In July 1814, 16-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin departed her home in England and travelled to France with the already married poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Two years later, during the summer of 1816, they took up residence in Geneva, Switzerland, where, housebound by abnormally low temperatures that earned 1816 the epithet, “the year without a summer,” their companion George Gordon (Lord) Byron, suggested that the group engage in writing ghost stories.
If Kansas City remains a too-little-known gem among American cities, the same may be true of its organ and church-music scenes. If not quite matching the profiles of, say, Boston, New York and Seattle — even, increasingly, Houston — the area has been accumulating newer pipe organs of national interest to go along with notable older instruments.
Germany, Sweden, Iceland and the Netherlands are just some of the destinations for this year’s round of grant recipients from the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program. The 10 winners of the program’s up to $6,000 travel grants include three artists from Kansas City and one each from Topeka, St. Louis, Chicago, New York and Maine. […]
It’s a hands-on exhibit, put on by Block Artspace for the ninth time in 18 years. The biennial Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile is a Kansas City tradition, where viewers don white gloves before perusing hundreds of works housed in big flatfile cabinets, pulling a folder of an artist that interests them and having a […]
Without KC Fringe, the local theater scene would not be what it is. The Fringe, which will present its 14th annual potpourri of performances, film, visual arts and youth activities spanning 10 days in July, got off to an unwieldy start in its inaugural year— mainly because nobody had attempted a fringe festival in Kansas City before. KC Fringe, like other fringe fests around the country, took its cue from the Mother Ship: The Edinburgh Fringe, which began in 1947 in Scotland.
Can a wheelchair pose a threat? Does menace lie in a bunk bed? Is there a hidden agenda lurking in a kitchen — as an ominous electric buzz humming through chairs and tables suggests? In the art of Mona Hatoum, the familiar can be disorienting and unsettling, challenging our assumptions and upending our expectations. “Terra Infirma,” an exhibition on view at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis through Aug. 11, spans the four-decade career of the Palestinian multimedia and installation artist.