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Summer Exhibitions at H&R Block Artspace
June 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - September 29, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Join us to celebrate the opening of Artspace’s summer exhibitions on June 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.!
Main Gallery: “2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile”
A signature Artspace event, the “2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile” is the 9th project in this popular biennial series. The Flatfile offers a uniquely intimate art viewing experience and a chance to discover new works by emerging and established Kansas City-based artists. Art lovers are invited to peruse flatfile cabinets filled with over 200 custom-made artist portfolios holding an excitingly diverse range of flat works, and a screening station will feature time-based works included in the Digitalfile. Guest curators will be invited to curate salon walls and queues each month, creating a dynamic and ever-changing experience. Guest curators for June will be Hesse McGraw, principal at el dorado inc. and Alex Priest, public engagement, marketing, and curatorial at el dorado inc.
Studio Gallery: “Commonspace”
Throughout 2018, the Artspace will be dedicating our Studio Gallery to “Commonspace.” This project underscores the notion that the Artspace acts as a commons—a cultural resource available to all members of our community for collective benefit. 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. “Commonspace” will be available to host a myriad of activities organized by the Artspace, collaborators, and the general public, and may include but is not limited to: guided meditations, town hall meetings, voter registration events, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, fact-checking workshops, zine-making workshops, book clubs, reading groups, quilting circles, podcast recordings, and group discussions. “Commonspace” aims to create new bodies of knowledge, engage audiences around issues of urgency and resonance, address media literacy, and bring together artists, scholars, activists, librarians, students, and political and cultural leaders for in-depth exploration into how information is gathered, processed, and shared.
Cohen Resource Room: “Selections from the Collection: Home Dome Pop Zone”
The Artspace is home to a modest teaching collection and has recently created a new fellowship focused on art history, collection care, and museum practice for KCAI students and alumni. We are pleased to present “Selections from the Collection: Home Dome Pop Zone,” curated by our inaugural Jesse Howard Fellow Laurena Roytberg. This exhibition will feature a selection of lithographs by Philip Pearlstein, 1970s Push Pin Production candy tins and a suite of mid-century steel frame furniture designed by George Nelson.