Wichita art

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 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 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 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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Commentary
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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Commentary
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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Arts
10:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

UPDATE: Weigh In On The Future Of Century II Tonight And Monday

Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 2006
Credit Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

You can share your thoughts on the future of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center at several meetings coming up soon.

There's one tonight at 5:30 pm, and another on Monday night--both at Century II.

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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
Wed December 26, 2012

Art: A New Era In Wichita

Credit Abode of Chaos (thierry ehrmann) / Flickr

Looks like we’ve survived another apocalypse!

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