Art Review

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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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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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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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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Promising 'Telephone' Ultimately A Disappointment

Lael Ewy writes a narrative
Torin Andersen

For February’s Final Friday, Fisch Haus hosted a multi-media, interpretative art installation they called Shattered Telephone. The concept is a blend of the grade-school game "Broken Telephone" and, of similar structure, the Surrealist poetic technique called "Exquisite Corpse."

Fisch Haus’ event expanded these ideas to include actors, dancers, artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, video artists, storytellers and a stenographer for big, Michael Bay-esque creative explosions.

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5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

What Happens When People Hurt Our Public Art?

The restored mural
Armando Minjarez

Wichita is full of amazing public art that gives our city character. It belongs to all of us. And when it is vandalized, it hurts. It hurts emotionally, financially and it hurts the culture of our city.

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5:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

'Juvenile' A Powerful Look At Forgotten Children

Richard Ross, Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center, Caldwell, Idaho, 2, 2010. Digital inkjet print, 38 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist

The Ulrich Museum’s exhibition Juvenile in Justice presents the award–winning work of photographer Richard Ross.

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5:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

'Wichita Arch' Is A Living Work Of Art

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor who travels all over the world to create site-specific sculptures.

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5:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Art: Looking Forward To 2014

Frederick J. Waugh, Original Illustration for The Clan of Munes: The Wizard dressed in his Indian finery, from the series [The Clan of] Munes: Original Drawings, 1916. Watercolor and pencil on paperboard, 18 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita. Gift of Edwin A. Ulrich

It’s the New Year, and with it comes the excitement of change and things to come. Galleries are preparing for their newest shows, but for 2014 the Ulrich Museum is taking the bull by the horns with four new exhibitions opening in January.

In the upstairs Polk/Wilson Gallery, the sublime photographs by Richard Ross take an unblinking look at the conditions and treatment of American juveniles currently held in detention centers for the show Juvenile In Justice.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Art: Images of Santa

Thomas Nast's 1863 depiction of Santa Claus in Harper's
Credit Wikimedia Commons

During the Christmas season, we are surrounded by images of Santa Claus-- yes, that jolly, rotund man with his famous white beard on a mission to deliver presents to children around the world. We see Santa surrounded by elves and reindeer at the North Pole, but where did this image of Santa Claus come from?

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5:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Art: 'Joe's Swan Song' Is A Must-See

Wade Hampton paintings found in 'Joe's Swan Song'
Credit Lindsey Herkommer / KMUW

This past weekend, CityArts opened a new show called Joe’s Swan Song – a guest-curated exhibition by Joe Goodwin.

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