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‘In the Heights’ comes to life at Crown Center

‘In the Heights’ comes to life at Crown Center

Before “Hamilton,” there was “In the Heights,” which marked composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s auspicious Broadway debut in 2008.  As he would do in “Hamilton,” Miranda incorporated rap and hip-hop into a musically diverse score for this pulsing love-letter to the largely Hispanic community in Washington Heights, a neighborhood at the northern tip of Manhattan. Whether “In […]

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“Now/Here,” H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute

“Now/Here,” H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute

“Now/Here,” a fresh survey of 30 recent works by Kansas City artists of color, shows an interesting spectrum of both artistic media and approach, ranging from expressionism, conceptualism, figuration, geometric abstraction to cultural reinvention. Kathy Liao’s monumental mixed-media work “The Continuous Line” sets the stage in the Block’s tricky two-story main gallery. A labyrinth of […]

“John Ferry: Mid-Century Modern” and “Nora Othic: Animal Show,” Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

“John Ferry: Mid-Century Modern” and “Nora Othic: Animal Show,” Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art

For a contemplative look at humanity through an anthropological lens, two new exhibitions at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art are rich fodder for imagination and introspection. “Mid-Century Modern,” by John Ferry, and “Animal Show,” by Nora Othic, offer vigorous and adroit renditions of our efforts to consummate our species’ insatiable yearning for self-expression through form and […]

“Amalgam: Resident Exhibition 2019,” Belger Crane Yard Gallery

“Amalgam: Resident Exhibition 2019,” Belger Crane Yard Gallery

Every year the Belger Crane Yard Gallery invites artists who have been awarded residencies in one of their various programs to be part of a group exhibit. The five artists in this year’s resident exhibition, “Amalgam,” are from very different places, and they make very different art. Yet two distinct themes resonate throughout this show. […]

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