May 2015 First Friday Radar!
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May 2015 First Friday Radar!

May 2015 First Friday Radar!


The Drugstore Open Studios

6:00-9:00 pm

The Drugstore

3948 Main Street

Kansas City, MO 64111

The Drugstore’s twenty artists will open up the doors to their studio to the public. Many shops along the Midtown area including The Talk Shop, Oddly Correct, Meridian Lane, The Campground and Maker Goods will be open during the same hours to encourage people to explore further than the Crossroads during First Fridays.

“I, Too, Am America” Fast Food Workers Art Exhibit Premiere

6:00 pm

3936 Main Street

Kansas City, MO 64111

Over the last year, members of the Fast Food Workers Langston Hughes Club have trained with professional photographers. Their original work gives a window into the hopes, fears, dreams and daily struggles of America’s working poor. Reception and artists talk to be held May 1 at 6 pm. Space is limited.


SPOART: Signal/Playbook

6:00-9:00 pm


217 W 18th Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

A thesis exhibition by Zophia A. McDougal. Tickets are now available worldwide and required for entry. SPOART: Signal / Playbook is an integration of the athletic concepts of signals and playbooks with the practice of art making. The show celebrates the nobility of intuition and critical, honest thought in times of great pressure and expectation. Opening reception May 1st from 6-9pm and by appointment through the end of the month.


A Theory of Human Motivation

6:00-9:00 pm

Vulpes Bastille

1737 Locus Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

In this video installation, A Theory of Human Motivation, Molly Garrett and Cody Kauhl use sound, animation and projection as a means to reinterpret Abraham Maslow’s thoughts to fit a contemporary and personal context. This work is in collaboration with sound artist, Cody Kauhl. Molly Garrett is a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute majoring in Animation and Art History. “A Theory of Human Motivation” is her thesis exhibition.


A Theory of Human Motivation

6:00-9:00 pm

Main Street Gallery KC

1610 Main Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

A group exhibition featuring work by KCAI seniors Zophia McDougalEthan HebererJanelle Ketcher, and Brandon Kintzer.



Laundry Day was Last Week

6:00-9:00 pm

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

2012 Baltimore Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64108


Laundry Day was Last Week is Kadie Nugent’s debut solo exhibition. The installation is comprised of drawn lines, textile pieces, and wire sculpture that work together to create an immersive drawing that will be on view at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center’s Lower Level Gallery for the month of May.


Whatever Forever: Zine Release

5:00-11:00 pm

Whatever Forever

2016 Main Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

First Fridays gallery opening featuring NEW WORKS by SeedCo Studios resident artists. Live music performances by The Conquerors, Metatone and The Wandering Lake to follow opening. Gallery opening is from 5-9 pm followed by performances at 9 pm.


HEX by Hint: Soft Opening and Exhibition

6:00-9:00 pm

HEX by Hint

1906 Wyandotte Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

KOKOFREAKBEAN, alias of the Texas artist Michael Vasquez, has created videos for names like Dan Deacon, Adult Swim, and Funny or Die. His glitch-core, lo-fi aesthetic is visually intense with a wild cacophony of graphic shapes. 


Belger Crane Yard Studios Open House

5:00-9:00 pm

Red Star Studios

2011 Tracy Ave

Kansas City MO 64108

Open studios and sale of work by the ceramic artists in residence at Red Star Studios. Also opening this evening in the Belger Crane Yard Gallery is an exhibition of functional ceramic works by Meredith Host.


Beside Myself

5:00-9:00 pm

Oracle Fine Curiosities

130 W 18th St. KCMO

Prints and Installations with hidden mystic/magic by Quinn Kavanaugh



Divining the Museum: Visions of Past, Present and Future

5:00-10:00 pm

Kansas City Museum

3218 Gladstone Blvd

Kansas City, MO 64123

To honor past aspirations and boldly face existing ones, the Kansas City Museum presents “Divining the Museum: Visions of Past, Present and Future,” a temporary exhibition from May 7-June 13 featuring Kansas City artists and students of the Kansas City Art Institute curated by Max Adrian and Paige Beltowski. This exhibition showcases contemporary artwork including installations, sculpture, ceramics, and photography alongside original furnishings and artifacts from the Museum’s collection. Opening reception: Saturday, May 2 from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Beginning at 7:30 pm, a series of performative readings will take place in the Grand Hall that tell stories inspired by the layered history of the Museum and its myriad inhabitants over the years. An RSVP is required for this reception. Please email your RSVP to

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