Photo Genius

New York photographer Stephen Shore’s early years sound like an ambitious art student’s to-do list: Discover life’s passion by first grade … check. Sell three works to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art by age 14 … OK. Meet Andy Warhol and photograph the Factory scene before I’m old enough to vote … yep. Get solo MoMA show by the age most friends are finishing college … done. Transform art world’s closely guarded notions about the role of color film in photography … can do!Shore was ahead of his time. In the early 1970s, most professional photographers still viewed color film as the domain of ad men, but Shore embraced the medium and used it to record his cross-country road trips. Employing a sparse, documentary style influenced by Depression-era photographer Walker Evans, he snapped parking lots, city street scenes, diner meals, motel rooms and highway billboards in his own attempt to document the American landscape. Tonight from 5:30 to 7:30, you can check out more than 150 images that make up Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-1979 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick). The exhibit is free and runs through May 18. Call 816-753-5784.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Fri., Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 2008