Friday, April 20, 2012

TAC-KC: 04.20.12

Tracy's Art Calendar — Kansas City for April 20-22, 2012

Sarah Taylor, Swamp Fetus, inkjet print, 11.7" x 16.5", 2012, on view as part of her senior thesis exhibition (KCAI, '12, photography) at The Trap Gallery, with an opening reception tonight from 6 to 10 p.m.
Image: courtesy of the artist via the gallery and KCAI

It's that time of year when the upcoming college graduates put their work on view and give us the chance to see the "now." Last Friday, the annual Kansas City Art Institute BFA Exhibition opened at the H&R Block Artspace (16 East 43rd Street), and work from the Class of 2012 is on view there (every gallery, both floors; it's always one of my favorite exhibitions to visit/view) through May 12. The annual closing reception / farewell party is May 11, from 6 to 8 p.m.

A host of individual student exhibitions are scheduled in various galleries in the coming weeks, and I aim to bring you timely notice of those as they happen. Three open tonight: Revenge of the Pixel Blobs by Sarah Taylor (pictured above); a three-person exhibition at For Sale (also in Columbus Park) by Kathy Brown (fiber), Emily Connell (ceramics), and Kaelyn Helmer (painting); and Body Vernacular by Ruben Castillo (printmaking, at Leopold).

Tonight, the Charlotte Street Foundation is marking 15 years with a many-artist, many-faceted Urban Culture Project endeavor, The Frontier, opening tonight at Paragraph and Project Space downtown. It is:
"A SERIES of evolving, collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects. A LIVING ARCHIVE of artist-driven efforts in Kansas City. A SITE for interviews, research, discussions, and public programs. A LAUNCH PAD for excursions, investigations, and propositions. An INVITATION for YOUR participation."
Part of the Living Archive includes long lost issues of Review magazine, dating back to its founding in fall 1998 through its final print issue in Spring 2010. I'm looking forward to remembering my early days in Kansas City, when, indeed, the Crossroads were barely populated, and downtown was more like a ghost-town than the loft-ful, Power & Light District place it is today.

Don't forget about The Speakeasy. There's something new every weekend: today, Jessica Rogers is on site with her CartWheel mobile craft venue; tomorrow, she hosts a "stitch and bitch" at 2 p.m., and later that evening there's a musical performance by Howard Iceberg & The Titanics, along with Grisly Hand; and Sunday, you can come at 3 p.m. to participate in a food swap. All the details are on The Speakeasy blog.

I almost forgot! You can get started early with some of your favorite people at the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City: it's Spring Happy Hour for Now Showing, from 5 to 7 p.m. Featured artists include Cheryl Eve Acosta, José Faus, Adolfo Martinez, and Jason Sierra. Refreshments for all at ArtsKC's offices, on the 10th floor of 906 Grand Boulevard. Mattie Rhodes Art Center will have a folk art installation on the first floor. There's even complimentary valet parking in the UMB garage just to the south. RSVP is requested. Please click here to do that.

Friday, April 20-22:

Ruben Castillo
at Leopold Gallery, 324 West 63rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri:816-333-3111
Opening reception: April 20, 6-9 p.m.
Open: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 26, 2012

Jessica Rogers's mobile craft store, featuring Kansas City artists
at The Speakeasy, located at la Esquina, 1000 West 25th Street, Kansas City, Missouri: 816-221-5115
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Artist reception: April 20, 5 p.m.
Stitch & Bitch with the artist: April 21, 2 p.m. Come and learn about sewing from experienced "craftivist" Jessica Rogers and discuss the current state of craft in contemporary art and design

at Paragraph and Project Space, 21-23 East 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri: 816-816-221-5115
Phase I opening: April 20, 6-9 p.m.
Open: Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through July 7, 2012, with third Friday receptions/performances on May 18 and June 15, 6-9 p.m.

Revenge of the Pixel Blobs
Sarah Taylor
at The Trap Gallery, 525 Gillis Street, Kansas City, Missouri: 816-853-7510 (S. Taylor)
Opening reception: April 20, 6-10 p.m.
Open by appointment through May 13, 2012

Senior Exhibition: Kathy Brown, Emily Connell, and Kaelyn Helmer
at For Sale Gallery, 916 East 5th Street, Kansas City, Missouri: 510-284-7067 (K. Brown)
Opening reception: April 20, 6-9 p.m.
Open by appointment through April 28, 2012

PS, All opinions here are my own, and no one edits this — besides me — so any errors are also solely mine. Corrections are appreciated:

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