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Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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September 2019

Heritage of the West: Charles M. Russell

September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2021
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Charles Russell was one of the great painters of the American West. With little formal training but much firsthand experience of his subject, he captured the western landscape in all of its wild and nostalgic moments. In 1880, when he was only 16, Russell went to Montana for the first time to work on a family friend’s ranch. Ranch life was not for Russell, but he would stay in Montana for two years working for a hunter and trapper. He…

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

September 19, 2019 - September 21, 2021
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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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…

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Storytelling: Highlights and Insights from the Wichita Art Museum Collection

September 19, 2019 - March 22, 2020
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Every work of art has a story to tell. When John Steuart Curry was growing up in on his family farm near Dunavant, Kansas, he would often wander into the high fields of corn. "I remember," he wrote, "wandering through them and being over-powered by the fear of being  lost in their green confines." At 35 years of age, Curry returned to those fields to capture in his work the same sense of drama he felt, "beneath our windblown Kansas…

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Pre-Columbian Art and Artifacts from the Museum’s Collection

September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2021
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Wichita Art Museum's unique collection of Pre-Columbian art and artifacts was collected by Haig Kurdian between 1954-1959 during expeditions into Mexico and Costa Rica. The collection is mostly pottery, a few pieces of metal, carved shells, and precious stones. In Mesoamerican culture, pottery was appreciated as an artistic medium--a way people could express emotions and ideas--not solely as a utilitarian material. To make ceramic art, these ancient peoples gathered clay from local sources and formed shapes using only their hands…

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An American Salon: 19th-century Paintings from the Wichita Art Museum’s Permanent Collection

September 19, 2019 - September 19, 2021
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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The term salon style derives from the exhibition of the French Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, which began in 1667 in Paris. In order to display work by all the Academy's students, the paintings were hung as close as possible from floor to ceiling. In the nineteenth century, this salon-style hanging became increasingly popular across Europe and in the United States. The gallery has been transformed into an American salon featuring remarkable 19th-century paintings from the museum's permanent collection.…

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Catching Light: Selections from the Wichita Art Museum’s Burnstein Collection

September 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - September 19, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Dr. Robert Burnstein, a Detroit psychiatrist, began collecting glass in the 1980s. He was attracted to American glass of the 19th and 20th centuries because, as he stated, "it was a time when handcrafted expertise and precision craftsmanship were the benchmarks of the American glass industry." Soon he came to find that among American companies, the glass produced by Steuben was unsurpassed in quality, color intensity, and breadth of design. Therefore, he focused his collecting first on Steuben, then on…

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February 2020

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

February 1 - August 30
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Raven and the Box of Daylight features the astounding glass art of Preston Singletary. The exhibition explores the Tlingit story of Raven and how the bird brings light to the world through the stars, moon, and sun. Singletary’s remarkable works—more than 50 glass sculptures including a monumental glass canoe, glass paddles, and glass river—are joined by audio and video elements to create a dynamic, multi-sensory environment. The exhibition takes visitors on an experiential journey following the transformation of darkness into…

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Drop-In Tours for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition with our amazing docents. Come for Sunday or Tuesday afternoon tours when the crowds are smaller. Join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour.

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Pete Armstrong Photography Lecture – Iconic: How Art Photography Gained a Canon

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Join curator Elizabeth Siegel for her thoughts and assessment on how a photograph becomes an icon. Photography first received recognition as a vibrant and viable art form in the 20th century. As museum curators, photographic historians, and editors assessed the rich history of the medium, certain images came forward as definitional to the history of photographic achievement, and museums and publications promoted them with new authority. A new canon emerged that held an outside influence on photographers and admirers ever…

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Members-Only Late ‘Til 8

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Just for members--come to the Wichita Art Museum for a focused look at Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight when the exhibition is closed to the public. Live music, cash bar, tasty treats, plus chic TGIF mingling. A docent will be in the galleries for questions and conversation from 6 to 7 pm. Free admission for Wichita Art Museum members only.

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March 2020

Senior Wednesday: Art Film

March 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Native Art Now!, a PBS documentary that examines the evolution of Native art over the last 25 years, presents personal perspectives from internationally acclaimed Native contemporary artists. Produced in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Film is 57 minutes in length. Senior Wednesday offers lifelong learning opportunities for active adults 55+.

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Drop-In Tours for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

March 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition with our amazing docents. Come for Sunday or Tuesday afternoon tours when the crowds are smaller. Join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour.

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Docent Dialogues in the galleries for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition and artist with our amazing docents. Join in great conversation and gallery exploration. Look for docents with red Ask Me buttons. No reservation required.

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Drop-In Tours for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

March 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition with our amazing docents. Come for Sunday or Tuesday afternoon tours when the crowds are smaller. Join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour.

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April 2020

Senior Wednesday: Field Trip to Mid-America All-Indian Center

April 1 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Take a trip around the corner to visit our neighbors at the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Enjoy a special tour highlighting the collections and exhibitions, including Re-imagining the Bosins, featuring Native American students' artwork that bring their artistic vision and interpretation of Blackbear Bosin's paintings to light.

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Curator Talk: Native Art from the 1950s to Now – Art for a New Understanding

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Join curator Candice Hopkins (Tlingit/citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation) for an illustrated talk on her exhibition Art for a New Understanding. Organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the exhibition features approximately 80 artworks from the 1950s to today, including paintings, photography, video, textiles, sculptures, and performance art created by 40 Indigenous U.S. and Canadian artists. Expanding the traditional modernist canon, the exhibition tells another history of the development of contemporary art by exploring the significant contributions made by Indigenous…

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Drop-In Tours for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

April 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition with our amazing docents. Come for Sunday or Tuesday afternoon tours when the crowds are smaller. Join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour.

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Drop-In Tours for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition with our amazing docents. Come for Sunday or Tuesday afternoon tours when the crowds are smaller. Join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour.

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Drop-In Tours for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

April 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition with our amazing docents. Come for Sunday or Tuesday afternoon tours when the crowds are smaller. Join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour.

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Docent Dialogues in the galleries for Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

April 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Wichita Art Museum is excited to offer more ways to learn about the exhibition and artist with our amazing docents. Join in great conversation and gallery exploration. Look for docents with red Ask Me buttons. No reservation required.

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May 2020

Artist Talk: Teri Greeves

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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How do contemporary Native artists reflect their heritage and convey traditions for today’s audiences? Like Preston Singletary featured at the Wichita Art Museum this spring, Teri Greeves is internationally known for translating her tribal past into exquisite art for the present. Greeves inventively blends abstract, geometric tradition of Kiowa bead work with the Shoshone pictorial style into her own visual language. Greeves’ work is collected in art museums across Europe and the United States. In 2018, the University of Virginia…

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June 2020

Richard Marquis: Keepers

June 12, 2020 - September 5, 2021
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Richard Marquis: Keepers is a late career survey of a towering figure in the Studio Glass movement. Richard Marquis is known for extraordinary technique, comic sensibility, bold innovations, and iconoclastic spirit. In his 50-year career, he has consistently been gleefully inventive and unfailingly smart. His work is collected and exhibited world-wide. The 119 objects in the exhibition are chosen from the artist’s own comprehensive archives of his art from the 1960s to the present. Marquis calls these pieces his “keepers.” This retrospective exhibition…

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