Wichita Art Museum

Wichita Art Museum
Wichita, KS

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Wichita Art Museum
1400 West Museum Boulevard
Wichita, Kansas 67203-3296

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Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image Style

Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photography, 1933-1942

Hung Liu: Migrant Stories

Arthur Dove: Reality and Abstraction



Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image Style
March 30 - June 23, 2019

Georgia O'Keeffe, the pioneering modernist artist, had sensibility to spare. She lavished it on her work, of course, but she applied nearly as much to self-presentation.

As the show first opened in 2017, New York Times critic Roberta Smith had these glowing comments:

"Georgia O'Keeffe, the pioneering modernist artist, had sensibility to spare. She lavished it on her work, of course, but she applied nearly as much to self-presentatio--the clothes she wore, the places she lived, and the furnishings and objects they contained. All these elements formed a single powerful aesthetic--in an era long before widespread branding, social media, and Instagram marketing--that was foundational to her fame and her myth. [This exhibition] reveals in particular how this painter of simplified images of enlarged flowers, Lake George tree trunks, and New Mexico's terra-cotta hills applied her meticulous sense of austerity and detail to every garment she owned."

Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is the first exhibition to explore the art, image, and personal style of one of America's most iconic artists. O'Keeffe was at the forefront of the American avant-garde nearly from the moment she appeared on the scene in New York in the first decades of the 20th century. This show offers an intimate glimpse at the artist alongside her art with her paintings, photo portraits, and original clothing.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Dr. Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photography, 1933-1942
March 2 - August 18, 2019

Few works of American art are more iconic than Dorothea Lange's photograph Migrant Mother, a striking image of a careworn woman struggling to help her family survive. This photograph is one of the masterpieces in Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photography, 1933-1942.

Drawn from The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s renowned photography collection, Dignity vs. Despair highlights the work of Lange and four other photographers--Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, and Peter Sekaer--each of whom documented the devastating effects of the Great Depression.

After the stock market crash in 1929, the United States experienced a deep and long lasting economic depression. Fortunes were lost and many found themselves jobless and homeless. Farms were destroyed due to drought and extreme soil erosion. The Farm Security Administration (FSA), created in response to the Great Depression, provided loans to farmers, resettlement options for destitute families, and camps for mi­grant workers. Governmental agencies like the FSA saw photography as an effective way to document the disaster--to show firsthand the need for humanitarian aid for suffering.

The exhibition of 64 photographs is arranged thematically and geographically into three sections. The first section includes Lange's images of urban hardship in San Francisco in 1933-38. The next section focuses on the South, an area hard hit by the Depression. The final section documents the plight of the migrant worker. The integration of images with the photographers’ own words--excerpt­ed from captions, field notes, and interviews--gives a poignant look at one of the most difficult times in U.S. history.

This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Hung Liu: Migrant Stories
March 2 and on view through August 18, 2019
Scott and Carol Ritchie Gallery.

Hung Liu: Migrant Stories features paintings and prints by contemporary artist Liu. Based on the iconic photographs of Dust Bowl and Depression-era artist Dorothea Lange, Liu's works depict families and children devastated by the Great Depression of the 1930s. Although dealing with heartbreaking subject matter, Liu's works are beautifully vibrant--each feature loose, fluid layers of color, with central figures that almost seem to glow. The exhibition asks viewers to consider not only suffering, injustice, and displacement, but also the possibility of human resilience. WAM is pleased to exhibit Hung Liu: Migrant Stories at the same time as we present Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photography, 1933–1942, an exhibition that includes several of the photographs that inspired Liu.

Arthur Dove: Reality and Abstraction
Through June 9, 2019

Arthur Dove: Reality and Abstraction features works by one of WAM's most beloved artists. The exhibition includes large oil paintings as well as miniature watercolors taken from the artist's sketchbooks. Each work reflects Dove's lifelong practice of observing natural elements--including the sun, moon, ocean, and landscape—and then simplifying them into basic shapes and colors. The resulting paintings exist, as Dove described them, "where reality and abstraction meet."

The Dove paintings will be on view during Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style, WAM's major spring exhibition. Like his friend and colleague O'Keeffe, Dove is a legend of 20th-century American art.

Through April 14, 2019
Kurdian Gallery

Cityscapes features paintings and prints from the Wichita Art Museum's collection that explore the urban built environment. Artists from the early-20th century onward depicted crowded streets, dramatic skylines, and towering skyscrapers. Some used the city to explore the anonymity and isolation of modern life, others to celebrate American industry, and still others created nearly abstract paintings based on the repeating geometry of apartment buildings and street grids. While Kansas Land and Visions of the Plains feature images of the rural landscape, Cityscapes showcases its opposite--the city.

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