Art Review

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Hannah Scott

If you thought September’s Final Friday was busy, this Final Friday is bursting with exhibitions! Here are some events that top my list:

Jose Alvarado / Ulrich Museum of Art

When was the last time you saw an art show? I mean really saw. Beyond the opening, did you return to the gallery? If you did, then how long do you spend in front of each piece? A 2001 survey conducted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art found that the median time in front of an artwork was 17 seconds. In considering how many hours - if not days, weeks, months, or years – it took to make this artwork, 17 seconds seems grossly unfair. The typical art viewing goes something like this: look just...

The Wichita Art Museum opened its fall exhibition, American Moderns 1910 – 1960: From Georgia O’Keeffe to Norman Rockwell . The show features 57 artworks from the Brooklyn Museum of Art , a museum with a renowned American Art collection. This traveling exhibition summarizes Modernism in the United States by laying out thematic contexts for a variety of painting styles and subject matter. Throughout this tumultuous time period that includes World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II,...

Courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA. © 2014 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Ulrich Museum’s fall exhibition Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints is a retrospective that celebrates 60 years of Bruce Conner’s print works. Conner grew up in Wichita and attended University of Wichita. He settled in San Francisco by 1957, and soon became a key visual artist of the Beat generation. Conner was an experimental, poetic and subversive artist who made video art as early as 1958. In this exhibit, his subversion of printmaking traditions – like signing his work with a...

Lindsey Herkommer DeVries

Tom Otterness is a New York-based artist from Wichita who has two notable sculptures in town. His Dreamers Awake stands in front of the Wichita Art Museum, and Millipede, or “Millie” as she is lovingly referred to, is nestled in front of the Ulrich Museum on WSU’s campus. Both sculptures are the first works that greet visitors as they arrive at each site. Despite being from the same artist, though, the sculptures have a stark contrast in tone. The Millipede wears shoes, alternating high heels...

Carolyn Copple

Wichita is currently part of a nation-wide project called Art Everywhere U.S. , which calls itself "The biggest outdoor art show ever conceived." Art Everywhere displays images of artwork in outdoor advertising spaces. In August, billboards, bus shelters, and subways across the country are presenting American art from the Whitney Museum, the National Gallery, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. These five institutions compiled a list of...

While Anne Schaefer was here for her two-week stay as artist-in-residence for Harvester Arts, she conquered Shift Space Gallery with her signature stripes and dots for a vibrant installation titled In The Thick of It . Schaefer’s syncopated rhythms of color and pattern span more than 80 feet. Her painting is methodical, but abrupt changes in her work keep us from getting too comfortable in our expectations. The majority of this perceptually immersive enterprise adorns a 50-foot section of...

Working on the installation Sen by artist Lisa Solomon was an all-hands-on-deck affair at the Ulrich Underground. I was one of many on the team and its completion was nothing short of a Herculean effort. The title, Sen , is the Japanese word for ‘one thousand’. Most literally, this title describes the 1,000 hand-made doilies pinned to the wall. These doilies were made by participants from around the world. Solomon used the doilies to create a chromatic grid of 100 colors, with each column a...

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. At the center, a quilted flag titled "The Fabric of...

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. Their exhibition of the same name looks closely at the summer campaign organized by the Congress of Racial Equality ( CORE ), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee ( SNCC ), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( NAACP ). Their goal was to recruit up to 1,000 college students – mostly white students from the North – and send...

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