Join us for an opening reception of The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever, new installation work of Kansas City based artist Amy Kligman. THIS FRIDAY January 15th from 7pm-11pm. The Glory Days Will Not Last Forever is the final exhibition with curator Melaney Mitchell and will run through the end of January by appointment. This exhibition was made possible by a generous Inspiration Grant from ARTS KC!
Kligman’s installation utilizes disposable party goods including balloons, confetti, paper garlands, tissue paper, paper fans and lanterns, as raw material that is repurposed into a dense, large-scale installation. The resulting environment is a claustrophobic immersion of color and texture, which creates a contextually loaded environment for performances and conversations that will take place in the exhibition space during the course of the show run.
Themes and thoughts contributing to the resulting installation include the idealized past, over expectations of the future, mania, overstimulation and overconsumption, and the notion of shared or universal experience.
Amy Kligman has a hybrid practice of studio work and arts administration. Her resume highlights include an Arts KC Inspiration Grant, Missouri Bank Artboards Commission, inclusion in issue #101 of New American Paintings, and an exhibition at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art as a 2014 Charlotte Street Visual Award Fellow. She was a founding member & co-director of the curatorial collaboration Plug Projects from 2011-2015, leaving in 2015 to take on a role as Programming Director for the Charlotte Street Foundation. Amy currently is the Executive/Artistic Director of the Charlotte Street Foundation. She lives with her husband Misha and son Sam in Kansas City, MO.
At 7:15 pm on opening night this Friday January 15th Blanked Undercover will be performing their piece The Chamber of Secrets Will be Opened (mark your calendars)
Melissa Lenos’s project, “20 minutes of Forever” will be screening all night.
Subterranean Gallery, founded in 2010 by Ayla Rexroth, is an underground hybrid art and domestic space in Kansas City, Missouri. In contrast to the traditional “white cube” gallery, Subterranean has always strived to facilitate an environment that engages creativity with intimate ambiance. During Melaney Mitchell’s two year run as Director she has taken advantage of its strange and unexpected histories of a basement domestic space to create seven exhibitions in a variety of mediums. Midwestern suburban basements are usually filled with walnut wood panelling, old shag carpet, and light up signs for Old Style beer. The experience of art in that space, in lieu of ones own father’s collected sports memorabilia, forces something different to happen. It’s a space of collaboration but more importantly a space for conversation. As Mitchell leaves the project she says “I realize that the part of Subterranean that I’m going to miss is the conversation. The talk of art in Kansas City is the hearth of what makes a stark white painted basement apartment a wonderful space see and be with art.”
Subterranean Gallery will open again in the Fall/Winter of 2016 with new gallery director Jordan Hauser.