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Whose Museum?

Kansas City artist A. Bitterman has been getting some attention this week for a thought-provoking proposal.  He wants to trade a valuable Henry Moore sculpture on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art with an abandoned house on nearby Troost Avenue.  Sheep Piece, the rotund abstraction by the iconic British modernist sculptor would switch […]

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Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Because Wikipedia’s lack of representation of women is by now well-documented and because less than 15% of Wikipedia editors are women, an organization called Art+Feminism is making a concerted effort to add more women artists to Wikipedia.  Building upon the success of their 2014 Edit-a-Thon, rad Wikipedians all over the world gathered—both literally and virtually—the […]

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Float at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Amidst all of the planning for the YWAs: Young Women Artists Exhibition at Wonder Fair, I was able to take time for some much-needed relaxation by visiting the Float installation at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City with my good friend Jennifer.  This is a temporary work that will give you a […]

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Crystal Bridges: All the Women Artists

On my recent trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, I photographed works by women artists with the intent of conducting my own Guerilla Girls-style “weenie count.” When I inquired at the info desk, I was told that approximately 400 works from the permanent collection are currently on view.  I counted a mere 28 […]

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Crystal Bridges: Part 1

I finally made the pilgrimage down to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  It only takes about 3 1/2 hours to drive there from Kansas City, but it has taken me almost 3 years to make it happen.  I was not disappointed. Crystal Bridges opened in November 2011, a project of Walmart […]

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Glass Labyrinth by Robert Morris

Here’s a conversation I had with my Dad as we approached Glass Labyrinth, the 4,000-ton new installation on the south lawn on the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City by Kansas City Art Institute alumnus and mimimalist sculptor Robert Morris: Me: So, a labyrinth differs from a maze because a labyrinth has a single […]

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Cultural Intersections and Illuminations at the Nerman Museum

Last Sunday, I had a wonderful time visiting the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  This museum is proof positive that not all of Kansas City’s cultural treasures are on the Missouri side of the state line.  The Nerman has an impressive permanent collection, representing local artists […]

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Impressionist France at the Nelson-Atkins

It is the closing weekend of Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from LeGray to Monet at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.  I had been meaning to see this since it opened.  But between healing from a broken elbow, moving, an odd work schedule, and so much more, I had a crazier-than-usual holiday […]

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Communitea

Artist Norleen Nosri created a tea set, epic in scale and ambition, for the city hall as part of Columbia, Missouri’s Percent for Art program. In this video, she discusses her goal of fostering social interaction through the ritual of enjoying tea. <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/qJuNxmpF_1I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Her ceramic pieces are aesthetically beautiful on […]

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Maya Lin’s Silver Missouri

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a talk by the accomplished artist and architect Maya Lin at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Lin, best known for winning the contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. when she was a 21-year-old architecture student (kind of makes every other […]

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