Ulrich Museum of Art

Ulrich Museum of Art The Ulrich Museum of Art is Wichita State University's museum for modern and contemporary art.
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The Ulrich Museum of Art, located on the campus of Wichita State University, is the region's source for modern and contemporary art. The Ulrich provides a unique opportunity for you to view our world through the eyes of the leading artists of today.

Happy Juneteenth! Today’s vault pick comes from celebrated African American artist Jacob Lawrence. This painting, “Black...
06/19/2020

Happy Juneteenth! Today’s vault pick comes from celebrated African American artist Jacob Lawrence. This painting, “Black Cowboys,” pays tribute to the often-overlooked or forgotten contributions of Black workers in developing the American West—and therefore the nation.
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Caption: Jacob Lawrence, “Black Cowboys,” 1962-1972, casein paint; tempera; illustration board, 20 H x 30 W in.
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What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (through our website), pick your favorite work and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!
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Check out this fun read!
06/18/2020

Check out this fun read!

Today for #ThrowbackThursday, Shockers, we're going to retell a story about a millipede named “Millie”'s invasion of Fairmount College Professor Dondlinger's Quadrangle. Here's the Millie we're talking about. Here's Professor Dondlinger. And here's the late great Wichita State Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs Professor George Platt's #TheShocker 2009 article from our mag archives at theshockermagazine.com that tells the story. Happy reading, Shockers! https://the-shocker.wichita.edu/story.php?eid=19&id=507#.XuwXZOQ1iEc

06/18/2020

Have you visited our world-class Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection on the Wichita State University campus lately? It’s the perfect self-distancing distraction! This August, we’ll install the collection’s 80th piece, Alice Aycock’s “Twister Grande.” Between now and then, we’ll occasionally feature videos of the collection’s sculptures taken with our nifty, new drone camera—like this clip of the amazing Tom Otterness piece, “Shockers,” 2019, Cor-Ten steel (TM); hay.

Stay tuned for more info on the Aycock installation!

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Another great photo of @tarben_the_dog! #Repost @tarben_the_dog with @make_repost・・・Those flowers smells like they would...
06/16/2020

Another great photo of @tarben_the_dog!

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Happy Friday! Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Curator Ksenya Gurshtein, who chose Nan Goldin’s “Picnic on...
06/12/2020

Happy Friday! Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Curator Ksenya Gurshtein, who chose Nan Goldin’s “Picnic on the Espalande, Boston,” 1973.

As Ksenya says:

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations in the U.S. in the month of June, originally begun in 1970 on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The 1973 photograph by Nan Goldin ‘Picnic on the Esplanade, Boston’ in the Ulrich collection was taken in the early days of the gay rights movement and reminds us that for some members of our society, expressing pleasure and joy in the simplest of ways while being themselves in public is still difficult and sometimes dangerous. At the time this photograph was made, Goldin was living with a group of drag queens in Boston, and she has said of her images, ‘My desire was to show them as a third gender, as another sexual option, a gender option. And to show them with a lot of respect and love, to kind of glorify them because I really admire people who can recreate themselves and manifest their fantasies publicly. I think it's brave.’ As we celebrate Pride, we hope for a world where simply being oneself will not need to be an act of exceptional courage.”

Caption: Nan Goldin, “Picnic on the Esplanade, Boston,” 1973, 2006 (Date of printing), Photograph, Cibachrome (TM); paper; polyvinyl chloride, 27 1/2 H x 40 W in.

Great pick, Ksenya. Thanks for sharing that added context!

What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (through our website), pick your favorite work and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you! #ulrichmuseum #ulrichmuseumofart #wichitastate #wichita #wichitaart #ict #ictart #nangoldin #meetmeinthevault #museumfromhome #pridemonth2020 #pridemonth #lgbtq #lgbtqhistory

06/11/2020
This week's U-News is now available! https://mailchi.mp/wichita.edu/u-news-june-9
06/10/2020
U-News June 9

This week's U-News is now available! https://mailchi.mp/wichita.edu/u-news-june-9

Ulrich Summer 2020 Exhibition Preview Caption: (From left to right): Faith Ringgold's Jo Baker's Birthday, 1995, featured in the 10 x 10: Ten Women / Ten Prints online exhibition; and a conceptual illustration by artist Alice Aycock. 10 x 10: Ten Women / Ten Prints Alice Aycock In the Studio 10...

In honor of George Floyd, who will be laid to rest today, here are some of the works from Hank Thomas Willis’s powerful ...
06/09/2020

In honor of George Floyd, who will be laid to rest today, here are some of the works from Hank Thomas Willis’s powerful “I Am A Man” series, which we are fortunate to have in the Ulrich Collection.

Caption: Hank Willis Thomas, “I Am a Man,” 2009, Painting, Liquitex ®; canvas, 25 13/32 H x 19 1/4 W x 2 1/4 D in

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Thanks to Amy Geiszler-Jones and the Wichita Eagle for this wonderful story on how local museums (including the Ulrich) ...
06/08/2020
Coronavirus forces Wichita museums to adjust timeline for traveling exhibits

Thanks to Amy Geiszler-Jones and the Wichita Eagle for this wonderful story on how local museums (including the Ulrich) are dealing with the "new normal." https://www.kansas.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article243100201.html?fbclid=IwAR3ZbfZmm2kF0VXhmP8zhlJeiPpQ9c3kMV78V0u_LbXvo68WlZ4OFnqnJ4I

The Ulrich is taking to billboards to showcase its collection while Exploration Place’s traveling exhibit can’t be returned to Canada yet.

Happy Monday. We hope your week is off to a good start! Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Carolyn Copple, o...
06/08/2020

Happy Monday. We hope your week is off to a good start! Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Carolyn Copple, our Membership and Special Events Manager, who chose Terry Allen’s “Rage.”

As Carolyn says:

“I spoke about this piece of art with student groups when it was last on display at the Ulrich in 2010. I would ask the children, and young adults as we looked at the artwork what the word R-A-G-E meant to them, to define it, and then, how they could use rage in a positive way to make change, to move forward. The past two weeks we have seen outstanding displays of what our youth, the young people of our world can do, the passion they feel, and the volume at which they want to see change. They have demonstrated the power of empathy, of listening, and speaking out.

In my own personal struggle and rage, my mind keeps returning to the words of Maya Angelou and her poem, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.’ We all long to live the life as the free bird.”

LInk to Angelou poem: https://powerpoetry.org/content/i-know-why-caged-bird-sings

Caption: Terry Allen, “Rage,” 1996, Print, etching; collage; paper, 42 3/4 H x 39 13/32 W in.

Beautifully put, Carolyn. Thanks for sharing!

What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection w(through our website), pick your favorite work and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you! #terryallen #blacklivesmatter #ulrichmuseum #ulrichmuseumofart #wichitastate #wichita #wichitaart #ict #ictart #contemporaryart #meetmeinthevault

Happy Friday... it’s been a tough week, but we made it to the weekend! Today’s vault pick is the Kerry James Marshall pi...
06/05/2020

Happy Friday... it’s been a tough week, but we made it to the weekend! Today’s vault pick is the Kerry James Marshall piece, “Memento,” 1997, which beautifully pays homage to heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.

Caption: Kerry James Marshall, “Memento,” 1997, Print, lithograph; paper, 30 3/32 H x 44 3/32 W in.

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In keeping with our solidarity with the African American community, today’s pick from the vault is the May Stevens print...
06/04/2020

In keeping with our solidarity with the African American community, today’s pick from the vault is the May Stevens print, “Big Daddy Paper Doll,” 1970.
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The piece was created a half century ago yet remains completely relevant today. So much so, sadly, that no further explanation is needed.
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Caption: May Stevens, BIG DADDY PAPER DOLL, 1970, print, screen print; paper, 29 H x 43 W in.
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06/04/2020
Ksenya Gurshtein discusses Jess Peri | 2020 Salina Biennial

Ulrich Curator Ksenya Gurshtein also curated the 2020 Salina Biennial at the Salina Art Center. Check out this clip discussing Jess Peri's photography, which is featured in the exhibition.

Biennial Juror, Ksenya Gurshtein talks about what she enjoyed about artist Jess Peri's photographs.

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Josh Saxe, husband of Ulrich Curator Ksenya Gurshtein (and Dad of Pink Pr...
06/03/2020

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Josh Saxe, husband of Ulrich Curator Ksenya Gurshtein (and Dad of Pink Princess Maya). Josh chose the Vito Acconci series of prints, “Wav(er)ing Flag.”

As Josh says:

“I encountered Acconci's series Wav(er)ing Flag just as hundreds of protests over another barbaric police killing of a Black man swept America. I'm glad that I happened upon this work, a set of images of the American flag inscribed with the Pledge of Allegiance, because it calls me to meditate on the basic premises of citizenship at a time when the concept of an ‘indivisible’ nation seems ever more implausible.

“I said the Pledge every morning in elementary school. The words meant so little to me then that my friends and I would mouth silly little nonsensical variations on its theme while our teachers monitored us for evidence of non-compliance. Later, when I could understand the Pledge, the words meant more to me. I learned about the Enlightenment, about Europe's feudal past, and about the promise American citizenship held out to the world.

“Acconci's work brings me back to an experience of the Flag, and the Pledge, as endlessly reproduced symbols that mean nothing beyond their ritual display and performance. It brings me back to a time in which stars, stripes, ‘pledge,’ and ‘allegiance,’ meant nothing beyond the scratched up desks of public school classrooms. In his work, Acconci pulls out and anagrams the letters of the Pledge, playfully, with a tinge of cynicism, challenging us to care. Do these letters point to something beyond themselves? Or are they meaningful merely due to their familiarity?”

Caption: Vito Acconci, “Wav(er)ing Flag,” 1990, print, lithograph; paper, 108 H x 144 W in.

Great choice and explanation, Josh. Very timely—and it gives us a lot to think about in terms of our collective identity. Thanks for sharing!

What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (through our website), pick your favorite work and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you! #ulrichmuseum #ulrichmuseumofart #meetmeinthevault #vitoacconc @ Ulrich Museum of Art

The Ulrich is proud to participate in the social media blackout today so that other voices might be amplified by the pla...
06/02/2020

The Ulrich is proud to participate in the social media blackout today so that other voices might be amplified by the platforms’ algorithms. Black Lives Matter #blackouttuesday #georgefloyd #breonnataylor

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Christo, the legendary Bulgarian-born conceptual artist. He was 84. Christo i...
06/01/2020

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Christo, the legendary Bulgarian-born conceptual artist. He was 84. Christo is best known for his epic-scaled environmental pieces such as placing saffron-colored gates across Central Park, wrapping the Pont Neuf in Paris, and stringing curtains across a mountain pass in Colorado, among other famous projects. Later in his career, he shared equal billing with his wife Jeanne-Claude, who passed away in 2009. The Ulrich is proud to have several of his works in our collection, most notably this print, which details plans for the Umbrella Joint Project for Japan and USA. For this project, some 3,100 umbrellas in California and Ibaraki, Japan were opened at the same time to comment on the similarities and differences between the two inland valleys.

Caption: Christo, THE UMBRELLA JOINT PROJECT FOR JAPAN AND USA (TITLE PAGE), 1990, print, color lithograph; paper, 27 1/2 H x 39 3/8 W in.
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#Repost @wichitastateu with @make_repost・・・Together we stand with those inflicted by injustice. Read the full statement:...
05/30/2020

#Repost @wichitastateu with @make_repost
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Together we stand with those inflicted by injustice.
Read the full statement: wsu.news/injustice

Happy Friday! (It is Friday, right?) After a fun run of children’s posts, today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” brings us back ...
05/29/2020

Happy Friday! (It is Friday, right?) After a fun run of children’s posts, today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” brings us back among the adults. The selection comes from Ulrich Advisory Board member Dr. George Lucas, who chose the Donald Sultan print, “Quinces.”

As Dr. Lucas says:

“When this was displayed several years ago, I thought, ‘That looks familiar.’ It should have as we have a similar work called ‘Four Pears’ bought at a Sotheby’s auction. I am attracted to it because it is an example of how one can break down an object into its basic elements—in this case a circle. These circles are arranged in a very tight composition, creating an appealing pattern. I also love the contrasting two colors. Maybe the black and yellow (actually yellow green) evokes WSU. Finally, this painting of quinces resonates with me because we had a quince bush in our yard when I was growing up and my Mother made quince jam.”

Caption: Donald Sultan, “Quinces,” 1988, screen print; paper, 23 H x 22 W in.

Nice choice—and thanks for sharing your thoughts and your stories, Dr. Lucas! Quince jam sounds delicious.

What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (through our website), pick your favorite work and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

#ulrichmuseum #ulrichmuseumofart #wichitastate #wichita #wichitaart #ict #ictart #shockerart #contemporaryart #meetmeinthevault #museumfromhome #donaldsultan #donaldsultanartwork

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” submission is another one from a staff member’s kiddo. This time, it’s Maya, the 4-year-o...
05/27/2020

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” submission is another one from a staff member’s kiddo. This time, it’s Maya, the 4-year-old daughter of Curator Ksenya Gurshtein. Maya chose JeongMee Yoon’s photograph, “Yerim and Her Pink Things.”

As her mother writes:

“Maya was showing me the ‘collection’ she gathered today in her pockets -- five rocks, three sticks, and one old band-aid. I said to her, ‘Do you know that I work with a collection, too?!’ I showed her the Ulrich's Collection Portal. At first glance, she reported liking nothing. I had to bring in the big guns. I showed her JeonMee Yoon's ‘Yerim and Her Pink Things.’ Maya's response: ‘Can we get all those things?! I want all those things! Even the little girl.’ She quickly clarified, though, that she did not want the little girl. In an effort to pivot, I suggested that we make our own photo of all the pink things Maya already has. The results on the photograph are Maya's pink things that we found in about 10 minutes of looking around the house. Our pink princess was very pleased with her photoshoot.”

Caption: JeongMee Yoon, “Yerim and Her Pink Things,” 2005, 2008, photograph, chromogenic color print; paper, 38 H x 38 W in.

Great choice and adorable photo—pretty in pink! Thanks, Maya and Ksenya, for sharing!

What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (through our website), pick your favorite work and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!
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One of today's tours using our new gallery chairs. Their assignment was to choose one of our works and write a paper on it. The chairs allowed them to sit right in front of their chosen works so they could take notes on the piece and record their reactions to it.