Blanket Undercover has performed a sound piece in tribute to Mekhitar Garabedian- “Agheg” from the Armenian Pavilion at The Venice Bienalle.
Born in 1977 in Aleppo, Syria, he currently lives and works in Ghent, Belgium. Mekhitar Garabedian is a young artist who draws inspiration for many of his works from his experience as an immigrant. Raised in Belgium, Garabedian’s upbringing established a consciousness of his family’s continued struggle to preserve their Armenian heritage. Memory is central to many of his works, articulated not only through recollection or looking to the past, but also through repetition as a mnemonic exercise. Often his works build on aspects of Armenian culture, but others take their inspiration from works in music, literature or film. He has participated in many solo and collective exhibitions in Europe and worldwide, among which Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York in 2014. In 2015 his work will be shown at the Thessaloniki Biennale. Garabedian was awarded the Ariane de Rotschild Art Prize in 2008. He is currently affiliated with KASK/School of Arts Ghent as a researcher and guest professor Installation and Media art.
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The Kansas City Museum opened in May 1940 with a focus on local history, anthropology, and natural sciences. In 1948 the Kansas City Museum Association deeded the property to the City of Kansas City, Missouri for continued use as a museum. The Kansas City Museum maintained a high level of activity with the help and dedication of two volunteer groups, the Women’s Division and the Musettes. These tireless and committed women worked in collection development, exhibit preparation, fundraising, and education, both on-site and in the community.
The Museum hired its first professional museum staff in the 1968, and the residence and estate were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. In 2001, the Kansas City Museum Association merged with the Union Station Assistance Corporation and became Union Station Kansas City, Inc. The organization ran both Union Station and the Kansas City Museum.