Visual Arts http://kcur.org en Kansas City Arts Community Mourns Painter's Unexpected Death http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-arts-community-mourns-painters-unexpected-death <p><a href="http://www.goodrichpaintings.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">David Goodrich</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, 52, a Kansas City artist whose expressionistic paintings conveyed a perpetual state of motion, was found dead Tuesday.</span></p><p>Goodrich enjoyed hiking and was found dead in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Horseshoe Canyon, just north of&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Canyonlands</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;National Park in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah. His body was identified on Thursday.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:11:18 +0000 Gina Kaufmann 59487 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Arts Community Mourns Painter's Unexpected Death Kansas And Missouri Artists Selected For 'State Of The Art' Exhibition At Crystal Bridges http://kcur.org/post/kansas-and-missouri-artists-selected-state-art-exhibition-crystal-bridges <p>In 2013, <a href="http://crystalbridges.org/">Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art</a> in Bentonville, Ark., embarked on a project to discover “the most compelling American art being created today.”</p><p>Over a period of about 10 months, museum president Don Bacigalupi and assistant curator Chad Alligood crisscrossed the country. They traveled more than 100,000 miles — by plane and car — and stopped in the homes and studios of nearly 1,000 artists.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:44:13 +0000 Laura Spencer 59307 at http://kcur.org Kansas And Missouri Artists Selected For 'State Of The Art' Exhibition At Crystal Bridges Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers http://kcur.org/post/creativity-over-time-how-age-affects-artistic-careers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday's </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Central Standard</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we invited a variety of artists to discuss how their practice has evolved as they have moved from one stage of life to another. </span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:49:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58542 at http://kcur.org Creativity Over Time: How Age Affects Artistic Careers The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers http://kcur.org/post/untold-journey-civil-rights-photographers <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58294 at http://kcur.org The Untold Journey Of Civil Rights Photographers Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-esther-honig-investigates-photoshop-gains-international-attention <p>A young Kansas City journalist named <a href="http://www.estherhonig.com/">Esther Honig</a>, who contributes to KCUR, had an idea for a project.</p><p>She sent a simple, straightforward portrait of herself to Photoshoppers&nbsp;around the globe with a request to make her beautiful. She wanted to see what that would mean to people in different parts of the world, investigating how culturally specific definitions of beauty might play into the results.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:52:10 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Matt Hodapp 58159 at http://kcur.org Kansas City's Esther Honig Investigates Photoshop, Gains International Attention How Would You ‘Make Me Beautiful?’ http://kcur.org/post/how-would-you-make-me-beautiful <p></p><p>When our contributor, Esther Honig, asked graphic artists at 25 countries to “make me beautiful,” she didn’t expect her <a href="http://www.estherhonig.com/#!before--after-/cvkn">cross-cultural examination of beauty to go viral</a>.</p><p>Using Photoshop, the artists all manipulated Honig’s raw image to their country’s ideal. (<a href="http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-womans-project-beauty-standards-goes-viral">See a slideshow</a>.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:18:54 +0000 Alyson Raletz 58049 at http://kcur.org How Would You ‘Make Me Beautiful?’ Glore Psychiatric Museum Is A Missouri Mental Health Time Capsule http://kcur.org/post/glore-psychiatric-museum-missouri-mental-health-time-capsule <p>On Thursday's <em>Central Standard</em>, we looked back at the history of intervention in mental health crises, going all the way back to the 19th century.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://stjosephmuseum.org/museums/glore/">Glore Psychiatric Museum</a> (formerly known as State Lunatic Asylum #2) captures both the treatments of the past and the controversies they sparked. Treatments in mental health hospitals once ranged from a "bath of surprise," which disrupted thought-patterns by dropping the patient into a shockingly cold bath, to lobotomies and fever cabinets.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:26:47 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Sylvia Maria Gross, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57611 at http://kcur.org Glore Psychiatric Museum Is A Missouri Mental Health Time Capsule Photographer Captures Landscapes From Near Space http://kcur.org/post/photographer-captures-landscapes-near-space <p></p><p>This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering &nbsp;in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. &nbsp;They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Flaig, <a href="http://www.nearspaceballooning.com/">near space photographer</a></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:39:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57232 at http://kcur.org Near Space Ballooners To Gather For Kansas 'Super Launch' http://kcur.org/post/near-space-ballooners-gather-kansas-super-launch <p>When most people pick a hobby, it's usually something simple like knitting or playing a sport recreationally. With John Flaig's hobby, it's a little more complicated.</p><p>Flaig and over 70 others like him will gather in Hutchinson, Kan., this weekend to practice "near space ballooning" or "ham ballooning."</p><p>The hobbyists send helium filled weather balloons into near space, which is between 60,000 and 328,000 feet above sea level.</p><p>Flaig's balloon has several cameras inside a Styrofoam payload box, taking pictures from all angles and altitudes along the way.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:11:12 +0000 Cody Newill 57203 at http://kcur.org Near Space Ballooners To Gather For Kansas 'Super Launch' A Visiting Curator's Perspective On Kansas City's Art Scene http://kcur.org/post/visiting-curators-perspective-kansas-citys-art-scene <p>Danny Orendorff arrived in Kansas City a year ago to serve as Curator-in-Residence for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Before he arrived in town for this rotating position, his career was split between San Francisco and Chicago.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:43:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton 56380 at http://kcur.org A Visiting Curator's Perspective On Kansas City's Art Scene Slideshow: Artist Robert Morris Tours New 'Glass Labyrinth' In Sculpture Park http://kcur.org/post/slideshow-artist-robert-morris-tours-new-glass-labyrinth-sculpture-park <p>Robins hopped on the manicured lawn at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on Wednesday as New York-based artist Robert Morris and a small entourage previewed his new work, "Glass Labyrinth." The 7-foot-tall triangular sculpture consists of one-inch thick glass plate walls topped with bronze.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 18:05:37 +0000 Julie Denesha 56136 at http://kcur.org Slideshow: Artist Robert Morris Tours New 'Glass Labyrinth' In Sculpture Park 3 Questions For Prairiefire Museum Director Uli Sailer Das http://kcur.org/post/3-questions-prairiefire-museum-director-uli-sailer-das <p>A new museum linked to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, opens Monday in Overland Park, Kan. The <a href="http://Tyrannosaurus rex">Museum at Prairiefire</a>, at 135th and Nall, will feature two traveling exhibitions a year from the New York-based museum, as well as permanent displays, a hands-on children's discovery room, classrooms and a cafe.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:33:13 +0000 Laura Spencer 55504 at http://kcur.org 3 Questions For Prairiefire Museum Director Uli Sailer Das 5 Questions For The Guys Reimagining Disney's Laugh-O-Gram Studio http://kcur.org/post/5-questions-guys-reimagining-disneys-laugh-o-gram-studio <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Walt Disney opened his first animation studio, Laugh-O-Gram, on the second floor of a red-brick building near </span>31<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>Troost in Kansas City, Mo<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The business folded in 1923, and the building, due to deteriorating conditions, was almost torn down about a decade ago. </span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:07:53 +0000 Laura Spencer 55119 at http://kcur.org 5 Questions For The Guys Reimagining Disney's Laugh-O-Gram Studio Walt Disney's Role In Transforming Troost http://kcur.org/post/walt-disneys-role-transforming-troost <p>An attempt to breathe life into a building near Troost Avenue with ties to Walt Disney could help erase the corridor’s stigma as a key dividing line in Kansas City, says Butch Rigby.</p><p>Rigby, chairman of the non-profit Thank you Walt Disney, is behind <a href="http://kcur.org/post/5-questions-guys-reimagining-disneys-laugh-o-gram-studio">an effort to revitalize Laugh-O-Gram Studio</a>, which is just east of 31<sup>st</sup> Street and Troost.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:06:05 +0000 Laura Spencer 55077 at http://kcur.org Walt Disney's Role In Transforming Troost A New Era For The Kansas City Museum http://kcur.org/post/new-era-kansas-city-museum <p>Thursday marks a new chapter for the Kansas City Museum. The city’s parks and recreation department takes over management – and a new executive director is on board.&nbsp;</p><p>Since 2012, Anna Marie Tutera has served as executive director of the Wornall/Majors House Museums. Now, she’s taking over leadership of another historic home: Corinthian Hall.</p><p>The former residence of lumber baron R. A. Long and his family, Corinthian Hall is located in the city's historic northeast. It's housed the Kansas City Museum since 1940.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:25:34 +0000 Laura Spencer 55043 at http://kcur.org A New Era For The Kansas City Museum Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera's 'Die Fledermaus' http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-art-institute-students-interpret-lyric-operas-die-fledermaus <p>It's a Thursday morning in the rehearsal space at the Lyric Opera Center in the Crossroads Arts District. About 20 students from the Kansas City Art Institute stand on either side of a long table covered with sketches, floor and building plans and colorful set drawings. They reach into pockets to snap photos with cell phones, or focus in with larger cameras.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:58:43 +0000 Laura Spencer 54947 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Art Institute Students Interpret Lyric Opera's 'Die Fledermaus' National Geographic Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds http://kcur.org/post/national-geographic-photographer-captures-hidden-worlds <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">National Geographic</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> photographer </span><a href="http://www.jodicobb.com/#mi=1&amp;pt=0&amp;pi=1&amp;p=-1&amp;a=0&amp;at=0" style="line-height: 1.5;">Jodi Cobb</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> travels great distances to discover the secret realms of world culture. She has documented fascinating visual stories about many subjects, including the quirky nature of twins, the hidden lives of Saudi Arabian women and Japanese geishas. </span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:00:55 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54948 at http://kcur.org National Geographic Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds 'Roads Of Arabia' Exhibition At The Nelson Reveals Layered Past http://kcur.org/post/roads-arabia-exhibition-nelson-reveals-layered-past <p>Standing near the entrance of the new exhibition,&nbsp;<em>Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,</em>&nbsp;on Wednesday, Julián Zugazagoitia, director and CEO of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, called the more than 200 recently discovered artifacts a "revelation for humanity."</p><p>Two roads are explored: the incense trade routes, caravans transporting frankincense and myrrh from Arabia to Mesopotamia and the Greco-Roman world, as well as the network of roads for travelers on religious pilgrimages to Mecca.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:42:36 +0000 Laura Spencer 54698 at http://kcur.org 'Roads Of Arabia' Exhibition At The Nelson Reveals Layered Past Kansas City 'Anti-Art School' Expands Community While Holding It Together http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-anti-art-school-expands-community-while-holding-it-together <p></p><p>A nearly decade-old art movement called Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is one of the more quirky ways artists find community in metros across the globe. But Kansas City's version is known for taking that quirkiness a step further, and for uniting a new and growing artist community when it needed it most.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lauren Kirby & Julie Denesha 53888 at http://kcur.org Kansas City 'Anti-Art School' Expands Community While Holding It Together The Nelson-Atkins' Art Conservator On What It's Like To Restore An El Greco http://kcur.org/post/nelson-atkins-art-conservator-what-its-restore-el-greco <p>Imagine spending a year – or more – restoring an artwork, trying to bring back the touch, or the brushstroke, of a master. That’s what Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the <a href="http://nelson-atkins.org/">Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art</a>, has been doing with an El Greco painting (ca. 1580-1585) called <em>The Penitent Magdalene</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Art and science do mix</strong></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:43:44 +0000 Laura Spencer & Julie Denesha 52091 at http://kcur.org The Nelson-Atkins' Art Conservator On What It's Like To Restore An El Greco An Engaging Sculpture Taking Shape At The Nelson-Atkins http://kcur.org/post/engaging-sculpture-taking-shape-nelson-atkins <p>If you’ve walked or driven by the <a href="http://www.nelson-atkins.org/">Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art</a> recently you’ve probably noticed a flurry of activity on the southeast corner of the grassy lawn. Work is underway to ready the site for the installation of a new sculpture, <em>Glass Labyrinth</em>, a triangular-shaped, glass-walled labyrinth designed by artist <a href="http://www.artnet.com/artists/robert-morris/">Robert Morris</a>, a native of Kansas City, Mo.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:51:39 +0000 Laura Spencer 52581 at http://kcur.org An Engaging Sculpture Taking Shape At The Nelson-Atkins Kansas City Federal Reserve Commissions Student Art For Centennial http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-federal-reserve-commissions-student-art-centennial <p></p><p>Congress established the Federal Reserve System a century ago. To mark its centennial, the <a href="http://www.kc.frb.org/">Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City</a> is working with <a href="http://art.ku.edu/">University of Kansas students</a> to turn some of its own history - from name plates to modems - into a new art installation.</p><p><strong>Shaping a range of objects, from mundane to archival, into art</strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:28:05 +0000 Laura Spencer 51926 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Federal Reserve Commissions Student Art For Centennial Kansas City Artists Take Studio Break And Paint Outdoors http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artists-take-studio-break-and-paint-outdoors <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Every Sunday for the last two years or so, a group of artists has been heading outside to capture the charm of Kansas City on their canvases. You might even see them, brush in hand, in the West Bottoms or at Longview Lake. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lauren Kirby 50815 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artists Take Studio Break And Paint Outdoors Last Day: Gass Camera Closes Its Doors http://kcur.org/post/last-day-gass-camera-closes-its-doors <p>A winter storm was brewing on Friday afternoon, and expected to bring snow and ice to the Kansas City metro area. At <a href="http://gasscamerarepair.com/">Gass Camera Repair</a>, the electronic door chime rang periodically - not with the arrival of customers, but as box after box was loaded onto a trailer waiting just outside.</p><p>Since 1979, in this small shop in Mission, Kan., Clarence Gass repaired cameras of all shapes and sizes. Friday was his final day of business.</p><p><strong>A 'natural curiosity' about cameras</strong></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Julie Denesha 48770 at http://kcur.org Last Day: Gass Camera Closes Its Doors Evocative Portraits From Photographer Gregory Heisler http://kcur.org/post/evocative-portraits-photographer-gregory-heisler <p>Photographer Gregory Heisler admits that the process of making a portrait is fraught with unease.</p><p>The sitter, Heisler says, doesn't want to face reality. For the photographer, that's all there is.</p><p>Greg Heisler has spent a quarter century photographing covers for <em>Time</em>, <em>Life</em> and <em>Sports Illustrated</em>.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:40:31 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 46347 at http://kcur.org Evocative Portraits From Photographer Gregory Heisler Nelson-Atkins Commissions Work From Artist Maya Lin http://kcur.org/post/nelson-atkins-commissions-work-artist-maya-lin <p>The <a href="http://www.nelson-atkins.org/">Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art </a>has commissioned a new work by architect and artist <a href="http://www.mayalin.com/">Maya Lin</a>, who's probably best known as the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.&nbsp;</p><p>Lin’s sculpture, <em>Silver Missouri, </em>inspired by the Missouri River, is crafted from recycled silver, and it’s one in a series of works exploring water conservation. It will be installed in the Bloch Building on November 15.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:42:49 +0000 Laura Spencer 46037 at http://kcur.org Nelson-Atkins Commissions Work From Artist Maya Lin Grasping Hope & Dreams Through Photography http://kcur.org/post/grasping-hope-dreams-through-photography <p>A homeless shelter might seem an unlikely place to look for the hopes and dreams of children, but for one photographer, it's a way to shine a light for children stuck in bad situations.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 40910 at http://kcur.org Grasping Hope & Dreams Through Photography Laura McPhee, Photographing The Grandeur Of The West http://kcur.org/post/laura-mcphee-photographing-grandeur-west <p>In the exhibition<em> Laura McPhee: River of No Return</em> at the <a href="http://www.kemperart.org/">Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art</a>, the more than two dozen photographs - each six by eight feet - loom large. McPhee's series explores the grandeur of the West, tensions between ranchers and environmentalists, and human impact on the land - and its often unintended consequences.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>Growing up McPhee</strong></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 21:30:31 +0000 Laura Spencer 38306 at http://kcur.org Laura McPhee, Photographing The Grandeur Of The West Photographer Uses Camera To Let Go Of Belongings http://kcur.org/post/photographer-uses-camera-let-go-belongings <p>It was just last year when Gloria Baker Feinstein and her husband had to move out of their house and into a condo, and get rid of many their possessions.</p><p>"It's not stuff," she said. "Everything had a reason. Everything had a memory. Everything felt&nbsp;really dear to me."</p><p>The couple had an estate sale, and Feinstein, a&nbsp;photographer,&nbsp;decided to document each item as it left her house. But the endeavor quickly turned into a different project -- one that is now on display in a local gallery.</p> Sun, 09 Jun 2013 18:54:41 +0000 Ryan Schuessler & Sylvia Maria Gross 38138 at http://kcur.org Photographer Uses Camera To Let Go Of Belongings The Art Fantastic http://kcur.org/post/art-fantastic <p>When you watch a film like <em>Star Wars</em> or <em>Harry Potter</em>, the <strong>fantastical worlds they present seem to come alive</strong> on the screen with colorful planets and moving portraits.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 36869 at http://kcur.org The Art Fantastic