Open to the public during Artspace gallery hours, the Cohen Resource Room provides access to a variety of resource materials and a setting conducive to reading, research, and quiet contemplation.

The Cohen Resource Room often hosts exhibitions drawn from KCAI’s permanent collection, serving as a learning-oriented laboratory for KCAI interns and post-graduate fellows to develop their professional practice. The growing collection of art and exhibition-related resources includes museum publications, exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, videos, art journals, and periodicals from individuals, museums, and galleries around the world.

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7/26/19 – 9/28/19

Kara Walker, African American, 1998, linoleum cut; collection of Kansas City Art Institute; gift of Jack Lemon and Landfall Press


Printed Reflections is a small survey of works by Black artists who have exhibited their work at the H&R Block Artspace. Curated by HR Block Fellow Isabel Vargas, this exhibition reflects on the ways in which these artists have impacted the Artspace and the greater community through their examination of race and identity within their works. Printed Reflections features works by Rashawn Griffin, Kahlil Irving, and Paul Anthony Smith placed into context with work by Kara Walker selected from the KCAI teaching collection. The exhibition also includes a reading list of select printed materials drawn from the Cohen Resource Library and the curator’s private collection by Emily Bernard, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Nat Love, Tony Morrison, William Pope L., Stanley Whitney, and William Villalongo.