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Kleven Contemporary to close

Call it beginner’s luck — or a stroke of genius. Either way, it took only a year after completing her BFA at UNLV for artist/photographer Jennifer Kleven to open her own gallery — and in the process help put the “arts” in then-barely-year-old Emergency Arts. However, over the past two years, the gallery has distracted Kleven from her own work. As such, the appropriately named The End and Shit, a show by L.A.-based artist Kyla Hansen (who will be at the Feb. 22 opening), will be the 18th and final exhibit at Kleven Contemporary, due to close March 30 so Kleven can get back to her art. “I really miss spending time in my studio, cutting things up and putting them back together,” she says. “I miss taking trips to shoot and I miss seeing the results. Soon, I won’t miss those things.” (See Culture Alert on for the full interview.)