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"

“The Frontier” Phase II Opening

“The Frontier” Phase II opening reception on Friday night, June 15 introduced several new projects at Paragraph and Project Space. Phase II projects consist of: Road Does Not End; Frontier: to face; now … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Letter to Kansas Citian | By Lucas Wetzel

Dear ________ How is it that you and I are still here? Trying to find the frontier in a town in which all signs of it have been erased. Now … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · 2 Comments

Beginning The Living Archive, by Luke Firle and Nicole Mauser

We, along with Lyndsey Ogle and Dennis Helsel, have worked in conjunction with Pat Alexander and Kate Hackman on the development of a Living Archive for The Frontier. When each … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

CSF History: Interview with Barry Anderson, curator of “Truck” at UCP’s La Esquina in 2007, by Theresa Bembnister

The following text is from an email interview conducted with Barry Anderson in May 2007. Anderson co-curated Truck, an exchange show consisting of two exhibitions — one in Kansas City, … Continue reading

May 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

We’ve made it to the Frontier

10 hours a week for 2 months we have spent together in Paragraph Gallery. Many moments of tears, laughter, experimentation, and epiphanies. This rehearsal process for, An Inside Job has reaffirmed my … Continue reading

May 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

The first installation of The Living Timeline debuts Friday night

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 … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · 1 Comment

Frontier: Momentum and Trajectory

A frontier is a feature of a community’s potential. It is a boundary, a limit and a challenge. My project, Frontier: Momentum and Trajectory, including a video slideshow at Paragraph … Continue reading

April 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

Charlotte Street history: Interview with Heather Lustfeldt and Oz McGuire, curators of “Conditions of Sound” at UCP’s Boley space, 2005, by Theresa Bembnister

The below text is from an interview I conducted with Heather Lustfeldt and Oz McGuire, co-curators of Conditions of Sound, an exhibition at the Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project’s Boley … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

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

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. … Continue reading

April 13, 2012 · 3 Comments

DRIVE BY

James Woodfill‘s DRIVE BY is a desktop video production, comprised of video, animations and music, that was completed in 2009. The video will be shown for the first time in … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

Kevin Sisemore Power and Light Photographs

My first impressions came from within a car as I passed through on the drive home each night…. the Kansas City Power & Light District was unexplored territory for me.  … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

James Woodfill: Pedestrian Strands

With relevance to the nature of downtown Kansas City’s urban environment and the role artistic interventions within this environment might play in framing, amplifying, and further shaping this environment, we … Continue reading

April 5, 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

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

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
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