Flesh Out

March 21-April 13, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21st, 5-7 pm

Free Parking in the Cherry St. Garage, levels 5 & 6

Participating artists: Paige Nicole Gordon, Fuko Ito, Lueking Knabe, Isabella Matute, Lilly McElroy, Trish Nixon, Madison Mae Parker and Rye Lanae Boothe, Madelyn Stewart, Phoebe Varisco, and Lauren Louvel Louise Whitacre

Curated by Jennifer Baker

UMKC Gallery of Art and UMKC Violence Prevention and Response Program present Flesh Out, a group exhibition organized to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The exhibition and related programming supports artists from the Kansas City community by creating platforms for discussion and action around sexual violence prevention. Expressing the gendered, cultural, and generational concerns of fourth wave feminism, the exhibiting artists deploy a spectrum of technical strategies to address modes of desire, fragmentation, and anxiety embedded within a culture of discrimination toward female-identifying and queer bodies. Enlisting the body as site, image, and/or tool, each artist suggests the possibility of a mended world through empathetic, vulnerable, and sometimes absurd gestures of self-preservation, courage, hope, and love.


List of exhibition programing

Thursday, March 21st 5:00-7:00 p.m: Flesh Out exhibition opens. During the opening reception, Madison Mae Parker will perform a durational version of her one-woman play Unravel, directed by Rye Lanae Boothe. Gallery visitors can enter and exit the performance as they wish.

Wednesday, March 27th, 10:00-11:30 a.m: The Neosho, MO Fish Hatchery Equal Opportunity Training (This is a private event, and not open to the public.)

Thursday, April 4th, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Unravel: A theater production performed by Madison Mae Parker and directed by Rye Lanae Boothe. This performance premiered in November 2017 and has been adapted for the UMKC Gallery. Unravel is the portrayal of a young woman who, as a coping mechanism, becomes disassociated with her own body, and subsequently the journey to reconnect with herself. All are welcome, but space is limited so please arrive on time or early. Performance begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 6th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Writing and Performance Workshop: With Madison Mae Parker and Rye Lanae Boothe. This workshop will explore how the words we write and the stories we tell live in our body; how we might better listen to our bodies allowing the work to be fully alive. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Please bring a favorite notebook and writing utensil and wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in.

Saturday, April 13, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Quilting Bee With fiber artist Lueking Knabe. Visitors are invited to contribute to a communal quilt project while participating in an informal discussion about creating space for personal care and healing. All ages and experience levels are welcome, basic quilting instruction and materials will be provided.