The Kansas City Museum has opened the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD), a new special exhibition and programming space located at 800 Broadway Blvd. on the first floor of the historic 800 Broadway Building at the northwest corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd. in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
The KCM@HGD provides 3,300 square feet for exhibitions, programs, and events, and it is adjacent to Garment District Place Park. In addition, the KCM@HGD is across the street from the Historic Garment District Museum, a 1,000 square-foot space located at 801 Broadway in the historic Poindexter Building at the northeast corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd.
The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) will offer special exhibitions that display historical items from the Kansas City Museum’s collections and also present contemporary works by local fashion designers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
The Historic Garment District Museum will continue to celebrate the people who worked in Kansas City’s Garment District by showcasing the companies for which they worked, the clothing they made, and the equipment they used. The Historic Garment District Museum displays 25-35 garments, that are changed seasonally, and demonstrate the variety of materials and styles of predominantly the 1940s through the 1970s. Currently on display is light clothing for summer wear.
Both the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum are open Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
800 Broadway, Blvd. KCMO 64105
For admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) or the Historic Garment District Museum, please enter at the KCM@HGD at 800 Broadway Blvd.
Wednesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
General Admission to the Historic Garment District Museum is free.
Special Exhibition Admission to the Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) is $5 per person and free for children 12 and under as well as Museum Members at the Family Level.
For information about booking group tours of six people or more, please contact Kate Warfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Broadway Blvd., between 8th and 9th Streets, there is street parking as follows:
- West side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
- East side of Broadway Blvd., two-hour metered parking 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday with no parking 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday;
- West and East sides of Broadway Blvd., free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
On Bank St. and Washington St., there is free two-hour street parking 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and free street parking after 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday.
The Historic Garment District Museum was founded and opened in 2002 by Ann Brownfield and Harvey Fried. Kansas City’s Garment District (an area defined as between 6th and 11th Streets, and Washington and Wyandotte Streets) rose up around the wholesale business area of the City’s downtown after World War I and grew steadily to become, at its peak, one of the largest garment districts in the nation and the second largest industry and employer in Kansas City. The Garment District Collection collection highlights about a dozen companies that helped make up Kansas City’s Garment District. The Collection is comprised of more than 350 garments and accessories made by local companies from the 1920s through the 1970s, and includes numerous objects such as equipment and marketing pieces.
In 2015 the City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Department, which operates and manages the Kansas City Museum, began to operate and manage the Historic Garment District Museum, and the Kansas City Museum acquired the Garment District Collection.
The Garment District Collection of Kansas City-made garments and accessories allows the Kansas City Museum to add to its stellar collection of historical clothing, textiles, and costumes, which comprises more than 20,000 items in the Museum’s collection and is one of the best collections of its kind in the region.
The Kansas City Museum at the Historic Garment District (KCM@HGD) and the Historic Garment District Museum will be open to the public while the Kansas City Museum at 3218 Gladstone Blvd. is under construction.
at the KANSAS CITY MUSEUM AT THE HISTORIC GARMENT DISTRICT (KCM@HGD)
On View through October 7, 2017
800 Broadway Blvd., KCMO 64105
Quilts today are being made for reasons beyond why our grandmothers made them. Quilts today can and do inspire art.
Inspired Quilts, presented by the Kansas City Museum, is a small exhibit showcasing five quilts and one site-specific art installation. These works inspire viewers to see beyond utilitarian virtues and discover the art and culture of each piece. Of the five quilts on view, three are from the Kansas City Museum’s collections and two are works on loan from local fabric and textile artists.
From the Museum’s collections, two items are crazy quilts, which are essentially patchwork quilts, and they are two of the best in the Museum’s collections. Crazy quilts, by their very definition, were not meant to be used as anything other than decorative furnishings. Their combination of fabrics, colors, and hidden images of embroidery are a feast for the eyes, and they inspired artist Madeline Galucci to create a new site-specific installation, CUT/PASTE, also on display. The third quilt featured from the Museum’s collections is a 19th century quilt with a very traditional quilt pattern but with a variation that plays on light and shadow. This quilt also inspired CUT/PASTE.
The two quilts on loan to the Kansas City Museum from NedRa Bonds and Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin are quilts based on their inspirations. The Mommie Quilt, created in 2008 by NedRa Bonds, is inspired by and honors mothers from everywhere, including all ethnicities, all cultures, and every religion. This quilt signifies that the hands that rock the cradle “rule the world” or let it fall apart. March on Kansas City, a work-in-progress by Sonié Joi Thompson-Ruffin is inspired by African American women’s social clubs in Kansas City and is in response to Rodney M. Thompson’s documentary film My Mother’s Club.
On View through February 24, 2018
800 Broadway Blvd., KCMO 64105
CUT/PASTE is a new site-specific installation by Madeline Gallucci as part of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 20th anniversary event, Every Street Is Charlotte Street.
Inspired by the Kansas City Museum’s collection of “crazy quilts” from the 1880’s, CUT/PASTE references the multitude of colors and textures combined together to create a new whole. Gallucci has re-imagined the “crazy quilt” from object to image and reinterpreted it through her frenzied mark-making and painted patterns.
Madeline Gallucci is an artist and organizer based in Kansas City. Her work explores, dissects, and reinterprets our everyday environment by means of vibrant drawings, whimsical paintings, and digital prints. Madeline has shown locally in Kansas City at Plug Projects, Paragraph Gallery and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art as well as nationally at IDIO Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Rebekah Templeton in Philadelphia, PA, Skylab Gallery in Columbus, OH and Terrault Contemporary in Baltimore, MD. She has been featured in local publications such as The Pitch and KC Magazine. Madeline has been awarded local residencies through Charlotte Street Foundation and Hotel Phillips as well as national residencies in San Francisco, CA and Grinnell, IA. Madeline is a recipient of the 2016 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Art Award and is currently represented by Weinberger Fine Art. In addition to her studio practice, Madeline is Co-Director of Front/Space, an innovative project space located in the Crossroads of Kansas City.
Suiting Up: Tailored Menswear in Kansas City, 1900-2017
On View October 21, 2017 through February 24, 2018
800 Broadway Blvd., KCMO 64105
Suiting Up: Tailored Menswear in Kansas City, 1900-2017 is an exhibition that explores the history and evolution of tailored menswear in Kansas City from the 20th century to the present, and highlights some of Kansas City’s gentlemen of style throughout the last century. Featuring current custom-made looks by Paolini Garment Company alongside historical garments from the Kansas City Museum’s collection, this exhibition examines the fashion, fit, fabric, and flair of tailored men’s apparel ranging from the classic to the contemporary, and celebrates the resurgence of the modern-day gentleman and his luxury clothier.
During the exhibition, shop in the “Pop-Up Haberdashery” at Accessory, the KCM@HGD’s new retail store at 800 Broadway.
This exhibition is organized and presented by the Kansas City Museum in partnership with Paolini Garment Company.
The Opening Reception for Suiting Up is on Saturday, October 21 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. More details coming soon.