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

Kehinde Wiley’s “Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria” at 22 London in Asheville.
Kehinde Wiley’s “Prince Albert, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria” at 22 London in Asheville. Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery; collection of Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull.

What to see

This week, your best bet is an exhibition at 22 London in Asheville, a relatively new warehouse space from collectors Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull (you may be familiar with Shull’s artwork from the Mint Museum’s collection and an array of other institutions). The opening reception is 6-10 p.m. Sept. 29, but the exhibition will be available for viewing by private appointment through Oct. 28. The title of the exhibition, “Say It Loud,” is taken from the funk song performed by James Brown, written with his bandleader, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis in 1968. Fifty years later, this exhibition illustrates the struggles and achievements of African Americans, presenting important works from an incredible group of artists, all exploring ethnic identity, institutional racism, gender and beauty. Fischer and Shull have a significant collection of high-caliber works and this show will include more favorites than we can name, including Sanford Biggers, Hank Willis Thomas, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mickalene Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Titus Kaphar, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, and Alicia Henry. Don’t miss this one.

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Marcus Kiser at the McColl Center. Courtesy of McColl Center

What to do

Take a class! The McColl Center for Art + Innovation has a full schedule of adult classes this fall and winter, making use of its talented residents, and in particular, area alumni. From 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27, Marcus Kiser will share his expertise in graphic design, classic comics, and graffiti art to help you create and refine your own logo or symbol, in “Iconographic Ideations.” Ahead are workshops with Felicia van Bork, Eliana Arenas, Tom Thoune, April Marten and Monique Luck – all two-hour blocks, affordably priced at $30 for members/$35 for non-members including materials. Advanced registration is required. Take the opportunity to dabble in some new media.

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“Teacups and Camera Crew” by Andrew Leventis at Sozo Gallery. Courtesy of Sozo

Where to go

Andrew Leventis, artist and assistant professor of art at UNC Charlotte, has work on display in The Mint’s fifth floor exhibition, “Mainframe,” organized by the Young Affiliates of the Mint, but Sozo Gallery’s newest exhibition provides an opportunity to see more from this talented painter. With an opening 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28, Leventis first photographically captures ordinary, disregarded moments in films. He imbues these moments with new meaning by choosing to re-create the scenes in beautifully executed oil paintings.

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).

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