The big day is around the corner! For the first time in 6 years I will be living in a new city and every inch of me in tingling with anticipation and nerves and excitement... basically the works. The past few months have been very jam packed with so much it feels almost as though the summer has been its own year! Honestly, it is kinda fucked. Since may I have helped Geoff open his solo, curated 2 shows, organized a number of events, gotten my solo together, and ready, made two music videos, workin like a dog on Nuit Blanche, got the flu, dealt with more red-tape BS than I ever have or wanted to AND got to go to a few cottages... built a sign... OK, the list keeps going. It's crazy.
Back to the subject of this post, MY MOVE! Okay so, I am gonna copy/paste some stuff about KC because it is kind of a jazzy town with a very loaded history. It is quite the American city and has some quaint nick names, such as: "KC", "KCMO", "Big KC", "City of Fountains", "Heart of America", and "Paris of the Plains". Funny right? KC is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri. Founded in 1838 as the "Town of Kansas" at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and is situated opposite Kansas City, Kansas. The city was the location of several battles during the Civil War, including the Battle of Westport (which if you don't know one of the largest battles to be fought west of the Mississippi River, with over 30,000 men engaged and over 3000 casualties). Here is a painting of that:
This painting just struck me as I posted it... mainly because of the calmness of the inner field and the two opposing forces charging towards death. Kinda mental to think of the battlefield as somewhere between total chaos and totalizing serenity. Makes sense - when looking at paintings like this - why many modernist/abstract American painters would move towards simple, and yet overpowering, color fields and contrasts... such as Rothko or Newman....
... but not really, hahahahaha
RIGHT, ummm... more about KC....Kansas City is situated in "Tornado Alley", a broad region where cold air from the Rocky Mountains in Canada collide with warm air from the Gulf of Mexico, leading to the formation of powerful storms (although the city itself has not been hit with a tornado since 1876). The surrounding areas of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area have had some severe outbreaks of tornadoes in the past, including the Ruskin Heights tornado in 1957, and the May 2003 tornado outbreak sequence, as well as other severe weather, most notably the Kansas City derecho in 1982. The region is also victim to the sporadic ice storm during the winter months, such as the 2002 ice storm during which hundreds of thousands lost power for days and (in some cases) weeks. Kansas City and its outlying areas are also subject to flooding, including the Great Flood of 1993 and the Great Flood of 1951.
KC is also has a cool crime history and is a pretty violent town (apparently)...Some of the earliest violence in Kansas City erupted during the American Civil War. Shortly after the city's incorporation in 1850, the period which has become known as Bleeding Kansas erupted, affecting border ruffians and Jayhawkers, who both lived in the city. During the war, Union troops burned all occupied dwellings in Jackson County south of Brush Creek and east of Blue Creek to Independence in an attempt to halt raids into Kansas. After the war, the Kansas City Times turned outlaw Jesse James into a folk hero in its coverage. James was born in the Kansas City metro area at Kearney, Missouri, and notoriously robbed the Kansas City Fairgrounds at 12th Street and Campbell Avenue.
As of October 30, 2006, Kansas City ranks 21st on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual survey of crime rates for cities with populations over 400,000. Kansas City ranked sixth in the rate of murders in that same study. The entire Kansas City metropolitan area has the fourth worst violent crime rate among cities with more than 100,000, with a rate of 614.7 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. In 2010 Forbes.com ranked Kansas City as the third most dangerous city in the country.
Much of the city's murders and violent crimes occur in the city's inner core. In the 2000s, Crime and Homicides spiked up due to organized crime or the gang activity in the inner city. However, attempts at revitalizing the downtown area have been more successful. Other parts of the urban core with higher poverty levels remain places in which crime remains largely unabated.
BUT PLEASE DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ME!!!! I WILL BE FINE, I AM CITY KID... DUH!!!!!!
Um, so... I am not really sure what else I wanna put in this post. It already feels pretty long. Maybe I'll just put a list of the notable people that have attended KCAI and leave it at that. Or, until I think of something else... most likely will post a number of times while in KC.
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okay... the list:
MARTIN ARNOLD (Yuula, u love him)
JON GNAGY "AMERICA'S FIRST TELEVISION ART TEACHER"
ABBE FINDLEY (FAVE TO THE GRAVE)
OKAY I AM SICK OF POSTING>>>>> MAYBE ADD SOME MORE STUFF LATER_____FOR NOW HERE IS THE MISFITS!!!