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Around Town: Rick Mullins

In her new series, Food Editor Grace Pritchett shares a drink or two and a bite to eat with some of KC’s most prominent food personalities. This week, she shares a bite + takes in the wise words of Cafe Sebastienne’s Rick Mullins. 

Review: Paper Routes – Women to Watch 2020

“What the artist describes as 'a community of naked, plush creatures called fumblys' populate Fuko Ito’s pastel-colored, psychedelic work, and I, for one, would like to go on record as saying I’m up for this adventure anytime. Ito’s two monumental watercolor and colored pencil on paper drawings illustrate her community of what appear to be industrious, yet relaxed creatures. In the triptych 'billowing hearts' from the 'heart of plush' series, the fumblys seem to labor and relax together in a soft-focus atmosphere that is neither of this or any other actual world currently known to us.

The Flavor of Art

“Eighty-year-old artist Virginia Jaramillo ran her fingers over bumps of paint on the canvas and tilted her head to gaze at her 1975 painting titled Principle of Equivalence. The title, she said, references more philosophical notions of equivalence. The burnt-orange color draws from childhood memories of riding her bike through the desert landscape at her grandparents’ turkey ranch in El Centro, Southern California.

‘See the gradation? I would see the earth, all cracked, and it was that color,’ she said. ‘To me it’s soothing.’ 

Naoko Wowsugi; ‘Atlas Obscura’ Book

“In the early 2000s, an artist from Japan came to study at the Kansas City Art Institute. She made a big impression on the arts community here ... and it made one on her as well. She shares the story behind ‘Thank You for Teaching Me English,’ now on display at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.”–– Gina Kaufmann & Matthew Long-Middleton, KCUR 89.3

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An Interview with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Executive Director Sean O’Harrow

“Born in France, raised in Hawaii, educated at both Harvard and Cambridge University in England, and once employed as a hedge fund and technology finance executive in London, Sean O’Harrow brings a very unique perspective to his new position as executive director at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. He comes to Kansas City from the Honolulu Museum of Art, trading surfboards for ice skates. Previously the director at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in Iowa City, he does know how cold it gets here—and decided to take this new post anyway.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Hires a New Executive Director

“Sean O’Harrow Will Bring ‘Exuberance’ and Creative Thinking to the 25-year-old Museum.” –– Bryan F. Le Beau, KC STUDIO

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Kemper Museum finds next executive director in paradise

“The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art will say aloha to a new executive director.” –– Brian Kaberline, Kansas City Business Journal 

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10 Art pieces or galleries to go see in Kansas City this spring

“Julie Blackmon lives in Springfield, Missouri and is known for her photography. If you’ve never seen her work, it is some of the more delightful art of our time. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is holding an exhibit called ‘Child’s Play: An Exploration of Adolescence.” It includes some of Blackmon’s works. Her photography shows real and imagined aspects of her family life. The exhibit as a whole focuses on concepts brought forth by neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. The exhibit will run till August 4, 2019.

Amy Sherald; ‘Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity’

“Amy Sherald has two paintings at the Kemper Museum (one of which is part of a new portraiture exhibit) and is also painting the official portrait of Michelle Obama for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.” –– Gina Kaufmann, KCUR 89.3

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The Kemper’s thrilling show of Outwin Portraits holds up a timely mirror

“The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery awarded Amy Sherald’s ‘Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)’ first place in the 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. It is the image you see on this page, and I'll talk about it more in a minute. But time is running out for you to see it in person at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. If it's not yet January 7 when you read this, go to the Kemper and come back. I'll wait.” –– Annie Raab, The Pitch