ArtsKC Encounter: NYC '81 Joe Kelly

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Presented by ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council at The ArtsKC Gallery, Kansas City MO

Jan 31
ArtsKC Encounter: NYC '81 Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly’s photographs from New York City in 1981 explore the juxtaposition of the dream-like space of Studio 54 against the realities of the streets of New York. Representing depictions of political rallies, rock n’ roll, and late-night clubs.

On September 12, 1981, Studio 54 re-opened with a guest list consisting of A-listers such as Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein and Brooke Shields. Joe Kelly grabbed his Leica and a flash, and took it upon himself to capture New Yorkers lost in solitary, or at times ecstatic moments at Studio 54. Joe will give a short artist talk regarding those days and what his work represents.

Our featured musician for the evening will be Matt Hopper. A mainstay of the Kansas City jazz scene, Matt is the featured

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106 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106

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There is free 3-hour street parking on Baltimore Avenue north of the office, free 3-hour parking on Wyandotte St., and free 3-hour parking on Southwest Boulevard. There is also a paid parking garage just south of 17th Street on Main Street in the Barkley building.


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