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Lights, Camera, Hixon!

Just a four-minute walk from Kansas City’s old First National Bank at Baltimore and 10th Streets —now the home of the downtown Central Library — some of the biggest names

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“PAINTALLICA: Worst Show Yet,” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

“PAINTALLICA: Worst Show Yet,” Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

“Worst Show Yet” is a junkyard orgy of collaborative art. Paintallica, an artist collective made up of more than 20 painters and sculptors, have transformed the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center into a chaotic scene, including a giant inflatable sculpture of Vladimir Putin, music machines and a number of somewhat obscene paintings and murals. With a critical […]

Emperors, Scholars and Temples: Tastemakers of China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties

Emperors, Scholars and Temples: Tastemakers of China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties

Brilliant porcelains, temples in mist-shrouded landscapes, a scholar in his studio, elegant ladies decked out in fine silks — these are some of the images conjured up by the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties, the period when the arts of China reached full maturity. The primary driving forces behind this artistic creativity were three distinct yet interconnected cultural milieus: the imperial court, the scholar or literati class and Buddhism.

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Lights, Camera, Hixon!

Lights, Camera, Hixon!

Just a four-minute walk from Kansas City’s old First National Bank at Baltimore and 10th Streets —now the home of the downtown Central Library — some of the biggest names in American entertainment once made their way to a small photography studio and a man they trusted to cast them in just the right light. Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor. Fanny Brice and a local ingénue named Billie Cassin (who’d eventually become Joan Crawford).

Arts News: Nelson-Atkins Celebrates 2017 Juneteenth with Day of Free Events

Arts News: Nelson-Atkins Celebrates 2017 Juneteenth with Day of Free Events

The most newsworthy aspect of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s involvement in this year’s city-wide Juneteenth festival is not just its participation. Rather, it is the thoughtfulness that went into the museum’s planning of a day-long  Juneteenth celebration centered on artistic expression. Traditionally, Juneteenth festivals have been more common in the South than other parts […]

ArtsKC-Supported Artists Produce Thought-Provoking Work

ArtsKC-Supported Artists Produce Thought-Provoking Work

From a short documentary film depicting music as an immigrant because of the way it assimilates into the musical landscape of countries, to sculptures that interact with fermented foods, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant artists bring fresh, diverse perspectives to their work. The following artists just received ArtsKC Inspiration Grants and represent three of 37 artists who […]

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