KC Currents
1:12 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Controversial Nude Statue, Paul Anthony Smith, Chiefs Bar In Philly

Paul Anthony Smith, Talk Easy, 2012, acrylic collage on paper.
Credit courtesy of E.G. Schempf
The show for September 19, 2013. Click "Listen" to hear the entire show; see below for individual stories.

Controversial Statue In OP Raises Questions About Nudity In Art

This morning, a Kansas group is launching a petition drive to remove a statue from the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  The sculpture depicts mostly nude, headless woman taking a photograph of herself. This is a second go-around for the petition against the sculpture.  Last year, a grand jury dismissed the case after a one-day hearing.  We hear from a spokesman from the American Family Association of Kansas and Missouri about the petition, and then hold a discussion about nudity in art, and what's appropriate around children, with curator Robert Cohon and educator Adam Johnson of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and artist and curator Karen Matheis.

Artist Paul Anthony Smith Mines History Of His Native Jamaica

Just a few years after graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Paul Anthony Smith was invited to do a one–person show at the ZieherSmith Gallery in New York.  Recently, the Huffington Post listed Smith as one of America’s top 30 black artists under 40. His paintings take a fresh look at the lives of everyday people in his home country of Jamaica. 

A KC Chiefs' Haven Deep In South Philly

The Chiefs are gearing up to play the Philadelphia Eagles tonight. It’s an awkward homecoming for their former coach Andy Reid, who was with the Eagles for 14 years and then fired last December. But there’s one spot, in the heart of South Philly, where Reid definitely won’t get booed. Big Charlie’s Saloon is the home for Chiefs fans in Philadelphia. And most of them are not Kansas Citians.

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