition “In Focus/Enfoque: Contemporary Photography in Mexico.” See the exhibition 5-7 p.m. Nov. 17, then hear the artist talk at The Light Factory 2-3 p.m. Nov. 18.

Where to go

Hit the Annual Art Auction, hosted by Winthrop University’s Union of Student Artists, 7-9 p.m. Nov. 16. You’ll have an opportunity to snatch up some great artwork at reasonable prices from both students and professional artists. It’s held at the Gettys Art Center in Rock Hill and kicks off the Nov. 16-18 weekend Art Party! That includes a series of business-of-art workshops, an exhibition/open studio event where you can visit more than 10 venues 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and a closing after-party shindig. (If you lose out at the Union of Student Artists auction, you can still win by catching “All The Dogs and Horses” the next night. It’s a “psychedelic Western” created by XOXO, with performances by Kadey Ballard, Karin Caporino, Dylan Gilbert, Jon Prichard, Bill Reilly and Todd Stewart, and directed by Matt Cosper. For more details on the entire weekend, go to www.artparty.fridayartsproject.org/events.

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).

For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article172583126.html.