You have to get up close with a magnifying glass to see all the details in an exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. "From the Land of the Taj Mahal" displays paintings commissioned by two early Mughal emperors of India.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – The Mughal Empire, an Islamic dynasty, controlled most of India for over three hundred years.
For a recent project called "Deep Time + Rapid Time," the collective known as spurse turned Grand Arts into a laboratory environment with maps, diagrams, books, and technology. The members of the interdisciplinary collective explored how we understand time and interact with our surroundings.
In the exhibition, "Rare Visions - Detour Art," at the Belger Arts Center, Lucas, Kansas-based artist Erika Nelson's "World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things" is one of the artworks on display.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – It's a van with tiny sculptures based on the "World's Largest" roadside attractions. Here, Nelson talks about the inspiration behind it and some of her favorites.
In a world premiere play Atypical Boy opening at the Coterie Theatre, audience members enter a funny, fable-like world that is created with color, expressive characters and puppets. In this world, conformity is valued and individuality is misunderstood. But in the midst of this is a young person who is disenfranchised because he cannot conform.
Photographer Homer Page is largely unknown today because he exhibited and sold few photographs during his lifetime. A new exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art displays nearly 70 of Page's rare black-and-white photographs of post-war New York.
New exhibitions in Kansas City and Lawrence explore trees as metaphor and material. There are prints, photographs, drawings, and quilts inspired by trees, as well as sculptures crafted from tree logs, and sound recordings.
Among the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's collection of artists, Raphael Peale isn't the most well-known. But when a local playwright first viewed his painting Venus Rising from the Sea: A Deception, it stuck with her, eventually inspiring her to write a new play about a Kansas City artist and his mysterious muse.
When it comes to self expression, artist, poet and musician Jason Biggers knows few boundaries. In fact, his work reflects a life of crossing the cultural divide?from El Paso, Texas to Mexico and beyond to Germany, Canada and the Philippines. Biggers' art is influenced by Mexican folk art, urban graffiti, pop art and comics. He's also a member of the Latino Writers Collective, and performs his spoken word poetry.
To get a new musical on Broadway, it seems producers have to adapt a familiar movie, even an animated one, to get the show in front of an audience. Still, there are composers who shun what's popular for what's interesting or even strange. Two Kansas City theatre companies are about to stage shows whose subject matter lands far afield from/of The Lion King.
Last fall, Kansas City author and illustrator Shane Evans teamed up with sculptor and photographer J. LeRoy Beasley to embark on a special mission: a month-long journey through four countries in Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Along the way, the two artists visited orphanages, literacy programs and soccer clubs. There, they organized arts programs for children affected by HIV AIDs.
Sometimes the most ordinary objects can become extraordinary in the right hands. Like a rock, for example. A new series by printmaker Laura Berman at the Dolphin gallery, explores a sense of place and relationships inspired by a personal rock collection.
KCUR News is taking a look at how the recession is affecting members of our community. As part of an occasional segment called My Two Cents, we stopped in to talk to Sherry Leedy, director of Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in the Crossroads Arts District as she was getting ready for a First Friday.
An exhibition of contemporary Chinese art at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute explores the recent cultural transformations in China. Here, Artspace Director Raechell Smith describes the Project Wall, a billboard outside the gallery by artist Yang Yongliang, which provides a preview.
A large billboard outside the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute depicts a landscape with mountain peaks, a winding river, and mist. But, if you get up close, you'll see the mountains are built of skyscrapers, trees are construction cranes, and the river is a polluted street with congested traffic.
The Gateway Arch is the iconic symbol of St. Louis. It's also the structure most associated with Finnish architect Eero Saarinen. But in his relatively short career, Saarinen had a hand in hundreds of other projects, from office buildings to home furnishings.
Kansas playwright James Still hasn't lived in this area in years, but his plays make regular appearances here and throughout the U.S. He has a new one about Abraham Lincoln, opening at the Ford Theatre in D.C. in February for the 200th birthday anniversary; but tonight (Friday, January 30), another play, The Velvet Rut, receives its world premiere right here in Kansas City at the Unicorn Theatre.
Art museums across the country are starting to respond to the recession. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art announced this week it's trimming its operating budget by 10 percent, or 900 thousand dollars, in the upcoming fiscal year; half is expected to come from staff reductions. Museum officials issued a few clarifications on a story published Thursday in The Kansas City Star. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Tennessee Williams was virtually unknown when his play The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway in 1945. For all his inexperience, he wrote into the text vivid stage directions intended to make this memory play as vivid as possible.
After more than 25 years in Kansas City, painter Dean Mitchell recently left to return to his hometown in Florida. Mitchell is known for his light-infused watercolors of everyday people and worn-down houses.
Metcalf Avenue runs almost the entire length of Overland Park, Kansas. With as many as 40 thousand vehicles traveling along it each day, it's not considered the most pedestrian friendly street. But a revitalization is underway, including a focus on increased walkability.
The month of December always poses a question for Kansas City theaters: Do they mount shows with holiday themes or avoid the season completely? For the fifth time in a decade, the Paul Mesner Puppets have opted to do a Christmas show, that is, literally, THE Christmas show.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – It is the story of the Nativity, and it is appropriately the company's biggest production all year.