1999-2000 exhibitions

"Measure for Measure" and "The Contemplative Stitch"

May 26 through July 7, 2000

Organized by the Surface Design Association

"The Contemplative Stitch" featured 21 works by artists from the United States, Japan, Germany, Australia and England. Curated by Ilze Aviks, this exhibition examined contemporary approaches to the stitch as image and technique in both large and small-scale works. "Measure for Measure" featured 26 examples of artist-designed yardage and presented the work of 22 artists from the United States, Germany, Hungary and Canada.

"2000 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition"

April 28 through May 13, 2000

New work by more than 100 emerging artists graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute majoring in art history, ceramics, creative writing, design, fiber, illustration, interdisciplinary arts, new media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

Flora and Fauna

March 3 through April 22, 2000

Curated by Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics at KCAI

Esser’s conception for "Flora and Fauna" was prompted by her interest in plant and animal imagery in historical architectural ornamentation. Her investigation of the use and significance of such motifs from antiquity and their various manifestations within art of the present were the prevailing themes in the exhibition. Engaging the medium of ceramics, the artists created “hybrid forms” which explored human relationships with nature, culture, plants and animals. Perception, intuition, societal and environmental issues and absurdism were addressed in various evocative forms, creating new insights and avenues for contemplation. Artists in the show included Adrian Arleo, Neil Forrest, Ovidio Giberga, Marilyn Lysohir, Keisuke Mizuno, Adelaide Paul and Chris Weaver.

"1999 Charlotte Street Fund"

January 14 – February 26, 2000

Curated by Raechell Smith, director of the Artspace

An exhibition of work by the 1999 Charlotte Street Fund recipients, Nate Fors, Michael Rees, Michael Sinclair, Kee Sook-Lee, Bridget Stewart and Wilbur Niewald, the recipient of the Lifetime achievement award. This show represented outstanding visual work from Kansas City area.

"The Viewing Room"

Nov.13 through Dec. 18, 1999

Curated by Raechell Smith, director of the Artspace

This exhibition brought together a group of emerging international artists who explored relationships between the figure and its environment in video projections and installations. The artists actively investigated sources that included feminism, performance art, television, storytelling and music to define a new generation in video.

Artists featured in the show included Janine Antoni, Lucy Gunning, Pipilotti Rist and Gillian Wearing.

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