Through photographs, video storytelling, and spatial elements, this immersive exhibition illuminates the harrowing experience of eviction – faced annually by thousands in Kansas City and across the country. It is inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
In the summer of 2021, Washington Post reporters and artist Desiree Kelly examined the experiences of nine Black baseball players to try to understand dwindling African American representation in the major leagues. What resulted is The Nine, a series of portraits ranging from Willie Mays, Bo Jackson, and other big leaguers to an 18-year-old prospect. To them she has added two of the first female players in the Negro Leagues.
Kansas City’s aviation history dates to the mid-19th century and a scene right out of Oz – the first ascension of a manned hot air balloon in the city, witnessed by thousands of people spilled onto rooftops and other high vantage points. It extends from biplanes to bombers, from dusty airfields to modern airports, from flying schools to the successful pursuit of a hometown airline, TWA.