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).
Where to go
See “Rapid Fluid Indivisible Vision” at the Bechtler Museum before the show closes March 7. This exhibition of work by Sam Francis, the first executed by the museum’s new curator Jennifer Edwards, is a mini-lesson in mid-20th century American culture, printmaking and artist collaboration. It is a thoughtful, comprehensive survey of an important time in American art history.
Who to meet
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Artist, poet and mover/shaker Amy Bagwell. In addition to teaching English full time at CPCC, Bagwell creates assemblage art, writes poetry and serves as co-director of Wall Poems of Charlotte with Graham Carew. The group just unveiled their latest mural, “Love Comes Quietly,” on the back and side of the brick building at the corner of Central and Pecan avenues. Bagwell also recently completed an Arts & Science Council public art commission with Carew for the Elizabeth neighborhood.
What to do
See the film “Daredevils” at the McColl Center’s next New Frequencies event at 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Directed by Sarah Barber, this film “presents the experimental narrative of a writer as she interviews a well-known artist and feels the reverberations of their discussion throughout her day.” Barber’s work has appeared at MoMA, Tate Modern and Whitney Museum of American Art, to name a few. Tickets are $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers.