Art museums are on the watch for the rise of ‘selfie sticks’

The latest trend in smartphones are extenders called selfie sticks that allow the user to hold their device as much as three feet away, giving their ego photos a wider view of that landmark or artwork in the background. Art museums in bigger cities are banning them. Galleries here say it is not a problem — yet.

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February brings a stimulating mix of new shows in KC, including ‘Making Histories’ at Block Artspace

February First Fridays brings “Making Histories” at the Kansas City Art Institute’s H&R Block Artspace, where Artspace director Raechell Smith and KU art history professor and critic David Cateforis have assembled an intelligent and demanding selection of global works that revisit important events and developments in the 20th century. On Feb. 5, the Nerman opens exhibits of new work by American Indian artists Gina Adams and Natalie Ball.

Visual Arts

New downtown art installations say ‘LUV U’ to Kansas City

A Valentine’s message in Morse code begins blinking in the windows of a half dozen buildings downtown, including the Central Library and the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The message, “LUV U,” is part of a light installation by award-winning Nebraska-based artist Jamie Burmeister, sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and on view through the end of the month.

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