How to Loiter

How to Loiter

by Paul Shortt

May 4 - May 26th 2018

How to Loiter: Kansas City seeks to reimagine and create public sites for loitering through a tongue-in-cheek Public Service Announcement style exhibition and campaign that examines the loitering laws in various communities around the United States. Over the last 3 years I have been leaving signs that say Reserved for Loitering in sites where I find ‘No Loitering’ signs to create sites for loitering. I feel conflicted about loitering laws which are meant to hide the problems of vagrancy, drug dealing and homelessness, but also to protect citizens and create safety. At the heart of this work are issues of who has access to public and private space in American towns and cities and the pros and cons of loitering.


As part of his exhibition at Open House, Shortt will host an outdoor workshop called How do You Loiter on Saturday, May 5 from 12-1:30 PM.


Open hours will be hosted on May 20th from 2-4pm and will be open by appointment through May 26th.

About the artist:

Paul Shortt received his MFA in New Media Art from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute. His videos have been shown at the Museum of the Moving Image, The Phillips Collection and Whitespace Gallery. He has been in numerous group shows in DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Baltimore. He has par- ticipated in residencies at The Luminary, in St. Louis, MO and at Montgomery College in Silver Springs, MD.

His works usually engage the public in physical interactions and conversation that examine everyday experiences and cultural norms often in humorous ways through video, books, performance and temporary public art. He has participated in the Printed Matter Art Book Fair’s in New York City, NY and Los Angeles, CA in addition to art book fairs in Detroit, MI, Kansas City, MO, Cincinnati, OH and Baltimore, MD. His artist books are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shortt formerly worked as the New Media Curator for Arlington Cultural A airs in Arlington County, VA and as the Interim Director of the Marymount University Ballston Center Gallery. Shortt is currently based in Muncie, Indiana and teaches in the Social Practice program at the University of Indianapolis.