Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum brings people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style
March 30 through June 23, 2019

“Georgia O’Keeffe drew no line between the art she made and the life she lived,” states Wanda M. Corn, curator for the nationally touring exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style. Corn is Professor Emerita at Stanford University, and partnered with the Brooklyn Museum to craft a gallery experience that presents a more expansive understanding of O’Keeffe’s uncompromising modern aesthetic. Through 27 paintings, 72 portrait photographs, and 70 original garments, Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style inventively shows how this pioneering modern artist developed a fresh style–an artistic voice–that touched everything around her as well as her art. O’Keeffe’s brand of modernism sought simplicity, distillation, and clarity. That highly personal aesthetic comes to life in Wichita Art Museum galleries through comparisons of the artist’s own clothing with striking portraits and stunning artworks.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University, and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photography, 1933-1942
March 2 through August 18, 2019

Drawn from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s renowned photography collection, Dignity vs. Despair highlights the work of Lange and four other photographers–Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, and Peter Sekaer–each of whom documented the devastating effects of the Great Depression. The exhibition of 64 photographs is arranged thematically and geographically into three sections. The first includes Lange’s images of urban hardship in San Francisco from 1933 to 1938. The next focuses on the South, an area hard hit by the Depression. The final section documents the plight of the migrant worker. The integration of images with the photographers’ own words–excerpted from captions, field notes, and interviews–gives a poignant look at one of the most difficult times in U.S. history. This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Hung Liu: Migrant Stories
March 2 through August 18, 2019

Hung Liu: Mirant Stories features paintings and prints by contemporary artist Liu. Based on the iconic photographs of Dust Bowl and Depression-era artist Dorothea Lange, Liu’s works depict families and children devastated by the Great Depression of the 1930s. Although dealing with heartbreaking subject matter, Liu’s works are beautifully vibrant–each feature loose, fluid layers of color, with central figures that almost seem to glow. The exhibition asks viewers to consider not only suffering, injustice, and displacement, but also the possibility of human resilience. Hung Liu: Migrant Stories is presented simultaneously with Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photography, 1933-1942, an exhibition that includes several of the photographs that inspired Liu.