Opportunities

Visiting Critic and Curator Program

History of the program

Initiated in 2000 through support from the Missouri Arts Council, the Visiting Critic and Curator Program (VCCP) is designed to engage Kansas City artists in a dialogue with nationally recognized curators and critics. Hosted on a biennial basis by the Artspace, VCCP invites submissions through an open call to artists as well as submissions from Kansas City artists and M.F.A. and B.F.A. candidates in their final year.

VCCP invites a nationally recognized critic or curator –– alternating between critic and curator for each program –– to select a group of Kansas City artists for individual studio visits and discussions in Kansas City. The program opens up a dialogue between a Kansas City artist and a critic or curator from outside of the region and exposes the visiting critic or curator to the dynamic contemporary arts scene in Kansas City. The Artspace organizes a public lecture by the visiting critic or curator as the culmination of the program.

The 2014 visiting curator is David Everitt Howe, a Brooklyn-based independent curator and critic. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and his MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. He has curated exhibitions for Scaramouche, Abrons Arts Center, Performa, and 47 Canal, and his writing has appeared in The Village Voice, ArtReview, Art Papers, Flash Art International, Modern Painters, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, and Afterall, among other publications. He is the Curatorial and Development Associate at Participant Inc., an educational corporation and not-for-profit alternative space, PARTICIPANT INC seeks to provide a venue in which artists, curators, and writers can develop, realize, and present ambitious projects within a context that recognizes the social and cultural value of artistic experimentation.
 
Previous visiting critics and curators include Michael Pittari, former editor of Art Papers in Atlanta; Amada Cruz, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Kathryn Hixon, editor of New Art Examiner, formerly published in Chicago; Anne Pasternak, director of Creative Time in New York; James Elaine, curator of Hammer Projects at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; and Stuart Horodner, director of the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art and Dean Daderko, curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Kansas City Flatfile

The first "Kansas City Flatfile" exhibition was held at the Artspace in 2001 in conjunction with the "Pierogi Flatfiles" exhibition featuring flatfiles from Joe Amrhein's Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Kansas City Flatfile" has since become a biennial invitational exhibition featuring a wide range of work by emerging and established artists from the Kansas City area.

The exhibitions include two-dimensional work in various media including drawing, photography, print, painting and mixed media. All of the work is contained in individual portfolios enclosed in flatfile cabinets. Visitors are invited to browse the files and handle the work, which offers a unique and personal viewing experience. In addition, the exhibition includes a videofile featuring a variety of time-based work which viewers can select and watch at their leisure.

Throughout the exhibitions guest curators from the Kansas City area and surrounding region are invited to curate temporary salon-style presentations from the flatfiles. The "Kansas City Flatfile" exhibitions have a studio-like characteristic for the participating artists and the public and encourage a natural exchange of ideas and practices through a hands-on approach.

The "Kansas City Flatfile" provides an opportunity for a wide range of Kansas City artists to show their work to an equally diverse audience, which often includes arts professionals and collectors in the Kansas City area and beyond. Artists are invited to participate and submission to the Artspace's Visiting Critic and Curator Program places artists on this list.

June 7– September 27, 2014
2014 Kansas City Flatfiles