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  Past Kemper ARTcasts - 2008


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On the Couch With Artist Nancy Hwang

2 Minutes 49 seconds
Artist Nancy Hwang has been speaking with visitors in the Kemper Museum’s Atrium for the month of February on her site specific project for the Kemper Museum entitled This is not a couch.
Nancy Hwang, This is not a couch. February 2008
photo: Robert Bingaman, Kemper Museum.

Artists' Conversation

5 Minutes 7 seconds
Artists Deb Sokolow and Nancy Hwang currently have site specific projects at the Kemper Museum, and met recently to discuss the similarities and differences in their work. Deb Sokolow's work, titled You are One Step Closer to Learning the Truth, is on view now through June 15. Nancy Hwang will be visiting with museum-goers in the Museum's Atrium, through the end of February.
Deb Sokolow, You are one step closer to learning the Truth
February 2008

Photography, An Ever-Changing Format

4 Minutes 39 seconds
Through May 18th, the Kemper Museum is hosting the exhibition Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969 to 1979, a collection of images of America by the esteemed photographer. In his work, Shore was among the first photographers to advance color photography beyond advertising and fashion photography.  Beth Harris, curator of education at the Kemper Museum, recently visited with Elijah Gowin, assistant professor of art, at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, to ask him about photography, a medium that often undergoes tremendous change as technologies evolve.

Double Exposure: Curators Explore Photography at the Kemper and Nelson-Atkins, Part 1

7 Minutes 50 seconds
Two neighboring Kansas City museums are each offering major photography shows this spring focusing on American culture and landscape.  Kemper Museum curator Christopher Cook and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art photography curator Keith Davis discuss photographers Art Sinsabaugh and Stephen Shore and where the subject of their work intersects.
Stephen Shore, Ginger Shore, Causeway Inn,
Tampa Florida, November 17, 1977,

Double Exposure: Curators Explore Photography at the Kemper and Nelson-Atkins, Part 2

4 Minutes 42 seconds
In the second part of their conversation, Kemper Curator Christopher Cook asked Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Photography Curator Keith Davis to talk about Art Sinsabaugh's approach to his Early Midwest Landscapes, photographed from 1961-63.
Three photos from the IU Art Museum's collection of Art Sinsabaugh's photography. Top: Midwest Landscape #60. Middle: Chicago Landscape #122. Bottom: Chicago Landcape #66. Copyright 2004, Katherine Anne Sinsabaugh and Elisabeth Sinsabaugh de la Cova.

Artist Interview: Julia Oschatz on Where Else

7 Minutes 6 seconds
Museum Curator Christopher Cook interviews visiting artist Julia Oschatz about her room-sized installation Where Else, comprised of painting, sculpture, and video.  Where Else is on view through July 6 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Julia Oschatz and Christopher Cook in KCUR's recording studio
Music: "Symmetry" (2007), by Kansas City group Monta at Odds In a recent exhibition at Review Studios, artist Jorge Garcia Almodovar's wall piece called "Untitled (Symmetry)" (2007) used a sound-activated electronic color organ, which translated this musical piece.

Artist Interview: Chakaia Booker on Rubbermade part 1

3 Minutes 8 seconds
Museum Curator Christopher Cook interviews visiting artist Chakaia Booker and discusses the materials she uses as well as her background.

Photo: Chris Velisedes


Artist Interview: Chakaia Booker on Rubbermade part 2

3 Minutes 24 seconds
In the second part of their conversation, Chakaia Booker talks about various interpretations of her work and some of the challenges she has faced in the creation of her large scale sculptures.

Above right: Chakaia Booker, Sugar in my Bowl, 2003; rubber tire and steel, 95 x 110 x 57 3/4 inches; Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Gallery, New York



Installing RubberMade: Sculpture by Chakaia Booker

3 Minutes 24 seconds
Kemper Museum preparators Jason Myers and Christopher Bell discuss the arduous task of installing Chakaia Booker’s large-scale, sculptures created from salvaged rubber tires in her exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
Photo: Robert J. Bingaman

Conversation Pieces: Richard Diebenkorn: Untitled 1987

5 Minutes 8 seconds
Kemper Museum director and CEO Rachael Blackburn Cozad explains her attraction to artist Richard Diebenkorn's Untitled 1987.

Conversation Pieces: James Brinsfield: Transit 1993

7 Minutes 16 seconds

Artist James Brinsfield talks about his own artwork Transit, on display in the exhibition Conversation Pieces.


Conversation Pieces: Ed Blackburn: Cain and Abel (1988)

5 Minutes 49 seconds

Dr. Craig Prentiss, associate professor of religious studies at Rockhurst University, provides a reading of Ed Blackburn's Cain and Abel from a religious standpoint.

Music: "Demon" performed by Kansas City group BCR (Sun-Ra cover)


Interview With Artist Anthony Lepore, Part 1

7 Minutes 47 seconds

Artist Anthony Lepore is interviewed by Kemper Museum curator Christopher Cook, and describes his personal interactions and relationships with his subjects in the artist's first solo museum exhibition, Anthony Lepore: Restoration.

      Above: Anthony Lepore, Coney Island Aquarium , 2007, pigment print, 40 in. x 50 in.

Interview With Artist Anthony Lepore, Part 2

5 Minutes 28 seconds
Anthony Lepore and Christopher Cook continue their conversation on Lepore's approach to photography and interactions with his subjects.
Above: Anthony Lepore, Nancy's Margaritas, 2006, pigment print, 34 in. x 27 in.


Kemper at the Crossroads Preview

3 Minutes 04 seconds

Kemper at the Crossroads, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's third location, opens First Friday, November 7th, at 6 p.m.

Photo: Drew Bolton
Music: "Comeback (Light Therapy)" by Josh Rouse from his album 1972


Reel to Reel Vox Pop

3 Minutes 23 seconds
Kemper at the Crossroads opened with exhibition Reel to Reel. Listen to the public's reactions to the artwork at this new space and watch the slideshow.
Photo: Chris Velisedes
Music from Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher's Reel to Reel


Conversation with Michael Rush

4 Minutes 15 seconds

Beth Harris, curator of education, sits down with the director of the Rose Art Museum, Michael Rush, after his lecture on video art at the Kansas City Art Institute. The two discuss the current state of the medium in relation to Kemper Museum exhibitions Johanna Billing: Taking Turns and Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher: Reel to Reel.

      Above: Johanna Billing, Project for a Revolution, 2000, video loop
Music: "Comeback (Light Therapy)" by Josh Rouse from his album 1972

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