The kemper museum of contemporary art/WENDY RED STAR at Haw Contemporary/ belger art center

February 13, 2016

Chicken Tractor is committed to helping artists and arts supporters see great art in person, so when interesting shows come within a day's driving distance, we organize carpools to get there. On our latest trip, seven intrepid art lovers went to Kansas City to see the Kemper's Contemporary Finnish painting show "Dark Days, Bright Nights", new work by Wendy Red Star at Haw Contemporary Gallery, and three ceramics shows at the Belger Art Center. There was amazing art at all of the stops and a damn good lunch to boot. 

Kemper museum of contemporary art

A partial view of the Kemper's show which doesn't do justice to the beauty of the work presented. But Laura, Jon and Nick look ok.

A partial view of the Kemper's show which doesn't do justice to the beauty of the work presented. But Laura, Jon and Nick look ok.

Can you see the love on Laura's face? This painting was amazing.

Can you see the love on Laura's face? This painting was amazing.

The Devil (left) and The Burning Bush (right) far exceeded our high bar for abstract work. 

The Devil (left) and The Burning Bush (right) far exceeded our high bar for abstract work. 

Laura Burkehalter getting into the video installation. 

Laura Burkehalter getting into the video installation. 

Haw contemporary

Jon Baldwin, Jeff Miller, Nick LaPole and Larassa Kabel contemplating Wendy Red Star's glamorous deer at Haw Contemporary.

Jon Baldwin, Jeff Miller, Nick LaPole and Larassa Kabel contemplating Wendy Red Star's glamorous deer at Haw Contemporary.

We had a great tour of Haw Contemporary's galleries including a peek in the office at a new Alex Katz silk screen print that was over the top beautiful. 

 

Alice, 8th Grade Swim Team by Samara Umbral

Alice, 8th Grade Swim Team by Samara Umbral

Belger art center

The Belger Art Center was a real gem. It was an interesting blend of beautiful gallery spaces full of works from collections and shows that had work that was for sale. Their gift shop was also chock full of really lovely contemporary ceramics that spanned from abstract sculptural art to functional clay ware. And the director Mo Dickens was a delightful tour guide who gave us the inside story on many of the pieces on display as well as taking us into the off limits staff break room which was as full of art as any of the galleries. 

African ceramic vase from the "Desire" show.

African ceramic vase from the "Desire" show.


A black porcelain flower arrangement from the Garden Party show by Rain Harris and Kyle Triplett. 

A black porcelain flower arrangement from the Garden Party show by Rain Harris and Kyle Triplett. 

Close up of above. The delicacy of these works was amazing.

Close up of above. The delicacy of these works was amazing.

Nick LaPole and Jeff Miller with the break room Duane Hanson. 

Nick LaPole and Jeff Miller with the break room Duane Hanson. 

We decided to get a group photo on the Jesse Small road tattoo installation before heading back to Des Moines when Mo Dickens came flying out of the Belger to photo bomb us. The perfect end to a great trip.  

We decided to get a group photo on the Jesse Small road tattoo installation before heading back to Des Moines when Mo Dickens came flying out of the Belger to photo bomb us. The perfect end to a great trip.