Kimball Art Center will start new chapter on Saturday
The Kimball Art Center is ready to present its new act.
On Saturday, Oct. 24, the nonprofit will host the ARToberFest grand opening at its temporary site, 1401 Kearns Blvd. The curtain rises at 11 a.m. and the event is free and open to the public, said Robin Marrouche, executive director of the Kimball Art Center.
"It will be a joyous celebration on Saturday and the big question will be which parking lot to park in," Marrouche said with a laugh during a joint interview with Artistic Director Amy MacDonald. "The grand opening will run until 5 p.m. and anyone can come in at any time."
Live-music performances by DJs and bands will help set the mood for the festive occasion. The schedule is as follows:
"The Changing Lanes Experiences played the Arts Festival for us and that was too much fun," Marrouche said. "And DJ Finale will do a solo thing and then play with his band."
In addition to the music, Saturday’s event will feature family-friendly activities assisted by the KAC staff and volunteers.
"We’re going to have pumpkin painting, make-your-own Halloween masks, wash-off tattooing, a drawing for a new 2015 WV Tiguan or 2015 Beetle from Strong Automotive and a beer garden for the adults," Marrouche said. "We will offer tours on the hour and half hour of the new space and of the exhibit, ‘Picturing the Iconic.’"
"Picturing the Iconic" is comprised of original modern artwork from the Jordan D. Schnitzer collection and will be on exhibit through Jan. 3.
Schnitzer, who will be on hand all day Saturday to meet the Park City community and answer questions, began collecting art when he was a pre-teen, Marrouche said.
Years later, he founded the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, a nonprofit that is on a mission to make the contemporary works from Schnitzer’s collection accessible to as many diverse communities as possible.
"We were working on our 2016 art salon, and a woman we had contacted is a dear friend of Jordan, and she told him about our plans for the Kimball Art Center’s future," Marrouche explained. "When he heard our story, Jordan was very happy to loan us his collection and make a strong statement to the Park City community to show that we plan to program incredible quality exhibitions that are better than people have seen from us."
MacDonald concurred, adding: "Not only is the bar incredibly high for the Kimball Art Center, but we want to make sure we offer something for all of our community members in the coming years, regarding programs."
There are 90 items in the exhibit. However, some of the items work together in one series or can be put together to make a whole artwork, MacDonald said.
"This is just an aside, but when we unpack these items from the crates, we literally squeal with delight," she said. "We’re like kids in a candy store."
"There have been 90 squeals," Marrouche said.
Most of the items are two-dimensional works, but there are some three-dimensional pieces as well, MacDonald said.
"They span the range from prints by Andy Warhol to Kara Walker, and the exhibit also includes pieces by Jeff Koons, John Baldessari and Chuck Close," she said. "We were blown away to see the portraits of President Obama and Brad Pitt by Chuck Close."
"When we unpacked these items, we see the backs of the works and saw Andy Warhol’s signatures on his works," MacDonald said. "It was an incredible experience."
MacDonald can’t say enough about these recognizable works.
"When you go through the exhibit, we encourage everyone to take their time, because the detail is astounding," she said. "Each one is so engaging and unique and they truly draw you in. We also get caught up in it, but have to keep ourselves intact."
On Friday, Oct. 23, the night before the grand opening, the Kimball Art Center will host a special sneak preview for Kimball Art Center members from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
"Jordan will give some remarks on Friday night as well," she said. "He will be there with his curator Catherine Malone."
Although the new Kimball Art Center won’t celebrate a grand opening until Saturday, it has already started holding art classes, MacDonald said.
"They are really taking off, and our numbers have exceeded our expectations all summer long and into the fall," she said. "We have more class space, and it’s nice because people can flow from one medium into another here. I think that will increase the usage.
"In a month, or two, we will be able move into our new ceramics studio out back," MacDonald said. "That’s another 2,500 square feet for us."
The Kimball Art Center plans to be in the new space for three years until a permanent location is determined. However, the move has shown the staff how much the community supports the organization.
"We feel very grateful and fortunate for the support, excitement and encouragement from the community and the artists and collectors, such as Schnitzer, who want to exhibit here," Marrouche said. "The new space brings new positive energy and new possibilities. It also validates our decision to broaden our programs and thinking and increase our offerings."
MacDonald is also grateful for the support.
"We have some amazing partnerships within the community that have taken hold and are growing," MacDonald said. "That enriches everyone because there is nothing that art can’t affect and we’re seeing an increase of that support."
The Kimball Art Center will host a grand opening at 1401 Kearns Blvd., from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The event, which also marks the opening of the Jordan D. Schnitzer’s "Picturing the Iconic" exhibit that will run through Jan. 3, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org .
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