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April 2017

ONE FIFTEENTH

April 7 - May 5
2016 Main,
2016 Main
Kansas City , MO 64108 United States
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ONE FIFTEENTH is a photographic exploration of the impact images have on our experience in making connections and how much of that is assumed. So, how do I make someone aware of this? Through the focus of a single space. One roll of film allows for the subtle differences between each progressing image to emerge. The series is two-part: framed images on a wall and a photo-book. The framed images focus more on the intentionality of seeing. Each picture is taken of the same thing (a desk) but the viewer is asked to look closer. Then he/she moves through the book comparing every image for their similarities but never noticing them individually, looking without seeing. This interplay allows the viewer to experience a slow moment in time and become more aware of our passive tendencies to disengage with what we are looking at.

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Tomahawk Ridge Community Center’s 2017 National Juried Art Exhibition

April 7 @ 8:00 am - June 12 @ 10:00 pm
Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,
11902 Lowell Ave. (119th & Lowell)
Overland Park, KS United States
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Howard Harris, KCAI Trustee, has three pieces that were selected for this exhibition.  “Trees in the Mist” 24”x20” was created using Mr. Harris' patent pending, multilayered images printed directly on acrylic. Dimensionality, positive and negative space along with ever changing views highlight this process. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published Mr. Harris' application to patent this process. See more of Mr. Harris' work at the exhibit, opening on April 7.  

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2017 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace,
16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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The 2017 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition will feature work by over 120 B.F.A. candidates from the Kansas City Art Institute, majoring in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Receptions: Opening reception; Friday, April 7, 2017, 5-7 p.m. Closing reception: Friday, May 5, 2017, 5-7 p.m.

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The Vortex Trinity

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - May 27 @ 10:00 pm
Todd Weiner Gallery,
115 West 18th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Featuring three major artists based in Kansas City: Hugh Merrill, Miguel Rivera, and Jim Sajovic. The exhibition will open on First Friday, April 7 and run through Saturday, May 27th, 2017. There are major moments in an artists career that define their art practice. These zenith moments are experienced in the mastery of personal style, challenging experiences that redefine ones thinking, or even conquering a seemingly unconquerable quest. In September 2016, Jim Sajovic, long-standing professor at the Kansas City Art Institute celebrated his retirement. Anyone who knows Jim had no doubt that his retirement would only invigorate his art making process. The work that Jim has produced in the months following is nothing short of prolific, an entire new body to be exact. “Provisional Chaos”, is made up of colorful energized paintings that play on alignments and convergences of color and structural relationships. The concept and process of creating these paintings nods to Raphael Rubenstein’s notion of “Provisional Painting” where artists, “In different ways, all deliberately turn away from strong’ painting for something that seems to constantly risk inconsequence or collapse.” Jim sets out to create a piece with, “No idea what the appearance of the finished work will be.”…

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Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity

April 7 @ 5:50 pm - 7:30 pm
Cinemark Palace on the Plaza,
526 Nichols Rd.
Kansas City , MO 64112 United States
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In the turbulent social upheaval of the early 1970s, an idealistic writer and his soon-to-be-married photographer friend set out to find their purpose via a terrifying hitchhiking trip across the Sahara Desert. See the documentary at the KC Film Fest.  Tickets to the film fest are available  at http://kcfilmfest.org

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Current Perspectives – Peter Kuper

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Hall – KCAI campus,
4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics have appeared in magazines around the world including MAD where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every issue since 1997.He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine and has produced over two dozen books including and adaptation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Ruins which won the 2016 Eisner award for best graphic novel. He has been teaching comics courses at The School of Visual Arts for 25 years and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.

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How did she do it?

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Santa Fe Clay,
545 Camino de la Familia
Sante Fe , NM United States
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Santa Fe Clay is excited to welcome Christy Georg ('97 sculpture) on Friday, April 14th. Christy will break down and explain fabrication of a complex pattern, producing 16 large plaster molds, slip-casting vitreous china, drying, handling, glazing, and firing at Kohler Pottery. “Great Guns,” one of the most ambitious projects attempted in the 43-year history of the Kohler Arts/Industry Residency Program, is a project by artist Christy Georg that will result in a large ship-like installation featuring two huge, ghostly white naval cannon cast in vitreous china (industrial porcelain) and mirrors which reflect them in an infinite gun-deck. This process-oriented explanation of the making of “Great Guns” shows a feat of trial-and-error engineering a monumental project on a very tight budget. The USS Constitution Museum in Boston endorsed the project and provided schematics of the original 1797 cannon, which Christy used to make one out of MDF wood, a complicated project on its own, which took two months to complete. Using this as the pattern, at Kohler she produced sixteen huge multi-part plaster molds with steel infrastructures and handles to manipulate them solo with a hoist. Using them, she successfully slip-cast in vitreous china (liquid industrial porcelain) the twenty-seven components…

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Current Perspectives – Leesa Fanning

April 20 @ 11:45 am - 12:00 pm
Epperson Hall – KCAI campus,
4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Gallery documentation of Make Room for Color Field, a small exhibition on display in gallery L2 of the Bloch Building of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. Photographer / Bob Greenspan

Leesa Fanning ('82 design), Curator of Contemporary Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum, is the Distinguished Alumni Speaker at Current Perspectives on April 20. She wrote her dissertation on Abstract Expressionism, specifically on the work of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem De Kooning and she holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Kansas. Fanning has taught art history classes at KU, UMKC and KCAI. Since joining the Nelson-Atkins in 1998, Fanning has focused on contemporary art. She recently curated Janet Cardiff: Forty-Part Motet, Nick Cave: Property, Philip Haas’ The Four Seasons, Bill Viola’s The Raft, OpenEnded Group and Bill T. Jones’ After Ghostcatching, Cao Fei’s RMB City Opera, Wolfgang Laib: Without Place—Without Time—Without Body, and Tapping Currents: Contemporary African Art and the Diaspora. Fanning is also developing a scholarly publication—a fully illustrated 325 book—for spring of 2018 on spirituality in contemporary global art.    

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End-of-semester exhibition and sale

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
KCAI,
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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 This exhibition and sale showcases and sells contemporary student 2- and 3-D artwork from various departments. The studio departments where the students will display their pieces are located throughout the campus.

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End-of-semester exhibition

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
KCAI,
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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 This exhibition and sale showcases and sells contemporary student 2- and 3-D artwork from various departments. The studio departments where the students will display their pieces are located throughout the campus.

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