Category: Exhibitions • Free | Season: Influence
Creativity Begins with an Idea.
Nothing exists by itself; everything has something next to it. Something changes drastically depending on what is next to it.
– Jun Kaneko
The exploration and celebration of the creative process are at the core of the KANEKO mission. To seek out the challenges of artistry and to discuss the diversity of creative thought in philanthropy, education, and the sciences is what connects all KANEKO programs, exhibitions, and partnerships. This is the vein that passes through the diverse offerings of KANEKO, containing the unique and irreplaceable voice of one of the greatest artisans in history.
To influence is to enact change; to sway the course of history and challenge the boundaries of what was once believed to be limitations. Jun Kaneko has forged this path for countless artists, educators, and creative thinkers around the world, and in the founding of KANEKO has created for the Omaha Community a space in which to be inspired and to enact change.
Through the exploration of physical space, artistic themes, history, and experience, the season of INFLUENCE will examine the history of change at KANEKO while celebrating the future of the organization which has become a driving force for inclusion and diversity of creative thought in Omaha.
The artists and collaborators participating in INFLUENCE will illustrate the importance of the creative process, visually and emotionally impact visitors, and present a unique vision that is the hallmark of KANEKO exhibitions. The INFLUENCE season displays the creative work of KANEKO founder and Japanese ceramist Jun Kaneko and how his work, teaching, and creative philosophy has impacted the Omaha community and beyond.
INFLUENCE explores the results of living and collaborating within a creative environment, showcasing the history of the creative community in Omaha and how the path of creative individuals impacts the lives of others.
The season will highlight projects by previous KANEKO program partners and explore how their work has changed since their creative debut at KANEKO. Their stories, combined with the stories of previous employees and apprentices of the Jun Kaneko Studio, the Bemis Residency Program, and the collective visiting audience of the Omaha community, will showcase the overarching narrative of creative inclusion that KANEKO has assisted in facilitating over the ten-year history of the organization.
Category: Eko Nova • Members • Performances | Season: Influence
Pushing the boundaries of vocal music.
Join the four-woman acapella group, Quince, for a night of gorgeously apocalyptic melodies in remembrance of the Dust Bowl. These four critically acclaimed sopranos will perform a series of folk ballads inspired by Woody Guthrie as part of their “This a Changin’ World” tour. Quince has been described in Opera News as “the Anonymous 4 of new music” and the versatility of their voices is truly something to behold!
About Quince Ensemble: Singing with the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Ensemble is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music. Described as “the Anonymous 4 of new music” by Opera News, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of vocal ensemble literature. As dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works, providing wider exposure for the music of living composers. They recently launched the Quince New Music Commissioning Fund, a fund to grow the repertoire for women and treble voices. Quince has released three studio albums, Realign the Time, Hushers, and Motherland, all available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and Amazon.
In 2016, Quince was featured on the KODY Festival Lublin, Poland in collaboration with David Lang and Beth Morrison Projects. They have also appeared on the Outpost Concert Series, the Philip Glass: Music with Friends concert at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, Alia Musica, and the SONiC Festival in New York. During the 2018-19 season, they will collaborate with International Contemporary Ensemble, Lincoln Center, Linfield University, Vespers Concert Series, Kamratōn Ensemble, Connecticut Summerfest, and UC Berkeley, to name a few.
Comprised of vocalists Liz Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano), Quince thrives on unique musical challenges and genre-bending contemporary repertoire.
Kayleigh Butcher: Described as “Rad as f*&^” (Scapi Magazine) and having “a sound that is well-suited for the strange world of new music” (Chicago Classical Review), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano) has gained critical and audience acclaim as a soloist and contemporary chamber musician.
As a fervent supporter and advocate for contemporary music, Kayleigh has worked with many composers including David Lang, Tristan Perich, Eve Beglarian, Daniel Felsenfeld, Holly Herndon, John Luther Adams, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, David Reminick, Jennifer Walshe, Robert Honstein, Danny Clay, Alex Temple, Molly Herron, Fjóla Evans, Levy Lorenzo, Morgan Krauss, Eliza Brown, Jonathan Sokol, Max Grafe, Amanda Feery, LJ White, Bethany Younge, Ravi Kittappa, and Jennifer Jolley.
She has also collaborated with many new music ensembles including International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, Opera on Tap NYC, Tigue, Man Forever, Grant Wallace Band, Anti-Social Music, thingNY, Fonema Consort, a.per.i.o.dic, and Rhymes With Opera, to name a few.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008 and completed her Master’s in Music at Bowling Green State University in 2011. Kayleigh also experiments with composition, writing fugues and other arrangements for Quince.
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett: Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, DMA is an Omaha-based classical soprano who specializes in the work of living composers. Along with her solo career, she is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente and Hasco Duo. Ms. DeBoer Bartlett is featured on albums with Holly Herndon, Deerhoof, Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Christopher Wild, and Hasco Duo.
Ms. DeBoer Bartlett is also the founder and director of an experimental performance festival called Omaha Under the Radar, which has presented nearly 200 individual artists from around North America during its first three seasons.
Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Ms. DeBoer Bartlett moved to Chicago to study at DePaul University where she received a Bachelor of Music. She received a Masters degree from the University at Buffalo, where she studied with acclaimed contemporary interpreter Tony Arnold, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Bowling Green State University.
Liz Pearse: Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. After a childhood spent playing every instrument she could lay hands upon, Liz began exploring the endless possibilities of the voice. Hers is an instrument of unusual range, color, and versatility. She has performed a range of repertoire, from medieval to modern, on stages around the world including Italy (soundSCAPE Festival), Switzerland (Lucerne Festival) and Poland (KODY Festiwal).
Liz has a special affinity for music post 1900. As a soloist, her recent projects include multiple performances of Pierrot Lunaire, touring Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi, electroacoustic programming including Philomel, and on-going commissions dedicated to the creation of works for self-accompanying soprano. She researches contemporary vocal pedagogy as part of a DMA in Contemporary Music, in progress at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).
Carrie Henneman Shaw: Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw is known across the US as a singer who weaves style and emotion into vivid performances of Baroque and contemporary classical music. Praised in the New York Times “as graceful vocally as she was in her movements”, “consistently stylish” (Boston Globe), and as a “cool, precise soprano” (Chicago Tribune), Shaw is a member of Quince Ensemble, Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente, Pesedjet, and also appears with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Haymarket Opera Company, Newberry Consort, and Boston Early Music Festival. Carrie was a 2010 and 2017 McKnight Fellow for Performing Musicians and has earned arts entrepreneurship awards in her role as co-director of St. Paul’s Glorious Revolution Baroque.
Shaw seeks opportunities to bring rare performances of new works by American and international composers to an eclectic variety of venues – bars, churches, galleries, and concert halls – with collaborators around the country. In the Minnesota composer community, she has been privileged to commission and premiere works by such composers as Jocelyn Hagen, Noah Keesecker, and Abbie Betinis, whose annual Christmas carols are annually recorded for broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio. Shaw has also performed in a gala holiday concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Shaw earned degrees in English and Voice Performance from Lawrence University and completed a doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She currently teaches at Bethel University and Lawrence University.
About Eko Nova: The Omaha Chamber Music Society and KANEKO’s Eko Nova concert series introduces Omaha audiences to some of the most innovative and inspiring musical works written today – music that looks outward with an openness to a myriad of genres, styles, and forms. With virtuosic performances from the region’s finest musicians, plus guest appearances by extraordinary artists from around the country, these programs appeal to a diverse crowd, from lovers of contemporary art to classical music fans and beyond.
Category: KANEKO Core Programs • MOVEMENT • Performances • Workshop | Season: Influence
Things That Move Us
Join tbd. dance collective for their first workshop within the MOVEMENT Series. During this interactive workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to not only learn about but also to engage with tbd.’s process of creating movement influenced by objects. The artists will demonstrate choreography created in response to various props and share how they were utilized within performance. Then, through a series of guided exercises and improvisation, attendees will interact with props + objects to create their own movement.
This workshop is open to all levels and abilities. No dance background is required to participate. Those who do not wish to participate in the movement portion, but would like to attend are invited and welcome to observe the process. Seats will be provided for all attendees. Space is very limited and registration is required.
Please wear clothing you feel comfortable moving around in, and bring water to stay hydrated! This workshop is comprised of both demonstration and interaction. The floor we will be moving on is concrete, therefore comfortable and supportive footwear is highly encouraged.
About MOVEMENT: Presented by KANEKO and tbd. Dance Collective, the MOVEMENT series will present site-specific, multidisciplinary performances focused on modern and contemporary dance. Performances will investigate the choreographic process, foster collaboration, and challenge audience perceptions of dance as an art form. There is a universal nature to the human condition; movement found within dance can be one of the most powerful tools of communication we possess and provide the medium in which we connect.
About tbd. Dance Collective: tbd. is a non-profit, modern + contemporary dance collective founded by a group of artists who wanted to create, explore, and perform movement together. Operating under the belief that movement can be a platform for communication and connection, it is our mission to provide accessible dance experiences through performance and education that encourage dialogue and challenge perceptions of dance as an art form.
With a creative process + vision built around exploration, we work with artists and organizations throughout the community to produce multidisciplinary movement based productions that feature site specific choreography and unique collaborations. Our work is highly imaginative, diverse in content and structure, and seeks to discover the possibilities for performance within unconventional spaces.
Tell your story!
LIVE! Storytelling looks to bring together professional authors, aspiring authors, and community members to tell stories in a relaxed atmosphere. Our first event features Dr. Ferial Pearson, author of the Secret Kindness Agents, and community members Lucy Adkins, Haley Berzberg, Elaine Cary, Christina Joyce, and Michelle Ladwig.
There will be food, door prizes, and an open mic for audience members to share three minute stories as they are so led. Keep out the December chill by meeting new people and expanding your community. LIVE! Storytelling is produced by Jaye Viner.
About Jaye Viner: Jaye is a student and teacher of communication across genres. She has two masters degrees, and plenty of non-professional experience, exploring the art of saying what you want to the people you want to reach.
Born in Kobe Japan but raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Jaye has spent her life exploring other cultures. This has given her an awareness of her own culture, its particular norms, and how they are sometimes foreign to people outside of that culture. Her writing explores the influence of norms (both visible and invisible) on the behaviors of individuals and groups of people. She’s particularly interested in how myths about what kinds of people get to do particular things are constructed in society and how they might change in the future.
As a Midwesterner she’s interested in helping redefine myths about people in flyover country. Her first published novel, about a transplanted Nebraskan living in LA, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.
She’s also interested in challenging norms associated with literary culture and what stories are valued. She started the LIVE! Storytelling series to give community members a place to tell their stories. Her free time is spent at the salon trying to maintain her blue hair. She also cooks and worships her cat. Find pictures of both food and queen cat on Instagram.
Ideas Worth Spreading.
Join other TED enthusiasts for TEDxOmahaSalon, a monthly conversation group. We watch two recorded TED Talks on a topic, then talk about the implications and opportunities. For this TEDxOmaha Salon, we will explore the final topic in our explorations of culture and community; Rites and Rituals. These exist at individual, organizational, community and national level. They are part of our lives, our individual and collective identity, and form part of our sense of connection and existence. We see these played out in the many facets of our personal life, and are a conscious and unconscious part of our life – from birth through to death. They are also played out in organizations in cultures and subcultures, and form part of the history and stories that are created.
What are the rites and rituals that have meaning in your world? Come and explore this fascinating topic as we gather together at Kaneko for the last time this year.
TEDxOmaha is an independently organized TEDx event. As a part of the global TED community, we connect locally to explore the ideas and situations that affect our cultures, environments, and minds. Most people are introduced to this remarkable collection of human experiences through recorded TED Talks. Through technology, we can hear stories of discovery, heartache, joy, introspection, and imagination from some of the world’s most amazing people. By creating events in Omaha, we produce an experience based on TED’s principles.
Who attends TEDxOmaha? Five hundred of our community’s most curious, forward-thinking people. Activists, artists, philanthropists, modern-day philosophers, policymakers, stay-at-home parents, and more. You, too, can gather with amazing people from our region who share their insights and accomplishments. It helps us witness what is happening – and what is possible – so we can be inspired to take bigger steps together. TEDxOmaha is held annually in October and offers monthly TEDxOmahaSalon events at The KANEKO.
For questions and more information, please visit TEDxOmaha on Facebook!
Discovering new meanings of health.
Stories and storytelling create the capability for communities and individuals to adapt, adjust and manage when faced with physical, mental or societal challenges and changes.
KANEKO presents it’s newest Partner Program, What’s Your Story: The Healing Power of Words, where you are invited to create and explore innovative meanings of health and sickness.
What’s Your Story: The Healing Power of Words offers a safe space to discover and write about new meanings of health and dis-ease as it applies to you and the community around you.
This workshop meets on the first Saturday of every month to write our experiences into existence. This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required.
***Please note: for our January What’s Your Story workshop, we will be meeting January 11th instead of January 4th.
Category: Exhibitions • Free | Season: Influence
Have a drink with us!
Celebrate KANEKO, creativity, and Giving Tuesday with us! Join the KANEKO staff to discuss the KANEKO mission over cocktails. Learn all about the who, what, where, when, and why of KANEKO, and share with us how you connect with our mission to explore the creative process. We’re all open books, so chat with us about any of your favorite KANEKO exhibitions, programs, or educational workshops! We will have giving stations set up for you to make your Giving Tuesday donations, or you can use the button below to donate!
Fun for the whole family!
KANEKO Family Days are an opportunity for visitors to participate in hands-on STEAM + Creativity activities that explore various themes in each exhibition. For this family day, we will focus on themes of INFLUENCE and Winter Wonderland for fun, creative projects in our gallery spaces and the KANEKO-UNO Library! KANEKO Family Days are always free and open to the public. No registration required!
Business & Baking – paired creatively.
Creative Baking with Carter & Rye looks deeply into the creative process behind the team of Carter & Rye. At this KANEKO members only event, you will learn about the inception of Carter & Rye, sample their delicious baked goods, and get a chance to discuss the pop-up baked goods business with the owners of Carter & Rye.
About Carter & Rye: Carter & Rye is a female-led business selling sweet and savory pastries & specialty coffee. We sell playful and nostalgic hot pockets, hand pies, and specialty cold brew. Visit us at the Aksarben farmers market in Omaha NE or contact us for pop-ups, special events, and wholesale inquiries. “I’m the hot one!”
It’s rare you have the opportunity to work alongside someone who wants to impact the community and world in the same way that you do. After 3 years as colleagues, we’ve maintained a strong passion for creating nostalgic, delicious experiences while empowering women and the people they care for. Starting Carter & Rye is our honest attempt at learning to empower ourselves while doing something that we both love to do. Partnering our greatest strengths and loves with the hope that one day we can create a similar opportunity for other people. Learn more –>
About Kate “Carter” Anderson: The nostalgia of eating is my main ingredient. The smells that fill the house on Thanksgiving. Great Aunt Carol’s late arrival with her apple pies in hand. My grandmother brewing a pot of decaf coffee. The way the buttery crust offsets the tart and gooey baked apples. The whole family together enjoying the ritual. Combined with a generous amount of European butter and sugar, this is what sustains my career.
My passion is founded on tradition and innovation—the age-old techniques of previous generations plus modern methods and innovative flavor combinations. Here to make your pastry an indulgence you won’t regret. I want the food to both comfort your taste buds and bring you joy.
My pastries and fillings are always made by hand from scratch, working hard to consistently perfect imperfection. The adventure of eating a hand pie, from the caramelized outer edge, all the way to the fresh, jam-filled center. The tray of hot pockets fresh out the oven, each one a charmingly misshapen half-moon.
It’s deeply important that we support our friends and farmers in the community by sourcing ingredients locally and seasonally as much as possible, including local eggs, dairy, meats and cheeses.
About Ryan “Rye” Grubs: Hi, I’m Rye! In 2016 I moved to Omaha, NE. It was not my first choice or my twenty-third, but it has turned out to be one of the most incredible accidental choices that could have happened to me. Two weeks into living in Omaha, I got a job at one of the best coffee shops in the city. Having been in the hospitality/specialty coffee industry since 2005, I’ve learned the best place to make connections and become a part of a community is in the cafe, and it turned out to be a hundred percent true because that’s where I met Kate, “Carter” (and a whole host of interesting, creative, passionate people). The relationships I’ve made since moving to Omaha has been an undeniable force pushing me towards entrepreneurship and specialty coffee. In 2018, I started my own freelance business as a cafe consultant. Since then, I’ve partnered with local non-profits to strengthen and expand their cafes. My approach is simple: People first, then coffee.
Category: Artist Talk • Education • Lectures • Members | Season: Influence
Journey to the inner world with Tony Berlant.
“The more personal and introspective an artwork is, the more universal it becomes.”
Please join the KANEKO staff in welcoming featured artist Tony Berlant as our first artist-talk lecturer. Enjoy an evening of enlightenment on Berlant’s creative process, behind-the-scenes information, and a deep dive of the concepts of Berlant’s work, featured on the walls of KANEKO throughout Influence.
KANEKO’s new quarterly artist-talk series features creators both locally and nationally who are tied to KANEKO’s programming, exhibitions, educational workshops, or mission.
About Tony Berlant: Berlant is a contemporary American artist known for his mixed-media sculptural collages. Laboriously composed from photo-printed plywood, tin scraps, and metal sheets, the artist reassembles the pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. Reordered, the works transform into ecstatic abstractions, flowers, and surreal landscapes. “The more personal and introspective an artwork is, the more universal it becomes, Berlant said. “[Aritsts] go into the inner world — the world of the imagination– to discover not only themselves but the unchanging essences of humanity.”
He currently lives and works in Santa Monica, CA. Berlant’s work can be found among the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washing, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.