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 artist-run efforts in KC in prep for the AP visit. While I’ve heard mention of the Art Research Center, this recent mention triggered the need to know more of the story. We’ve since learned, in fact, that immediately in our midst as one of the members of the Gamelan Genta Kasturi, in residence at our City Center Square Studios. So watch from an interview and more information soon – or share YOUR knowledge by commenting here!
Meanwhile, from Wikipedia:
The Art Research Center was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1964 by constructivist artist Thomas Michael Stephens.
ARC grew out of the new center U.S. art cooperative gallery which was dissolved in 1964 when the original idea for ARC was conceived. The founders of this gallery were part of an “abstract” segment of the 15 artists in the co-op. Their background and impetus was partially influenced by the Bauhaus and Moholy-Nagy and the new Bauhaus in Chicago.
International exhibits focused on multi-disciplinary experiments in constructive arts, exploring the relationship between art, science and technology and expositing issues of sensory perception with aesthetic structures.