Screening & Other Events at University of Missouri – Kansas City

We received a message from Arzie Umali from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She is the Assistant Director of the Women’s Center and she wanted to let everyone know about their screening of Who Does She Think She Is? on April 13 and the series of events that have been planned around this screening.  If you are in the Kansas City MO area, go to the University of Missouri – Kansas City and enjoy celebrating Women’s History Month!

1. Her ArtGroup Art Exhibit

Dates: April 2 – May 28, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, April 2, 2010; 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Location: Leedy-voulkos Arts Center, 2012 Baltimore

This exhibit will bring together a diverse group of Kansas City’s most talented women artists working in a variety of media. Artists will be asked to submit works that answer the question:  “Who Does She Think She Is?”  The intent is to create a collection of autobiographical works that are evocative and emotionally charged, yet personal and narrative.  The exhibit will feature 10 to 20 artists including:  Holly Swangstu, Nicole Emmanuel, Arzie Umali, Ritchie Kaye, Sonie Ruffin, Shea Gordon, Jenny Mendez, Maria Vasquez Boyd, and others.  Exhibit curators will be Holly Swangstu, Nicole Emmanuel, and Arzie Umali.

2.  From Guy-Blanche to Bigelow:  Women Behind the Camera in Hollywood Cinema – Lecture

Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st Street

No woman has ever won an Oscar for film direction and only four have been nominated (Kathryn Bigelow, Sophia Coppola, Jane Champion and Lina Wertmuler).  Though not often recognized, women have been a part of the fabric of American film history since the movies began.  Assistant Professor of Film & Media Arts Caitlin Horsmon will trace the history of women’s roles as directors in the Hollywood film industry over the past 100 years detailing the challenges faced by women working behind the camera and the interventions they’ve made into the cannon of American film culture.

3. Who Does She Think She Is? – Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010; 6:30 p.m.

Location: Tivoli Theater, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave, KCMO

Cost: $4; Free for UMKC students, staff, and faculty

Who Does She Think She Is? focuses on five particularly bold women artists, each radically different in background, race, religious creed and choice of artistic field. But they all share the common challenge of making careers in various art worlds. Simultaneous to their creative existence, they are pulled in different directions as they try to answer the competing demands of artistic fulfillment, marriage, motherhood and economic survival. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Dr. Maria Buszek, Assistant Profesor of Art History, Kansas City Art Institute, Ritchie Kaye, Kansas City artist, and Linda Rodriguez, Vice-President of the Latino Writers collective.  DVD and rights have been purchased by the UMKC Women’s Center.  The documentary trailer is available at

4.  Artists Salon:  The State of Women in the Arts in Kansas City

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2010; 6:00p.m. Reception; 6:30 p.m. discussion

Location: Diastole, 2501 Holmes St, KCMO

All are welcome to join the discussion or just listen in as local women artists, musicians, performers, arts educators, and arts professionals gather to discuss the current state of women in the arts in Kansas City.  The reception will be hosted by local artist Sonie Ruffin. The discussion will be moderated by Renee Blanche host of Night Tides on 89.3 FM, KCUR.  The discussion will be professionally filmed by Caitlin Horsmon, UMKC Asst. Prof. of Communication, for future programs.

5. Women Artists Book Display

Date: April 1 – 30, 2010

Location: Miller Nichols Library, 800 E. 51st Street

Check out the display of books about some of the most creative people in visual arts, music, dance, film, theater, and literature who just happen to be women.


One Response to “Screening & Other Events at University of Missouri – Kansas City”

  1. Hello! I purchased the house party kit for myself before Christmas because I knew I would want to share it with friends. I had the chance to see the film at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2008 and could not get it out of my head. This past Sunday, March 14, 2010 I hosted a screening for the Stoughton Art Association in Stoughton, MA and though there were torrential downpours and wind we had a loyal and interested group of about 16 artists join us. What a joy it was to see the reactions and enthusiasm from these women that I had had during my first viewing of this film. Tears on more than a few faces, and passionate discussion followed the screening as well as several invitations for me to show the film at other local art associations. Thank you for making this film! It continues to inspire me and many others to stay on this creative path no matter what the obstacles are.

    ~Andrea McKeen

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