KC Museum

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.


Kansas City Museum KCMO

3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64123.

Museum Hours: Wednesday-Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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.

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Have Guns Will Rent

New Zealand Pavilion’s Simon Denny – “Secret Power” NSA installation recreated by artist Jerry Vest for Mini Vinnie Bini.

The Berlin-based New Zealand artist’s exhibition is based on Edward Snowden’s US National Security Agency (NSA) leaks, and addresses contemporary issues of privacy, mass surveillance, national identity and international security. It has been on display at the historic Marciana Library in Venice as part of this year’s Venice Biennale.

‘Secret Power’ has been widely acclaimed and there was a high level of interest from international institutions and private collectors in acquiring the works, the museum said.

The contemporary artist’s four works are displayed on server-racks, normally used for holding computer servers. Content released in the NSA leaks takes shape among the cabinets in the form of documents, slides and images.

“I made a monumental display of some selections of [the NSA slides] to make sense of what imagery is drawn on and what kind of genres are present in the way that these surveillance programmes are emerging,” Mr. Denny told Radio New Zealand’s Kim Hill.

“We’re at an unprecedented moment, where technology plays a really large part in our lives. And it becomes increasingly visible how much power is concentrated in the hands of those who define that technology… Technology, now particularly, seems to be a good window to look at where the concentration of power and wealth is in the world.”


Here is a good article about the exhibit by Artsy.

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Sunday: Closed



Now displaying Mykola Ridnyi- “Regular Places” Video (from the Ukrainian pavilion) in stills in the store front window of a new location by a familiar name: FOKL.
Mykola Ridnyi: “Unfortunately the idea of the world without nations and borders seems to be more and more utopian in a context of recent changes in the world. In today’s Ukraine the idea of national state belongs to self-identification as a historical victim of Russian imperialism. But I do not appreciate romantic attitude to the idea of liberating nationalism because ongoing war as any war is not romantic. It doesn’t liberate civilians who live on lines of fire and who are similarly afraid of Russian artillery as of Ukrainian one. That is why the national representation of art is very problematic for me and being particularly in Ukrainian pavilion for second time is a big challenge which I accept to reflect on and criticize situation in and around my country with my works. The characters of the works which I presented in 2013 and which I present now are very different. In the case of “Monument to a Monument” I was talking about social and political tendencies which were not really discussed by the Ukrainian society, but which were very visible and problematic for me. One of the works the “Monument / Platforms” from 2011 was touching the issue of a demolition of a Soviet heritage in public space while the other one “Shelter” from 2013 was related to the topic of military education and conditions of bombproof shelters. Today it is visible that these issues have been grown from rare stories into problematic waves and they became anxiety points of public discussions. In a way before works were faster than reality, but today life is definitely faster than any kind of art. Mass media is extremely fast, especially with reports from the “hot spots”, and it is actually a big problem. The comprehension of the last events is missing. My aim connecting to the works which I present this year is not just to fix or focus on some problems, but also to try to open new layers of understanding and new levels of discussion.”
FOKL center kck
Window display at 11 south 7th st., KCK 66101, adjacent to former Burgers-to-Go parking lot.
FOKL is a DIY music/art venue in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, KS.  All shows are free to the public.  Music shows are a donation or free depending on the night.  The money made at the door goes to support the traveling bands and artists.  FOKL is volunteer-run.  If you are interested in helping out, get in touch with us and we will give you info to attend our meetings. >>>> foklcenter@gmail.com

Main Library

Hans Haacke – “World Poll (2015)”

The ‘World Poll’ (parts on view at the image below) isn’t the first by Hans Haacke. He started with his work on art-installations for asking people for their opinion already in the late 1960ies on occasion of Vietnam war and as an reaction to the establishment which influenced (with money, political influence) not only the status quo of inequality (race, gender, income) but also the content of what was exhibited at museums.Tate describes Hans Haacke as an artist who “touches taboos in the social system” and whose aim is “the nerve-centre of the establishment”. Tate Papers publishes the personal memories of Hans Haacke for the first exhibited poll in 1970 at MoMA via PDF.

“In the exhibition we present a selection of his polls, as a way to think about democracy and the power of change,” says Okwui Enwezor (curatro of The Venice Biennale) in the interview with L’Uomo Vogue.



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Epic Arts Center

Currently on display in store front window : brick brought back from The Venice Bienalle exhibition: A brick-making factory by Rirkrit Tiravanija titled Untitled 2015 (14,086 unfired. Bricks are available for €10 a pop, with proceeds benefiting ISCOS, a nonprofit that supports workers’ rights in China. The text in each states that you agree no longer to work.
Epic Arts Clay Studio KCK
EPIC Clay Studio was created in 2011 by a collaboration between Accessible Arts and Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC).   Accessible Arts is a Kansas 501 (c) (3) not- for-profit whose mission is: To foster creativity and provide educational opportunities for people with disabilities while hosting an inclusive environment for all to ENGAGE, EXPLORE, and ENJOY the ARTS. CHWC is a Kansas 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit community development corporation that focuses on revitalizing KCK by building new homes while renovating existing homes, and businesses, so as to revive and beautify the neighborhoods.