PREVIEW: Spring 2018 Visual Arts

A variety of materials and subjects are on display this spring at an art gallery or museum near you.

The Box Gallery
Susan Lordi Marker: Echoes of the Prairie, Works in Cloth
On view through January 25

Inspired by native tall grass prairie, eleven works of cloth by artist Susan Lordi Marker work are exhibited at the Box Gallery.


Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Women to Watch | METALS
On view through January 28

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, in cooperation with the Kansas City Chapter of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), hosts Women to Watch | Metals on view until January 28.

This exhibition series features emerging or underrepresented artists from the states and countries in which NMWA has outreach committees. From the ornamental to the functional, this year’s exhibition explores metal as a medium. Artists Include: Cheryl Eve Acosta, Debbie Barrett-Jones, Angelica Sandoval, Jessica Thompson-Lee, and Desiree Warren.

Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967–1999)
On view January 25 – April 29

This landmark retrospective is the first in the United States dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón—the late Cuban visual artist who mined the founding myth of the Afro-Cuban fraternal society, Abakuá, to create an independent and powerful visual iconography.

Haw Contemporary
Every Street
On view through January 17

In conjunction with The Charlotte Street Foundation and their 20th anniversary celebration, Haw Contemporary hosts a group exhibition that began December 8 and will run through January 17, 2018. The title for the exhibition is Every Street, in line with the organization’s overall theme for the anniversary, “Every Street is Charlotte Street.”

Participating artists inlcude: Ricky Allman, Deanna Dikeman, Mike Erickson, Ari Fish, David Ford, Nate Fors, Justin Gainan, Archie Scott Gobber, Marcie Miller Gross, Rachel Hayes, Anne Lindberg, Dylan Mortimer, Garry Noland, Jay Norton, Warren Rosser, Eric Sall, Mike Sinclair, May Tveit, Samara Umbral, Davin Watne, James Woodfill, Andrzej Zieliński.

Weinberger Fine Art
On view through February 24

Weinberger Fine Art presents the show, BUILDING BLOCKS, a three person exhibition, with works by Jeremy Rockwell (Assemblage), Laura Nugent (Abstract Painting), and Michael Driggs (Cityscapes). In this exhibition, there is an emphasis on the components or elements in each of the artists’ work: using found objects, color fields, or simplified cityscapes.

H&R Block Artspace
Dannielle Tegeder, Chroma Machine Suite: Forecasting Fault Lines in the Cosmos
January 27 – March 17

In an exploration of invisible systems, Dannielle Tegeder reveals her deep engagement with ideas of architecture, urban planning, and collaboration through drawings, paintings, sculptural installations, sound works, animations, and performative gestures. Chroma Machine Suite: Forecasting Fault Lines in the Cosmos features a new site-specific wall drawing created with young artists during the artist’s residency in Kansas City, as well as an immersive and evolving sculptural installation activated through collaboration with a choreographer, and new animations.

Dannielle Tegeder lives and works in New York. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Montclair Art Museum, Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, and Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York.

Opening reception: Friday, January 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Kiosk Gallery
Erin Dodson – Where We Lived
January 19 – February 8

Kiosk Gallery, located at 916 E 5th Street, Kansas City, MO, is an artist-run space started by husband-and-wife team Eric and Erin Dodson in September 2012. In March, Kiosk Gallery will be closing their current location. Their final show in the Columbus Park location features work by their volunteer artist staff. An artist’s reception and book release will be held Friday, January 18th from 6 to 9 pm.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity
On view through April 1

Featured objects include exquisite vessels fashioned from solid jade, a full suit of iron armor, a spectacular solid gold belt buckle and a magnificent, 2,000-year-old, life-sized jade and gold burial suit that is the finest to have survived from ancient China. The objects were excavated from a group of monumental tombs of the Kings of Chu that were carved into rocky hillsides in an area midway between Beijing and Shanghai.

Through the Eyes of Picasso
On view through April 8

This show explores Picasso’s fascination with African and Oceanic art, and the art of the Americas. These objects and artworks in union with a collection of works by the artist come together to create a show second to none in providing a clearer understanding of the master.

Read KCMetropolis review here.

The ArtsKC Gallery
On view through Feb 23

The ArtsKC Gallery hosts work by John Davis Carroll, a painter and new media artist. The exhibit features some of his landscapes on paper using watercolor, ink and gouache. Carroll states, “These paintings question classifications of what is considered natural or unnatural in our surroundings. My subjects are often discovered along bodies of water and other travel routes where forces of nature and human manipulation are accentuated…My landscape paintings are not just about a place. For me painting is an expression of all five senses. What I am seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and feeling at that place. It’s also about the emotions of the here and now in my studio as I am painting.”


Cover photo: Belkis Ayón, “Nlloro (Weeping)” (1991), collograph

This is not a complete list of spring 2018 events, but rather a compilation by the author.

KCMetropolis only covers events that are listed on the calendar. If you wished to be considered for coverage, please make sure that your events are on at least one month out.