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6:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Art Fantastic

spectrumfantasticart.com

When you watch a film like Star Wars or Harry Potter, the fantastical worlds they present seem to come alive on the screen with colorful planets and moving portraits. 

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KC Currents
10:59 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Photography Exhibit Portrays 100 Years Of Missouri Immigrants

Chico Bakery--Cherokee St., St. Louis
Juan Montana
  • An interview with Daniel Gonzales and Oscar Pedroza.

The cultures of Kansas and Missouri was shaped by wave after wave of immigrants: from Germany, Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe. A new exhibit called, The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places portrays vivid images of the state’s diverse immigrants from the early nineteenth century to today.  The exhibit was sponsored by the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), a coalition of organizations that advocates for immigrants.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Two KC Artists Earn Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

Lemon shake-up in Strong City, Kan.
Mike Sinclair

Two Kansas Citians were announced yesterday as winners of this year's very prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Around The World With A Camera

Ride the rails through Vietnam
Catherine Karnow

From the Australian Outback to Bollywood, Albanian farmland to Vietnam, National Geographic travel photographer Catherine Karnow has been around the world to capture its images with her camera.

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Central Standard
2:02 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Inventing A World With A Pinhole Camera

Liberty Head, Illinois, 1978, from the series Expeditions.
Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, American (b. 1943) Courtesy: Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art

A pinhole camera is a simple tool – and it can be constructed with basic materials. You could even make one at home with your child on a snow day. All you need is cardboard, tape, and aluminum foil. But, it’s the eye behind the camera that draws a line between child’s play and the potential for photography.

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Going To Great Depths For National Geographic

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry was inspired by National Geographic at a young age but it took several decades for this underwater photographer to land his dream job.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Behind The Lens In The Middle East

Shooting Under Fire: Israeli soldier standing near a mobile artillery unit as it fires a shell from Zaura, Israel. 2006
Gil Cohen-Magen

It’s one thing to open up Time magazine and flip through the pages, briefly noticing the images from the latest Middle East conflict. It’s quite another to stand behind the camera.

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Central Standard
6:00 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gordon Parks' 100th Birthday

On Wednesday’s Central Standard, we examine the legacy of Gordon Parks; the photographer, essayist, film maker, and native Kansan whose 100th birthday is this Friday.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Bronze Installation Inspired By Idea: 'Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around'

Michael Wickerson's nine-panel bronze installation is near the front entrance at the South Branch Library in Kansas City, Kan.
Laura Spencer KCUR

At the new South Branch Library in the Argentine district in Kansas City, Kan., nine 700-lb. bronze panels flank the entrance, some with images of vertical stacks of library books.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Terry Evans: Revealing The Secrets Of The Prairie

Bison at Maxwell Game Preserve, Roxbury, Kansas
Terry Evans Courtesy: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

It’s fitting that the first career retrospective for photographer Terry Evans takes place in her hometown of Kansas City, Mo., at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a place where she took art classes as a child.

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Visual Arts
11:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Controversy In A Sculpture Garden

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens garnered national attention in recent months over a bronze statue titled "Accept or Reject." The work, by Chinese artist Yu Chang, depicts a headless, bare-breasted woman holding a camera, pointing it at herself.

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Central Standard
6:27 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

'Working Words' Literary Event Comes To First Friday

beggarstablechurch.com

The worlds of creative writing and visual art are woven together for an upcoming First Friday event in Kansas City's Crossroads Arts District.

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Government
9:42 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Bare-Breasted Statue Remains, Jury Refuses Obscenity Finding

The statue at the Overland Park arboretum will remain.

At Olathe, Kansas, the Johnson County seat, a county grand jury has refused to find any violation of  Kansas obscenity laws in display of a statue at an arboretum park in Overland Park.

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Visual Arts
4:00 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

A Photographic Cabinet Of Curiosities

Wilson Alwyn Bentley, American (1865–1931). Snowflake, ca. 1905. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation.
courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

In Shadow of Night - the second book in a supernatural trilogy by Deborah Harkness - the main characters travel back in time to Elizabethan England in search of a mysterious book called Ashmole 782.

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Central Standard
9:27 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Connecting To Visual Arts With PLUG Projects

Artist Carrie Scanga makes an adjustment to a honey-colored tissue paper panel in PLUG Projects’ gallery space. Scanga has created a hive-like structure for the new exhibit, "BREATHE : The Emergent Colony."
Julie Denesha KCUR

On this Tuesday’s Central Standard, plug into a conversation with the artists behind the new arts gallery PLUG Projects. We’ll discuss their efforts to bring more thought-provoking works to Kansas City, local fundraising initiatives and resources to help develop local art writing and critique.

Later in the hour, visiting artist Carrie Scanga talks about "BREATHE: The Emergent Colony," her new experimental, collaborative exhibition that's transforming PLUG's gallery space.

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Visual Arts
4:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

City Officials Call Special Session To Discuss Controversial Statue

"Accept or Reject" by artist Yu Chang at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Flickr user 39_Steps

The Overland Park City Council called an extra meeting for Wednesday night. On the agenda: an executive session to discuss legal issues around controversial statuary at the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Visual Arts
5:56 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Group Files Signatures To Remove Controversial Sculpture

Flickr user BSevett

A grand jury may decide the fate of a life-sized bronze sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Central Standard
9:54 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Clay Town: 3D Arts Education at Red Star Studios

John Tilton, High-fired oxidation porcelain. Part of the show External Views, up at Red Star Studios through September 28th

On this Thursday's Central Standard, learn what makes Kansas City a Clay Town.

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KC Fringe Festival
11:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

6 Tips For KC Fringe

The 8th annual KC Fringe Festival, a 10-day festival of cultural arts, kicks off this week.

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Artists in Their Own Words
3:00 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Allan Winkler's Whimsical World

Artist Allan Winkler
Laura Spencer KCUR

Artist Allan Winkler’s whimsical paper and metal cut-outs of people and animals are instantly recognizable. A 1975 graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, his style has been described as "deliberately naïve."

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Central Standard
9:31 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Citywide Picnic Celebration

When was the last time you packed a basket and headed outside to dine with the ants and the cicadas? On this Thursday's Central Standard, join us for a picnic.

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Central Standard
9:27 am
Tue July 3, 2012

The Iraqi Refugee Portrait Project

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, an Iraqi refugee explores the time he spent in a refugee camp through photographs. In his images, widows show him the one item they kept when they fled their homes.

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Up to Date
5:21 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Encore Broadcast: National Geographic Photographer Annie Griffiths On Work-Life Balance

White pelicans in the Mississippi Delta

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.”

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Central Standard
9:33 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Father & Son Photographs

It was playwright Arthur Miller who said that a man's masterpiece is his son. How can you capture that relationship in a photograph?

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KC Currents
8:30 am
Sun June 3, 2012

PHOTOS: What Kansas Looked Like Then And What It Looks Like Now

Monument Rocks, Kansas (1949)
Kansas City Star

If you happen to stand in one spot in a Kansas town or city, did you ever wonder what things looked like 100+ years ago? 

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Visual Arts
5:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Kinetic Sculpture Mimics Movement Of Construction Equipment

"Adaptation" at the Public Works complex in west Olathe, Kan.
Courtesy of the artist

Johnson County launched its one percent for art program in 2007. This means that one percent of the budget of a new major capital project is set aside for public art.

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Headlines
9:43 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Friday, May 11, 2012

A printmaker returns to his Missouri roots, and the Kansas House passes a redisctricting plan for the Senate.  It’s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

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Central Standard
10:31 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Local Fountain Sculptor Gives Background To Popular Works

Photo: flickr/ChrisM70

Click below to hear local sculptor Tom Corbin sharing stories about a few of his big works around town.

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Visual Arts
11:45 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Kemper ArtCast: Observational Expertise

Wilbur Niewald, Trees at Linda Hall Library, 1996 oil paint on canvas 29 x 36 inches.
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection

In this interview, Kemper Museum Educator of School and Family Programs, Lauren Park, talks to exhibition artist Wilbur Niewald about the term “plein air” painting.

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Up to Date
5:30 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Photographer Mattias Klum: Rare...And Dangerous Shots

'When I came to Borneo for the first time in 1988 as a 20-year-old this is the Borneo I imagined ... mist-drenched rainforest, incredible trees and rich vegetation ... '
Mattias Klum

Mattias Klum makes a living by shooting photographs of some of the world's most endangered species and places.

A photographer for National Geographic, Klum might be considered an endangered species himself, given his recent work shooting closes ups of the venomous Chinese cobra, which can shoot its venom up to nearly 7 feet. Even a drop of that venom can blind you.

But there he sat....shooting away....nonetheless.

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