For more than 500 years, African cultures have responded to European contact with a range of emotions - from admiration to resentment.
Kansas City, MO – An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, "Through African Eyes," tells the story from the African point of view, through more than 90 artworks: bronze sculptures, photographs, wooden masks, paintings, and other objects made of ivory, metal and textiles. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Marc Swanson's "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" is on view to the public at the northeast corner of 9th and Broadway, in downtown Kansas City. Here, Swanson talks about his influences and process.
Ceramic artwork is on display across Kansas City. Three installations at the H&R Block Artspace, the Belger Arts Center, and Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, celebrate the Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary with work by faculty, students and alumni of the renowned ceramics department.
British ceramic artist Clare Twomey's interactive installations have been known to "produce feelings of surprise, wonder, joy, and introspection."
Kansas City, MO – Twomey's new exhibition, "Forever," at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, features 1,345 objects, authored by the artist; it's an interpretation of an 18th-century salt-glazed stoneware caudle cup from the Museum's Burnap Collection of English Pottery. There's also an interactive dimension: visitors can apply to be the owner of one of the cups.
A new sculpture, "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" was unveiled Wednesday morning at the corner of 9th and Broadway in downtown Kansas City. The work pays tribute to the American buffalo or bison of the American West.
Kansas City, MO – Brooklyn-based artist Marc Swanson has been described as a social provocateur and alchemist.
Many of Swanson's works combine animal forms with light from mirrors or cut glass. His sculpture, a towering bronze skeleton called "Descent of Civilization (Bison Memorial)" was inspired by a photograph.
China's Gao Brothers?Gao Qiang and Gao Zhen?have collaborated on their artwork since 1985. Before the opening of the exhibition, "Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis," curator Arthur Hwang met with the artists for an interview.
As a nod to the Kansas City Art Institute's 125th anniversary, an exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum explores the school's photographic legacy from the 1960s to the present. "Thinking Photography: Five Decades at the Kansas City Art Institute" features works by nearly 30 notable KCAI alumni, including Joe Deal, Robert ParkeHarrison, and Mark Osterman.
When the Gao brothers show some of their more controversial art in Beijing, they have to keep the location secret, and notify their guests at the last minute via social media. But their upcoming exhibit at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is completely above ground.
Kansas City, MO – This will be the Gao brothers' first museum exhibit in the United States, and one of the most complicated that the Kemper Museum has ever taken on. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross spoke to Gao Zhen, Gao Qiang and curators about the show.
September 1, 2010 marks the first day on the job for the new director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Juliàn Zugazagoitia.
Kansas City, MO – In the spring, after a more than year-long search, a committee of nine museum trustees announced selecting international scholar, museum director and consultant Juliàn Zugazagoitia (HOO-lian SZU-ga-sa-GOY-tee-ah) as the fifth director in the museum's 75-year history. They touted his "energy as a leader, his passion for the arts, and his international background."
The five design team finalists in the Gateway Arch competition unveiled their proposals on Tuesday. As St. Louis Public Radio's Adam Allington reports, the plans offer a dramatic vision for the Arch grounds, but the question of feasibility and cost loom large.
Historic Garment District Museum founder explores designer hats from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Kansas City, MO –
Since the beginnings of history, people have been using some sort of head covering to protect themselves from the elements. Over time, head coverings have changed shape and material, from crowns worn by royalty to protective helmets. Fashionable hats have been documented for eons, and after 1700, were firmly established as haute couture.
Chris Cook, executive director/curator of the Salina Art Center and former curator of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, interviews artist Keltie Ferris about her first solo museum exhibition "Keltie Ferris: Man Eaters."
By Drew Bolton
Kansas City, MO – "Keltie Ferris: Man Eaters" October 23, 2009-February 13, 2010 Kemper at the Crossroads
Steve Kraske talks Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly about his experiences from the Vietnam War and Cambodia, to the Ali-Frazier fight in Madison Square Garden, and the events that led him to become the official photographer of presidents.
Kansas City, MO – In November, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opens its new American Indian art galleries featuring about 200 works, including loans and new acquisitions. Today, the museum announced a significant gift from longtime collectors and patrons Estelle and Morton Sosland. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.
Gloria Baker Feinstein originally traveled to East Africa in 2006 to photograph children whose parents had died of AIDS. During the three week project, she says she encountered children who radiated hope, even in desperate circumstances. So when she returned home, Feinstein began a different kind of project.
According to Carol Sauvion, the creator and co-executive producer of the award-winning PBS series, "Craft in America," the crafting climate - from pottery to beadworking to blacksmithing - is stronger than ever.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence are collaborating on a new program called Rocket Grants. With help from a two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, $40,000 in direct support will be provided each year for innovative and experimental arts projects.
Sales of Chinese-made clothes, electronics and toys have fallen off a cliff in the last couple of years. But the global recession has only cooled the red-hot Chinese art market. Last year, 11 of the world's top 20 best-selling artists were Chinese.