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UMKC Gallery of Art Exhibition Redefines 21st Century Marriage

Lecture series, film screening accompany exhibition

Kansas City, Mo. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Graduate Art History Association presents their first exhibition, “We Now Pronounce You: Redefining Marriage in the 21st Century.” The exhibition will feature contemporary artists from UMKC who have created visual interpretations of what marriage means in the current social and political climate.

Using Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” as an inspirational springboard, these multimedia artworks explore the idea of matrimony, as well as underlying themes such as identity, commercialism, sexuality, and gender.

The exhibition will run Jan. 23- Feb. 20 in the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203, 5015 Holmes St., Kansas City, Mo. An opening reception featuring guest speaker Professor Burton Dunbar will take place 5-7 p.m., Jan. 23, in the Gallery of Art. Dunbar’s speech will begin at 5:30 p.m. He will discuss Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait,” the inspiration for this exhibition.

Featured artists include UMKC students and graduates: Amber Acevedo, Heather Beffa, Jeremy Bena, Liz Black, Danielle Coronado, Gloria Devonshire, Christel Highland, Jerry Hodge, Laura Hurcomb, Joseph Kern, Margo Miller, Christina Silvius, Ryan Schick, and Liz Wagoner.

The exhibition will include a lecture series and film screening. A screening of the film “Bridegroom. A Love Story. Unequal.” will take place at 5:30 p.m., Feb. 13, at Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, Mo. The event will be co-sponsored by UMKC LGBTQIA and Film & Media Arts. Tickets are free. Please RSVP to Ruth Brito at rmbhw5@umkc.edu to reserve seats.

The lecture series will take place Thursday mornings and evenings, and will include presentations by the following UMKC departments and organizations: Sociology, English Language and Literature, History, Latina/Latino Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Conservatory of Music and Dance, The Women’s Center, and OUTLaws. A full schedule of the lecture series is available on the UMKC Gallery of Art’s website.

 

 


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