In a world of endless selfies and identity politics, Hattie Odell’s exhibit “SELF” manages to chart new territory when it comes to self-portraiture. “Chart” is the operative word here. With the precision of a surgeon, Odell uses mathematics, in the form of conversion charts, to forge metal tools into what she calls portraits of “the […]
Elizabeth Darr, a docent at both the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kemper Museum, admits she only took one course in art history in college — and it was only the second half of a yearlong survey course. Although her university studies may have been limited, she has since completed a rigorous training course to become a docent. Darr moved to Kansas City in 1997 to work as an ob-gyn; after five years, she found another practice in central Massachusetts.
We count on artists to interrupt the smooth narratives fed to us by conventional media. The artists in this small exhibition of work from the Nerman collection each face, or confront, a different figure, event, or cultural zeitgeist. Douglas Miles’ “Douglas Miles Jr. at the Fort” (2018) is a black and white photo of the […]
Rachelle Gardner-Roe is a visual artist with a talent for research and a love of podcasts. These interests and abilities have fused in her latest project, “Femin Is,” a series of 13 portraits of 18 women — writers, artists in various media, jazz vocalists, educators, curators — who have lived and worked mainly in Kansas […]
With the restoration of another iconic fountain underway, Kansas City is burnishing its reputation as a city that cares about public art, cultural diversity and its “City of Fountains” bragging rights. The “Spirit of Freedom Fountain,” located at Cleveland Avenue and Brush Creek Boulevard on the city’s historically neglected East Side, was taken down for a long-needed fix-up after a removal ceremony on Dec. 8.
The Whole Person’s 8th Annual Expressions Art Exhibition celebrates artists’ abilities and unique talents. The exhibition adds diversity to the arts community and exposes audiences to art that otherwise might not be seen. Expressions breaks down some of the barriers that artists with disabilities face, offering art gallery experiences that are accessible to people of all abilities.