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Commentary
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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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Art: It's (Black) Final Friday!

A digital piece from Dustin Parker. Courtesy Dustin Parker.

The Christmas décor in grocery stores and shopping centers gets trotted out earlier and earlier every year. Now, Christmas decorations replace the Halloween costumes and treats. This leap from skeletons to silver bells means that Thanksgiving is left to us to keep traditions with family and friends alive.

For many, part of Thanksgiving tradition is the post-turkey shopping on Black Friday. This year, I propose Black Final Friday – a local art extravaganza that the whole family can enjoy – as part and parcel to the finest of Thanksgiving traditions.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Book Review: 'The Goldfinch' Should Be Savored

The Goldfinch is my first experience reading Donna Tartt. The title refers to a painting by Dutch artist Carel Fabritius, the greatest Old Master you've never heard of-- Rembrandt's pupil, Vermeer's teacher. Fabritius was killed when a gunpowder explosion destroyed half the town of Delft and all but a handful of his paintings.

Theo Decker is 13 years old when he sees "The Goldfinch" in contemporary New York City. In fact, the same day he first sees the painting, he takes it as he escapes from the bombed museum where it had been exhibited.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Three Women Walking' A Complex Portrait of Femininity

KMUW

Francisco Zúñiga’s “Three Women Walking” seems to be a straightforward representation, but subtleties in expression, gesture and formal technique indicate there is more going on.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What Can Contemporary Art Tell Us About Our Environment?

Top:Charles Lee, 'Dissipative System', 2010. Diamond ink jet print, 27 x 30 in. Bottom: Andrea Ackerman, 'Rose Breathing', 2003. 3D Computer animation, stereo sound, projector, 34-second continuous loop, dimensions variable. San Jose Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Museum’s Collection Committee.
Credit Courtesy of Wichita Art Musuem, Bios Design Collective and the Art Works for Change traveling exhibition

On November 8th and 9th, the Ulrich Museum and the Wichita Art Museum team up for a joint symposium called Nature’s Impact, Art’s Force. While the title is a little awkward, the collective symposium appears intriguing, as it will tackle issues of nature, ecology and technology through the lens of contemporary art.

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Arts
7:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

New Mural In North Wichita Depicts Immigration Struggles

South High students paint a mural depicting the immigration story near 21st Street and Park Place.
Credit Minjarez Armando / Courtesy photo

About a dozen high school students, called Latino Leaders, who attend Wichita South High School have created a mural near 21st and Park Place addressing the issue of immigration.

The idea came from resident artist, Armando Minjarez. He's the co-founder of The Seed House~Casa de la Semilla, a non-profit educational organization that works with various groups, including the high schoolers on this project.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Book Review: 'The Gravity of Birds' Is A Mystery Of Time And Art

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman begins in 1963 with the Kessler Family spending their annual vacation at a lake cabin rental in Maine.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

WAM Exhibition Is A Vibrant Debut For New Ulrich Curator

Andrea Ackerman, 'Rose Breathing', 2003. 3D Computer animation, stereo sound, projector, 34-second continuous loop, dimensions variable. San Jose Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Museum’s Collection Committee. Courtesy Wichita Art Museum.

This month, the Wichita Art Museum opened “Vital Signs: New Media Art from the San Jose Museum of Art.”

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Art: Shift Space Returns

courtesy Lisa Rundstrom

One of the premiere events happening this Final Friday is the grand re-opening of WSU Shift Space.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Art Review: Nature's Toolbox

Charles Lee, 'Dissipative System', 2010. Diamond ink jet print, 27 x 30 in. Courtesy of Bios Design Collective and the Art Works for Change traveling exhibition, Nature's Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Ulrich Museum opened their new fall exhibition: Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the human impact on the environment.

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