T H E F R O N T I E R

a charlotte street 15 year anniversary project considering the history and future of artist-driven pioneering in Kansas City and the changing nature of the city's "frontiers"

2 weeks at Paragraph

We’ve been rehearsing in Paragraph Gallery for 2 weeks. We are in the space on Wednesdays 8:15pm-9:45pm, Fridays 5:15pm-7:15pm, and Saturdays 1pm-3:30pm. Katie Ford will begin construction on our set next … Continue reading

March 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Living Archive: Memories from the Lab

Memories from the Lab

Here is a Facebook link we found to the legendary Human Observation Lab.  This page includes videos, photos, and memories from the artists involved..  Keep an eye out for a Frontier interview with one of the founders, Leo Wetherill.

March 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Living Archive: Artist Research Center

The Artist Research Center was established in KC in 1964 by Michael Stephens. The Frontier archivists recently found Mr. Stephens and had the pleasure of interviewing him. We learned a … Continue reading

March 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Call For Artist + Writer Participants — Deadline: April 20

Two The Frontier  project curators seek applications from individuals wishing to be considered for participation in their projects. CALL FOR WRITERS, DEADLINE APRIL 20: As a part of her curatorial project … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Power and Light – Ahram Park

Even though the Power and Light District is in the heart of downtown Kansas City, it has remained a foreign place to me. So when Mike Sinclair asked a group … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Living Archive: “The Young, The Bold…” interview with Jaimie Warren, Cody Critcheloe, Seth Johnson, Hesse McGraw, John Dretzka, and Oz McGuire in “Review”, 2002

More digging… For the following interview,  I gathered a group of young KC arts scene movers and shakers (all in their early 20s at the time), most of whom are now … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is Art Possible in Kansas City? An essay by Peter von Ziegesar

(Photo: John Puscheck at Wilson Lake, by EG Schempf.) “Unnoticed by city fathers….an annual deluge of Kansas City Art Institute graduates had been filling every crack in the ecosystem especially … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Chambers Building (home of Paragraph) history

National Register of Historic Places registration for the Chambers Building on 12th Street, designed by Smith, Rae, and Lovitt architects (1915, addition in 1923), now home to Paragraph & Project … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Charlotte Street History: a 2002 “Review” interview with David Hughes, John O’Brien, and Raechell Smith upon CSF’s 6th Anniversary

The full text of a lengthy discussion about Kansas City artists, the importance of community, and Charlotte Street’s early mission and vision.

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Living Archive: The Dirt revisited – a dig from the “Review” archive, 2003

A contextual essay and interview with Dirt Gallery’s Davin Watne and Leo Esquivel (by Hesse McGraw and Kate Hackman), which appeared in Review, Summer 2003, one month after Dirt (1997-2003) closed in the West Bottoms.

March 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Frontier!

This blog will provide a forum, platform, and archive for artworks, projects, discussions, and materials generating as part of, and in conjunction with, The Frontier, an exploratory, community-based, participatory project of … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Charlotte Street history: Old UCP Pix!

We’ve started digging into our archive and turning up photos that feel in some ways as if they were just taken yesterday, and in other ways lifetimes ago. Here are … Continue reading

March 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Living Archive

The Living Archive tumblr is up and running! New content relating to the history of Kansas City’s  artists’ community is being added continually, as new contributors are sharing their archives … Continue reading

March 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Art Research Center

When the team from Art Practical was in town in February producing their Kansas City issue, writer Christian Frock mentioned ARC, which she had discovered in her process of researching … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

Phase 1 Projects

(Photo by Mike Sinclair.) The first series of projects for the Frontier — Phase I— are underway! Mike Sinclair, Michael Schonhoff, Julia Cole, Jane Gotch, Jonah Criswell, and Nicole Mauser … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · Leave a comment