Artspeak Radio + Schonhoff, Brack, Eirich, Crompton, Hopkins, & Moore

Artspeak Radio, Wednesday, September 8, 2021, noon – 1pm CST, 90.1fm KKFI Kansas City Community Radio, streaming live audio

Producer/host Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes Michael Schonhoff Director KCAI Gallery for Contemporary Practice, Wolf Brack Operations Manager and Curator for the InterUrban ArtHouse, and Cerbera Gallery Director Philip Ehrich with artists Logan Crompton, Kevin Hopkins, and Dante Moore

MICHAEL SCHONHOFF, Director KCAI Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice
Sept 9 – Oct 17, 2021
All Things Being Equal: Selections from the Nerman Collection

This exhibition features rarely seen works from the private Nerman Collection. Their longtime generational support of KCAI includes Cafe 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, Glenn Ligon, Simone Leigh, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Carrie Mae Weems, Rashid Johnson, Kerry James Marshall, Titus Kaphur, Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, Harold Smith

Oct 28 – Dec 5, 2021
Meltionary: heat, encounter or another friction- As MELT, Loren Britton and Isabel Paehr are arts-design researchers who work with games, tech and radical pedagogy. Investigating the political & material conditions of tech infrastructures, they re-distribute agency in socio-technological systems with the methods of queer play, unlearning and leaking. To pursue these questions, MELT boils up insights from chemistry, crip technoscience and trans*feminism to study and set in motion transformative material-discursive processes. Their work crumbles structures, unbounds materials, dissolves technology and makes collectivities. MELT is exploring how to make something but to keep it open to change, and is doing this through formats like video artworks and workshops. MELT has been influenced by (melting) Ice, Freezers, Software, Signal, moving too fast/slow, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Digital Materialism, Decolonial thinking, Gifs, Climate Protests, Anti-Racism and Dancing.

The Meltinary is a growing experimental directory that investigates different materials, metaphors and modes of melting. The term Meltionary is a linguistic play on the English word dictionary; based on dictionary entries, it consists of Meltries, each beginning with a letter. The Meltries are playful instructions to unnerve definitions, videos of melting processes, photo series of how materials witness change, reports on failure, experimental instructions for generating chemical reactions, circuits for DIY measuring devices, and theoretical-poetic texts.

MELT will engage with KCAI students and conduct a virtual artist-in-residence at KCAI during the Fall semester. A project of the Center for Contemporary Practice program at the KCAI Gallery,

KCAI 4415 Warwick Blvd. KCMO 64111

WOLF BRACK is the Operations Manager and Curator for the InterUrban ArtHouse, responsible for all exhibitions and associated programming. He is also a visual artist.

InterUrban ArtHouse 8001 Newton St, Overland Park, KS 66204

The InterUrban ArtHouse is a 501c3 organization that advocates for artists and the arts. We have 19 affordable studios in our fully accessible building, a member artist program, and make available at low or no cost arts business and entrepreneurship workshops and training.
Our exhibitions focus on social justice and equity in and through the arts.

Now Showing:

Tangled Roots Multicultural Exhibition – Tangled Roots is a multicultural artist collaboration, an organic and ever expanding cultural celebration of diversity and inclusion.  The exhibit creates space for mutual appreciation and awareness of our individual and collective contributions to the human experience. The public can view the work of 45 artists from many different cultural backgrounds Wed-Fri, 10am – 1pm, and Sat, 10-2 through Sept 30th.  *Masks required at all times while inside the building*.

Events: Masks Required

Friday, Sept 17th, 5-8pm – Tangled Roots Closing reception and LatinX / Hispanic artist discussion:  While the show will stay up through Sept, the closing reception will be on Sept 17th. Everyone is welcome to wander through the exhibition from 5-8pm. At 9, we’ll transition to a discussion, led by Jose Faus, around the disappearance of local LatinX / Hispanic artist collectives and the state of our local LatinX / Hispanic arts communities.  The InterUrban ArtHouse will also present Jose with our Community Artist of the Year award.

Thursday, Sept 23rd, 7-8pm – Tangled Roots Storytelling Night:  With a focus on their cultural identities and backgrounds, 6 storytellers, poets, and playwrights tell their stories and share their experiences. Free and open to the public.

Call For Artists:  October 12 x 12 Member Exhibition (call ends Sept 15th). Our member artists are welcome to show as many 12×12 pieces as they’d like. All are priced $300 and under.

Friday, Nov 5th – La Onda: Latin-XExcellence.  La Onda is a travelling exhibition of works by 13 local LatinX artists, celebrating the rich and varied cultures and contributions of Kansas City’s Latino / Hispanic artist community.


Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists – A professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines.  Artists can take the whole series, customized combinations, or individual workshops that best suit their needs!  Meetup groups will start weekly on Tuesday, September 7th and continue through the 12 sessions.  You may choose to meet at 11 a.m or at 6 p.m. FOR NOW, ALL CLASSES ARE VIRTUAL, ON ZOOM. Created by Springboard for the Arts.

PHILIPP EIRICH, Director Cerbera Gallery-“B.S.U.I.X.” Black Student Union Inaugural Exhibition Selected Works by: Izsys Archer, Logan Crompton, Kevin Hopkins, Dante Moore, Abigail Oyesam, Kel Randle, Tajere Terry, Aleah Washington
Cerbera Gallery 2011 Baltimore Ave. KCMO 64108 September – October 2021

EXHIBITION THESIS: The Black Student Union Inaugural Exhibition will introduce the founding members of the collective by exploring the self-portrait. The work in the exhibition examines how identity is portrayed through anecdotes, visual vocabularies, and explorations of material. Viewers will be permitted to witness the artists’ experiences, not as spectators peering into their lives, but as listeners to their testimonies — — untethered from the white gaze.

DANTE MOORE is a research driven artist that combines digital artwork and installation processes to discuss ideas of cultural overlap and power structures. Moore utilizes digital programs and interfaces as spaces to make work based in communication, interacting with how ideas and information spreads. Memes, Digital Collages, Augmented Reality Filters, Screen Shots, prints on paper, social media, and installations are mediums Moore uses to produce his collections of work. Moore’s subject matter dives into layered and intersectional ideas of race and culture from a nihilistic and provocative stand point. Moore draws inspiration from art theory, meme culture, and the early 2000’s revival movement. As a mixed race artist, Moore’s work reassesses and confronts his complicated proximity to whiteness, blackness, and indigenous culture.

KEVIN HOPKINS is an artist born in Beaufort, South Carolina. However, because of his father’s service in the United States military, he lived in Texas and Germany for most of his childhood. After returning to South Carolina with his mother and siblings, Hopkins developed a passion for fine arts, which led to his acceptance into the Kansas City Art Institute. Double-majoring in Painting and Art History, Hopkins has focused his studies on contemporary art through painting, drawing, art history, and curation. Hopkins plans to pursue a career as an independent artist and curator and has begun working towards this goal by designing or curating for multiple Gullah Geechee people and institutions including, Harvard Gullah Professor Sunn m’Cheaux and The Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce.

LOGAN CROMPTON constructs narratives through painting, printmaking, and collage. Their work focuses on portraiture, patterns, and pop symbols to create these narratives. Crompton is currently pursuing their undergrad at the Kansas City Art Institute and is a double major in Painting and Art History. Their work formarly deconstructs elements of pop culture and iconography through its pairing with portraiture and text-based works. Through saturated colors, gestural mark-making, and digital collage Crompton’s work elicits a facade of happiness.

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