Howdy Plug enthusiasts,
Despite the snowy weather, our February Conduit Event held at the Kansas City Museum last Saturday was a fruitful experience. In case you haven’t heard of our Conduit program, the events are intended to extend the ideas proposed by the exhibitions at Plug by facilitating public activities in interesting and unusual community spaces. In this case, the venue pertaining to Jill Downen’s Three Dimensional Sketchbook was none other than the Kansas City Museum, located in northeast Kansas City.
On museum grounds, we toured the Corinthian Hall, the 100+ year old home of lumber baron Robert A. Long and his family. The Museum itself is in a state of ongoing renovation, revealing the hidden structure of the architecture as well as remainders of the original form. This juxtaposition created an experience of constant surprise as one would shift from century old furnishing to present renovations with missing gaps between.
Following the tour, we dispersed with materials in hand to make note of structural shifts and moments that commanded our attention. Here are some photographs taken by Leon Jones, one participant of the bunch.
As we walked throughout the halls, I couldn’t help but recall Jill Downen’s constructions in miniature as they appeared behind and between the aged facades. As you may have gathered, the Kansas City Museum is a rather mysterious place of which, I for one, hope to revisit soon.
Here’s an image of the group feats.
Today is the last day to experience Jill Downen’s Three Dimensional Sketchbook, but don’t get too hung up if you couldn’t make it out. Downen has been awarded a space at the Studios Inc Residency in Kansas City for 2013-1015, so be sure to keep an eye out for future opportunities to see her work.