As the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art reopens to the public this season, the city’s predominant cultural institution is experiencing a generational transformation in its curatorial ranks. This is not totally a result of the economic chaos caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as vacancies and change had been occurring before the crisis settled in on us. […]
The Charlotte Street Foundation Rises to the Challenge as COVID-19 Complicates the Move to its New Headquarters This was not how Amy Kligman planned it. As executive and artistic director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, Kligman, under normal circumstances, this summer would be preparing for an incoming contingent of artists in residence. She’d be exponentially […]
It’s not as if we need another word about grief. But here goes. An old friend of mine died in April. He didn’t have the novel coronavirus, but cancer re-emerged in his body and made its final move. I dug out a picture I’d made more than 50 years ago. Roger stood in the woods […]
It was late on a Thursday evening in early February, and Bobby Watson was wailing on the little stage at the Ship, the West Bottoms dive devoted to comfort food, cheap drinks and feel-good music. Watson pushed a fountain of sounds out of his alto sax, higher and higher, faster and faster, as vibraphonist Peter […]
It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon after the holidays, and a dozen people are browsing the shelves of Kansas City’s newest bookstore. Called Wise Blood, after the Flannery O’Connor novel, the cozy Westport shop is an offshoot of the Mills Record Company, a vinyl-friendly retail institution around the corner on Broadway. A new bookstore? What were […]
Lieven Bertels, a Belgian arts professional with global experience, made his first visit to Bentonville two and a half years ago. He had worked in the U.K. and the Netherlands and most recently directed an arts festival in Sydney, Australia. Now here he was, a little apprehensive but interviewing for a job in a place of which he’d had no clue.