Kim Larkin to Leave Modified Arts in June
|photo courtesy of Robert Brandan Martinez|
Larkin's been coordinating and curating contemporary art exhibitions at Modified since community activist Kimber Lanning (who still owns the building) handed over the keys in January 2010.
Lanning opened Modified in 1999 as an all-ages live
music venue and gallery, but decided to step down as director last year to focus more on her efforts in community
The new ownership and and arts-heavy re-envisioning was a sore subject for many local music fans who still remember the Modified's grungy feel, infamous green room, and chaotic concert flier board.
But the building was falling apart, and when Lanning and community volunteers refurbished the exterior, revamped the interior, and promised to keep smaller live music and performance gigs on the schedule, debate subsided.
|photo by Andrew Urban|
Larkin featured local and national work, including Converging Trajectories, Shapeshifters, What Goes on and What Takes Place, and solo shows by Saskia Jorda, and Brent Bond, to name a few. Speaking events, film, and performances took an expected back seat.
Post-June, she says she'll definitely stay involved with the Downtown arts scene. She's currently vice president of Roosevelt Row CDC, she'll be helping local artist Matt Moore with his current Digital Farm Collective, and she'll be working on a few independent curating gigs.
The future of the space is a little less certain.
|"A Love Triangle" by Melinda Bergman|
Bergman's show, Not a cloud in the sky: A meditation on the life ideal will be open through June 18 during regular gallery hours, Thursday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.. On June's First and Third Friday, Modified Arts will be open from 6 to 9 p.m..