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"
The Living Archive team has been hard at work within The Frontier the last few days, sifting through the first batch of archival materials on loan from KC artists and influencers including David Ford, Lisa Cordes, Leo Wetherill, Peregrine Honig, Davin Watne, Tom Gregg, Kurt Von Schlemmer, Steve Bushman, Pat Alexander, David Hughes, and more, including a few gorgeous posters representing Artist Research Center (much more on ARC to come). We are just barely scratching the surface here, and are really looking forward to reaching out, gathering much more, and delving into all of it in the months ahead. Our list of “must talk to’s” and “must includes” is growing longer by the minute.
Shepherded by the amazing Pat Alexander (who has also managed this week to conduct interviews with many of the above and more), and with the assistance of our loyal intern Jessica Palko (who has been photographing and keeping inventory of items), the curatorial team of Nicole Mauser, Lyndsey Ogle, Luke Firle, and Dennis Helsel have been culling and installing ephemera on the gallery’s magnetized “Living Timeline,” which will be changing each week as new materials come in and new selections are made. This area of the space will function as an ongoing curatorial endeavor, evolving to focus on different themes, spaces, projects and threads of connection at different times, including in relation to roundtable conversations that will be happening in this space about this history and its many resonances for the future. (more on this to follow shortly as well.)
Meanwhile, enjoy a preview slideshow of just a few of the treasures being shared, then please join us for the opening!