Exhibits: anytime, any location, all ages

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
(All day) @ Central Library

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, January 24, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

Richard Berkley spent considerable time on both sides of the camera lens – as the longest-serving mayor in Kansas City’s history and as a prolific amateur photographer who never met a U.S. president, sports star, movie personality, or average Joe he couldn’t capture in color or black and white.


Saturday, January 31, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

Lucile Bluford — for whom the Library’s L.H. Bluford Branch is named — played a key role in the eventual elimination of the country’s “separate but equal” doctrine in education. Though losing a lengthy legal battle for admission to the University of Missouri’s graduate program in journalism, arguments and precedents from her case and others laid a foundation for the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.


Saturday, March 21, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

Roughly a four-block section of Kansas City’s east-side Wendell Phillips neighborhood no longer exists, at least as it once did. Dozens of homes on nearly 130 parcels of land were acquired by the city via eminent domain to make room for a new East Patrol police station and crime lab. Forty-three households were displaced, some forcibly.

Matt Rahner, an adjunct instructor of visual art at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, began documenting the dismantling of this enclave in the predominantly African American neighborhood in the fall of 2012, photographing residents and their homes from the time the houses still stood until they were rubble.


Saturday, March 28, 2015
(All day) @ Central Library

Gabriella Polony Mountain’s generosity made the Library’s newest art gallery possible. Appropriately, as the gleaming exhibit space opens on the second floor of the downtown Central Library, her bold, colorful sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, repoussé, and weavings are the first to fill it.