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September 2018

Current Perspectives: Freight Train Rabbit Killer

September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Freight Train Rabbit Killer, an opera by musicians Kris Bruder and Mark Smeltzer about a vengeful rabbit, will be performed on Thursday, September 6 in Epperson Auditorium.  The Freight Train Rabbit Killer is a backwoods pre/post-apocalyptic Americana opera toiling between a spirit realm and what most perceive as the real world. The Rabbit Killer is a spirit shaman in the form of a rabbit. Don't let reality fool you, ‘cause this rabbit is on a mission to hunt all of the High Sheriffs of predation to work his way to Satan and take him back where he came from.  Freight Train, a vigilante naturally or unnaturally bent on justice, on a mission to purge the world of its predators feeding on the innocent. Predators like CEOs of banks, insurance companies, politicians, people that run this unfair world. The two set out on an unsettling adventure set to heavy rhythmic juke and trance songs as the soundtrack to this epic journey. The music delivers on the spiritual and the profane redemption and loss. Stay after the 7 p.m. performance for a Q&A to learn more about the band’s mythos and to see their homemade instruments, masks and props.  

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First Friday Meditation at H&R Block Artspace

September 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Join Meditation Instructor Lisa Murphy in Commonspace for her free guided meditation as she teaches mindful practices for healthy living.  If you can’t sit still for an hour, no problem. Participants are encouraged to be comfortable, and you may move when needed. Everyone is invited to experience the meditation in their own way, and no prior meditation experience is necessary. Some cushions and chairs are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please bring your yoga mat or meditation cushion.  You are also welcome to bring a shawl or sweater for warmth as Artspace maintains a 70-degree environment.  This event is free to the public, but space is limited, so please RSVP to Marcus Cain at mdcain@kcai.edu or call 816-802-3571.

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Missouri River Bridge as Instrument

September 18, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Please join us inside a river bridge soundscape, with an ensemble of Tibetan singing bowls and bridge projections. The performance will feature Tibetan singing-bowl master Steve Donofrio, composer Dwight Frizzell’s multi-channel bridge recordings and students in Converging Media at the Kansas City Art Institute. The sonorous Liberty Bend Bridge at Highway 291 (in Sugar Creek) is a magnificent traffic-activated instrument expressing a flow of people, materials, animals and plants. Its voice, animated by human agency, and full of percussive and harmonic sound, is intimately heard by nestling an ear on its metal understructure (or attaching contact mics as heard here). HEAR the BRIDGE

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Current Perspectives Presents Writer Colin Rafferty

September 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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"Memory fails me, us. Our emotions fade until we no longer remember what upsets us in the first place, But a physical object - the monument- reminds us every time we encounter it, holds up the event we have forgotten so that we might recall what happened, so that we do not forget." Excerpt from Hallowed Ground by Colin Rafferty  Join us to hear Colin Rafferty read from Hallow This Ground, his collection of essays that explore the nature and the function of memorials, and his experiences while interacting with these public displays of grief and loss. Rafferty teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Mary Washington in Richmond, Va.  

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October 2018

Carved

October 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Crestwood Shops, 251 E. 55th St.
Kansas City, MO United States
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Free

Celebrate fall with live music and artful pumpkins carved by Kansas City Art Institute students at Carved, a festive family event at the Crestwood Shops from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 25.  A portion of all the proceeds from shop and restaurant sales will benefit KCAI student scholarships. For years, KCAI freshman Foundation students have put their carving prowess to work by taking lowly pumpkins and gourds and turning them into intricate art.  From frightening to fabulous to funny…these are not your typical jack-o-lanterns! Students will be on site carving and their astonishing pumpkin creations will be available for a $50 donation. Visitors to Carved can get retail therapy at eleven locally-owned shops and enjoy delectable fare at Café Europa and Aixios. The Crestwood Shops, located on 55th Street between Brookside Boulevard and Oak Street, were established in 1922 and is Kansas City’s first neighborhood shopping area.

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Ghostly Gala

October 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Blue Hills Country Club, 777 West Burning Tree Drive
Kansas City, MO United States
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$125

The Fireside Committee Invites you to the Ghostly Gala on October 27 at Blue Hills Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Student Scholarship Fund KCAI. 6 PM            Appetizers, Cocktails, Silent Auction and Raffle 7 PM            Dinner Music by Multiphonic Jazz Band. Costumes Encouraged For more information or tickets contact jmsharp5@hotmail.com or jlweilert@aol.com

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Frankenstein: A Postmodern Prometheus

October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Just in time for Halloween, join KCAI faculty as they take an in-depth look at the horror classic Frankenstein.

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November 2018

Nathan Young: Night Music of the Southern Plains American Indian

November 2, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - December 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
KCAI Crossroads Gallery, 1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City , MO 66216 United States
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The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present Nathan Young: Night Music of the Southern Plains American Indian. This exhibition will begin with a special outdoor performance on Friday, Nov 2 at 7 and 8 p.m. by Southern Thunder. Gallery installations featuring a video of the performance, objects, and artwork will be on view from Nov 6 – Dec 8. The exhibition will close with an additional event score performance with special guests, including KCAI students, in the gallery on Friday, Dec 7 at 7 p.m Nathan Young (born 1975, Tahlequah, Okla.) is a multidisciplinary artist and composer working in an expanded practice that incorporates sound, video, documentary, animation, installation, socially engaged art and experimental and improvised music. Nathan’s work often engages the spiritual and the political and re-imagines indigenous sacred imagery in order to complicate and subvert notions of the sublime. Nathan is a founding and former member of the artist collective Postcommodity (2007-2015). He holds an M.F.A. in Music/Sound from Bard College’s Milton-Avery School of the Arts and his bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Oklahoma. He is an active member of the Delaware, Pawnee and Kiowa tribes. Beyond his interest in sound…

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CURRENT PERSPECTIVES: 2018 CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION VISUAL ARTIST AWARDS DISCUSSION

November 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Please join us for a conversation between 2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award recipients Marie Bannerot McInerney, Jarrett Mellenbruch and Jillian Youngbird. Curator Jennifer Baker will guide a discussion inspired by themes within the exhibition and informed by each artists’ processes and strategies of inquiry and research. Since 1997, Charlotte Street’s Visual Artist Award has supported outstanding visual artists living in Kansas City through annual, unrestricted cash awards distributed directly to visual artists. These competitive awards recognize local artists who are creating outstanding artwork and show great accomplishment and promise by providing financial support, critical attention, and increased exposure with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development. For the seventh time in the award’s 20-year history, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute will proudly present the 2018 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards Exhibition featuring new work by the 2018 Fellows: KCAI Faculty Marie Bannerot McInerney and Jarrett Mellenbruch, and Alumna Jillian Youngbird.

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Open Plan: Caleb Taylor

November 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - January 5, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty
Kansas City , MO 64102 United States
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For the better part of four years, Chair of Foundation Caleb Taylor’s practice has grown to engage dialogues that shift abstract form away from pure distillation and focus on its relationships to constructed environments, history of place, and dynamics connected to ways of seeing. Open Plan is Caleb Taylor’s first solo exhibition with Haw Contemporary. Occupying the entirety of the Stockyards ground floor, this exhibition presents paintings, photographic collages, and sculptures that investigate the complex dualities of images and objects, representation and abstraction, perception and understanding, fact and fiction, building and rebuilding. Modernist architects broke away from traditional designs and construction methods, favoring approaches offering a continuity and liberation of physical space. Identified by Le Corbusier as one of his ‘Five Points of Architecture’, an open plan references interior spaces free of sub-dividing walls. His principles shifted the aesthetic vernacular and usability of architecture to include clear perspectives on site-specificity. The notion of spatial response is ever-present in Taylor’s installation. Entering each gallery, viewers encounter works that are distinct in their content and are informing and sampling one another. The layout of the exhibition is both structurally unified and fractally unfolding, underlining the idea that all manners of art-making are an act of construction. Please join us…

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