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No Idle Hands: Treasures from the Americana Collection at the Wichita Art Museum

September 19, 2019 - September 21, 2021

No Idle Hands gives museum visitors a chance to view the art and artifacts that reflect daily life in America’s early history. The exhibition features highlights from WAM’s newly acquired collection of more than 450 works of American folk art, including some of the best furniture, samplers, hunting decoys and lures, and corner store paraphernalia from the new collection.

It tells the story of America’s past while also foregrounding the beautiful materials and craftsmanship of many of these objects.

Wichita Art Museum’s curatorial staff organized the exhibition with local architect Dean Bradley, of Platt, Bradley, Adams, and Associates. As a specialist in residential architecture with a personal passion for history and preservation who also serves on the board of The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum, Bradley designed a gallery installation evoking the stores and homes in which the works were originally used and cherished. Shop signs–including iconic striped barber poles–conjure up an image of Main Street. Portraits, toys, and miniatures–small, hand-held portraits sometimes worn as jewelry–reference the life of the family and home. Each object–some rare and precious and others common fare—tells the story of the changes and continuities of daily life in America over the last 200 years.

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Start:
September 19, 2019
End:
September 21, 2021
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Wichita Art Museum
Phone:
316-268-4921
Email:
pr@wichitaartmuseum.org
Website:
https://www.wichitaartmuseum.org/

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Wichita Art Museum
Address:
1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Phone:
316-268-4921
Website:
https://www.wichitaartmuseum.org/