Category Archives: Hot Tub Dialogues Lecture Series

A Night With Archie Scott Gobber & Mike Erickson


by Melaney Mitchell

Many moons ago, Saturday, February 25th, Subterranean Gallery hosted its final hot tub lecture. The culmination was highly performative, and at times, the conversation involved the audience more than the lecturers. Artist Archie Scott Gobber, and moderator/artist Mike Erickson, artists represented by and co-workers at the Dolphin Gallery. Gobber’s work is well known for its eye-catching quality and clever wordplay that work as a vehicle for social and political commentary. Moderator and artist Mike Erickson has worked in New York and Los Angeles at the MOMA and Gemini Graphic Editions Limited in LA. Gobber and Erickson are both KCAI alumni and base their painting practices in Kansas City. Continue reading

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An Evening with Kate Hackman & Raechell Smith

By Melaney Mitchell

On Saturday February 18th, the second of The Hot Tub Dialogue Lectures featured Kate Hackman and Raechelle Smith. Hackman is the Co-Director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, former Editor-in-Chief of Review magazine, ran the public art program Art in the Loop, wrote art reviews for the Kansas City Star and is the former assistant director of Exit Art in New York City. Smith is a Kansas City Native, and the Founding Director and Chief Curator of the H& R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is also the former Curatorial Assistant of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nelson Atkins Museum. Behind a candlelit and luxuriously draped fourth wall, Smith and Hackman conversed in a style similar to the days when they were room mates. Attempting to channel old breakfast table jokes about “two a.m. last night”, they dove into a discussion that was peppered with questions submitted by the audience on simple notecards.

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A Night With Hesse McGraw & Josh Shelton

By Melaney Mitchell

Saturday February 11th, Subterranean Gallery hosted the first of three Hot Tub Dialogue Lecturesfeaturing Hesse McGraw with moderator Josh Shelton. McGraw founded the Paragraph Gallery in 2004 and acted as a forerunner in revitalizing KC’s downtown through the arts. The space looked to transform the city, and the way in which art worked towards revitalization. He now works in a similar fashion as the Chief Curator of the Bemis Art Center in Omaha, Nebraska which focuses on works with a community impact. The evenings moderator, Josh Shelton is chair of the Steering Committee with Art Thru Architecture, a principal member of the architecture firm, El Dorado, and is on the board for the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. McGraw and Shelton connect through their interest in the community, with Shelton’s teaching and studio practice at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning. Shelton and his students work to develop architectural projects that have a direct engagement with the current urban context specific to each project. This is the same direction McGraw was heading in when he opened Paragraph Gallery. Continue reading

The Hot Tub Dialogues Lecture Series

Kansas City, MO (January 19th, 2012) Saturday, February 11th, 18th and 25th Subterranean Gallery will host The Hot Tub Dialogues: a lecture series featuring distinguished members of Kansas City’s arts community. Three lectures will be held featuring local artists and art facilitators in Subterranean Gallery’s hydrotherapy spa. The gallery’s recent installation of the spa/lecture hall follows Sub’s trend of transforming the space to fit the needs of each exhibition and event. The soothing ambiance will allow lecturers to reveal their most intimate observations about the contemporary art world. Guests will enjoy live music, drinks, hors d’oevres, and a dive into the minds of influential people in our community. They may also take a dip in the hot tub following lectures.

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Subterranean Gallery’s Kickstarter Campaign Fully Funded!

Let The Hot Tub Dialogues Begin.

We have surpassed our original goal of $2,500.00 and have raised a total of $2773.00!  Thank you to all our backers and supporters. You literally gave 110%!  Check back often to see updates about the project, and if you haven’t seen our Kickstarter video you are missing out!

The Hot Tub Dialogues are made possible by our Generous Supporters

Katie Atkins, Lottie Barker, Colleen Burner, Leandra Burnett, Chris Chapin, Julia Cole, Jim Conrad, Maria Creyts, Chris Daharsh, Monica Dixon, Andrew Erdrich, Jessica Erdrich, Abbe Findley, Kim Gears, Daniel Goggin, Matthew Scott Gualco, Harper Hair, Sarah Hazelwood, Robert C. Heishman, Brian Henkel
, Emily Henson, Matthew Heston, Sara Honan, Cory Imig, Laura Isaac, Matt Jacobs, Cody Knopp, Kelly Kroener, Luther Kroman, Joseph Lawlor, Judith G. Levy, Bruce Lipton, Ellen Mantia, Amanda Martinez, Nancy Noble, Natures Own Market, Erin Olm-Shipman, Zoe Pedziwiatr, Plug Projects, Leone Anne Reeves, David Rhoads, Russell Shoemaker, Paul Shortt, Anja Notanja Sieger, Samuel Slay Skidmore, Maeve Skidmore, Tim Skidmore, Kate Smithson, Dick Snow, Spray Booth Gallery, Sean M. Starowitz, Angie Swanson,
 Cheryl Toh, Venus Van Horn, WarriorAntPress, Zack Yaw.

Thank you!

The Hot Tub Dialogues Kickstarter Campaign!

Click the link below to make your pledge!  Remember that your donation will not be processed until we reach our total goal.  Kickstarter is powered by an all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.  This means any dollar amount helps!

THE HOT TUB DIALOGUES KICKSTARTER

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The Plan…

Winter 2012 the Subterranean Gallery will host The Hot Tub Dialogues: a lecture series featuring distinguished members of Kansas City’s art  community. Three lectures will be held featuring local artists and arts facilitators with a moderator in Subterranean Gallery’s hydrotherapy spa. The soothing ambiance will allow lecturers to reveal their most intimate observations about the contemporary art world. Guests will enjoy drinks, hors d’oevres, and a dive into the minds of aware and influential people in our community.

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