Artist and guest curator James Brinsfield looks through portfolios in the flatfiles. From left to right, Artspace staffers: Jaimie Warren, Special projects & research assistant; Heather Lustfeldt, Assistant Curator; and Raechell Smith, Director/Curator.
Looking at art in flatfiles has been described as a unique and intimate experience. It allows viewers to choose the work they want to see and spend time with it. The H&R Block Artspace recently opened its biennial Kansas City Flatfile exhibition with the work of more than 150 artists.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – An opening reception for the "2008 Kansas City Flatfile" exhibition will be held 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22. It is free and open to the public.
In the 30-year history of the Coterie Theatre, the company has never staged a play by William Shakespeare. To correct that, the Coterie has enlisted playwright Susan Zeder, who has given one of Shakespeare's darkest works a fresh look designed to engage young audiences.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – January 22- February 15, 2008
"Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble."
The Urban Culture Project, an initiative of the Charlotte Street Foundation, got its start transforming empty spaces downtown into arts venues. And it's expanded to another location near the Crossroads Arts District. Several new exhibitions in both locations examine the idea of mapping and expand the definition to include tracing the history of metal bands around the world and one woman's exploration of a city tow lot.
Jorge Garcia Almodovar grew up in New Jersey, and studied art and lived in New York City for a decade before moving to Kansas City in 2002. In his work, Almodovar combines a variety of materials, including wood, plastics, and aluminum.
The Unicorn Theatre is the site of a new play by Thomas Gibbons, A House With No Walls, that examines the political in-fighting between ultra-conservative African-Americans and those on the far-left end of the spectrum.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – In addition to Kansas City, the play has also been performed in 4 other cities, as part of what's called a "rolling world premiere." KCUR's Steve Walker reports.
Included all along in the plans to rejuvenate downtown Kansas City was the performing arts center and a new AMC theatre in the old Empire movie house. Lately, other venues are capturing some of that lightning in a bottle.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, Crown Center is about to open its third theatre space, Off Center Theatre, that will join several theatre groups under one roof.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently acquired a rare daguerreotype of abolitionist John Brown. A daguerreotype is one of the earliest forms of photography and created a one-of-a-kind image. And this portrait is one of only six known daguerreotypes of the anti-slavery militant who's still somewhat of a controversial figure. Some view John Brown as a religious fanatic; others say he was a freedom fighter.
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art announced plans Friday, December 7, 2007 to expand into the Crossroads Arts District. Museum founder Crosby Kemper says contracts have been signed to purchase the building now occupied by the Dolphin, a gallery and frame shop on the corner of 19th and Baltimore.
In a month flooded with Christmas-themed performances, some theatre companies are using the holiday merely as a springboard for unexpected material. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, the Barn Players is producing a show that turns Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol on its ear.
For more scenes from the rehearsal, check here. This year marks the 35th anniversary of The Kansas City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. With choreography by the late artistic director emeritus Todd Bolender and a score by Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the story of a young girl named Clara and her Nutcracker Prince who travel to the Kingdom of the Sweets.
Kansas City artist Lonnie Powell's works are in the private and corporate collections of Sprint Nextel and H & R Block and in the collections of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the American Jazz Museum, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. But Powell is probably best known for founding The Light in the Other Room, a collective of more than a dozen African American artists.
In 2004, the Unicorn Theatre launched the world premiere of Gregg Coffin's musical, Convenience, which went on to numerous productions across the country. Coffin and the Unicorn are reunited for yet another premiere.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – The premiere of Gregg Coffin's rightnextto me at the Unicorn Theatre has come together through collaborations in Kansas City, New York and cyberspace, as KCUR's Steve Walker reports.
Over the past 20 years, many art museums have changed the way traditional African objects, like masks and woven cloths, are displayed to provide more context about the complex cultures that produced them.
Kansas City's Coterie Theatre has developed a national reputation for being a fertile breeding ground for new musicals for young audiences. As KCUR's Steve Walker reports, its latest premiere combines the whimsical setting of Santa's workshop and the jazzy stylings of Harry Connick, Jr.
By Steve Walker
Kansas City, MO – Coterie Theatre at Crown Center presents The Happy Elf, November 13 - December 30, 2007. Music and Lyrics by Harry Connick, Jr.
ArtSounds is a collaborative series of the Kansas City Art Institute and the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. The next performance explores the relationship between digital and analog, illusion and reality, art and music. And this time it's also about codes, the underlying form of communication, from DNA to hand gestures. KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to some of the collaborators.
The play Journey with Barbara Jordan opened on Friday, November 9, 2007, at the Just Off Broadway Theater. Jacquee Gafford, who co-wrote the play with Gene Mackey and also portrays the lead role, and director Fran Farah joined KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross just before a rehearsal last week.
The Bloch Building, the addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art designed by architect Steven Holl, opened to the public in June. And artists in Kansas City are responding to the architecture in a variety of ways, as KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
After an eight-month national search, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre today announced its new artistic director, Eric Rosen, who's currently the co-founder and artistic director of About Face Theatre in Chicago. At 37, Rosen is the youngest artistic director to lead the Rep in its more than 40 year history.
It's been a banner year for Kansas City museums. At the end of 2006, the National World War I Museum opened at Liberty Memorial. And then the glowing Bloch addition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. Now, a new building at Johnson County Community College houses a large contemporary art collection. The $13 million Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors to the public on Saturday, October 27th.
Audiences will leave the Kansas City Repertory Theatre's production of Doubt with more questions than answers. To address this, the Rep is hosting a scholar's forum on ethics and morality, issues that, as KCUR's Steve Walker reports, meet in the play in a head-on collision.
When the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College opened to the public on Saturday, October 27th, it's likely visitors first noticed the striking minimalist architecture. With its off-white limestone and glass exterior, the Nerman provides a stark contrast to the red-brick buildings on campus.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, MO – KCUR's Laura Spencer talked to Cambridge, Massachusetts based design architect Kyu Sung Woo about his approach.
Comedian Carlos Mencia will be performing his standup act at the Music Hall in Kansas City this Wednesday (October 24, 2007). KCUR's Kelley Weiss spoke with him recently, and asked him about his provocative way of talking about race.
Visitors this weekend will have one of their first chances to take a look inside the new $13 million Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College before the public opening next weekend. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.