Changes in management, direction afoot at downtown Phoenix’s Modified Arts
[Source: Martin Cizmar, Phoenix New Times] — Kimber Lanning, the prominent Phoenix record store owner turned community activist, has released a statement saying she plans to step away from her Roosevelt Row gallery/venue, Modified Arts. Lanning has become more and more involved in big-time community planning issues in recent years and says she plans to retain ownership of the building, but will put a husband and wife team of Kim Larkin and Adam Murray in charge of the to-be-renovated gallery.
Here’s the really bad news: “[T]he big, indie rock shows you’ve come to know and love at Modified will have to find another home. The programming will be changing to better accommodate a gallery, so the slant will be more experimental and progressive.” Modified Arts as it exists now will close the second weekend in December and re-open with a new look in late January. Uh-oh. As the space — just for starters — employs the best bouncer in Phoenix and housed the best little show of the year, there’s good reason to wonder just how big of a disaster this will be for the Phoenix music scene.
[Note: Read the full article, Kimber Lanning’s full statement, and online comments at Changes in management, direction afoot at downtown Phoenix’s Modified Arts.]
Posted on September 28, 2009, in Arts and Culture, Downtown Vitality, Entertainment and tagged Adam Murray, Art, Downtown Phoenix, independent music, Kim Larkin, Kimber Lanning, Modified Arts, Roosevelt Row. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.