Dedicated to artists, art, and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute as a dynamic teaching museum, engaging students and introducing audiences to important contemporary art and artists. For the 2018-2019 exhibition season, we present a new initiative that focuses our exhibitions and programming into year-long blocks of themed inquiry, speaking directly to timely and topical issues relevant to KCAI, Kansas City, and the world.

The momentum of technology in a digital age has revolutionized how information is gathered, manipulated, stored, retrieved, classified, and sharedall influencing how we see our world, tell our stories, and relate to one another. Information Processing suggests that both the creation of art and the encounters art enacts can be understood in relationship to theories of cognition and computation. This year our programming will explore a myriad of online, offline, hands-on, and subversive strategies in order to examine how art can effectively encourage critical thinking, enable civic duty, and restore public trust in a post-truth culture.


Tuesday – Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – Monday: Closed

Artspace will close December 16 – January 24 for the holiday break and for installation of our
next exhibition. Have a safe and happy holiday, and please join us in the new year on Friday,
January 25 for the opening of Nicky Nodjoumi: The Long Day.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Nicky Nodjoumi: The Long Day

01/25/2019 - 03/16/2019
Nicky Nodjoumi: The Long Day explores the artist’s ongoing fascination with the representation of political power as well as the complex systems and psychology of corruption and authority. The exhibition includes a selection of recent paintings, ink drawings, and a new suite of lithographs made in collaboration with Landfall Press in…
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Studio Gallery

06/08/2018 - 03/16/2019
Modeled as an exhibition of community action, Commonspace endeavors to facilitate “do-it-together” programs and events in collaboration with other institutions that consider how creativity, action, and information intersect.
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Artspace Project Wall: Paul Anthony Smith

08/25/2018 - 02/28/2019
Paul Anthony Smith, Fence (Dreams Deferred), 2016-2018     As a way to observe and understand a place, Paul Anthony Smith has developed a practice of walking, building an archive of sensory impressions and assembling a photographic collection of remarkable and unremarkable images. This nearly daily practice of walking is…
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