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Get ready for the next Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts!
09/24/2021

Get ready for the next Harriman-Jewell Series at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts!

Harriman-Jewell Series' 57th Season is almost here! Join them as they welcome the extraordinary violinist Joshua Bell with the compelling Italian pianist Alessio Bax for one unforgettable night with the Series! SATURDAY, OCT 2, 7 PM at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets from $25. HJSERIES.ORG for more information—they can’t wait to welcome you back!

Where do you turn for inspiration? For their paintings in the Nelson-Atkins collection, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun a...
09/24/2021

Where do you turn for inspiration? For their paintings in the Nelson-Atkins collection, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun and Eugène Delacroix looked to the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens. Vigée Le Brun’s “Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont, Comtesse de Caderousse” pays homage to Rubens’s portrait of his sister-in-law, Susanna Lunden, whose black-and-red ensemble bears close resemblance to the Comtesse’s gown. Delacroix’s “Christ on the Sea of Galilee” recalls Rubens’s rendering of the same biblical story, which likewise features a diagonally oriented boat that fills the entire picture field. Learn more about this month’s #FrenchPaintingsFriday works and see these comparisons in the French Paintings Catalogue at https://www.nelson-atkins.org/french-painting/.

Pink rosebuds and one full blossom rise from a deep blue vase in this vibrant still-life painting on view in the Bloch G...
09/24/2021

Pink rosebuds and one full blossom rise from a deep blue vase in this vibrant still-life painting on view in the Bloch Galleries P29. Suzanne Valadon was the first woman painter to be admitted to the prestigious Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. A child of poverty, she began working at the age of 11, selling vegetables at markets and, later, as a circus acrobat and artist model. Among her friends were fellow artists Edgar Degas, André Derain, and Pablo Picasso. She was the mother of artist Maurice Utrillo, whose painting also is in the Nelson-Atkins collection.

Image: "Untitled (Still Life)," 1921 Oil on canvas

Bequest of Elizabeth Calvin Bonner, 2003.16.6

Pink rosebuds and one full blossom rise from a deep blue vase in this vibrant still-life painting on view in the Bloch Galleries P29. Suzanne Valadon was the first woman painter to be admitted to the prestigious Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. A child of poverty, she began working at the age of 11, selling vegetables at markets and, later, as a circus acrobat and artist model. Among her friends were fellow artists Edgar Degas, André Derain, and Pablo Picasso. She was the mother of artist Maurice Utrillo, whose painting also is in the Nelson-Atkins collection.

Image: "Untitled (Still Life)," 1921 Oil on canvas

Bequest of Elizabeth Calvin Bonner, 2003.16.6

Christo in Kansas City! Follow along with “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” in Paris right now, and reflect back on the artis...
09/23/2021

Christo in Kansas City! Follow along with “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” in Paris right now, and reflect back on the artist's 1978 project in Loose Park.

Joseph-Siffred Duplessis was a portrait painter of solid accomplishment during the reigns of Louis XV and XVI. Working s...
09/22/2021

Joseph-Siffred Duplessis was a portrait painter of solid accomplishment during the reigns of Louis XV and XVI. Working slowly, demading numerous sittings from his clients, Duplessis excelled at capturing perfect, and unidealized character likenesses in a technique distinguished by controlled modeling of details like flesh, hair, fabrics, and furniture, and a preference for an unadorned, simple backgroun, which allows our attention to focus on the sitter, whose pose and gaze are relaxed but self-assured, and whose inclusion of a favorite pet indicates a capacity for kindness and affection. Duplessis was born September 22, 1725 #onthisday.

Image: "Portrait of Madame Fréret d’Héricourt," 1768-1769

Joseph-Siffred Duplessis was a portrait painter of solid accomplishment during the reigns of Louis XV and XVI. Working slowly, demading numerous sittings from his clients, Duplessis excelled at capturing perfect, and unidealized character likenesses in a technique distinguished by controlled modeling of details like flesh, hair, fabrics, and furniture, and a preference for an unadorned, simple backgroun, which allows our attention to focus on the sitter, whose pose and gaze are relaxed but self-assured, and whose inclusion of a favorite pet indicates a capacity for kindness and affection. Duplessis was born September 22, 1725 #onthisday.

Image: "Portrait of Madame Fréret d’Héricourt," 1768-1769

In honor of National Coming Out Day, please join us for an engaging and informative conversation with photographer Jess ...
09/22/2021

In honor of National Coming Out Day, please join us for an engaging and informative conversation with photographer Jess T. Dugan, who will speak about their series To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/29001/31960

In honor of National Coming Out Day, please join us for an engaging and informative conversation with photographer Jess T. Dugan, who will speak about their series To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/29001/31960

In conjunction with the exhibition "Testimony: African American Artists Collective," the Spencer Art Reference Library h...
09/21/2021

In conjunction with the exhibition "Testimony: African American Artists Collective," the Spencer Art Reference Library has a resource guide about the artists in the exhibition, as well as works by Black and African American artists in the permanent collection. https://bit.ly/3y7o6x1

In conjunction with the exhibition "Testimony: African American Artists Collective," the Spencer Art Reference Library has a resource guide about the artists in the exhibition, as well as works by Black and African American artists in the permanent collection. https://bit.ly/3y7o6x1

It's the final weeks to see the diverse selection of works celebrating our rich photography holdings, from daguerreotype...
09/21/2021
Highlights from the Photography Collection | Nelson Atkins

It's the final weeks to see the diverse selection of works celebrating our rich photography holdings, from daguerreotypes to digitally composed images. Highlights from the Photography Collection closes Oct. 5. https://nelson-atkins.org/exhibitions/highlights-photography-collection/

Visit a selection of works from the Photography Collection at The Nelson-Atkins which encompasses the full history of the medium, from 1839 to the present.

09/21/2021
Dive deeper into "Testimony: African American Artists Collective"

Kimberlyn Jones, Economic Development Manager at Metropolitan Community College, is a Kansas City native and a dancer, instructor, and choreographer. With her business education and passion for dance, she established the Kansas City Metropolitan Dance Theatre in 2007, a nonprofit dance education and performing arts center for children in the urban core. She has danced and taught for more than 35 years in the community. Jones is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Director of St. James United Methodist Praising Grace dance ministry, has served as an arts and nonprofit advocate for the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, MO.

A video piece dedicated to Jones’ practice as an instructor and choreographer titled “Kansas City Metropolitan Dance Theatre: A Dance Servant” (2021) is now on view in “Testimony: African American Artists Collective.” As Jones describes, the Kansas City Metropolitan Dance Theatre is “inspired by the legendary Smith Sisters. Upon their passing, I vowed to give back to the community, continuing to teach dance and instilling life skills. I serve in dance continuously, committing to affordable and quality instruction and positive development of children. Our motto is ‘In, for, and by the community.’”

Learn more about the exhibition: https://bit.ly/35XPGkx
Learn more about AAAC at aaackc.org. #TestimonyAAAC

Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri through 1951, a new website documenting Missouri artists throughout history, is ...
09/20/2021

Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri through 1951, a new website documenting Missouri artists throughout history, is now live! Search this free resource and discover artists in honor of the state's 200th anniversary.

Presented by Spencer Art Reference Library, Kansas City Art Institute, Jannes Library: Kansas City Art Institute, St. Louis Public Library.

Inspired by the 200th anniversary of the State of Missouri, The Spencer Art Reference Library of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in partnership with Kansas City Art Institute , Jannes Library: Kansas City Art Institute and St. Louis Public Library created a freely available website documenting the artists who have been active in Missouri throughout its history. Project partners mined their artist files and archival collections to tell the stories of iconic artists like Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham as well as artists from under-represented communities including women, artists of color and self-taught artists.
Whether you’re a collector, a teacher, a researcher or just love all things related to the “Show-Me” state Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri through 1951 is your gateway to exploring the artists of Missouri! Browse by city, medium or time period to discover generations of artists who called Missouri home: https://missouriartists.org/

Mark di Suvero's sculpture, Rumi, celebrates industrial construction, through its use of steel I-beams and the orange pa...
09/18/2021

Mark di Suvero's sculpture, Rumi, celebrates industrial construction, through its use of steel I-beams and the orange paint of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The work is named for Jala al-Din Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and spiritual leader whose writings inspired Sufism, a mystical form of Islam. Some adherents of this religious order worship God in trance-like dances and are often called Whirling Dervishes. The dynamic form of the sculpture suggests their ecstatic movement. Di Suvero says: "One of the things I try to do, is to be multicultural. The effort in unifying the cultures of the world is one of the…major forces of the 21st-century." di Suvero was born #onthisday in 1933.

Gift of the Hall Family Foundation
F99-33/5

Mark di Suvero's sculpture, Rumi, celebrates industrial construction, through its use of steel I-beams and the orange paint of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. The work is named for Jala al-Din Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and spiritual leader whose writings inspired Sufism, a mystical form of Islam. Some adherents of this religious order worship God in trance-like dances and are often called Whirling Dervishes. The dynamic form of the sculpture suggests their ecstatic movement. Di Suvero says: "One of the things I try to do, is to be multicultural. The effort in unifying the cultures of the world is one of the…major forces of the 21st-century." di Suvero was born #onthisday in 1933.

Gift of the Hall Family Foundation
F99-33/5

For the first time in decades, the Nelson-Atkins will display rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Persian costume...
09/18/2021

For the first time in decades, the Nelson-Atkins will display rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Persian costumes and textiles such as the "Velvet Panel with Carnations and Palmettes." Get your tickets now for the September 25 opening of "Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles."

Imperial silk weaving workshops in Bursa, in eastern Turkey, made this narrow small velvet panel to be a cushion cover for a bolster pillow. The central design features rows of alternating carnations, one of the standard forms of floral decoration associated with the Ottoman court in the 1500s. Velvet was perfect for interior furnishings such as cushions because the silk pile stood up to heavy wear. Look closely and you will see traces of metallic threads that once filled the voids between the red silk pile with gold and silver.

Gift of Mrs. J. F. Downing, R57-9/26

For the first time in decades, the Nelson-Atkins will display rarely seen Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Persian costumes and textiles such as the "Velvet Panel with Carnations and Palmettes." Get your tickets now for the September 25 opening of "Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles."

Imperial silk weaving workshops in Bursa, in eastern Turkey, made this narrow small velvet panel to be a cushion cover for a bolster pillow. The central design features rows of alternating carnations, one of the standard forms of floral decoration associated with the Ottoman court in the 1500s. Velvet was perfect for interior furnishings such as cushions because the silk pile stood up to heavy wear. Look closely and you will see traces of metallic threads that once filled the voids between the red silk pile with gold and silver.

Gift of Mrs. J. F. Downing, R57-9/26

In their playfulness and exuberance, the sculptures of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth perfectly capture the ebullient spirit ...
09/18/2021

In their playfulness and exuberance, the sculptures of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth perfectly capture the ebullient spirit of the 1920s. After rigorous training in both Paris and New York, the Philadelphia-born artist became celebrated for garden sculptures of youthful, lithe female dancers in energetic poses. Play Days’ delicate sense of balance and the expression of impish delight made it one of Frishmuth’s most admired designs. Madeleine Parker, a 13-year-old dance student and protégée of screen actress Gloria Swanson, posed for the piece. Frishmuth produced Play Days in two sizes—the smaller, seen here, for the table or conservatory, the larger as a fountain for the garden.

Check out this monthly concert at the American Jazz Museum!
09/16/2021

Check out this monthly concert at the American Jazz Museum!

Join the American Jazz Museum for “New Jazz Swing,” a monthly concert featuring expression of developments in jazz. Trumpeter Chalis O’Neal is your headliner, with twists on jazz standards as well as previews from his forthcoming album, “flirting.” Enter to win a pair of tickets today--->> https://kcstudio.pgtb.me/hzw0MZ

Bark in the Sculpture Park is this Saturday, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m.! Drop by for a paw-some afternoon filled with FREE famil...
09/16/2021

Bark in the Sculpture Park is this Saturday, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m.! Drop by for a paw-some afternoon filled with FREE family (and dog) friendly fun in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. Learn more: https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/member/31151

Bark in the Sculpture Park is this Saturday, Sept. 18, 1-4 p.m.! Drop by for a paw-some afternoon filled with FREE family (and dog) friendly fun in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. Learn more: https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/member/31151

Todd Webb arrived in New York in late 1945 after serving in World War II, and soon became part of the city’s photographi...
09/16/2021

Todd Webb arrived in New York in late 1945 after serving in World War II, and soon became part of the city’s photographic community. Webb had a deep interest in the daily rhythms and artifacts of urban life. Here, a water hose has been rigged to provide city children with some much needed relief from the summer heat. Todd Webb was born September 15, 1905 #onthisday. Todd Webb, American (American, 1905-2000). LaSalle Street at Amsterdam, New York, 1946. Gelatins silver print, 9 3/4 x 13 inches. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2386.

Todd Webb arrived in New York in late 1945 after serving in World War II, and soon became part of the city’s photographic community. Webb had a deep interest in the daily rhythms and artifacts of urban life. Here, a water hose has been rigged to provide city children with some much needed relief from the summer heat. Todd Webb was born September 15, 1905 #onthisday. Todd Webb, American (American, 1905-2000). LaSalle Street at Amsterdam, New York, 1946. Gelatins silver print, 9 3/4 x 13 inches. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2386.

Did you know your exhibition ticket grants you access to three exhibitions? See "Castles, Cottages, and Crime" and "Orig...
09/14/2021

Did you know your exhibition ticket grants you access to three exhibitions? See "Castles, Cottages, and Crime" and "Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins" now, and see "Weaving Splendor: Treasures of Asian Textiles" when it opens Sept. 25! Members see them FREE. https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/featured-ticketed-exhibitions

Celebrate Deaf Culture Month with our virtual Deaf Cultural Festival. Watch, create, and learn about Deaf culture and Am...
09/14/2021

Celebrate Deaf Culture Month with our virtual Deaf Cultural Festival. Watch, create, and learn about Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL) with our community partners: The Whole Person, Kansas School for the Deaf, and Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture. https://bit.ly/3nwAJQz

Celebrate Deaf Culture Month with our virtual Deaf Cultural Festival. Watch, create, and learn about Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL) with our community partners: The Whole Person, Kansas School for the Deaf, and Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture. https://bit.ly/3nwAJQz

In honor of National Coming Out Day, please join us for an engaging and informative virtual conversation with photograph...
09/14/2021

In honor of National Coming Out Day, please join us for an engaging and informative virtual conversation with photographer Jess T. Dugan, who will speak about their series To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Learn more and register for free: https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/29001/31960

In honor of National Coming Out Day, please join us for an engaging and informative virtual conversation with photographer Jess T. Dugan, who will speak about their series To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Learn more and register for free: https://cart.nelson-atkins.org/29001/31960

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I love you folks and am thankful for all your Ancestors hard work that comes to fruition in this current day through your generation. Sniper Atkins I love you always💅👑💅
Sketch Club: Landscapes @ virtual sketch club
Can’t wait until my next visit to KC. Need my The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art fix!!!
The article today in the Washington Post about Benin bronzes has me worried. The Nelson's Commemorative Head of an Oba is one of the stars of the collection. I hope you kept the receipt LOL.
I saw a post about a touring interactive Van Gogh exhibit coming to Kansas City Immersive, but they didn't give any dates or location. They did want email and phone information. Are you aware of such an exhibit coming to KC and will it be at the Nelson and when?
Collage Club. It's like Fight Club, but with paper.
Had to send this--- is actually way-cool== Penguin --- He was Lost and loving it ,,,, is signed but I've never been able to decipher signature,,,,,
Spent a wonderful night at the museum to kick-off our Holiday Season. Really enjoyed the Blackburn print exhibit & checked a few items off our Christmas list in the beautiful Gift shop. The poinsettia tree was a treat, but I must say, the main Lobby was a bit solemnly sad.😞 We really missed the grand tree and all the Nativity. Well, guess we will just appreciate it’s return that much more next year!🎄🌟👼🏼👍🏼
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