The exhibition and related programming, which runs March 21 through April 13, 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.
Participating artists include Paige Nicole Gordon, Fuko Ito, Lueking Knabe, Isabella Matute, Lilly McElroy, Trish Nixon, Madison Mae Parker, Rye Lanae Boothe, Madelyn Stewart, Phoebe Varisco and Lauren Louvel Louise Whitacre. The exhibition is curated by Jennifer Baker, assistant curator at the H & R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. Previously, she was the assistant curator of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. Baker was also featured editor at PIECRUST Magazine and an instructor in the Fiber Department at the Craft Alliance. She has generously devoted much time and energy to curating this exhibition that addresses the many pressing issues around sexual violence prevention and awareness.
The exhibition will be in the UMKC Gallery of Art, Room 203, Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21. 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. Free Parking is available in the Cherry Street Parking Garage, levels 5 and 6.
List of exhibition programming:
Wednesday, March 27, 10-11:30 a.m.
Neosho National Fish Hatchery Equal Opportunity Training. (This is a private event, and not open to the public.)
Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p.m.
This is a theater production performed by Madison Mae Parker and directed by Rye Lanae Boothe. The 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. The performance begins promptly at 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 2-4 p.m.
Writing and Performance Workshop
Madison Mae Parker and Rye Lanae Boothe will conduct this workshop that 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, 3-5 p.m.
This event is 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.