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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.


One comment on “The Art Research Center

  1. Bill Drummond
    April 3, 2012

    the Art Research Center, for me, was the first experience of the international scope; and the deep well of intellectual refreshment that Kansas City had to offer… I first visited KC ( as a returning son ), in 1986… My mind was blown by the structuralist art and constructivism that was shown at the ARC. I determined to move here the next year, – and allied myself with Mr. Michael Stevens. Please consider this particular group endeavor as the prototype for all the artist-centered projects to follow in Kansas City!

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