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Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Angela Dufresne is an unabashed painter. Undaunted by the aesthetic ebbs and flows of her medium she instead has immersed herself in its rich and varied history. In “covering” moments of visual culture, like a band covering a classic tune, the artist seeks to renew and recontextualize painting for a contemporary culture drowning in its […]

“Sid Garrison: Backstory,” Kiosk Gallery

“Sid Garrison: Backstory,” Kiosk Gallery

Sid Garrison normally avoids generic labels for his images. But when one recent viewer described them as “Colored-Pencil Paintings,” Garrison accepted the description.  Even though the word “painting” for most of us usually denotes brushes and the application of pigments, Garrison’s use of pencils is perfectly appropriate. He uses them to apply their hues to […]

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Nelson-Atkins Docents: Inspiring Kansas City for 85 Years

Nelson-Atkins Docents: Inspiring Kansas City for 85 Years

When The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opened its doors in 1933, volunteers were present to educate the public about the new collections. Eighty-five years later, the Volunteer Docent Program at the museum continues to play a central role in helping visitors of all ages make powerful and lasting connections with works of art. The story […]

Kansas City Artist Michael Toombs Spearheads New Brown v. Board of Education Mural in Topeka

Kansas City Artist Michael Toombs Spearheads New Brown v. Board of Education Mural in Topeka

Housed in the former Monroe Elementary School in Topeka, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in the nation’s public-school system. Now, a dynamic new mural across the street from the school brings a new generation’s perspective on the decision, which found that school segregation violated the 14th Amendment guaranteeing equal protection of the laws.

Diggers and Doughboys: The Art of Allies 100 Years On

Australian and American troops fought side-by-side for the first time in July 1918 during World War I. Since then, the Diggers (Australians) and Doughboys (Americans) supported each other in every major military conflict, including World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. The latest special exhibition at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, Diggers and […]

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