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Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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August 2019

Light & Shadow: Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamashita

August 3, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Light & Shadow: Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamashita features the work of two sculptors who create work of ethereal beauty. Alyson Shotz strings silvered glass beads on steel thread and hangs her nets and skeins in floor-to-ceiling installations. A critic remarked that her work “approaches invisibility.” In it, the solid materials of most sculptures are replaced by air and light. Kumi Yamashita presents ordinary objects that cast extraordinary shadows. Under raking light, a wall with a seemingly random scattering of…

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Coffee and Cocktails

August 31 - December 29
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Coffee and Cocktails brings together vintage furniture, designer clothes, and elegant decorative arts objects to explore the fashionable worlds of teatime and cocktail hour in the 19th and 20th centuries. The first part of the exhibition centers on tea and coffee—two hot beverages that went from exotic imports to everyday necessities over the course of the 1800s, inspiring specialized tableware, furniture, and clothing. The second half of the exhibition takes the viewer from day to evening, and features the barware, furniture, and clothing…

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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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Art of Fire: Frederick Carder and Steuben Glass

September 19 - December 29
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Completely reimagined, the museum presents a compelling arrangement of the distinguished and growing glass art collection. For the new display, the museum consulted with the Seattle-based independent curator and craft scholar Vicki Halper. Notably, Halper curated Wichita Art Museum's popular 2014 summer exhibition Australian Glass Art, American Links for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. Revealing Wichita Art Museum's rich holdings, the variety, quality, and artistry of Steuben glass is on view. In fascinating ways, the exquisite work of…

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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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October 2019

What She Wore: Portraiture, Fashion, and Femininity

October 12, 2019 - February 16, 2020
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Fashion and portraiture have always been intertwined. Particularly in images of women, clothes are used as a shorthand to describe the sitter’s personality—is she respectable and old-fashioned, over-the-top and risqué, or no-nonsense and capable? What She Wore features nineteenth and twentieth-century portraits of women from the permanent collection, wearing everything from evening gowns to shirtdresses. Each portrait explores different ideals and conceptions of femininity, urging us to—in the words of Coco Chanel—“look for the woman in the dress. If there…

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December 2019

Winter Art Mania

December 26 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until December 28, 2019

Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Bringing Wichita Art Museum cheer to one and all--join us for three days of art exploration and activities at Winter Art Mania. Bring the entire reindeer crew! Watch a fun family flick, make art, create a family masterpiece together, and explore the museum galleries. Each day brings new and fun activities such as live music from Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra quartets, a Harry Potter film marathon, Lamphouse Photo Booth and more. Free admission to the museum all three days. Winter…

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Winter Art Mania

December 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until December 28, 2019

Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Bringing Wichita Art Museum cheer to one and all--join us for three days of art exploration and activities at Winter Art Mania. Bring the entire reindeer crew! Watch a fun family flick, make art, create a family masterpiece together, and explore the museum galleries. Each day brings new and fun activities such as live music from Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra quartets, a Harry Potter film marathon, Lamphouse Photo Booth and more. Free admission to the museum all three days. Winter…

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Winter Art Mania

December 28 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until December 28, 2019

Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Free

Bringing Wichita Art Museum cheer to one and all--join us for three days of art exploration and activities at Winter Art Mania. Bring the entire reindeer crew! Watch a fun family flick, make art, create a family masterpiece together, and explore the museum galleries. Each day brings new and fun activities such as live music from Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra quartets, a Harry Potter film marathon, Lamphouse Photo Booth and more. Free admission to the museum all three days. Winter…

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January 2020

Curator Talk – John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within

January 9, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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During the 1930s, John Steuart Curry gained national fame for his images of rural Kansas: isolated farms, religious gatherings, and approaching storms. However, another region preoccupied Curry during his career--the American West. From the 1920s to the early 1940s, Curry imaged the Wild West in his illustrations for books and magazines and in his murals in government buildings. Join Elizabeth Seaton, curator of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, for an illustrated talk surveying Curry's…

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Curator Talk – Art of the Greater West: Pre-Columbian to Contemporary Art

January 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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Join JoAnneNorthrup, curatorial director and curator of contemporary art at the Nevada Museum of Art, for an illustrated talk on her exhibition Unsettled. The show explores the connections between the diverse cultures and artistic practices of the Greater West, from Alaska down the West Coast of North America into Central America. Northrup will discuss works that span 2,000 years, ranging from pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art, all of which explore life in the ever-changing West.

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Family ArtVenture: Ice-Tacular

January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, KS 67203 United States
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It's that time of year, when the weather is cold, kids are antsy, and parents are restless. But Wichita Art Museum's annual ice-themed ArtVenture is here to save us from the winter doldrums! Join us for a day of 300-pound blocks of ice, local guest artists, food trucks, guest DJ, ice-themed films, plus artmaking. Remember to dress for the outdoors, for this awesome Ice-Tacular event is both indoors and outdoors!

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February 2020

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

February 1, 2020 - August 30, 2020
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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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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