Problems and Provocations


A double dose of hometown love for Grand Arts and P&P via CJ Janovy, at KCUR, and James Martin, for KC Studio. "Problems and Provocations provides powerful testimony," writes Martin, "that when an organization truly possesses the will and the resources to say yes to artists, amazing things can happen.”



On the International Sculpture Center blog, Jan Garden Castro revisits a 2002 interaction with Grand Arts — and advocates for the vision it set forth: "I didn’t realize until I read this book how messy and blindly optimistic Grand Arts was to commission work as revolutionary as Cronin’s Memorial and Sanford Biggers’ Blossom ... Problems and Provocations offers a free-thinking model for artists and arts foundations — one far beyond support money and/or space."

Rosemarie Fiore, process view,  Scrambler Drawing , 2004. Acrylic on vinyl, 60 x 60 ft.

Rosemarie Fiore, process view, Scrambler Drawing, 2004. Acrylic on vinyl, 60 x 60 ft.



"How, then,” asks Alina Cohen for Los Angeles Review of Books, "does a group of people who facilitated the purchase of an amusement park ride, wrangled with the State Department and the Federal Reserve, and created their own dictionary launch a book and reinvigorate the tired panel discussion format?” She came to our New York book launch last month to find out

Photography by Donald Stahl. Image courtesy of Red Bull Studios New York.

Photography by Donald Stahl. Image courtesy of Red Bull Studios New York.


Fun Problems with Smart People

A book opening!

To mark the launch of Problems and Provocations: Grand Arts 1995-2015, transcendental tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch leads a dynamic cruise through creative practice, as artists, writers, and thinkers from Grand Arts’ constellation take the stage to puzzle out problems of risk, magic, pleasure, ghosts, and what comes after art. Come find us in NY and KC! 

To celebrate the coincidence of P&P’s publication and TOTAL PROOF: The GALA Committee 1995-1997 — which has been getting some attention of late — our New York episode takes place at Red Bull Studios, amid the re-staging of a project Grand Arts helped produce nearly twenty years ago. 

Guest appearances by Mel Chin, Michael Jones McKean, Maria Buszek, Emily Roysdon, John Salvest, Rosemarie Fiore, Filip Noterdaeme, Christophe Thompson and Stephen Lichty, and an exclusive multiple by Spurse.

7-9 p.m. Oct. 17, 2016
(doors at 6:30 p.m.) 
Red Bull Studios New York

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Our KC stop takes place at Atkins Auditorium, as part of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s celebration of Diwali, Festival of Lights. 

Guest appearances by Anthony Baab, John Salvest, Cody Critcheloe, Frank Shaw, Mary Kay, Megan Mantia, J. Ashley Miller, Shannon Michalski, Neal Wilson, Charlie Mylie and Jarrett Mellenbruch, and an exclusive multiple by Spurse — as well as special guests from the GA staff, including April Pugh, Summer Farrar, and Natasha Karsk.

5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 20, 2016
Atkins Auditorium, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Event page here



Vice’s culture platform Creators considers Grand Arts’ legacy, in advance of Problems and Provocations' September publication. "Grand Arts served as a platform for discovery as well as production,” writes Kat Herriman. "More radical than many of its peers, the progressive institution opened their umbrella, welcoming initiatives pertaining to science, technology and social justice underneath.” 

Filip Noterdaeme, Florence Coyote, 2006. Photo: Russell Gera

Filip Noterdaeme, Florence Coyote, 2006. Photo: Russell Gera