In the last few years in museums and galleries across the nation, figurative portraiture by Black American artists has been enjoying a renaissance and long overdue attention from curators, academicians,
In the last few years in museums and galleries across the nation, figurative portraiture by Black American artists has been enjoying a renaissance and long overdue attention from curators, academicians, and collectors. Kansas City is not absent in this renaissance, and one of the artists we can thank for that is gifted painter Kwanza Humphrey.
With a larger-than-life bust of a glowering Ludwig van Beethoven on one side and a sorrowful crucifix on the other, Kansas City ensemble Opus 76 performed the final concert in The Kansas City Beethoven Cycle, the complete string quartets. This series commemorates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, occurring December 17, 2020. It was an […]
“Audacity: The March to Women’s Rights,” an exhibit at the Kansas City Kansas Community College Art Gallery, is part of a citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: Women’s Right to Vote. Upon entering, viewers immediately see a banner centrally suspended within the gallery bearing the word “Breathe” incised in thin script […]
Virtual theater is here. Yes, it’s all because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shows few signs of receding anytime soon. Theater companies, obligated to protect the health of performers, crew and spectators, simply cannot stage live plays or musicals. So the next logical step is theater one step removed. On the plus side, theater lovers […]
By now, looking at art exclusively online has us all a little bleary-eyed. A welcome solution is well-known Kansas City artist Jim Woodfill’s exhibit “Code Practice: Certain Objects and Certain Systems,” presented by Joseph Nease Gallery, which was founded in Kansas City, but is now located in Duluth, where Nease continues to represent many Kansas […]
Elias Sime has a lot to say in word, deed and the art that he makes. The artist, born in 1968, is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His first major museum survey show, “Tightrope,” is now at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where it is available to view virtually until the museum deems it safe to reopen.