February 26, 2020

KCAI Presents Spring Roster of Current Perspectives Lectures

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will welcome six notable visiting artists this spring to present at the Current Perspectives lecture series. These presentations by a diverse group of artists will inform, engage and celebrate relevant topics and practices in contemporary art and culture. The artists will also directly engage with students through a series of classroom conversations and critiques.

Current Perspectives Lectures
Each lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus at 4415 Warwick unless otherwise noted. Tickets are not required and all events are free and open to the public. For detailed information visit https://kcai.edu/campus-life/publicprograms/.

Magalie Guérin
March 9
Magalie Guérin is a Chicago-based painter. She is the author of NOTES ON, a compilation of studio writings published by The Green Lantern Press in 2016. Guérin was recently awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant (2018), a Chinati Foundation residency (2018), and the Stephen Pace Residency Award for a Mid-Career Painter at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (2019).

Daniel Eatock – Talking in Circles
March 12
Spend an hour with witty artist and disrupter Daniel Eatock at the Current Perspectives presentation, Talking in Circles, where he’ll narrate insights to 360 images arranged around the circumference of a circle starting and ending at the top. Eatock’s fascination with the circle is evident in much of his work. His practice not only rounds the circle but reinvents and questions the very premise of what a circle might be. 

Coco Fusco – Haunted by History
March 26
Interdisciplinary artist and writer Coco Fusco explores the politics of gender, race, war, and identity through multi-media productions incorporating large-scale projections, closed-circuit television, web-based live streaming performances with audience interaction, as well as performances at cultural events that actively engage with the audience.

Vladimir Zimakov – Cover to Cover: Words, Pictures and Everything In Between
April 8
Boston based illustrator, book artist and designer Vladimir Zimakov will share his work and the process behind his artistic practice.

Clare Qualmann and Claire Hind – Ways to Wander KCAI
April 2
Ways to Wander and Ways to Wander the Gallery are two books, conceived and edited by Qualmann and Hind, that invite the reader to interpret and embody a Wander Score.  Inspired by contemporary walking arts practice and performance, the books contain instructions for making or taking a walk.

 Casey GeraldPERSONAL // HISTORY
April 16
Casey Gerald is the author of There Will Be No Miracles Here, a memoir that stands the American Dream narrative on its head while straddling the complex intersection of race, class, religion and sexuality. There Will Be No Miracles Here was named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR and The New York Times

July 28, 2020

Large Scale Hilgemann Implosion Sculpture Installed on Campus

A 20-foot sculpture that used to sit on Park Avenue in New York City was installed Tuesday morning on campus. Double Stack by Ewerdt Hilgemann (b. 1938 in Germany, lives in the Netherlands and US), is 20 ft. high and made from stainless steel.  Double Stack is the second work that has been generously loaned to the college by the artist and Zahner Metal Conservation. Dancers was on campus in 2017-18 and now is part of Leawood’s Public Art Collection. This installation is part of KCAI’s plan to place large-scale works on the campus, on a constantly-changing basis. They connect the large public artworks already in place at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the works in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Garden at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Previous sculptures on campus include This is NOT a Refuge by Anila Quayyum Agha and The Consistency of Change by Caleb Bowman, (’99 Sculpture). See how Hilgemann implodes these giant sculptures here.

July 27, 2020

Recent Grad Designs Mural at Zoo’s Elephant Exhibit

Watching elephants frolic in the new waterfall pool is delighting visitors at the recently renovated Elephant Expedition at the Kansas City Zoo. The pachyderm’s passion for H2O is also the theme of another one of the exhibition’s new features, a vibrant mural by Anh Le, a 2020 graduate of KCAI’s Illustration program. The large-scale panorama on the Learning Cottage at the exhibit entrance shows animal families coming together at a waterhole in the wilds of Africa. “I wanted the whole scene to have a warm, inviting vibe for visitors.  It gives them a little peek into the world they are entering,” said Le. The project was created when Le was a senior in KCAI’s MICRO Agency, which connects Kansas City businesses with the creative talent of KCAI students. Several students presented designs to the Zoo team and Le’s interpretation made the final cut. This is the second time KCAI students have designed murals for the Zoo. Vaughn Parrish (’19 Illustration) created the underwater themed wall in Stingray Bay. Le’s motivation for the mural is simple — to bring happiness. “With everything that’s going on in the world right now, we need a spark of positivity and joy. I hope people read more…