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Model of a Multi-Storied Tower, Chinese, 1st century C.E. Earthenware with unfired pigments. Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 33-521.
New Chinese Galleries Open Chinese New Year Weekend Ancestors, the Tomb, and Luxury: The Ancient Chinese Art Galleries These two newly renovated galleries explore the world of the tomb in ancient China from circa 2000 B.C.E. to 200 C.E. The tomb was the repository for valuable articles—mysterious bronze vessels used for making offerings to the ancestors, jade carvings, lacquered vessels, gilded and inlaid fittings—as well as ceramic sculptures representing people, animals and architecture. The galleries (231–232) are located on the second floor and will open to the public at 5 p.m. Friday, January 27. These galleries were generously funded by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
MEMBER PREVIEWS IN JANUARY Ancient Chinese Galleries Thursday, January 26 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Society of Fellows/Business Council
ON THE COVER Escutcheon and Ring Handle, Chinese, Han Dynasty (206 B.C.E.–220 C.E.). Chased, engraved and gilded bronze. Purchase: the Lillian M. Diveley Fund, 2000.9.1.A,B.
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Friday, January 27 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friends of Art/Society of Fellows/Business Council Galleries open to the public for our annual Chinese New Year celebration 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Bill Viola, The Raft (detail), 2004. Color High-Definition video projection on wall (396.2 x 223 cm) in darkened space; 5.1ch surround sound. Performers: Sheryl Arenson, Robin Bonaccorsi, Rocky Capella, Cathy Chang, Liisa Cohen, Tad Coughenour, James Ford, Michael Irby, Simon Karimian, John Kim, Tanya Little, Mike Martinez, Petro Martirosian, Jeff Mosley, Gladys Peters, Maria Victoria, Kaye Wade, Kim Weild, Ellis Williams. 10:33 minutes. Photo: Kira Perov.
Brett Weston, American (1911–1993). Untitled, Dunes and Mountains, White Sands, 1945; printed later. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2008.6.5. © The Brett Weston Archive.
Brett Weston (1911–1993), son of famed photographer Edward Weston, exemplified the modernist aesthetic: in the details of everyday things, he combined fact and form, objective reality and abstraction.
January 21–April 29 Gallery L8 The Raft is a profound, emotionally riveting video installation. A group of strangers experience unexpected disaster. Will they survive? Will they be transformed?
The Photographs of Brett Weston Through March 25 Gallery L11
This exhibition is supported by the Hall Family Foundation and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.
This exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions and the Rheta A. Sosland Fund.
José Guadalupe Posada: Voice of the Mexican Common Man Through February 12 Gallery P13 Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada (1852– 1913) adopted and repurposed the calaveras images from Aztec traditions to become the whimsical skeletons we know today. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City.
Landscapes East|Landscapes West: Representing Nature from Mount Fuji to Canyon de Chelly Through February 26 Gallery 222 A collaboration between six curatorial departments juxtaposing landscape paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by artists from the 15th century to the present.
Photo by Bob Greenspan.
Rodin: Sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation Through June 3 Bloch Lobby More than 40 bronze sculptures reveal Rodin’s quest to express the vitality of the human spirit in all its nuances. Supported by The Donald J. Hall Initiative.
FEA TURED EXHIBITIONS
Opening Soon! Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939 April 14–August 19, 2012 | T Visit the World’s Fairs this summer! Nearly 200 objects illustrating the most engaging and forward-thinking innovations will come together for the first time. From a monumental 1850s Gothic Revival cabinet to a 1930s streamlined Art Deco glass chair, and masterworks of jewelry and objects in all media, the elegance and excitement of the World’s Fairs will captivate audiences of all ages.
Last chance to see two exhibitions for one price. Purchase a ticket and see both featured exhibitions for one price. Members always see it FREE.
Impressions & Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden Through January 8 | Gallery L13 | T The exhibition was organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, New York, NY. Exhibition Tour Organization and Management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. In Kansas City the exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.
To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America Through January 8 | Gallery L3 & L4 | T
Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian (1846–1920). House of Fabergé, Russia (St. Petersburg), 1842–1918. Tiara, ca. 1900. Gold, platinum, and diamonds. Private collection.
This exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from museum friends and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Endowment Fund and Gene Davis Memorial Fund. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. In Kansas City the exhibition is supported by the Hale Family Foundation, Daniel P. Winter and the CampbellCalvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.
T O UR S Walk-in Tours
Tours for the Blind or Visually Impaired
(Meet at the Info Desk)
10:30–11:30 a.m. Ages 12 and above Meet in Bloch Lobby Reservations required Call 816.751.1ART (1278)
Collection Highlights Wed–Fri 1:30 p.m. Thurs/Fri 7 p.m. Sat 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Sun 1:30 p.m.
Featured Exhibition Tours Exhibition ticket required Impressions & Improvisations: The Prints of Romare Bearden Wed–Sun 2 p.m. Thurs/Fri 6 p.m. *through January 8 To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America Wed–Sun 1 p.m. *through January 8
Visitors who are blind or visually impaired will be introduced to the collections in an hour-long tour. Program is free and open to anyone in the community with vision loss. Tactile Tours limited to first nine registrants, Descriptive Tours to 24, and sighted guides.
Saturday, January 21 Tactile Tour The Human Figure in Sculpture Gently touch realistic and abstract sculptures of the human figure using gloved hands. Saturday, February 18 Descriptive Tour Docents will vividly describe paintings and objects as they reveal the stories behind them.
Is your child’s school visiting the Museum? Encourage them to schedule a tour or workshop online at nelson-atkins.org.
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Tickets For reservations and tickets, call 816.751.1ART (option 2).
Programs are FREE, unless a price is listed. The discounted price for Museum members is listed first; the public price follows.
H&R Block Saturdays are made possible by H&R Block, Inc.
Behind the Seen “See” What Can’t Be Seen 6–7 p.m. | Lens 2 | T Objects conservator Paul Benson pushes the theme of “Behind the Seen” by demonstrating techniques for revealing the invisible. What are acoustic microscopy, thermal imaging and x-ray fluorescence? Experience these tools in action and discover how they help uncover secrets hidden in works of art.
Young Friends of Art Second Friday Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Bloch Lobby Join Kansas City’s premiere young professionals networking group for their monthly happy hour in the spectacular Bloch Lobby. Cash bar with special prices for members.
Print Society Print Crawl 10 a.m. Print Society members tour local galleries to view possible selections for the annual Love of Art luncheon in February. Prints will be voted on for addition to the museum’s collection. Optional lunch to follow.
Charlotte Street Artists’ Walks Celebrating 15 years of cultivating Kansas City artists The museum celebrates Charlotte Street Foundation’s 15th anniversary with a collaborative series of gallery walks by recipients of the Foundation’s prestigious awards. Engage with museum collections through the artists’ perspectives, and discover what sparks their creativity.
Mark Southerland & Peregrine Honig 6 & 7:30 p.m. Meet in Bloch Lobby T
Join dynamic husband and wife duo, Mark Southerland and Peregrine Honig, as they enliven museum galleries with their unique mix of performance and visual styles. Note: Each tour concludes with a presentation on the artists’ work in Lens 2. Series continues February 10.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Family Fun Activity 1–4 p.m. both days Gallery P8
Study the details of beautiful armor created for knights and horses and create your own medieval heraldic crest.
Know Your Museum Tour Beat the Winter Blues Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Info Desk | M R Follow our docents to exotic destinations with warm weather and beautiful scenery. Following the tour, you are invited to gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant and continue learning with others from the group.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
CELEBRATION January 27 & 28 | FREE Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with performances and family-friendly activities throughout the museum! Come ready to record your memories! Dress in authentic Chinese robes, “ride” our traditional rickshaw and pose with the Empress and Emperor or next to a dragon balloon sculpture built by San Francisco performer Kat the Acrobat.
Traditional Music 5 & 6:30 p.m. | Sculpture Hall
PERFORMANCES Shaolin Lohan Pai Lion Dance Troupe 6 & 7:30 p.m. Kirkwood Hall
Kansas City Chinese Music Ensemble musicians perform and answer questions about their instruments.
This award-winning St. Louis dance and martial arts troupe lead the traditional Dragon Procession and perform the Lion Dance.
Tea Demonstration 5 p.m., repeats every 30 minutes until 7:30 p.m. Lens 2, Bloch Building | T Experience a traditional tea demonstration by Shang Zehua, tea grower and owner of Shang Tea at Crown Center.
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Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–8 p.m. | Bloch Lobby M T
From works by Thomas Hart Benton and Andy Warhol to Emil Nolde and Duane Hanson, the Friends of Art were instrumental in securing extraordinary art for the Nelson-Atkins collections. Gather in Bloch Lobby from 6:30–7 for a complimentary beverage before joining a museum guide to “Meet Your Museum” through the Friends of Art 75-year history tour.
Chinese Yo-Yo 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Bloch Lobby Back by popular demand! Volunteers from the Chinese School of Greater Kansas City demonstrate their amazing Chinese yo-yo skills. Guzheng Performance & Demonstration 5:30 & 7 p.m. Ford Learning Center | T Listen and learn to play the Guzheng, a Chinese string instrument, with local musician William You. Dan Chan—Bian Lian 6 & 8 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T Dan Chan, an international award-winning magician and performer from San Francisco, performs Bian Lian, or “FaceChanging,” an ancient Chinese dramatic art involving brightly colored masks and costumes. Jasmine Dance Group 8 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall Dancers of all ages perform with elaborate costumes and Chinese lanterns.
The Curator is IN! The Photographs of Brett Weston 7–8 p.m. Gallery L11 Join curator Keith F. Davis for an informal overview of the long and influential career of Brett Weston, acclaimed modernist and son of photographer Edward Weston.
ONGOING GALLERY ACTIVITIES Dragon Hunt Search for dragons as you explore the museum’s magnificent collection of Chinese art! Learn the many different meanings of dragons in Chinese culture from Museum docents. Come ready to explore! Chinese Painting, Calligraphy and More! Join local artist Valda Hsu as she displays traditional brush painting techniques. Calligraphy demonstrations, Chinese games and traditional music will fill the galleries.
Hosted by Young Friends of Art 8 p.m.–Midnight | Bloch Building T | 21 and over $50 GA member | $80 GA nonmember $100 VIP member | $150 VIP nonmember Set sail with us toward a playground of industry and imagination. Only those with tickets in hand will eat, drink and be entertained amid the sights and sounds of a retro-futuristic dream. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening at the museum. Visit partyarty.org for information and tickets.
Chinese Games Play traditional Chinese games with expert help from Kansas City Chinese Language and Culture Institute volunteers. CHINESE FOOD Rozzelle Court 4–10:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious Asianinspired cuisine in the festive ambience of Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Family-friendly choices available for purchase. Members save 10%. Creative Café 4–8 p.m.
Courtesy of Robin Sanders.
FORD LEARNING CENTER Children’s Art Activity Children (of all ages) learn the significance of the dragon in Chinese culture and create their own dragons.
Savory Chinese food will be available for purchase. Full bar served, including plum wine. While quantities last. Members save 10%.
28 S A T U R D A Y Children’s Dance Performance Noon–1:30 p.m. Atkins Auditorium T
Beautiful costumes and regional Chinese traditions define this delightful performance by Lily Zhang Li Taylor and her students.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Family Fun Activity 1–4 p.m. both days Gallery 224
The tiniest of pets, crickets were once popular in China. Discover and draw from the museum’s collection of cricket cages and tools used for their care and feeding.
Robert Cohon and Egyptian, Greek and Roman Art 7–8 p.m. Atkins Auditorium T
Julián returns to the stage for another series of engaging conversations with curators, arts leaders and museum professionals.
Series continues February 23.
Society of Fellows Gallery & Go Lunchtime Series Ancestors, the Tomb and Luxury: The Ancient Chinese Art Galleries 11:30 a.m. Curator talk meet at Info Desk 12:15 p.m. Optional lunch, $15 Rozzelle Court Restaurant M R
Be among the very first to see the newly renovated Ancient Chinese art galleries with an exclusive tour led by curator Colin Mackenzie. These two galleries explore the world of the tomb in Ancient China as a repository for valuables such as mysterious bronze vessels, jade carvings, ceramic sculptures and much more. Following the tour, join Colin for lunch in Rozzelle Court Restaurant. Lunch is optional.
HAPPY HOUR @ Bloch Lobby 5:30–8 p.m. | Thursdays Small plates, full bar, artful experience.
Share in this lively exchange as Julián and curator Robert Cohon discuss the art of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Director’s Screening and Discussion Eames: The Architect and the Painter 6–8:30 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T Join film director Jason Cohn and discover the lives and influence of Charles and Ray Eames, the husband-and-wife duo perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fiberglass furniture. (Narrated by James Franco, 84 minutes.) The museum is proud to partner with AIGA Kansas City for this program.
The Raft Screening and Panelist Presentation Embark on “The Raft”: Conflict, Compassion and Drama 2–3 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T
Experience Bill Viola’s The Raft with curator Leesa Fanning and engage with Buddhist lama Chuck Stanford, psychologist Linda Moore and theater director Cynthia Levin as they reflect upon the video and the complexity of the human spirit.
M Members only
Curator’s Gallery Talk Impromptu Rodin 2 p.m. | Bloch Lobby Curator Nicole Myers offers a 30-minute overview of Rodin: Sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation, highlighting the life and art of Auguste Rodin in a dynamic way.
Encounters with Islamic Art We want to hear from you! The following Behind the Seen and evening talk are the first in a series of activities culminating in an exhibition of contemporary and traditional Islamic art. Please bring your questions and ideas to the conversation.
Behind the Seen Conserving Persian Ceramics 2–3 p.m. both days Noguchi Court Drop in as objects conservator Kate Garland demonstrates conservation treatments for the museum’s collection of Persian ceramics and highlights fascinating features of their creation and preservation.
Focus on Islamic Art 6–7 p.m. | Lens 2 T
Curator Kimberly Masteller introduces the artistry, ideas and techniques behind key works of Islamic art, including seldom-seen pieces in the museum’s collection.
Young Friends of Art Second Friday Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Rockhill Room Hallmark may not have invented the love letter, but they perfected it. In honor of Valentine’s Day, current Hallmark artists will join us to share how they make this beloved holiday come alive. Enjoy chocolate drinks and treats during this romancethemed happy hour. Cash bar with special prices for members. Charlotte Street Artists’ Walks Anne Lindberg 6 & 7 p.m. Meet in Bloch Lobby | T View the museum galleries through the unique perspective of Anne Lindberg, whose subtle and rhythmic drawings, sculptures and installations have been featured around the world. Note: All participants attend a brief presentation of the artist’s work in Lens 2.
Print Society: Love of Art Luncheon Noon | Lens 2 | M R Annual member lunch to view a selection of works for possible purchase and addition to the collection. Registration required and fee for lunch.
Electromediascope EXPERIMENTAL FILM, VIDEO & NEW MEDIA Alien Contact and Cultural Imagination Fridays in February 7–9 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T | FREE Myth and storytelling of third-world cultures meet the science fiction, technology and cinematic subcultures of the developed world.
Before Tomorrow is a work by Marie-Hélène Cousineau in collaboration with Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq about the survival of a 19th-century Inuit grandmother and her grandson, after a strange illness sweeps through the camp.
Baltimore, by Isaac Julien, will be shown along with four works by San Diego-based artist Cauleen Smith: The Changing Same, Dark Matter 1, The Green Dress and The Fullness of Time.
Cauleen Smith presents and discusses her new work including Remote Viewing and Other Ways of Seeing, a series of films reenacting Land Art and recent but buried collective memories. The Fullness of Time, Cauleen Smith (US), 2008, 50 min., digital video shown on DVD. Image still courtesy of the artist. ABOVE
L ove in Art Saturday, February 11 6–9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. $65 | M R
Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–8 p.m. | Bloch Lobby
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Family Fun Activity 1–4 p.m. both days Galleries 231–32
Explore our newly renovated Ancient Chinese galleries and learn about dragons in Chinese art.
Know Your Museum Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Info Desk | M R This January, we celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Ancient Chinese galleries. Join us for a docent-led tour of these magnificent works of art, on view again in their new installation. Following the tour, you are invited to gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant and continue learning with others from the group. The Mary Atkins Series Peter Sellars 6–7 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T $10 Members/$15 nonmembers $5 Students Renowned director Peter Sellars, the driving force behind original operas Nixon in China, The Death of Klinghoffer, El Niño, Doctor Atomic and A Flowering Tree, connects art to new audiences by making it relevant and urgent.
Members are cordially invited to share Love in Art with the museum in honor of Valentine’s Day. Treat your valentine to a romantic tour of the decorative arts collection, cocktails in Kirkwood Hall and a three-course dinner in Rozzelle Court. Seating is European style in tables of 4 and 6.
The Friends of Art have a long and meaningful connection to many of the Nelson-Atkins’ masterpieces. Gather in Bloch Lobby for a complimentary beverage before joining a museum guide to “Meet Your Museum.”
The Curator is IN! Ancestors and Immortality in Ancient China 7 & 8 p.m. Gallery 231 Dragons, oracle bones, ritual vessels, jades, lacquer and magical mountains: Join curator Colin Mackenzie for a tour of the newly renovated Ancient Chinese art galleries.
8th Kansas City Gardening Symposium Grow the Good Life Atkins Auditorium 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Speakers for the 2012 program include Dan Heims, Ellen Ecker Ogden, Andrea Bellamy and Roy Diblick. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Powell Gardens and the Garden Center Association. For more information or to register, go to powellgardens.org or call 816.697.2600.
Art Tasting with Julián New Directions in Education 6–7 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T Get a taste of the philosophies and practices that are reshaping the way the museum embraces all audiences—from kids to adults—as Julián and new director of education Judy Koke take the stage for this dynamic conversation.
Conservatory Connections Chen Yi and the Music of Chinese Women Composers 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Gallery 229 Stop by and listen as esteemed composer and UMKC professor Chen Yi and her graduate student composers premiere new works within the evocative space of the Chinese Temple. This program is made possible through a collaboration with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s Academy.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Family Fun Activity 1–4 p.m. both days Gallery 206
Enjoy beadwork demonstrations by Haskell Indian Nations University students in the American Indian galleries.
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studio classes & workshops
The Ford Learning Center has been made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.
SPRING SESSION OF STUDIO CLASSES FOR AGES 3–ADULT The world-class collection at the Nelson-Atkins is the inspiration for our studio programs. Direct experience with art in the galleries provides students with a foundation for art making in the Ford Learning Center classrooms, creating a unique learning environment for children and adults unlike any other in Kansas City!
ENROLLMENT Enroll today online (nelson-atkins.org/calendar), or by phone 816.751.1ART (1278), option 2. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Credit/debit card payment required. In order to enroll, we require the following information: student’s name, address, date of birth, home phone, emergency phone and the parent/guardian name. Students must have turned the minimum age by the start date of a class to enroll in the class. Enroll early—class size is limited. Enrollment deadline is three days prior to a class or workshop. Classes that do not reach a minimum enrollment will be cancelled and fees refunded.
COST Museum members receive a 20% discount on all classes. The discounted member price is listed first; the public price follows. Class fee includes all materials. Parking for members is FREE; nonmembers parking for more than 30 minutes, either to attend class or wait while their student is in class, will pay $5 per vehicle.
CANCELLATIONS Students can cancel an enrollment five business days prior to a class or workshop to receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee per enrollment. NO REFUNDS will be issued for cancellations made less than five business days prior. We do not issue credits toward future class sessions. A $10 transfer fee will be incurred on a per student/per class basis if student transfers an enrollment from one class to another. No transfers will be made less than five business days prior to a class or workshop.
STUDIO CLASSES & WORKSHOPS START IN ART Ages 3–4 10–11:30 a.m. Fridays, March 30–May 18 or Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $108/$135 Nurture a child’s creativity! Young children explore art concepts by working with paint, collage and clay. Visits to the galleries contain ageappropriate activities that allow students to see and talk about art as a group. Students should feel comfortable without a parent or guardian. CREATIVE CONNECTIONS Ages 5–6 10 a.m.–Noon 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $120/$150 Children expand upon their experiences in painting, collage and 3-D processes as they work with a wider range of materials. Seeing and talking about art in the collection builds perception skills and increases art vocabulary. Students should feel comfortable without a parent or guardian.
TELLING TALES Ages 6–8 10 a.m.–Noon 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $120/$150 Create drawings, paintings, prints and more inspired by traditional folktales, ancient mythologies and fantastic stories from around the world, including India, China, Greece and America. DRAWING & PAINTING 10 a.m.–Noon (Ages 7–9) 1:30–3:30 p.m. (Ages 9–13) Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $120/$150 Work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, ink, tempera paint and more to explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Students will draw from art in the galleries and lessons will focus on learning about line, color, space, expression and composition.
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Auguste Rodin, French (1840–1917). Monumental Head of Pierre de Wissant, modeled ca. 1884–85. Musée Rodin cast 10/12, 1980. Bronze, 32 x 19 x 20 1/2 inches. Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection, Promised Gift to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Photo by Tiffany Matson.
THINK 3-D: SCULPTURE 10 a.m.–Noon (Ages 9–13) 1:30–3:30 p.m. (Ages 7–9) Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $120/$150 Practice both additive and subtractive sculpture processes while working with clay, wire, fabric, wood, metal and found objects. Explore balance, form, stability, weight, gravity and motion by looking at sculpture in the galleries, including the powerful works of Auguste Rodin. MAKE IT MODERN Ages 12–16 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $120/$150 Discover how modern and contemporary artists “broke the rules” to develop their own personal vision of art. Work with a variety of drawing, painting and printmaking processes to express your own imaginative ideas in a variety of media.
STUDIO CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
FRIDAY NIGHT F U N BRUSHWORK IN BLOOM Ages 7–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 $32/$40 per adult-child pair Instructor: Valda Hsu It’s time to think spring! Experiment with using ink washes and bamboo brushes to paint flowers found in traditional Chinese brushwork painting.
SHOW YOUR EMOTIONS Ages 7–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, March 30 $32/$40 per adult-child pair
THE SURREAL SELF Ages 6–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday, April 20 $32/$40 per adult-child pair
Discover how faces in sculpture can portray a variety of emotions. Look at sculpture by Rodin and other artists and create an expressive face in clay. Participants will glaze and leave their work to be fired. Finished pieces will be available for pick-up beginning April 13.
Talk about Surrealism, art inspired by dreams and the unconscious mind, and create a unique self-portrait made up of unusual and unexpected parts.
Dining and Delights at the Nelson-Atkins! Rozzelle Court Restaurant Happy Hour Thursdays in the Bloch Lobby 5:30–8 p.m. | Small Plates, Full Bar, Artful Experience Lunch Wed–Sat | Brunch on Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. | Noon–3 p.m. Music & Dining on Friday Evenings 5–10:30 p.m. | Unique Menu Weekly Last seating 9:15 p.m.
STUDIO CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
ADULT STUDIO CLASSES & WORKSHOPS FLYING BRUSH, DANCING INK 1:30–4 p.m. | Saturdays, March 31–May 5 $96/$120 Instructor: Valda Hsu Chinese calligraphy and brush painting have been allied arts since the days of their common origin. The phrase “brush flying and ink dancing” is the expression of the two at their finest achievement. Explore the techniques of both art forms and then combine writing and painting into a completed work. DRAWING: JUST THE BASICS 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $128/$160
DRAWING FROM THE FIGURE 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Thursdays, March 29–May 17 $128/$160 Instructor: Tara Tonsor Explore drawing the human figure using sculptures in the galleries as well as a clothed model. Both traditional and experimental approaches will be included as aspects of drawing such as line, gesture, expression and proportion are investigated. Students should have previous drawing experience. PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE 1–4 p.m. | Fridays, March 30–April 20 $80/$100 How do you depict distance on the flat surface of a drawing? Learn about or further develop your skills at applying the principles of perspective. Both linear and atmospheric perspective will be explored and visits to the galleries will examine how artists have used these techniques to create the illusion of space.
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Want to learn about the very basics of drawing? This class will focus on foundations such as contour line, shading techniques, use of lights and darks and how to represent distance. This class is designed for students with minimal to no previous drawing experience. WATERCOLOR BY DESIGN 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 31–May 19 $128/$160 Instructor: Christine Webster Practice working with traditional and experimental watercolor techniques, with inspiration from museum collections. Class will cover principles of design such as balance, rhythm, emphasis, unity and proportion, as well as color theory. BOOK OF NATURE 1–4 p.m. | Fridays, April 27–May 18 $80/$100 Celebrate the arrival of spring! Combine basic poetry exercises, such as haiku, with visual inspiration gathered while looking at art related to the natural world. Verses, drawn images and mixed media will be creatively combined into a unique, handmade book.
exploreart GENERAL MUSEUM INFORMATION
ADMISSION to the museum is FREE every day for everyone. JAN/FEB 2012 FEATURED CURATORS, SPEAKERS AND STAFF Paul Benson Objects Conservator
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LOCATION & PARKING The Museum is located at 45th and Oak streets, three blocks east of the Country Club Plaza. Enter the garage off Oak Street. Parking is $5, FREE for members. VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES The Museum and parking garage are wheelchair accessible. SPENCER ART REFERENCE LIBRARY Open to the public. Mon Closed Tue By Appointment Wed 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thurs/Fri 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat/Sun 1–4 p.m.
Library Closed January 1, 2012 (Sunday) Frontier Airlines is the official airline of the museum.
ROZZELLE COURT RESTAURANT A Kansas City treasure, our Italian-style courtyard is an unparalleled setting. Lunch Wed–Sat, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Brunch Sun, Noon–3 p.m. Served Dinner & Live Music Fri, 5–10:30 p.m. Desserts & Beverages Wed–Sun, 2–4 p.m. MUSEUM STORE Shop for books, cards, children’s items and a large variety of gifts, jewelry and home décor. Tax free. Members save 10%. Online store nelson-atkins.org/shop. MEMBERSHIP Enjoy FREE parking, FREE featured exhibition tickets, discounts in Rozzelle Court Restaurant and the Museum Store and special events just for members.
To become a member of the Nelson-Atkins, for tickets to events, to enroll in classes, or to ask questions about the museum, call 816.751.1ART (1278). PHOTOGRAPHY Don Ipock (page 5) Bob Greenspan (page 8) Mark McDonald (pages 11, 12 & 13)
Robert Cohon Curator, Art of the Ancient World Keith F. Davis Senior Curator, Photography Leesa Fanning Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art Kate Garland Objects Conservator Peregrine Honig Artist Judith M. Koke Director of Education and Interpretive Programs Cynthia Levin Unicorn Theater Director Anne Lindberg Artist Colin Mackenzie Senior Curator, Chinese Art Kimberly Masteller Jeanne McCray Beals Curator, South and Southeast Asian Art Linda Moore Psychologist Nicole Myers Associate Curator, European Painting and Sculpture Peter Sellars Director of Festivals, Theater & Opera Mark Southerland Artist Chuck Stanford Executive Director of the Rime Buddhist Center Julián Zugazagoitia Director & CEO
Ritual Disc (Bi) with Dragon Motifs (detail), Chinese, Warring States Period (475–221 B.C.E.). Jade (nephrite). Purchase: William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 33-81.
Friday, January 27 Society of Fellows Gallery and Go Lunchtime Series Ancestors, the Tomb, and Luxury: The Ancient Chinese Art Galleries See page 8.
Thursday & Friday January 26 & 27 Society of Fellows Previews of Ancient Chinese Art Galleries See page 2.
The Museum’s premier membership group offers vital support to the Nelson-Atkins. Fellows will enjoy these special events in January and February. Contact email@example.com for membership opportunities.
SOCIET Y of FELLOWS
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Performances and family-friendly activities throughout the museum. Full details at nelson-atkins.org See page 6.
JANUARY 27 & 28 | FREE
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION