Seventy years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This action, just a few months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, forced an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps.
National Geographic staff photographer Annie Griffiths says she's "learned that even without a shared language, it’s easy to let people know that their children are beautiful, their homes are lovely…and that their stories are worth sharing with the world.”
On Wednesday the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art announced results of a design contest for a temporary pavilion to coincide with the museum’s exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851–1939, opening in mid-April.
In the second half of Tuesday's Central Standard, we're joined by Kauffman Foundation Executive Robert Litan, who remembers his father David Israel Litan, who had a lifelong passion for making lithographs, painting, and sketching.
Kansas City artist Wilbur Niewald has been associated with the Kansas City Art Institute for 76 years, and claims it has changed, “but not as much as you would imagine…it's always been like an oasis.” In this Kemper ARTcast, Dr. Jacqueline Chanda, recently inducted President of the Kansas City Art Institute, asks Niewald about the changes in his painting over his career in conjunction with the Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait, now on view at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Inside the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, there’s a new installation taking shape: Luis Tomasello's Chromoplastic Mural. When it’s completed, nearly 700 small white cubes, painted fluorescent orange underneath, will dot the wall and create a subtle glow.
One of the goals of Julian Zugazoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is to bring more people into the museum.
From the Ferris wheel to the ice cream cone, some pretty influential things have been unveiled at World's Fairs. For Kansas City, even an upcoming exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art featuring World's Fair fare is getting some local designers and architects excited.
Parking garages in Kansas City are infused with art - from the light and sound work called Pulse, next to City Hall; to the dancing lights in the underground garage at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from a reflecting pool overhead. In the new parking garage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, there's a public art installation activated by movement.
Artist Teri Frame, whose performances feature covering her face in raw clay and sculpting her features into hybrid creatures, performed live at the Kemper Museum alongside The Wires' Sascha Groschang, cello, and Laurel Morgan, violin.
By Drew Bolton
Music: Excerpts from The Wires (Kansas City Alternative String Duo)
For the past 14 years, the Mattie Rhodes gallery on the Westside has commemorated the Day of the Dead by asking local artists and community members to make altars in memory of ancestors and loved ones who've passed away. But this year, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is collaborating with the Mattie Rhodes Center, as well as the Guadalupe Center and the Mexican Consulate, to create a large community altar in the museum's central Kirkwood Hall.
Romare Bearden, American (1911?1988). Falling Star, 1980. Lithograph, edition of 175, 23 1/2 x 18 inches. Courtesy of the Romare Bearden Estate; art ? Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
Artist Romare Bearden was born in North Carolina, and he grew up in the middle of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920's. Much of his work depicts African Americans, but Bearden said his real focus was the universal human experience.
Sculptor Petah Coyne's Untitled #1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu) is a massive installation, featuring a 14-foot-high apple tree covered in black sand, and taxidermied pheasants and peacocks. The subtitle of the work refers to Coyne's friendship with the late poet Leslie Scalapino, and n? shu - a centuries old Chinese writing technique used by women, stories told in secret writing.
The Big Reveal showcases new acquisitions, including the major installation Untitled #1336 (Scalapino Nu Shu) (2009-10) by artist Petah Coyne. Chief curator Barbara O'Brien and Coyne discuss the inspiration behind the work.
By Drew Bolton
Kansas City, Mo. – The Big Reveal September 23, 2011-April 15, 2012 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
"Rodin: Sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation" displays 40 bronze sculptures in the Bloch Lobby of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. – The exhibition, only the second to be installed in the lobby, is divided into three sections: figures related to the "Gates of Hell," a massive bronze portal; commissioned historical and cultural heroes; and a series of hands.
Artist June Ahrens sits with Chief Curator Barbara O'Brien to discuss her works relating to September 11, in the exhibition Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens.
By Drew Bolton
Kansas City, Mo. – Acquisitions in Context: June Ahrens September 9-December 24, 2011 Kemper Museum
From the Kemper's website: "Artist June Ahrens's work addresses issues of loss, pain, fragility, danger, and survival. Her work is obsessive in spirit and uses reclaimed or repurposed everyday objects."
CNN.com commissioned artists from around the world "to create or choose work to illustrate the ripple effect of 9/11." Here, Kansas City's Peregrine Honig describes her work called "Twins," and recalls where she was on September 11, 2001.
By Laura Spencer
Kansas City, Mo. –
Peregrine Honig's artist statement for CNN.com's 9/11 Ripple project:
There are two Moshe Safdie-designed projects in Kansas City: the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, slated to open September 16th; and West Edge, an office and hotel complex near the Country Club Plaza that's been plagued with problems. A construction dispute, bankruptcy, and changes in ownership stalled the project for nearly three years.