Issue

3.10 / Kansas City

March 1 2012

Introduction

March 1, 2012. Last month, a team of Art Practical editors and writers visited Kansas City, Missouri, with the task of producing an issue of critical writing on socially engaged art practices in the region. Why did we undertake this project? By temporarily situating ourselves in a city whose artists are similarly experimenting with and questioning what encompasses contemporary visual art production, we sought to reorient our perspectives about the infrastructure and visibility that artistic communities need. Our short trip functioned as a mirror; the impression we took away was a composite informed by the region’s realities and the identities we brought with us. The picture we took home reveals as much about our regional preoccupations and concerns as it does those of Kansas City. In this way, it offered us a comparative context in which to consider two communities: one that we experienced for a short period of time and another in which we are immersed and choose to call home. Enjoy – VG & PM

Features

Loosed of Limits and Imaginary Lines

Loosed of Limits and Imaginary Lines

By Art Practical Editors

In February 2012, a team of Art Practical editors and writers left the Pacific for the Plains to visit Kansas City, Missouri, with the task of producing an issue of critical writing on socially engaged art practices in the region. Why did we undertake this project, which took us nearly two thousand miles away from San Francisco and shifted our geographic focus from the West Coast to the country’s center?

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Kansas City, Here I Come

Kansas City, Here I Come

By Jessica Brier, Patrick Gillespie

In thinking about how to profile a city where one of us has never visited and where neither of us lives, our entry point was to examine the Bay Area and Kansas City in dialogue. We set out to uncover what connections and discrepancies might exist by talking to artists and cultural producers in Kansas City.

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