Body-Mind Entente: Exhibition and Panel Discussion

Curated by the Graduate Art History Association

Exhibition Dates: January 21 – February 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, February 11, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

UMKC Gallery of Art, Fine Arts Building 203
5015 Holmes St, KCMO 64110
Free parking in the Cherry Street garage, levels 5 & 6

Body-Mind Entente features multimedia artworks that explore the relationship between body and mind, perception and cognition, consciousness and spirituality. It looks into the biological and cultural factors that shape our existence, enabling us to develop singular identities while simultaneously sharing many features and modes of behavior with others. This exhibition opens a dialogue between art and cognitive sciences by unveiling significant crossovers between artists and scientists’ objects of inquiry. The contemporary artists whose work is included in Body-Mind Entente approach pivotal questions about how people perceive, think, and build a sense of identity in relation to others. The exhibition shows that aesthetics play an important role in heightening self-consciousness and triggering reflection on the interdependence between body and mind.

This exhibition was curated by the members of the Graduate Art History Association (GAHA), which is a student-driven organization through the UMKC Art & Art History Department. It dedicates itself to fostering professional development in art scholarship. GAHA works with local museums, galleries, and educational institutions to enable students to enter into dialogue with established art professionals.

Artists Featured:
JJ Allen | Emily Connell | Sarabeth Dunton | Diana Heise | Robert Howsare | Nene Humphrey
Maret K. Miller | Molly Murphy | Jodi Lightner & Amber Stene | Miles Neidinger | Patricia Olynyk
Anne Austin Pearce | Jim Sajovic | Jamie Bates Slone | Hong Chun Zhang

Panel Discussion: Exploring Body-Mind Connections

Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00—7:30 pm at the UMKC Gallery of Art

Featured speakers: New York City artist Nene Humphrey, art historian and UMKC faculty member Dr. Cristina Albu, neuroscientist and UMKC faculty member Dr. Nash Boutros, and art history graduate student Tara Karaim as moderator. The discussion will address how the neural basis of perception, along with cultural affiliations, influences aesthetic experience. The program aims to expand the traditional understanding of neuroscience and art by fostering a broader comprehension and appreciation of the qualities of both.

This exhibition and panel discussion was made possible through the generous support of the Department of Art & Art History, the UMKC Gallery of Art, the UMKC Office of Student Involvement, and the Missouri Arts Council.