Bryan Devendorf of The National to Play Opening of New Contemporary Arts Center Exhibit

The Regional is the first "major multi-museum survey dedicated to contemporary artists based in the Midwest."

click to enlarge Jonathan Christensen Caballero (b. 1988, Salt Lake City; lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas). Envíosa Mi Hermano/Shipments to My Brother, 2021. Earthenware, secondhand fiber, metal, wood, 42 x 160 x 64 inches. Courtesy of the artist. - PHOTO: ANN DEAN
Photo: Ann Dean
Jonathan Christensen Caballero (b. 1988, Salt Lake City; lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas). Envíosa Mi Hermano/Shipments to My Brother, 2021. Earthenware, secondhand fiber, metal, wood, 42 x 160 x 64 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
The Contemporary Arts Center's forthcoming exhibit breaks ground as being the first "major multi-museum survey dedicated to contemporary artists based in the Midwest," says the museum.

The Regional will encompass the work of artists from cities including Detroit, Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and more and will feature commissions specific to the museum. Viewers can expect painting, photography, performance art and installation pieces that bring to the forefront artists including Conrad Egyir, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Gisela McDaniel, Devan Shimoyama, Alice Tippit and Jordan Weber.

"The Regional celebrates the artistic and cultural complexity of the Midwest, offering audiences a more comprehensive understanding of this moment in America’s heartland," writes the museum in a release.

The exhibit has been co-organized with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri and co-curated by CAC Senior Curator Amara Antilla and Assistant Curator at Kemper Museum Jade Powers.

Playing on the theme of highlighting the talent of the Midwest, the opening celebration will include a live performance from Bryan Devendorf of The National as well as Curt Kiser from local band Carriers. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required for entry.

The public opening celebration takes place 8-11 p.m. Dec. 10. On view through March 20. Free admission; cash bar. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.

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