BEST USE OF KICKSTARTER FUNDS
The Hot Tub Dialogues at Subterranean Gallery
with the help of 58 kickstarter backers, Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore raised $2773.00 to cover the installation of a hot tub in their basement apartment, which doubles as an art gallery. The Jacuzzi, which was donated by an exhibiting artists parents, served as a wet, hot podium for a series of three discussions that included regional curators, artists, and an architect. An audience of 30 squeezed into tiny plastic folding chairs to eavesdrop on a brilliant mix of high- and lowbrow art talk. The Hot Tub Dialogues encouraged speakers to reveal a little more (skin and theory) than usual, when discussing art, life and their careers. File under Best Talent Pool.
KCUR’s Central Standard:
A Call For Arts Criticism in KC <Listen!
By ANDREA SILENZI AND JABULANI LEFFALL
On this Wednesday’s Central Standard, a conversation about the importance of art criticism in the process of art-making and reception. We’ll hear why a San Francisco arts publication called Art Practical devoted an entire issue to our local scene. Continue reading
by Melaney Mitchell
Many moons ago, Saturday, February 25th, Subterranean Gallery hosted its final hot tub lecture. The culmination was highly performative, and at times, the conversation involved the audience more than the lecturers. Artist Archie Scott Gobber, and moderator/artist Mike Erickson, artists represented by and co-workers at the Dolphin Gallery. Gobber’s work is well known for its eye-catching quality and clever wordplay that work 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 in LA. Gobber and Erickson are both KCAI alumni and base their painting practices in Kansas City. Continue reading
By Melaney Mitchell
Saturday February 11th, Subterranean Gallery hosted the first of three Hot Tub Dialogue Lecturesfeaturing Hesse McGraw with moderator Josh Shelton. McGraw founded the Paragraph Gallery in 2004 and acted as a forerunner in revitalizing KC’s downtown through the arts. The space looked to transform the city, and the way in which art worked towards revitalization. He now works in a similar fashion as the Chief Curator of the Bemis Art Center in Omaha, Nebraska which focuses on works with a community impact. The evenings moderator, Josh Shelton is chair of the Steering Committee with Art Thru Architecture, a principal member of the architecture firm, El Dorado, and is on the board for the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. McGraw and Shelton connect through their interest in the community, with Shelton’s teaching and studio practice at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. Shelton and his students work to develop architectural projects that have a direct engagement with the current urban context specific to each project. This is the same direction McGraw was heading in when he opened Paragraph Gallery. Continue reading
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Tagged Apartment Gallery, Ayla Rexroth, Clayton Skidmore, Hesse McGraw, Hot Tub, Hot Tub Dialogues Lecture Series, Josh Shelton, Kansas City, Kickstarter, Melaney Mitchell, SUB, Subterranean Gallery
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.