Kansas City, MO (January 19th, 2012) Saturday, February 11th, 18th and 25th Subterranean Gallery will host The Hot Tub Dialogues: a lecture series featuring distinguished members of Kansas City’s arts community. Three lectures will be held featuring local artists and art facilitators in Subterranean Gallery’s hydrotherapy spa. The gallery’s recent installation of the spa/lecture hall follows Sub’s trend of transforming the space to fit the needs of each exhibition and event. The soothing ambiance will allow lecturers to reveal their most intimate observations about the contemporary art world. Guests will enjoy live music, drinks, hors d’oevres, and a dive into the minds of influential people in our community. They may also take a dip in the hot tub following lectures.
Saturday, February 11th
Hesse McGraw & Moderator Josh Shelton
Saturday, February 18th
A conversation with Kate Hackman & Raechell Smith
Saturday, February 25th
Archie Scott Gobber & Moderator Mike Erickson
Doors Open from 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Lectures Begin at 8:00 pm
Tickets are currently sold out!
The Hot Tub Dialogues’ aim is to create an open conversation between emerging and established members of Kansas City’s arts community by interacting in an informal setting. It will also play a pivotal role in promoting Subterranean Gallery and funding its 2012 exhibition costs through ticket sales. Most importantly this will be serious fun for all (How often do you go to an art lecture in February with your bathing suit under your parka?!)
Co-curators of the series Clayton Skidmore and Ayla Rexroth launched an online Kickstarter fund raising campaign in November 2011 and received over $2,500 to produce the series. They are thrilled with the generous support the community has shown the project, and are excited to present a unique experience where each audience member’s presence can effect the dialogue that takes place.
They are also looking forward to spending time with their Kickstarter backers at the events!
The opening hot tub dialogue takes place on February 11th with Hesse McGraw and moderator Josh Shelton. McGraw was the founding director and curator of Paragraph Gallery in downtown Kansas City, and currently acts as Chief Curator at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. Shelton is chair of the Steering Committee with Art Thru Architecture. He is also a principal member of the local architecture firm, El Dorado. He serves as a board member at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS and is a studio instructor at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning.
February 18th will feature a hot tub conversation with Raechell Smith and Kate Hackman. Smith is the Chief Curator of the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. Hackman is Co-Director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization based in Kansas City, MO.
The final dialogue on February, 25th features local artist Archie Scott Gobber with moderator Mike Erickson. Gobber is known for his eye-catching works that employ clever wordplay as a vehicle for social and political commentary. Moderator and artist Mike Erickson, has worked in New York and Los Angeles at the MOMA and Gemini Graphic Editions Limited. Gobber and Erickson are both KCAI alumni and base their painting practices in Kansas City.
All events will highlight an open bar, as well as appetizers, and live music, in an indoor oasis.