Modified Arts on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix is rooted in the indie spirit of Downtown Phoenix. It calls attention to the community through art shows and musical performances from all over the world. The new directors, husband-and-wife team Kim Larkin and Adam Murray, bring a fresh approach to art and performance in the downtown area.
Larkin and Murray took over Modified Arts in late 2009 from Kimber Lanning. Larkin earned an art history degree from the University of Utah and has experience running art galleries, while Murray supports the audio end of Modified with his audio engineering degree and passion for new music and media.
The freshly remodeled space opened in January 2010, and now hosts national and international art and musical shows. In order to preserve the history in the making, a new website archives past performances and interviews. Current exhibition information can also be found online: modifiedarts.org.
The space will continue to shape the downtown Phoenix art scene. Says Larkin, “We want to make Modified a sophisticated contemporary arts experience with visual art, performance, and music that fits well in the space, while not taking away that raw DIY energy that exists on Roosevelt Row.”
[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.]