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May 2021

Jason Pollen Art Studio Sale

May 21, 2021 @ 8:00 am - May 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
new, 4347 Oak St
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States

Join Professor Emeritus Jason Pollen at his home studio for a sale of intriguing new and older artwork. A portion of the proceeds benefit the KCAI Fund to support student scholarships. The best place to park for this event is in the lot at DeBruce Hall.   Friday, May 21 4 - 7 p.m. Saturday, May 22 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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June 2021

Invisible Monuments

June 24, 2021 @ 8:00 am - August 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The KCAI Gallery is pleased to present Invisible Monuments, an exhibition featuring a selection of collaborative films directed by Tuan Andrew Nguyen. Nguyen was a virtual artist-in-residence at KCAI during the Spring 2020 semester and led several collaborative workshops with KCAI students, faculty and staff culminating in one of the films being presented. Invisible Monuments is a project of the Center for Contemporary Practice program at the KCAI Gallery. Nguyen’s work explores strategies of political resistance enacted through counter-memory and post-memory. Extracting and re-working narratives via history and supernaturalisms is an essential part of his work where fact and fiction are both held accountable. His collaborative practice explores and elucidates interstitial spaces, colliding spaces, and paradoxical spaces. In 2006 Nguyen founded The Propeller Group, a platform for collectivity that situates itself between an art collective and an advertising company. He currently lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Reserve your free ticket here. Hours Thursday noon - 5 p.m. Friday noon - 5 p.m. Saturday noon - 5 p.m. Sunday noon - 5 p.m. Other days by appointment KCAI Gallery and campus will be closed July 3-4 in observance of Independence Day (US) Parking Visitor parking for the KCAI…

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July 2021

2021 Kansas City Flatfile + Digitalfile

July 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - October 14, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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The H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to present the 2021 Kansas City Flatfile + Digitalfile, featuring artwork by over 200 regional emerging and established visual artists. As a signature Artspace event hosted as a biennial exhibition since 2000, the Kansas City Flatfile + Digitalfile is a celebrated tradition that offers artists and art lovers a unique way to share and discover new two-dimensional and time-based works, and gather as a community. Art lovers are invited to explore flatfile cabinets filled with custom-made artist portfolios holding an exciting and diverse range of flat works, and view time-based works included in the digitalfile. Throughout the exhibition, guest curators will also create salon walls that feature a rotation of artworks and screening queues to offer a dynamic and ever-changing experience. The Artspace is open and free to all. To protect the well-being of visitors, students, and staff, the gallery will limit the number of guests.

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August 2021

Behind the Scenes: Discovering Missouri’s Artists

August 19, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri through 1951 is a new freely available online website that will document visual artists who were active in Missouri and who have defined the state’s artistic culture. Join us to learn about the artists, exhibitions, and institutions in the portal from the researchers who documented their stories. Researchers from each partner institution, the Spencer Art Reference Library: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Jannes Library: Kansas City Art Institute and the St. Louis Public Library will share the unexpected twists, turns and connections they uncovered along the way! Reserve your ticket here!  

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September 2021

All Things Being Equal: Selections From the Nerman Collection

September 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - October 17, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

This exhibition features rarely seen works from the private Nerman Collection. Their longtime generational support of KCAI includes Café Nerman, the Ceramics Studio and endowing the President’s position at the college. We concurrently celebrate Sue Nerman’s new role as elected chair of the Board of Trustees. This exhibition brings to view select critical works by African American artists from their home sharing the related stories, creativity and rigor with the KCAI community and the public. Exhibition includes works by Nick Cave, Rashid Johnson, Titus Kaphar, Simone Leigh, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Harold Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Fred Wilson, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Artwork: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Amber and Jasmine Tickets Hours Thursday - Sunday noon – 5 p.m. Other days by appointment Wayfinding Protect yourself and others: maintain a safe distance of 6’ between you and other guests, use the designated entrance and exit, and follow the designated path that leads you through the exhibition. The path through the galleries is marked with arrows. Masks For your safety and ours, KCAI requires all individuals on campus to wear a mask during their visits. Please wear your mask both inside and outside of campus buildings. If you find yourself without…

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Current Perspectives Presents: Carlos Amorales

September 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Amorales’s practice encompasses animation, drawing, installation, video, and performance. Having matured under the influence of both Mexican and European cultures, Amorales frequently explores the commonalities and disparities of the two milieus by juxtaposing their distinctive vocabularies. His work is also deeply personal—reflective of emotional introversion and at times obscure, it journeys into a dark world of fantasy, blurring the line between the real and the imagined. At home both in everyday society and in the shadowy world of the imagination, Amorales works across a broad creative spectrum. While most of his work emerges from an eerie realm in which the human figure might appear as a ghost or morph into an animal, he also engages with the real world by addressing prosaic social issues. Amorales’s project Nuevos Ricos! (2003–09) takes the form of a record label he founded with Mexican musician Julián Lede. Nuevos Ricos! was presented for the first time in an exhibition context at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany, in 2009, where it consisted of a multidisciplinary exhibit incorporating a series of lectures, musical acts, performances, and discussions of piracy and copyright. In an echo of the editions issued by Fluxus, Amorales’s project also involves the sale of merchandise, confusing the…

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Current Perspectives Presents: Reena Saini Kallat

September 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Deep Rivers Run Quiet Mumbai-based artist Reena Saini Kallat will share a cross-section of her recent work discussing processes and recurrent themes. Her talk will include works currently being shown as part of her ongoing solo exhibition at the Norrtalje Konsthall in Sweden. She will also be discussing "Verso-Recto-Recto-Verso" which was on display for nearly a year at her recently concluded solo at the Guimet Museum in Paris. Her work is widely exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York; Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich; Tate Modern, London; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; SITE SantaFe, New Mexico; Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland; Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan; ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe; Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba; SESC Pompeia and SESC Belenzino in Sao Paulo; MOCA, Shanghai; Busan MOMA; Chicago Cultural Centre amongst several others. Her work is currently being shown at a solo exhibition at the Norrtalje Konsthall  in Sweden and another solo at the National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet, Paris  which opened in 2020. She has had solos at the Manchester Museum (2017), Offsite, Vancouver Art Gallery (2015), Bhau Daji Lad Museum (2013), Kennedy…

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October 2021

Current Perspectives Presents: Coco Fusco

October 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Haunted by History 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. Fusco is the author of Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (2015), A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008), and The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001). Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, Basel Unlimited, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), and several other international exhibitions. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, the Centre Pompidou and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York. Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).Fusco is a Professor at the Cooper Union School of Art. Register

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November 2021

2021 Virtual Career and Internship Fair

November 17, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Career and Internship Fair is for students and alumni of all majors to learn about opportunities that may be a good fit for their career goals. The virtual fair will include informational presentations from organizations and companies, as well as one-on-one meetings with employers. Student/alumni Sign Up Employer Sign Up

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December 2021

End of Semester Exhibition and Sale

December 3, 2021 - December 5, 2021

It’s back!  Enjoy the first in person End of Semester Exhibition and Sale in two years! Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts made by KCAI's talented students and visit each studio on campus including Animation, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Foundation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Product Design, Sculpture and Social Practice. All proceeds benefit individual student artists and designers. Masks required.  Friday, December 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 5, from noon to 5 p.m. If you can’t make the in person event, browse select work by following @kcartinstitute on Instagram or at the End of Semester virtual show December 3 through December 17. Artwork will not be for sale online. Artwork by Zoe Mayne ('22 Printmaking)

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