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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

An Art Show That Crosses Borders

Image courtesy City Arts

Artist and activist Armando Minjarez has been busy! He’s the driving force behind the ICT Army of Artists, responsible for the Immigration is Beautiful mural – and its loving restorations after it was defaced.

Minjarez also found the time to create an array of sculptural and installation artwork for his solo exhibition Un Recuerdito or, A Small Keepsake. Despite the diminutive in the title, the show takes over the first floor at CityArts.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Exhibit Details Events of 'Freedom Summer'

Volunteers link arms and sing freedom songs before boarding the bus for Mississippi. Photograph by Ted Polumbaum.
Credit Image courtesy of The Kansas African American Museum

The Kansas African American Museum opened a new show this past weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer of 1964.

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Commentary
12:50 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

What Is Banksy?

Wall In Palestine / Flickr / Creative Commons

Since the early 1990s, the hyper-anonymous street artist Banksy has been upending our collective notion of art, vandalism and politics with both formal and informal exhibitions across the world.

The mystique that surrounds Banksy certainly adds to the hype—only a few people have actually seen him—but it’s his artistic lexicon that has carried him from a graffiti writer from Bristol to the force of art that he is today.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Celebrating An Art Lover

Ruth and Scott Martin at the opening reception for Fill It To the Brim, June 5, 2014.
Ulrich Museum of Art

This month the Ulrich Underground honors a beloved member of our community, Ruth Ann Martin, in the exhibition, Fill It to the Brim.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Immerse Yourself In The TYTON

Randy Regier, courtesy Salina Art Center

I recently traveled to the Salina Arts Center for the maiden voyage of the TYTON - an installation by artist Randy Regier and writer and director Gail Lerner. Both led a workshop-in-residence at the Center. Regier and Lerner worked together and collaborated with the community to create a fictional luxury submarine cruise liner called TYTON.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Experiencing 'The Bridge Club'

Credit Cary Conover courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art

There has been a lot of performance art in Wichita lately: ProjectvRunaway for WSU Shift Space, George Ferrandi with Harvester Arts, and The Bridge Club brought in by the Ulrich Museum.

For those who may not "get" performance art, you are far from alone. But let me offer this brief explanation: Performance artists craft experiences, instead of paintings or sculptures. It is ephemeral, and while there may be photographic documentation, viewing images and experiencing the performance are two separate things.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Is 'Free' Really Free?

Stephanie Syjuco, FREE TEXTS (Installation at Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita), ongoing. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Ulrich Museum of Art

This is the final weekend for the exhibition FREE TEXTS by Stephanie Syjuco at the Ulrich Museum.

Syjuco is a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and her solo exhibition proves that the re-conceptualized Ulrich Underground is a perfect space for experimentation and contemporary artistic talent.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Beautiful City: The 'Street Art' Movement

A stencil work by Banksy
erokism / Flickr / Creative Commons

More than 40 years have passed since the beginning of the modern graffiti movement, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Heightened security in train yards, and technological innovations such as graffiti-proof paints and metals, have moved the scene from subways to the streets. The first writers have either disappeared, or moved their craft from the streets to the art gallery. And an entire generation has grown up in a world that has always had graffiti showing up somewhere in their cities.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Mechanical Sculptures In An Unusual Gallery

Lindsey Herkommer DeVries KMUW

On Commerce Street, you can find a number of art galleries, but there is one that I would even hesitate to call a “gallery.” It’s really a restoration workshop with a space for art up front.

The garage-slash-art space seems an unlikely pairing, but every time I walk into Go Away Garage, I’m impressed by either the quality of craftsmanship in the art or the quality of the presentation. Last Final Friday, I was impressed by both.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

A Cultural Icon Turned Commercial Design

"LOVE" found on the Wichita State campus
Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Have you ever seen that print of the word “LOVE”? It has red capitalized letters, each stacked on one another like the four quadrants of a Cartesian grid, but with the “O” slightly tilted.

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