An Installation by Amy Kligman

Saturday, January 31st 4-7 pm

Interruptions is an exhibition that creates moments of disruption in the domestic living/exhibition space of the Hown’s Den. This selection of work is a study in futility, distraction, and the cultural and social connotations of the objects that we live with. .The collection of paintings and objects mimic domestic materials and things but divorce them of their use, acting as unfamiliar substitutes for the familiar. The pieces are integrated fully into the environment of a living room, dining room, kitchen, or bathroom, and are treated as part of their domestic surroundings.

Amy Kligman is currently based in Kansas City, MO. She shares a studio and a home with painter Misha Kligman, two cats, a boxer named Hanna, and her son, Sam.  She has been published in New American Paintings, exhibits nationally, and is one of five collaborators that operate Plug Projects, an artist run exhibition space.


Alt. Lecture 10

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The Hown’s Den is excited to host Alt. Lecture 10 this Tuesday.

Tuesday November 17th from 7-9

Alt. Lecture KC pairs a local aesthetic producer with someone from outside the city in order to cultivate creative conversation across state lines.

Info about the presenters:
Eunice Yoon-Seon Choi is a Boston-based interdisciplinary artist who practices in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Choi received her MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University. Choi has received a number of awards including Artist-in-Residence awards at Prairie Center of the Arts (IL), Vermont Studio Center (VT), Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (NE), PLAYA (OR), and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. She was featured as an emerging artist in the Boston Sunday Globe and has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Dan ‘Danny’ Orendorff s a curator, writer, and activist currently working as the Curator-in-Residence and Interim Director of Artistic Programs for The Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO. He has previously curated large-scale group exhibitions and composed exhibition texts for a range of international contemporary arts venues, including The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, threewalls, Grand Arts, the Chicago Cultural Center, and SFCamerawork. He has been a contributing critic to Bad at Sports and Art in America, and has taught in the liberal and fine arts departments of KCAI, UMKC, University of Illinois – Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Much of Orendorff’s work and research focuses on issues of non-normativity, queerness, feminism, and DIY or craft-oriented cultural production.


Christopher Willey & Tonia Klein at The Hown’s Den

Please join us on October 23rd from 6-9pm for an installation and artist talk by Milwaukee based artist Christopher Willey and Tonia Klein.



Christopher Willey is an interdisciplinary artist and instructor in Milwaukee, WI.  His research moves between traditional and new genres.  Willey focuses on digital studio practices while mixing in traditional methods.  He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is a curator and author.  His most recent solo exhibit was at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI.  Willey received his BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.


Tonia Klein received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Painting from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 2007. Klein had her first solo international exhibition “Recurrance” at Flash Atølye, in Izmir, Turkey in January, 2013.  She received a Mary L Nohl Travel Suitcase Grant for this exhibition.  Klein has also had several national exhibitions.

Our work is influenced by travel, fairy tales, and world mythology.   We use these as a basis for sharing experiences.  The images we create contain metaphors which relate to archetypes from fairy tales.  The animals and cultural patterns create unexpected new narratives.



Thanks to everyone who made it out today for the closing of Jill Downen’s ‘CeilingScape’! We are sad to see it go!

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