Judith G. Levy's "NV in KC" (2013) (48 minutes) will be screened at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 (Thursday) in Epperson Auditorium, which is located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The event, sponsored by the H&R Block Artspace, is free and open to the public.
"NV in KC: A Story About Artists and Envy in Kansas City," is Levy’s humorous and probing film set in the vibrant art world of present-day Kansas City. Well-known local performers, such as Jaimie Warren, Shannon Michalski, De De DeVille and Erin McGrane, appear alongside notable arts leaders, such as Julian Zugazagoitia, Raechell Smith and Sherry Leedy, in this diary-like tale about fictional artist Lee J. Ross and her artist friends as they struggle with Ross’s conceptual art project about envy. Music is by Ssion, Kirstin Paludan and Jeff Freling.
"The Music of Regret" (2006) (40 minutes) by Laurie Simmons will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 (Wednesday) in the Studio at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St..
A mini-musical in three acts starring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and the Alvin Ailey II dancers, this 35mm film grew out of distinct periods of Laurie Simmons' photographic work. In Act I, vintage child-craft puppets enact the pain and regret that erupt between two feuding families. In Act II, a female ventriloquist sings about the failures of attachment and communication to her five dummy suitors. In Act III, walking objects (including a gun, a house, a cake and a pocket watch) dance their encumbered hearts out for the privilege of being noticed.
This event is free and open to the public.
Artspace - Performance Now: "Performance Now" film series - The films of Jesper Just and Jèrôme Bel - 7:00 PM
The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI presents the films of Jesper Just and Jèrôme Bel at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 (Wednesday) in the Studio at the Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. The event is free and open to the public.
The following films will be screened:
"No Man is an Island" (2002), 4 minutes; "Bliss and Heaven" (2005), 8 minutes; "It Will All End in Tears" (2006), 19 minutes; "A Voyage in Dwelling" (2008), 11 minutes, all by Jesper Just
"Véronique Doisneau" (2009), 32 minutes, by Jèrôme Bel
Danish-born Jesper Just creates works that combine meticulous high-end film production with profound insight into the complexities and contradictions of human condition. Using overlapping cinematic, musical and literary references, his films adopt popular songs to communicate the vulnerability and insecurity in relationships. These short films, all under 10 minutes, appropriate Hollywood’s polished production values but then deviate from the usual narrative story arc in favor of creating a film noir atmosphere rather than a resolved plot. His films comment on gender politics and the possibility of relationships across a generational divide, but more importantly, they present the broader existential search for identity.
"Véronique Doisneau,"a performance piece by Jèrôme Bel, embodies the internal dialogue of a ballerina who finds she is drawing close to the age of retirement. The dance performance shows Véronique Doisneaualone on stage, considering her career subjectively and reminiscing about her role inside the institution. Commissioned by director Brigitte Lefèvre of the Opera Paris National, Bel staged a type of documentary on the career of one of the dancers in the ballet.
films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, will be screened beginning at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. The 6 p.m. screening will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by a discussion hosted by the Artspace Student Advisory Council.
films4peace is an annual film commissioned by PUMA.Peace, featuring seven of today's most innovative artiss visually interpreting the subject of peace. Films4peace is organized by the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI.
Rob Carter (UK/USA)
Anthony Goicolea (USA)
Zanele Muholi (South Africa)
Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa)
Wilmer Wilson IV (USA)
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Eli Sudbrack (Brazil/USA)
Christophe Hamaide-Pierson (France)
Artspace - Performance Now: "Performance Now" film series - Liz Magic Laser, "I Feel Your Pain" - 7:00 PM
"I Feel Your Pain" (2011), 80 minutes, by Liz Magic Laser, will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 (Wednesday) at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1400 Main St., in downtown Kansas City. The event is sponsored by the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI.
This event is free and open to the public and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.Tickets will be available at the door the day of the screening; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Drawing on a variety of agitprop theater tactics, particularly the Russian Constructivist’s “living newspaper,” Magic Laser’s performance restaged America’s recent political contests as romantic drama. Presented in a movie theater, "I Feel Your Pain" took place simultaneously in the midst of the audience and on the cinema’s screen. Eight actors perform a sequence of scenes tracing the progression of a relationship using dialogues adapted from political interviews and press conferences. Borrowing elements from historic “living newspaper” productions, the performance features live voice-overs, pantomime fight scenes and mute commentaries by a clown.
Current Perspectives lecture: Anna Von Mertens - 7:00 PM
Textile artist Anna Von Mertens draws inspiration from the worlds of craft, conceptual art and modernist painting. She explores avenues of history and patterns in nature, interpreting the data into intricate, hand-dyed and hand-stitched fabric works.
Her work is currently on view at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, as part of the exhibition "Uncontainable Portraits," and her series "Migrations, Invasions, Plagues and Empires" is currently on view at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The lecture will take place in Epperson Auditorium, which is located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The event is free and open to the public. Her appearance at KCAI is sponsored by the fiber department.