Saturday, June 11, 2011
Hixon transformed the field of portrait photography in Kansas City and the surrounding region during a career that spanned more than seven decades. His studios—the first in the Brady Building at 11th and Main Streets, and the second just one block west in the Baltimore Hotel—welcomed thousands of patrons throughout the 1910s and 1920s.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For more than a century, the Kansas City Stockyards fed a nation hungry for fresh meat. The heyday of the stockyards is long gone, undermined by flood, environmental concerns, and shifting economics. But this powerful financial engine is celebrated in Cowtown: History of the Kansas City Stockyards, a new exhibition of photographs, blueprints, drawings, and documents culled from more than 5,000 items retrieved from a Livestock Exchange Building storeroom in 2008.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Asian and Pacific Americans make up more than 5 percent of the U.S. population – over 17 million people – and those numbers are growing. In the first exhibition of its kind, the Smithsonian Institution explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by our nation’s history.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
For 20 years, artists – most of them of Chicano-Latino heritage – have been learning a specialized silkscreen print technique at the Austin, Texas, studio of the late painter and printmaker, Sam Coronado.
This exhibit showcases the work of 40 of those artists, all of whom found their voice through personal stories and experiences – their celebrations, sorrows, and challenges. Featuring vivid colors and sometimes startling imagery, the serigraphs employ visual language drawn from a variety of traditions including family and religious symbols, political motifs, neighborhood (barrio) life, and Mexican graphics.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Jason Pollen grew up in New York, and has lived and worked in Paris, London, Zurich, and Chennai, India. But the internationally recognized artist and teacher – known for his fiber artwork and use of innovative techniques – has made Kansas City his home since 1983, when he accepted a one-year teaching appointment at the Kansas City Art Institute. It grew into the chairmanship of the institute’s fiber department until his retirement in 2010.
He has continued since then to expand upon an impressive portfolio.
The Library celebrates this Kansas City treasure with an exhibit of his work, some on public display for the first time, along with a never-before-seen collection of his sketchpads. A second part of the exhibit will open at the Library on November 9, 2014.