Artists Glyneisha Johnson and Art Miller

Third Thursday visiting artists Glyneisha Johnson and Art Miller will discuss their works with JCCC faculty moderators Misha Kligman, Assistant Professor of Art, and Tonia Hughes, Associate Professor of Film and Photography. No tickets or reservations are required.


Glyneisha Johnson

Glyneisha Johnson's painting The Help hangs on the wall above a mid-century modern couch in a living room setting.
Glyneisha Johnson, Bo͝ozəm, Installation at Haw Contemporary, photo by Silvia Beatriz Abisaab

 

Glyneisha Johnson says, “Through the language of collage, I recreate domestic Black southern spaces I call and have called home in order to convey a nostalgia for a past that never existed. I use collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated nature of Black history due to colonialism. In the same way that Black history is lost, found, and pieced back together with new elements from new generations, my work takes on the same notion.

“My work reflects the relationship between family and home, along with the desolate truths and overt absences that reside there, revealing the history of public and private space occupied by black people through what poet Elizabeth Alexander coins the ‘Black Interior.’ A safe, creative and healing space for black people beyond ‘the public face of stereotype and limited imagination.’ A space that allows us to remember our history and ‘helps us envision what we are not meant to envision: complex black selves, real and enactable black power, rampant and unfetishized black beauty.’”

Johnson received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and is a current artist in residence at The Drugstore and recipient of their Artist of Faith award. Her work has been recently exhibited at the Union for Contemporary Art, Omaha, Nebraska; Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Missouri; and Haw Contemporary, Kansas City, Missouri.

Art Miller

Art Miller states, “In recent years, I've noticed an odd marriage between America’s Christian churches and American commerce. Nowhere is this more evident than in the burgeoning industry of cell phone towers being fabricated and installed on church grounds. The four major U.S. cell phone carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) design custom ‘stealth’ cellular towers for use on church property. These cell phone towers stream all information to and from a smartphone. Imagine what is potentially being transmitted at any given time through a church’s presumed ‘cross’ or ‘steeple’ – pornography, hate speech, sexts, threats, etc.”

Miller received a BFA from the University of Kansas. He has worked at Johnson County Community College since 1994 as an Exhibit Preparator. As an artist his photographs have been exhibited in Kansas City, New York City and elsewhere. He was recipient of a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship in 2003. His photographs have been reviewed in such publications as The Village Voice, The Kansas City Star, Genre Magazine, art ltd and KC Studio Magazine.

Art Milleer's AT&T Corporation Cellular Tower
Art Miller, AT&T Corporation Cellular Tower (fabricated in the form of a Cross), First Church of the Nazarene, Springdale, Arkansas, 2019, Archival pigment print.

Johnson and Miller both have works on view in the Museum's current exhibition, Foresight/Insight · Reflecting on the Museum’s Collection.

Third Thursday programs are supported in part by an Ovation Grant from the ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council Fund of the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.