“Saints Stars & Selfies” exhibition opens Feb. 22 at H&R Block Artspace at KCAI

13 February 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 13, 2014) — “Saints Stars & Selfies,” which opens Feb. 22 at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, features recent work by a selection of artists who are inspired by art history. An opening reception is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. the exhibition continues through April 2.

“Fellow Travelers,” Liane Lang, 2012, digital pigment print, courtesy of the artist
“In their work, the artists reference historical works of art by Fra Angelico, Frederick Remington, Hans Holbein, Francisco Goya and Carl Andre and genres and styles that include Renaissance painting. American Modernism, Dutch portraiture and Social Realism,” said Raechell Smith, director of the H&R Block Artspace and curator of the exhibition. “Artists in the exhibition are quoting, referencing or reinterpreting particular works, often in a way that creates a convergence between contemporary popular culture and art history.”
Artists participating in the exhibition include Juan Capistran, Kathleen Gilje, Nina Katchadourian, Hendrik Kerstens, Liane Lang, Vik Muniz and Kehinde Wiley, along with two KCAI alumni, Mark Newport (’86 fiber) and Jaimie Warren (’02 printmaking).
Additional upcoming events at the Artspace include the following additional exhibition, as well as several public programs: 
  • “Research Now: Unleash Creativity,” an exhibition of research-based artworks by students at Crossroads Academy of Kansas City, in the Cohen Resource Room, through April 2. 
  • T.N.T. (The Noon Thing), “Mistaken Identities in the Art (about Art) of Cindy Sherman, Yasumasa Morimura, Yinka Shonibare and Roger Shimomura,” a presentation by David C. Cateforis, professor of art history at the University of Kansas, noon to 1 p.m. March 7 in the Artspace Studio.
  • “Gallery Talk: Saints Stars & Selfies,” by Maria Buszek, associate professor of art history in the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado, Denver, noon to 1 p.m. March 26.

About the H&R Block Artspace  

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2014, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute is dedicated to artists, art and ideas. The Artspace presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. Support for these programs has been provided by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, H&R Block Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information about the Artspace and public programs, visit www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563. Admission is always free.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
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For additional information, contact Beverly Ahern, 816-802-3571 or bahern@kcai.edu.