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For Immediate Release
September 27, 2013

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Margaret Keough, director of marketing and communications
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Exhibition Dressed Up Opens October 11
At Kansas City’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The theater of the self, influenced by cultural, personal, and narrative visual vernaculars, takes center stage in Dressed Up, an exhibition that presents works in a range of media by artists Hope Gangloff, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Marcia Kure, and Neeta Madahar. The exhibition Dressed Up is on view October 11, 2013–April 27, 2014, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Admission to the Kemper Museum is free.
Dressed Up seeks to examine, critique, and expand notions of what constitutes a self-image in contemporary art. In presenting works that are impacted by the uniquely complex and captivating intersections of nature, culture, artifice, and perception, the vivid expressions of the artists’ identities and personas unfold in the depictions of others. While the image of the self-portrait remains paramount in the history of art, the works in Dressed Up reveal distinct yet universal aspects of the contemporary theater of the self in a broader global and conceptual context.

New York-based artist Hope Gangloff’s contemporary take on the portrait tradition introduces us to her artist community comrades. She captures a 21st-century aesthetic of clothing and mood combined with a 19th-century love of line and gesture as seen in works like Vera (2013). Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Fear Head (2008) and The Year (2009) series show a pivotal stylistic and thematic transition in the artist’s body of work. The dynamic depictions of heads or masklike forms convey the hybridization of Hancock’s past employment of complex narrative motifs with current autobiographical tropes. Hip Hop culture meets Victorian excess in a series of watercolor-and-photo collages by Nigerian-born artist Marcia Kure. Portraits and collages from multiple series explore layers that convey Kure’s visual perceptions of race, culture, fashion, and femininity. The complexities of contemporary female beauty and identity are themes also shared by British-born artist of South Asian descent Neeta Madahar. Photographs from her Flora (2009–2010) series depict female friends of the artists in creative command of painstakingly constructed settings akin to glamorous portraits from the 1930s.

Hope Gangloff, Vera, 2013; acrylic on canvas, 81 x 54 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, New York
Dressed Up is organized by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and co-curated by the Museum’s Executive Director Barbara O’Brien, and Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs. Many programs, including talks by each artist (noted below), have been organized in conjunction with the exhibition. Please visit to view all scheduled programs and times. All Kemper Museum programs are free.

Artist Bios
Hope Gangloff

Born in Amityville, New York, in 1974, Gangloff is a graduate of Cooper Union in New York. She has an upcoming exhibition at the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University in Lansing. She has also been featured in exhibitions at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, South Carolina; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Hope Gangloff’s artist talk with gallerist Susan Inglett will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, October 18 at the Kemper Museum (FREE).

Trenton Doyle Hancock
Based in Houston, Texas, Hancock was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He holds a BFA from Texas A&M University and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. He has had major exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, Washington; the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida; Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, Nebraska; and Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. His works can be found in museum collections, including the Kemper Museum, throughout the United States. The artist is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and Joyce Alexander Wein Award from the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others.

Trenton Doyle Hancock’s artist talk will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, February 28 at the Kemper Museum (FREE).

Marcia Kure
This Nigerian-born artist earned a bachelor of arts in painting from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1994; attended the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, in 2004; and completed a studio residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2012. Her works have been included in exhibitions throughout the United States and in Nigeria, and can be found in the collections of the Newark Museum, New Jersey, and the United States Embassy, Abuja, Nigeria.

Marcia Kure’s artist talk will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, March 14 at the Kemper Museum (FREE).

Neeta Madahar
This London-born artist of South Asian decent earned a BFA from Winchester School of Art and University of Southampton, England, in 1999. She then earned an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, Boston in 2003. She completed a National Graduate Seminar at the Photography Institute at New York’s Columbia University in 2004. She has received the British Council Artist’s Travel Grant and the Bradford Fellowship in photography from the National Media Museum, Bradford, England. Her works have been in exhibitions at the Aperture Foundation, New York; Cleveland Institute of Arts, Ohio; and the Institute of International Visual Arts, London; among others; and her works are in the collections of Kansas City’s Kemper Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; and Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Neeta Madahar’s artist talk will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, March 28 at the Kemper Museum (FREE).

Hours and Admission
The Kemper Museum (4420 Warwick Blvd.) is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Thursday; 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday; and 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Sunday. Café Sebastienne serves lunch 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday; and dinner 5:30–9:00 p.m., Friday–Saturday. The Museum and Café are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Kemper at the Crossroads (33 W. 19th Street) is open noon to 10:00 p.m., most First Fridays, and the galleries at Kemper East (200 E. 44th Street) are open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Friday. Admission is free.

Thank you
Support for the Kemper Museum is generously provided by the Arts KC Fund—Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City; Francis Family Foundation; Arvin Gottlieb Charitable Foundation, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; Karen and Jack Holland; David Woods Kemper Memorial Foundation; William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank, Trustee; Missouri Arts Council; National Endowment for the Arts; Harry Portman Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a., Trustee; and Jo Ann and William Sullivan.

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