This year marks the 50th anniversary of Kansas City’s BkMk Press, one of Kansas City’s few book publishers and second oldest only to Andrews McMeel. Over the course of that long history, BkMk has acted as a platform for Midwestern voices, won many awards, and built a solid reputation for its publication of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
Roberto Lugo, a 2012 BFA graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, has seen his Kansas City connection come full circle with the acquisition of “Kobe Urn” by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. “Uniting (Lugo’s) love of graffiti and ceramics, this extraordinary vessel is a poignant and powerful homage to Kobe Bryant,” said Bruce […]
Among the many exhibitions upended by the pandemic, a stellar show of recently conserved objects in the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was put on hold when the museum closed in March 2020.
Rashida Phillips arrived in Kansas City in January 2020, expressly chosen to set things right at the American Jazz Museum, which has proven to be a wobbly anchor of the 18th and Vine district. A museum professional with experience both as a musician and a jazz historian, Phillips brought solid chops and positivity to the […]
19th-century photographic representations of women tend to reflect societal constraints — subservience, commodification, piousness and maternalism. But for Virginia Oldoini, the Countess de Castiglione, challenging norms became her life’s work.
The current issue of “By Design” magazine is entitled “The Good Fight,” but it didn’t start out that way. “By Design,” which was launched in 2018, showcases Black creatives. Issue #005, which came out in December, originally was going to be called “The Blueprint.” “We were going to dive a little bit deeper into what […]