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Charlotte Street history: Urban Culture Project…the very early days

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Many old pix from the first few years of Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project, 2003-2005-ish, when downtown was vacant, parking was easy, and no one else was paying much attention.

Images include:

Deanna Dikeman and James Woodfill in front of their installation at Downtown, the first UCP space, at the corner of Main and Petticoat Lane.

Installation by James Brinsfield and Nate Fors at UCP’s Downtown window gallery, Main & Petticoat Lane.

An early show curated by Tom Gregg for The Bank, featuring work by Beniah Leuschke in foreground; work by Jaimie Warren and Mark Cowardin in background.

Raechell Smith and Mark Cowardin, in installation by Cowardin just outside The Bank, 11th and Baltimore.

Oz McGuire, Hadley Johnson, Emily Sall and Amy Kennedy in Eric Sall’s studio at The Bank, 11th and Baltimore.

Thanks for Not Being a Zombie, featuring volcano by Sean Ward and work by Seth Johnson and Jon Peck at Paragraph, curated by Hesse McGraw.

Installation by Pat Alexander for the old Jenkins Music Company windows on Walnut between 12th and 13th.

Oz McGuire, Hadley Johnson, Emily Sall and Amy Kennedy in Eric Sall’s studio at The Bank.

Lynus Young with Cally Casteel at The Bank Studios.

Rehearsal for the first ever Quixotic performance event at UCP’s Boley.

Jay Tomlinson and Tom Gregg at the opening of the first show at The Bank.

We’re Desperater! at The Bank, curated by Your Face. Jared Panick in foreground.

Installation by Eric Von Robertson at Paragraph, curated by Hesse McGraw.

Tammi Kennedy, Flag, at Jenkins.


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3 comments on “Charlotte Street history: Urban Culture Project…the very early days

  1. Davidford
    April 14, 2012

    Characterization of nothing going on downtown is inaccurate, many people for many years worked and created and exhibited there.

  2. katehackman
    April 14, 2012

    Point absolutely taken.

  3. katehackman
    April 14, 2012

    and, indeed, this is really the point of working on the archive – to better know this history and gain a longer view. it can be easy to be short-sighted and limited by one’s own scope of experience and perspective, and to make generalizations in relation. better understanding the history of those many who have indeed been working and exhibiting downtown and throughout kansas city for many many decades, and the ebbs and flows and evolution of those activities and the city itself, will i hope help put more recent efforts in a broader context and perspective, make us smarter about how we think about them and describe them, and perhaps foster more historically informed future efforts.

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