BETWEEN THEE & ME
A Museum Without Walls collaboration by the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with Rockhurst University's Greenlease Gallery, Between Thee & Me is a 10-week program featuring 25 artists in group exhibitions at the Epsten and Greenlease galleries in which artists respond to the Judaica collection of Michael Klein and the Van Ackeren Collection of Religious Art at Rockhurst University.
A solo exhibition of new abstract and figurative works by Jason Pollen that considers the physical and emotional vulnerability inherent within the human condition and the miraculous and intentional journey toward healing, understanding, and adaptation. These works echo the wordless world of the child at play with fervent determination and undiminished curiosity as the artist's hands manipulate dyes, brushes, needles, and thread to coax fabric and fiber into evocative narrative surfaces.
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A Museum Without Walls collaboration initiated by the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art in partnership with Charlotte Street Foundation's Urban Culture Project, The Dining Room Project is a community-driven, eight-week "meal" featuring installations, activities, discussions, screenings, workshops, excursions, performances, and an array of dining experiences at the Epsten Gallery (Art, Food, & the Ritual of Eating: March 20 – May 15, 2011) and Paragraph Gallery (A Potluck Smörgåsbord: March 18 – May 7, 2011).
Featuring a series of inlaid clay panels, photo etchings, relief and screenprints, vinyl decals, stickers, and the artist’s collection of other people’s lists, Pick Me Up (a few things) manifests our best intentions, procrastinations and accomplishments, desires and flights of imagination, and attempts to retain a sense of order within daily life.
Familiar: Portraits of Proximity takes a closer look what it means to be familiar as a quality or state of being relative, relevant, or relational to the artists participating in the exhibition. Some narratives in Familiar include documentation of the social sphere, physical and spatial connections to subjects and distance traveled, genetic relationships and ancestry, the artist as wanderer or tourist, and the space between art object and viewer.
Now in its sixth year, UrbanSuburban is widely recognized as one of the best art auctions in the Kansas City region. This group exhibition, patron party, and art auction fundraiser benefits KCJMCA's programs, and regularly features more than 80 works of art by the region's best artists working today in sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, printmaking, fiber, photography, jewelry, Judaica, and other media.
Fresh from his inclusion in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Chicago-based artist Curtis Mann presents a solo exhibition of evocative photographs in which the artist uses a chemical process to selectively isolate portions of found images that depict geographical regions of conflict, opening these places up for new investigation and interpretation.
Celebrated Kansas City-based architect and artist Jack Rees presents an installation-based, solo exhibition that explores relationships among art, architecture, and design, two- and three-dimensional space, and visual and verbal methods of communication.
This exhibition features 21 musical instruments created by Israeli artist and Professor Moshe Frumin, who has constructed authentic recreations of ancient biblical instruments based on depictions discovered in recent archeological discoveries from Israel. This exhibition, organized by the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa, OK, marks the first time Frumin has exhibited in North America, and KCJMCA is the second and only additional venue to host this exhibition in the United States.