Folks who seldom get together did just that when Kansas City Symphony musicians gave a free concert on the city’s east side Oct. 3. The event, one of a series of free fall outdoor concerts launched in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, took place in the parking lot of Community Builders of Kansas City, […]
After years of living on the coasts Alisha B. Wormsley returned to the Pittsburgh neighborhood where she grew up to participate in a community-based artist residency. She had long been interested in the intersection of science-fiction and Black narratives, especially of and by women. Sometimes referred to as Afro-futurism, it is a genre that visualizes […]
The new year brings positive thoughts as the country prepares to welcome a new president, and a vaccine promises an end to the cultural depredations of the pandemic. With the announcement of the first group of panelists, there is great cause for optimism about the art to be commissioned for Kansas City International Airport. The […]
Sometimes, it seems that history is made when ingenuity, adversity and art intersect. At the beginning of the 1930s, during the early years of the Great Depression, Kansas City continued to work. Thomas Pendergast, the legendary mayor/mobster, allowed jazz clubs to openly sell alcohol despite prohibition. Kansas City became known as “Paris of the Plains.” […]
Tall and rangy, Lou Marak was a man of few words, which inevitably hit their mark. “He could really shoot the zingers,” his longtime friend, artist Jane Booth, said in a recent interview. Marak’s superb line drawings of people, landscapes and animals were equally spare and to the point.
The riveting installation “London Williams & Izsys Archer: In Truth, Black Angels” at Haw Contemporary in the West Bottoms is angelic by virtue of its emotional accessibility and vulnerability. At the same time, it stirs “good trouble” by inviting the viewer to engage in its dialogue on the overlapping issues of race, gender, sexuality and […]