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Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:57 am
by Midtownkid
Went to Hye Dyve again on Sunday (Nick Cave abandoned church). There was a steady stream of people coming and going. My group was a bunch of coworkers from the suburbs. They loved it and kept talking about how that area will probably become gentrified and expensive someday. I think it would be great to fix up that area. The apartment houses are very grand (dilapidated, but grand). I give it 20 years.

One of the ideas behind Open Spaces was to get people out of their comfort zone and explore the city. I think that part is working!

Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:29 pm
by taxi
If I can give anyone advice, it is this: do not miss Nick Cave's Hye Dyve.

Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:57 pm
by grovester
taxi wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:29 pm
If I can give anyone advice, it is this: do not miss Nick Cave's Hye Dyve.
That's enough for me.

Frankly, I was just waiting for the weather to break.

Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:27 pm
by grovester
taxi wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:29 pm
If I can give anyone advice, it is this: do not miss Nick Cave's Hye Dyve.
I can't amplify this enough. Do not miss this.

Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:42 am
by auntbigdog
grovester wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:27 pm
taxi wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:29 pm
If I can give anyone advice, it is this: do not miss Nick Cave's Hye Dyve.
I can't amplify this enough. Do not miss this.
Agreed. I saw it a month ago and still think about it nearly every day. I keep nagging my friends go so I can talk about it with someone.

Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:10 am
by rxlexi
Checked out Hye Dyve on Saturday after all of the glowing reviews on here. What a unique, trippy experience. A perfect cocktail of art and architecture. It's a shame to think this beautiful building and work will just go back to being an unused/empty church post Open Spaces - would be awesome if this could be endowed by the Nelson or somesuch and made more permanent, perhaps with ancillary galleries, etc. Nick Cave is the man.

Also checked out most of the Swope Park works a few weeks ago. Really loved the flower filled swimming pool (forget the name) - rather spectacular. "Arts Village" was underwhelming and essentially empty when I visited - was hoping for more of an ethnic fest type feel with galleries/booths, etc.

So what do we think about the inaugural Open Spaces? I love the idea but not a single person I knew, nor media outside of the Janelle Monae concert and KC Studio/KCPT, has been discussing/attending.

I think this should have been held over a couple of weeks, with a heavy focus on a very active arts village or hub, and some major, flashy, must-see works located in the heart of the city, near Plaza, P&L, downtown/PVP whatever. Swope as center of the event is a cool idea, but needed more focus on a dynamic central location with constant events and more to see right there.

As it is was easy to not even realize the event was taking place if not plugged into the cultural scene to a degree, despite the billboards and streetcar ads. Thoughts?

Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:07 am
by kcjak
The shitty local newscasts all featured pieces on Janelle Monae and actually tied here performance to Open Spaces...but that was like a week or two ago rather than at the beginning of everything. Granted I'm not the most in tune with social media advertising, but other than a couple of billboards and the Janelle Monae news I otherwise wouldn't have heard much about it.

Re: Open Spaces - Kansas City Arts Experience

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:46 pm
by smh
rxlexi wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:10 am
Checked out Hye Dyve on Saturday after all of the glowing reviews on here. What a unique, trippy experience. A perfect cocktail of art and architecture. It's a shame to think this beautiful building and work will just go back to being an unused/empty church post Open Spaces - would be awesome if this could be endowed by the Nelson or somesuch and made more permanent, perhaps with ancillary galleries, etc. Nick Cave is the man.

Also checked out most of the Swope Park works a few weeks ago. Really loved the flower filled swimming pool (forget the name) - rather spectacular. "Arts Village" was underwhelming and essentially empty when I visited - was hoping for more of an ethnic fest type feel with galleries/booths, etc.

So what do we think about the inaugural Open Spaces? I love the idea but not a single person I knew, nor media outside of the Janelle Monae concert and KC Studio/KCPT, has been discussing/attending.

I think this should have been held over a couple of weeks, with a heavy focus on a very active arts village or hub, and some major, flashy, must-see works located in the heart of the city, near Plaza, P&L, downtown/PVP whatever. Swope as center of the event is a cool idea, but needed more focus on a dynamic central location with constant events and more to see right there.

As it is was easy to not even realize the event was taking place if not plugged into the cultural scene to a degree, despite the billboards and streetcar ads. Thoughts?
I thought it was pretty solid for a first go around. Build on it for two years from now. It doesn't have to be a global sensation out of the gate. I was pleased it appeared well-executed and people who attended enjoyed it.