Art Research Center

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The Art Research Center ("ARC") was founded in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1964. ARC grew out of the new center U.S. art cooperative gallery which was dissolved in 1964 when the original idea for ARC was conceived. The founders of this gallery were part of an “abstract” segment of the 15 artists in the co-op. Their background and impetus was partially influenced by the Bauhaus and László Moholy-Nagy and the New Bauhaus in Chicago.

International exhibits focused on multi-disciplinary experiments in constructive arts, exploring the relationship between art, science and technology and expositing issues of sensory perception with aesthetic structures.

ARC timeline and exhibits[edit]

Date Exhibits
1963 New Center United States Artists Gallery at 9th & Delaware.

First artist owned and operated abstract cooperative gallery in the Midwest.

1966 Art Research Center First Exhibition: October 29 – November 6 (or 26) Kansas City MO Public Library, 12th & Oak.

Second Exhibition: January 14 – February 4, at the Kansas City KS Public Library, 625 Minnesota Ave.

1967 Third Exhibition and panel symposium: April 8 - May 9

Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology, 5109 Cherry, Kansas City, Missouri. Symposium topic: The Relationships of Art and Science and Technology.

1968 1. Anonima Studio Gallery, 40 W 28th St. New York, New York. Art Research Center Group Exhibit – May 20 – June 20 included six artists, 33 works, conjunctive symposium/talk, electronic music. Artists included Patrick Manley “Transformations.”

2. Announced new “center” for the Center – 3 floors, 25,000 sq ft (2,300 m2).

3. A. R. C. Group Exhibition and Opening of new center headquarters in October.

4. Film-makers Seminar series – August. Participants included William Westerman, Larry Bowser, Dave Peeples, William Peterson, Eliot Gage, Lee Clark.

5. Sound Environment Seminar - November. Electronic Music Audio Research Development Studio Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri. Electronic Music Concert with non-associative projected light environment – organized by Patrick Manley.

6. Science in Art Seminars – December: “Creative Problem-Solving for Design in Game Format” John Abbick and “Geometry in Art and Architecture” and Stanley Tigerman. Held in old ice cream factory downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

7. The Art and Architecture of Stanley Tigerman—February. Exhibition (being a total immediate survey of the international, inter-disciplinary works of Tigerman)

1969 New Tendency Exhibit in Zagreb, Yugoslavia in May.

New artists and associates: Peter Clapp (Boston), Gary Rice – computer programmer, Laurence Booth, Zbiginew Blazieje (Toronto, Ontario multi-media artist), Stanley Tigerman (Architect, Chicago Ill), Frank Millich, David Garrison, Philip J. van Voorst (Missouri).

1970 Address 4808 Troost Acquired exhibit space at the Trolley Barn, Kansas City, MO.

Toronto balloon show

1971 Art Research Center at 922 East 48th Street, across from the old Trolley Barn.

Andreas Weininger's "Mechanical Revue"

1973 International Matrix Exhibition in Padua, Italy
1974 "Fire and Ice" William Rockhill Nelson Gallery, Kansas City Missouri
1979 1. City Celebration – May 27 “Spacenet” with "A Fair-for-All" a balloon structure at Volker Park, Kansas City, MO.

2. "Warped Planes in Space" 41st & Main, T.M. Stephens Kansas City, Missouri.

3. Brick building at 2nd & Delaware, Kansas City, Missouri.

1980 International Conference of Constructive Art in Architectonic Space

Hamburg, Germany.


1. "Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition" (paper) Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri

2. TELIC 2 Group Exhibit.

1986 20th anniversary TELIC 3 Exhibit, 175 artists, 300 works of art, 22 countries.

The ARC Welders[edit]

The Art Research Center often recruited artists and musicians to participate in live music concerts. These concerts included improvised ensemble works by the "ARC Welders." The ARC Welders in general, consisted of the musicians who happened to be participating in any given event.

At least one of the ARC Welders concerts received favorable reviews from The Kansas City Star.

Associated movements[edit]


  • Gordon, Mary Beth (September 1980). "The Art Research Center". Westport Magazine q977.8411 W537. pp. 6–8. 
  • The Center. 1966-1970. (c) Art Research Center. Volumes 1-7. MVSC PF 709.778
  • von Ziegesar, Peter (July 1986). "Art Center: Radical art form has found a home in Kansas City". Kansas City Magazine. 

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