In 2006, a group of local artists designed an exhibition with the central purpose of spotlighting Kansas City art and artists in other cities. The show was called Whoop Dee Doo and has since that time expanded into something that looks more like a variety show on a sugar high.
The phrase: "Don't Quit Your Day Job" has been used as a put down for decades. If someone sings badly, they're told "Don't Quit Your Day Job." And yet, often it's the day job that provides the inspiration, material, or simply a structured schedule for the art.
This summer Kemper at the Crossroads is hosting the latest episode of artist Jaimie Warren's Whoop Dee Doo, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jaimie Warren: You Are So Beautiful in the Face, on view now through October 3rd.
In August, it will be eleven years since a 220-yard mural went up on Metropolitan Avenue in Kansas City Kansas. The mural spans the history of the Argentine neighborhood, from pre-history to the future.
By Sylvia Maria Gross
Kansas City, MO – The artists who collaborated on the project were from Kansas City and Mexico. And for several of them, painting the mural was a turning point in their lives.
This week, shock waves reverberated worldwide, as the world mourned the loss of Michael Jackson. During the Stevie Wonder concert at the Starlight theater this week, fans of Jackson and Wonder celebrated the music of the King of Pop.
The caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail. The refreshing lime drink has become popular at some restaurants and bars in Kansas City. To quench her thirst KCUR's Susan B. Wilson dropped in to see Vegas, the bartender and manager Jean Lazarotto at Fogo De Chao restaurant on the Plaza.
Kansas City Art Institute Professor Emeritus, Wilbur Niewald, reflects on his encounters with Dan Christensen as a student, artist, and patron. A new survey of paintings by the late artist (1942-2007)documents Christensen's "never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space."
For the past year and a half, the Kansas City Museum has been going through a major renovation. And that means, for now, anyone looking for a one-stop destination to see a stagecoach, a stuffed buffalo or Civil War uniforms is out of luck. KCUR's Alex Smith recently stopped by the area's only comprehensive regional history museum to see how the work is coming along.
The year after the four giant badminton shuttlecocks were installed on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The New York Times described it as a public art piece making "the world a better and livelier place." But, in Kansas City, there were grumblings from critics who called it "not art" and a "giant waste."
A new project at Grand Arts by visual and performance artist Pablo Helguera is called "The Juvenal Players." It's a play and an exhibition paying tribute to a "little known" artist named Juvenal Merst.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – Here, Pablo Helguera describes how the enigmatic artist Juvenal Merst inspired the project.
One would think that the current economic climate would make it difficult at best to kick off a new theatrical venture. But a Kansas City playwright and actor are doing just that.
Kansas City, MO – One would think that the current economic climate would make it difficult at best to kick off a new theatrical venture. But a Kansas City playwright and actor are doing just that, thanks to a guardian angel and a story that would be a crime to keep to themselves.
Sales of Chinese-made clothes, electronics and toys have fallen off a cliff in the last couple of years. But the global recession has only cooled the red-hot Chinese art market. Last year, 11 of the world's top 20 best-selling artists were Chinese.
The essence of a supernova. Galaxies, goddesses, and art nouveau. The light and pressure of the Big Bang. These are just a few of the inspirations from the 18 collections, by established and emerging designers, that will be featured in the 9th annual West 18th Street Fashion show. This year's theme: Summer in Space.
Kansas City, MO – West 18th Street Fashion Show Summer in Space Saturday, June 6, 8:00pm Crossroads Arts District West 18th Street, between Wyandotte and Baltimore
Dan Christensen's former art dealer, Douglas Drake, illustrates his journey from being aware of Christensen's work to dealing his artwork, to becoming friends. A new survey of paintings by the late artist (1942-2007)documents Christensen's "never-ending quest to understand the possibilities of color, paint, and pictorial space."
Patrick Dougherty's large-scale sculptures, using tree saplings and branches, spin across buildings and flow through trees. There's a deceptive effortlessness to these swirling forms, resembling hives, cocoons, or nests, some as high as 40 feet.
Fabric artist, Soni? Joi Ruffin, tells the stories behind a collection of jazz-inspired quilts on display at the American Jazz Museum.
By Susan B. Wilson
Kansas City, MO – Soni? Joi Ruffin uses brightly colored fabrics, including African kente and mud cloth, to make quilts that tell stories. Ruffin is a self-taught fabric artist who has been making quilts since she was a four-year-old girl growing up in Joplin, Mo.
It's the 10th anniversary of Avenue of the Arts, a temporary display of public artwork along Central in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Each year, the artists receive $5000 to make their artwork, display it, and then they get to keep it.
Last weekend, a Kansas City Art Institute student completed his senior year in a way that makes grueling final exams look like child's play. Jason Dixon spent 24 straight hours recreating famous solo performance pieces.
Though First Fridays in the Crossroads has widened the local appetite for visual art of all types, few galleries have offered performance art - that is, pieces than depend on live actors and scripts.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – This weekend, a Kansas City theatre troupe joins forces with a Crossroads gallery to stage a performance written by Richard Foreman, a playwright whose style of theatre relies more on impulse and emotion than traditional plot or story.
In Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita," the Devil comes to Moscow; he plays some tricks - some are hilarious, some are terrifying - and heads roll.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – A satire of the Soviet Union under Stalin's rule, "The Master and Margarita" has been described as a cross between Dante's Inferno and Monty Python's Flying Circus. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports on a new adaptation for the stage.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Director and CEO Marc Wilson announced April 21, he'll retire after almost 30 years in 2010. During Wilson's tenure, there's been a near transformation of the museum, including the American Art galleries, which re-opened to the public on April 22.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – The $7 million project displays new acquisitions, as well as works that have not been on view to the public for more than a decade.
The Unicorn Theatre positioned the rock opera "bare" on its 2009 schedule early last year, long before the economic downturn made it a challenge to produce a musical with 17 actors and an on-stage band.
Museums around the country have been hit by the economic recession. In Lawrence and the Kansas City area, museums have cut budgets, hours, or staff; major projects or traveling exhibitions have been cancelled or put on hold.
Kansas City, MO – Museums around the country have been hit by the economic recession. In Lawrence and the Kansas City area, museums have cut budgets, hours, or staff; and major projects or traveling exhibitions have been cancelled or put on hold. Some institutions, like the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, are dusting off works from their permanent collection to cut costs. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.