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Like all KANEKO programs, Soirée offers a great atmosphere, a fresh exhibition, and a chance to discover a new and exciting way to look at things. Please join us at Soirée and raise a glass to a MONUMENTAL year.
For this year’s Soirée, KANEKO is honored to present Richard Hunt: MONUMENTAL, an original exhibition guest curated for KANEKO by Dr. Marin R. Sullivan. The timing coincides with the celebration of Hunt’s work in the city of Omaha, beginning July 2022 when one of his large-scale sculptures will be installed downtown as part of the Riverfront Revitalization Project and the Gene Leahy Mall. KANEKO is proud to also feature exhibits by Chicago artist Faheem Majeed, and Omaha artists Sarah Rowe and Charles Kay Jr. (Photo Credit: Jim Grot, 2022, Richard Hunt working in his Chicago studio.)
This Year’s Honorary Chairs are Molly & Jon Ott. Jon Ott is Richard Hunt’s biographer, and KANEKO has the Ott Family to thank for the opportunity to work with Richard Hunt. Their generosity has also led to the rich selection of artworks featured in MONUMENTAL, many of which have been lent from their own family’s personal collection. Thanks also to this year’s co-chairs, Christine & Mauro Fiore and Allison and John Ashford.
Soirée is an event to celebrate KANEKO’s creative programming and inspiring exhibitions that change the landscape of our community. Soirée 2022 Sponsorship will support KANEKO in hosting exhibitions and programs that catalyze community growth and connectedness. KANEKO’s 2022 goal is to raise $350,000 in Soirée Sponsorships. Enclosed are the giving priorities for 2022-23 and an outline of the ways in which your sponsorship will benefit the Omaha community
Please join us by purchasing your ticket while they are still available. As always, the evening will include food, drinks, and entertainment by some of Omaha’s most innovative and exciting artists (as well as KANEKO partners). You can support all the great programming and exhibitions KANEKO provides by purchasing a ticket today, or, find more information about how to become a KANEKO Soirée Sponsor. We’re excited to see you at this unforgettable event!
Major works through monumental years. Hunt’s work from the beginning of his career has contemplated aspects of monumentality from abstractions of Michelangelo’s “David” and the “Winged Victory of Samothrace” to modern monuments of civil rights heroes such as Martin Luther King and Ida B. Wells. Hunt began using the term “monument” in his Minor Monument series of sculptures created in the 1960’s. Then in the late 60’s began incorporating major public works into his practice. For over 50 years Hunt has tackled both subject matter and scale that is truly monumental. This survey of the concept of monumentality spans commemoratives to memorials to artistic monumental statements would examine the work of the most important African American sculptor in the United States and how he channeled his artistic practice to elevate meaningful stories with his singular sculptural vision. LEARN MORE ⟶
Faheem Majeed is an artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator. He blends his unique experience as an artist, non-profit administrator, and curator to create works that focus on institutional critique and exhibitions that leverage collaboration to engage his immediate, and the broader community, in meaningful dialogue. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). LEARN MORE ⟶
Sarah Rowe is a visual and performance artist located in Omaha. Descending from the Lakota and Ponca tribes, Rowe highlights issues of self-identity and exploitation of natural resources in her work. She also reimagines traditional Native American symbols to fit the narrative of modern art and culture. A prolific pop artist, Rowe makes work that builds meaningful cross cultural dialogues through the use of painting, casting, textiles, performance and Native American rituals in unconventional ways. In 2021, Rowe helped develop Unceded Artist Collective, a community and directory of Indigenous artists who live and create on the unceded land of the Umónhon & Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (otherwise known as Omaha, Nebraska). LEARN MORE ⟶
After completing his B.A. from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara in 1992, Charles worked though out the US, Europe and Asia. His work has been exhibited at the Denver International Airport, The Center for Fine Art Fort Collins, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The Anne Reed Gallery, Gilman Contemporary, Clic Gallery and Nelson Macker Fine Art. Awards include The Hasselblad Award, American Photography Artist Showcase, Pilsner Urquell International Photography Award, Aperture West Book Prize and Prixe de la Photographie. LEARN MORE ⟶
We need to have record-breaking results to achieve our future goals and we ask you to join us in supporting KANEKO’s mission to serve the Omaha community through sponsorship or purchase of tickets to our annual fundraiser. SOIRÉE SPONSORSHIPS ⟶
COVID Contingency Plan: If we feel that there are significant health and safety concerns, we reserve the right to postpone (ideally) or cancel (unfortunately) any event. If we have to postpone or cancel, all ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible and provided with a new date. We will email participants information closer to the date of the event.
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