Teeth and Tentacles is the title of a painting by Eric Sall (a 1999 Kansas City Art Institute graduate) now part of the collection of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. Sall talked about the work in 2005, when the work was first displayed in a one-person exhibit at the Dolphin called "Eric Sall: The State I Am In."
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, the Unicorn Theatre premieres a play about a disintegrating marriage whose title sounds like a documentary on the History Channel. Also, a new contemporary dance company presents its Folly Theatre debut. KCUR's Laura Spencer and Steve Walker report.
A new sculpture by artist Michael Rees, a native of Kansas City now based in New Jersey, went on display October 20th just west of the Folly Theatre. It's the second sculpture commissioned by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art with funds from DST System Incorporated as part of a project to place five works of contemporary sculpture in downtown Kansas City.
This week, a one-actor show chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of President Harry Truman; Friends of Chamber Music continues its 30th anniversary season; and a tap-dancing duo takes to the stage at the Blue Room.
August Wilson, the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, who died October 2nd, was known for his plays depicting African-American life. New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam talked to Wilson in 2002.
This week, Kansas City's one percent for art program issued a call for artists for the Kansas City Power and Light District, with a budget of three hundred thousand dollars. Last month, it was a request for artwork for the new Sprint Center arena complex with a budget of 1 million, three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars. With the flurry of development in downtown Kansas City, an estimated three million dollars will be spent on public artwork.
It's the arts roundup, the audio guide to the arts. This week, the new Petah Coyne exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and a play, Museum, that takes a satirical look at modern art. Also, a showcase that brings hip hop artists to downtown Kansas City.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, through November 27
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art marked the official opening of the Ford Learning Center today. Officials call it another milestone in the museum's 200 million dollar campus enhancement project.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Missouri – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art marked the official opening of the Ford Learning Center today. Officials call it another milestone in the museum's 200 million dollar campus enhancement project. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
This week, a cabaret revue pays tribute to the Big Apple; a play set in a trailer park in Texas takes on greed and its consequences; and the Kansas International Film Festival features a couple dozen films, many of which will be screened in the presence of their directors.
Folk artist Jesse Howard's hand-painted signs and sculptures are on display along with the paintings of Chicago Imagist Roger Brown in an exhibit at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. As KCUR's Laura Spencer reports, a new CD puts Jesse Howard's words to music.
This week, two artists return to Kansas City for exhibits of new works at the Dolphin in the Crossroads and the Fahrenheit Gallery the West Bottoms...and the ensemble called Marimba Sol de Chiapas kicks off a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
A recent article in The New York Times described how orchestras around the country are trying to draw more people, especially younger ones, to the concert hall. Some of the enticements include speed dating, salsa lessons, 20 minutes concerts, and free buffets. Kansas City Symphony Executive Director Frank Byrne responds.
This week, an artists collective called Art Chat hosts its first public show, and teenagers from the Hmong community of Kansas City, Kansas unveil a mammoth mural celebrating their culture. KCUR's Laura Spencer and Steve Walker report.
Lawrence based author Karen Brichoux's latest novel is called The Girl She Left Behind. This marks the third novel for Brichoux who says although her books have been characterized as chick lit, she doesn't really like the term.
This week, an alternative theater group explores playwright Tennessee Williams' period of adjustment to a fickle public and a benefit called Summerbrawl for a local art magazine creates strange bedfellows with its mesh of Kansas City artists and professional wrestlers.
This week, a new exhibit highlights the work of two artists from opposite sides of the cultural mainstream; actors with Down Every Street Productions take the stage at the Black Box Theatre in Overland Park using an exercise called Splash; and actress Michelle Lee brings to Starlight Theatre's Hello Dolly an impressive Broadway musical resume that may surprise some audiences.
This week, Kansas City based artist Maria Park unveils a new installation at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art that is a colorful salute to historical landscape photography; and the improvisational collective called Text of Light performs to the silent films of the late avant garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage.
Tenderloin is a nice cut of meat, a notoriously decadent section of San Francisco, and one of the best rock and roll bands that ever came out of Kansas City. The band is staging a reunion Saturday night. Also, the R&B musical From My Hometown at the American Heartland Theatre tells the story of three young men who make their way to Harlem to audition at the Apollo Theatre.
Artist Bill Rakocy studied at the Kansas City Art Institute in the 1940s and 50s, and modeled for Thomas Hart Benton. For this mural, he posed for two of the top figures over the doorway of this mural. Here, Rakocy remembers when he first met Benton.