It’s a given that much of what makes Kansas City great is the arts. The growth and energy of the city’s cultural institutions have been contagious in the last dozen years. The spark and savvy of individual artists; the boldness and fortitude of small companies of actors, musicians and dancers; the innovation and drive of […]
Gold. Forever a symbol of wealth and human desire, it’s also a source of folly and madness. It has been a catalyst of enormous historical force. It can spell cataclysm and doom. And, beginning in September, it’s the subtext of a haunting exhibit of historical photographs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Hallmark’s Iconic “Triple Crown,” by Kenneth Snelson, Will be Renovated and Reinstalled This Fall One of Kansas City’s most prominent pieces of outdoor art — and one of my favorites, I might add — is on the verge of a nip and tuck. It’s Kenneth Snelson’s “Triple Crown,” the tri-polar web of stainless-steel tubes and […]
The Goldsworthy wall progresses, inch by inch, stone by stone. At least that was the plan for this summer. The British artist was scheduled to arrive back in Kansas City just as this column’s deadline passed in mid-May. And by the time you read this, anger surely had arisen among those who might have found […]
Early this year, “Downbeat” magazine announced a global list of 25 cities where jazz “thrives.” Kansas City, alas, failed to make the cut. A friend in New York responded with outrage. Portland? I see her point, but I also understand how our jazz legacy is so often overlooked. Sure, we pay lip service to it […]
The last time I saw Henry Bloch, it was a perfectly fitting occasion. He was sitting down and welcoming a crowd of visitors and press people previewing the newly expanded and rebuilt European wing of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was 2017. He was 94 at the time, and seemed a little more frail […]