2002-2003 exhibitions

"Wenda Gu: From Middle Kingdom To Biological Millennium"

June 7 through Sept. 6, 2003

Curated by Raechell Smith, director of the artspace; Mark Bessire, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art; and Diana Block, director at the University of North Texas Art Gallery

One of the most important artists to emerge from China in recent decades, Gu was active in the Chinese avant-garde before emigrating to the U.S. in 1987. Since then, he has mined tradition and pursued innovation in works that deal intelligently with globalism and transculturalism to present an idealized unification of humanity. Best known for a worldwide art project entitled "united nations," in which Gu created a series of monumental, site-specific installations from human hair gathered from across the globe. The installation "united nations," which measured 7561 kilometers, was created specifically for this exhibition. Other works in the exhibition, created between 1993 and 2003 included biological ink, carved stone, green tea paper and ink painting.

"2003 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition"

April 11 through May 17, 2003

Organized by Heather Lustfeldt and the Artspace

New work by more than 100 emerging artists graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute majoring in art history, ceramics, creative writing, fiber, graphic design, illustration, interdisciplinary arts, new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

"Affinities... Now and Then"

February 1 – March 26, 2003

This exhibition explores the affinities of description and observation in the last several generations of creative photography, featuring contemporary works by national and international artists and historical works, emphasizing the relevance of historical precedents to some of the most notable concerns of today.
Artists: Andreas Gursky, Doug Hall, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff, Rineke Dijkstra, Elger Esser, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marc Rader, Edweard Muybridge, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Art Sinsabaugh, Harry Callahan, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Judith Joy Ross, Nicholas Nixon, Dorothea Lange, August Sander, Richard Avedon, Ken Ohara, David Levinthal, Harry Callahan, Lewis Baltz, Nicholas Nixon, Joe Deal, Robert Adams, Joel Sternfeld, Stephen Shore, and Tod Papageorg. Curated by Raechell Smith, director, Artspace and Keith Davis, Fine Art Programs Director, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

"Gathering Influence: The Artist As Collector"

2002 Biennial Kansas City Art Institute Exhibition

October 26 – December 18, 2002

Kansas City Art Institute’s 2002 biennial faculty exhibition featured work by 26 faculty members along with selections from their private collections and objects that influence them as artists. Artists: Deborah di Blasi, Cary Esser, Tyler Galloway, Lester Goldman, Tom Gregg, Leeah Joo, Dr. Milton Katz, Jim Leedy, Richard Mattsson, Steve Mayse, Karen McCoy, Marcie Miller Gross, Hugh Merrill, Tim O’Neill, Jason Pollen, Jack Rees, James Reittinger, Jim Sajovic, Judith Sanazaro, Shirley Luke Schnell, Jane Shellenbarger, Gary Sutton, George Timock, Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, James Whitworth, and Michael Wickerson

"Big & Beautiful"

September 7 – October 16, 2002

An exhibition featuring large-scale works by national and regional artists including Louise Bourgeois, Deanna Dikeman, Alexa Horochowski, Julie Moos, Amy Myers, Kate Shepherd, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, May Tveit, Kara Walker, and Andrea Zittel. Curated by Raechell Smith, director.

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