KANEKO, a public, arts and culture non-profit institution, debuted its newest exhibition, Human Condition, on January 12, 2019. The exhibition will continue through May 4, 2019 and is free to the public. The hours of the exhibition are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from 11AM - 5PM, and Friday from 11AM - 8PM.
As a KANEKO volunteer, I took a sneak peek of the artwork and learned the details behind the exhibition's theme. The human experience encompasses an array of emotional, physical, environmental, and situational circumstances. Through the study of humanities –– art, music, literature, history, philosophy, and language –– the human experience can be thought of as universal. Ultimately, it is through shared experiences that helps humans to better understand themselves and others.
KANEKO exhibition manager, Molly Hobson, went into greater detail and said, "With the Human Condition season, we are exploring the humanities through the artists and programs we are incorporating. Whether issues of societal roles and politics or history and mythological –– the arts allow for physical, audible and visible representation of the human experience. These artifacts are used to help answer or continue to question what is the authentic human condition."
Featured artists of the exhibition include: Sunkoo Yuh, David Helm, Jim Krantz, John Buck, Viola Frey, Ken Little, and Misha Gordon.
Many of the art pieces are intentionally interpretative, and KANEKO volunteers encourage guests to share their interpretations freely and without judgment. Some of my favorites of the exhibition include Sunkoo Yuh's ceramic work and John Buck's, March of Folly, a kinetic wooden sculpture that attempts to define what the new norm of policy making and social relations has become.
I strongly suggest visiting the exhibition, connecting with the artwork, and asking yourself what "human condition" means to you.
According to KANEKO's website, their mission is to "encourage and explore creativity" through "exhibitions, performances, lectures, and education". For more information on the Human Condition exhibition, visit, thekaneko.org/seasons/human_condition/.
The Union for Contemporary Art is a wonderful space located in North Omaha that works to engage the community in programs, classes and direct artist support. It was founded in 2011 and is motivated by the power of art in all mediums and accessibility to them giving way to social change and engagement. The organization utilizes its programs and artist fellowships and accessibility to resources in hopes to affect this change in North Omaha. The organization was originally founded by Brigitte McQueen-Shew and has grown to enact fellowships for artists, provide equipment and studio space, community projects and acting programs.
The Union is opening the performance of a new play entitled “More Than Neighbors”. The play is an original by Denise Chapman. She utilizes this work to showcase a family in North Omaha’s experiences. The piece focuses around the changes erupted in the neighborhood and their life after the construction of the Interstate 75. The highway was originally begun in 1926 and Chapman’s writing explores the separation of businesses and homes in North Omaha when she grew up there in 1986.
“More Than Neighbors” is based upon sights and interviews conducted from the area. Chapman explained in an interview with Channel 6 news that she found the stories and publicly sharing them has a strong meaning. This tale occurs in many places beyond Nebraska and continues in modern construction. The importance of this play is within the stories of neighborhoods that are disenfranchised and do not have financial or social means to fight back against community destroying alterations. The story was written and is being shared in hoping of redefining the community.
The play “More Than Neighbors” opens this Friday, February 15 with its first showing at 7pm. It will run Thursday’s through Sunday’s until March 3. Thursday, Friday and Saturday showings will be at 7pm and there will be Sunday matinees at 4pm. The play is a wonderful way to grow in knowledge about the community and revitalize its strength. To support and purchase tickets you may visit the Union’s website at http://www.u-ca.org/events/2019/2/15/more-than-neighbors.
Image of Chapman from The Union for Contemporary Art Website
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