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Terry Evans, American (b. 1944). Cracked ladle, Indiana Harbor, March 9, 2006. Inkjet print. Purchase: acquired through the generosity of the Photography Society, 2008.66. © Terry Evans.

Members: FREE Adults: $8

Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans

Seniors over 55: $7

October 20, 2012–January 20, 2013 | Galleries L13–14

Students 13–19 with ID: $5

The first career retrospective of Terry Evans, one of the nation’s finest landscape photographers, featuring 100 color and blackand-white photographs. Evans, a Kansas City native, is widely recognized for her views of the Midwest prairie, its people and its artifacts.

Children 12 and under: FREE Groups of 10 or more (call ahead to reserve): $6 per person

This exhibition has been organized by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The exhibition is supported by Molly McGee, in honor of Dale and Norman Hoyt, and Margaret and Frank McGee; Swiss Re and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

MEMBER PREVIEW DAYS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 Society of Fellows and Business Council 10 a.m.–9 p.m. | Galleries L13–L14 See page 10.

ON THE COVER Terry Evans, American (b. 1944). Solomon River Oxbow, Ottawa County, Kansas, August 2, 1990. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2009.27.5. © Terry Evans.


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Friends of Art 10 a.m.–9 p.m. | Galleries L13–L14 See page 11.

FREE EXHIBITIONS Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens September 12, 2012–February 10, 2013 Gallery L11 Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens was inspired by the cabinets of the 16th and 17th centuries, in which owners assembled collections of objects that reflected an intense fascination with the marvelous, unusual or extraordinary. This exhibition of photographic specimens explores the connections between science and art. This exhibition is supported by the Hall Family Foundation and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions. Unknown Maker, American. Man with Skulls, ca. 1850. Daguerreotype. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.546.

Bonjour Picasso! September 22, 2012–January 27, 2013 Gallery L8 Meet Pablo Picasso—creative genius, playful spirit, lover, husband, father, friend—in this intimate focus exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture. Complex and driven, Picasso made art in order to understand life. Discover his private world, here! This exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

Yousuf Karsh, Canadian (b. Turkey, 1908–2002). Pablo Picasso, 1954. Gelatin silver print (printed 1983). Gift of Margaret W. Weston in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2007.39.19. © Yousuf Karsh.

Faces from China’s Past: Paintings for Entertainment and Remembrance Through October 21 | Gallery 222 This exhibition highlights seldom-seen figure paintings from the Nelson-Atkins and the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. It is a collaborative effort with a KU graduate seminar. Lady Embroidering, Chinese, 18th century. Hanging scroll (laid down on panel), ink and color on silk. Purchase: the William Rockhill Nelson Trust, 53-84.


MEMBER PREVIEW DAYS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 Friends of Art, Society of Fellows and Business Council Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Gallery L11 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Friends of Art, Society of Fellows and Business Council Bonjour Picasso! 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Gallery L8 Anna Atkins, English (1799–1871). Paris Arguta (detail), ca. 1850. Cyanotype. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2009.71.2A.

NEW INSTALLATIONS Simone Martini, The Virgin Annunciate Through September 30 Gallery P5 An opportunity to see an important loan from a private collection—The Virgin Annunciate by Simone Martini, one of the greatest Italian artists of the Middle Ages. Note the swooping contours of her robe, typical of the gothic style, and her touchingly shy expression.


New in Gallery Walk!

Through February 3, 2013 Gallery P27

Art in Motion Bloch Gallery Walk

18th-century prints by Spanish artist Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes are paired with their contemporary counterparts by Mexican-born American artist Enrique Chagoya in this exhibition exploring timeless human foibles and failings. Both artists satirize greed, ignorance, flattery, deceit and abuse of power.

Wall sculptures by Fred Eversley (Untitled) and Jesús Rafael Soto (Ecriture, N.Y.) join Luis Tomasello’s Chromoplastic Mural.



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TOURS Interactive Collection Tour Wed–Fri 1:30 p.m. Thurs/Fri 7 p.m. Sat/Sun 2 p.m. Meet at Info Desk Drop in for a FREE guided tour and spend up to an hour looking at and discussing works in the collection.

Tours for the Blind or Visually Impaired 10:30–11:30 a.m. Ages 12 & above FREE | Meet in Bloch Lobby Reservations required Visitors who are visually impaired/blind will be introduced to the collections in an hour-long tour. Tactile Tours limited to the first nine registrants, Descriptive Tours to 24, and sighted guides.

Saturday, September 15 Tactile Tour The Human Figure in Sculpture Gently touch realistic and abstract sculptures of the human figure using gloved hands. Saturday, October 20 Descriptive Tour Docents will vividly describe paintings and objects as they reveal the stories behind them.

Featured Exhibition Tour Exhibition ticket required

Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans Drop-in tours available Wednesday–Friday at 1 p.m. beginning October 20. Visit our website to schedule a tour for six or more. Terry Evans, American (b. 1944). Field Museum, drawer of northern cardinals, various dates and locations, 2001. Inkjet print. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2010.14.6. © Terry Evans.


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There’s ALWAYS something happening for families. A great group of museum guides provide interaction and conversation for visitors of all ages. They lead tours, animate special exhibitions, offer gallery activities and provide support in the FUN Spot. Ask a museum guide for the “What’s On” list to discover all the ways you and your family can engage with art. Museum guides are present Saturdays and Sundays from 1–4 p.m. for families, and Thursday and Friday evenings for adult conversation and tours. In September and October, join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. for FREE activities for the whole family!

WEEKEND FAMILY ACTIVITIES Discover how art tells stories with looking and hands-on activities in the galleries. FUN Spot Create a family crest inspired by Medieval art. Gallery Activity Examine ways people told stories in Medieval and Renaissance times.

Story Time for Preschoolers Join us every second Sunday of the month for story time at 1:30 p.m. in Noguchi Court. Check out the next Explore Art for new activities in November and December.




Join Julián as he engages with local, national and international collaborators who make exciting artistic and cultural contributions to benefit us all.



Generosity for the Greater Good 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium | T




Tickets For reservations and tickets, call 816.751.1ART (option 2).


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Programs are FREE, unless a price is listed. The discounted price for museum members is listed first; the public price follows.

Named “a top 50 American giver” by Business Week in 2008, David Booth and Suzanne Deal Booth sit down with Julián to talk about their business philosophies, and how creativity and art collecting influence their personal and philanthropic lives. Series continues October 11. See page 9.




Business Council Annual Meeting and Reception 6 p.m. Program Atkins Auditorium 7 p.m. Reception Kirkwood Hall M R | $110 each/$100 each for groups of 6 or more Lex Fenwick, CEO of Dow Jones & Company, will share his insights about the economy and the importance of innovation and creativity in the workplace. Networking reception to follow.




Young Friends of Art Second Friday Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Plaza Level Culinary arts meet the fine arts! Bring your appetite and sample a selection of Kansas City’s finest food truck fare while basking in the ambience of the reflecting pool and mingling with other young professionals. Cash bar with special prices for members.



Print Society In-Studio Print Demonstration & Collector’s Tour 2–4 p.m. | Artist’s residence Free for Print Society Members/ $10 for Nonmembers M R

Artists Jane Voorhees and Robert Quakenbush will conduct a print demonstration and tour of a private collection. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Lisbeth Lurey for location address.



Know Your Museum Tour Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Meet at Info Desk | M R Join a docent-led exhibition tour of Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens and consider what a photographic cabinet of curiosities might look like. Following the tour, gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant to continue your own personal exploration and discussions with others from the group. Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–7 p.m., Cocktails 7–8 p.m., Tour Meet in Bloch Lobby | M T Gather for a complimentary beverage before joining a museum guide to “Meet Your Museum.” Learn more about the history of this group, the museum, and Kansas City’s influence on the treasure trove of artwork at the NelsonAtkins. Experience the opportunity to make your own personal ties to the collection.

The 30th Annual Joseph S. and Ethel B. Atha Lecture Degas in Perspective 6–7 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T George T. M. Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, discusses his longstanding engagement with Edgar Degas, including curating three major exhibitions and overseeing the purchase of important works for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Boston. Society of Fellows The 30th Annual Joseph S. and Ethel B. Atha Dinner 7 p.m Rozzelle Court Restaurant $65 per person | M T Before dinner, Society of Fellows members can enjoy a special preview of Bonjour Picasso! at 5:30 p.m. in Gallery L8. Fellows are invited to the Atha Dinner following the lecture.



Annual Equinox Event As Above, So Below: Art and Equinox Stargazing 7–7:30 p.m. Presentation in Atkins Auditorium | T 7:30–9 p.m. Stargazing in Kansas City Sculpture Park South steps Curator Jan Schall reveals the relationship between macroand microcosm as expressed in works of art from the museum’s collection. Then join the Kansas City Astronomical Society to explore the night sky through telescopes. In case of inclement weather, activities will move indoors.



Curators’ Gallery Talk: Symphony Connections Harmony of Rhythm and Tone: Kandinsky, Rothko and Music 6–7:30 p.m. Meet in Bloch Lobby Celebrate the Kansas City Symphony’s season of “Symphonic Pictures” as curators Jan Schall and Leesa Fanning lead lively talks on Wassily Kandinsky, who designed the stage sets for the 1928 performance of Modest Mussorgsky/Maurice Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition in Dessau, Germany, and Mark Rothko, whose paintings influenced Adam Schoenberg’s Finding Rothko. Don’t miss the Symphony’s exciting performance of these pieces at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, September 28–30.



Society of Fellows Gallery & Go Lunchtime Series 11:30 a.m. Curator talk Meet at Info Desk 12:15 p.m. Optional lunch $15 Rozzelle Court Restaurant M R

The African art collection exemplifies formal beauty and represents a historical range of objects diverse in form, including masks, sculptures, hair combs, headrests, textiles wood, beads and clay. Join curator Nii Quarcoopome for a close-up look at this spectacular collection. Optional lunch to follow.



OCTOBER INTRODUCING Conservatory Connections: Light Salon

Rozzelle Court Restaurant

This new series expands the partnership with the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance’s Academy and features the talents of its award-winning faculty. Set in a dramatic, light-filled space, these intimate performances include selections inspired by the museum’s collections.

LUNCH Wed–Sat | 11 a.m.–2 p.m. DESSERTS & BEVERAGES Wed–Sun | 2–4 p.m. HAPPY HOUR @ BLOCH LOBBY Thursdays | 5:30–8 p.m. | WiFi destination

Friday, September 28 6:30–7:30 p.m. Lens 2 | T

SERVED DINNER & LIVE MUSIC Fridays | 5–10:30 p.m. | Reservations suggested Menu and performers change weekly.

New Conservatory horn faculty Martin Hackelman joins renowned pianist Robert Weirich to present an exciting repertoire for Light Salon’s kick-off. Series continues in November.

BRUNCH Sundays | Noon–3 p.m.

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Sunday, September 30

American Indian Cultural Celebration Join us for an afternoon of art, dance and song! All activities and performances are FREE and open to the public. Please reserve a ticket where noted T .

Drumming, Dancing and Singing 1–2 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall

Hoop Dancing with Sage Andrew Romero 2:30–3:10 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium | T

Students from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., perform traditional Native American Dances. Drum music and songs provided by Meskwaki Nation drummers.

Paiute/Taos Pueblo Hoop Dancer Sage Andrew Romero delights audiences of all ages with his unique, contemporary style of this traditional dance form.

Beadwork Demonstrations 1–4 p.m. | Gallery 208 Learn about traditional beadwork with Nicole Bennett from Haskell Indian Nations University.


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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is honored to present this program in association with the Kansas City Indian Center—a vital organization that seeks to locate, identify and engage the regional Native American community. ABOVE | Mosaic Inlay Pin, Zuni, New Mexico. ca. 1935.

Silver, turquoise, jet and shell. Purchase: the James E. Laramy Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.64.

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ARTDynamic Experience a new art dynamic at the Nelson-Atkins. Mingle during Happy Hour @ Bloch Lobby, and enjoy unique pairings of art, music, hands-on activities and more! Masquerade 6–8:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby, Galleries L8, L9 Happy Hour drinks and food sold separately Delve deep into the mysteries of African masks with curator Nii Quarcoopome and explore masking in the new exhibition, Bonjour Picasso! with curator Jan Schall. Follow in the footsteps of great artists to unmask inspiration and create your own facial facade with artist Kim Higgins. Look for another fun ARTDynamic event in February.




Join renowned Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, who will speak about her life’s work, documenting such subjects as New England carnival strippers, the war in Nicaragua, and the aftereffects of ethnic conflicts in Kurdistan.




Artful Conversation 1–2:30 p.m. Bloch Lobby Info Desk R

Especially for retirees and daytime experience seekers, dive into dialogue with a docent and others who share an interest in art, and consider “what makes great art great?” Conversation continues in Rozzelle Court (Dutch treat).


Curators’ Gallery Talk Cabinet of Curiosities: Photography & Specimens 7–8 p.m. | Gallery L11 Cabinets of curiosities were precursors to the modern museum. Join curator Jane L. Aspinwall as she discusses what a photographic cabinet of curiosities might look like. Photographic examples include the microscopic, telescopic, x-ray, exotic and unusual.


Artist Talk Sponsored by the Photography Society Susan Meiselas 1 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium



Art Tasting with Julián Art in 3D: Antiquity to Now 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T

Figurative or abstract, organic or geometric, miniature or massive—sculpture has the power to move us in unexpected ways. Curator Jan Schall and Julián discuss how we experience 3D art and why the museum’s sculpture collection is world renowned.



Young Friends of Art Second Friday Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall Young Friends of Art welcomes volunteers from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Kansas City. Learn how you can make a difference in your community while socializing with other young professionals. Cash bar with special prices for members.



Print Society History of Printed Textiles 10:30 a.m. Meet at Kirkwood Hall Info Desk Free for Print Society Members/$10 for Nonmembers M R

Artist and professor Carla Tilghman will talk about printed textiles merging her views as both artist and historian.



Special Presentation and Performance Revisiting ‘Ferment’ 2–3 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium Appropriate for ages 8 & up T

Join curator Jan Schall and Owen/Cox Dance Group for a behind-the-scenes look at the 2011 installation of Roxy Paine’s Ferment. Members of Owen/Cox will discuss and perform portions of their sitespecific work A Tree that is a Tree is not a Tree, inspired by Ferment.

LEFT | Joseph Javier Woodward, American

(1833–1884). Photomicrograph of a Crab Louse (detail), ca. 1864–1865. Albumen print. Gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2005.37.54.






Know Your Museum Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Meet at Info Desk | M R


From American to ancient and European art, a docent will whet your appetite on a foodie adventure in the Nelson-Atkins collection. Following the tour, you are welcome to gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant to continue your own personal exploration and discussions with others from the group. Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–7 p.m., Cocktails 7–8 p.m., Tour Meet in Bloch Lobby | M T The Friends of Art were instrumental in securing extraordinary art for the Nelson-Atkins collections. Join a museum guide to “Meet Your Museum.” Learn more about the history of this group, the museum, and Kansas City’s influence on the treasure trove of artwork at the museum. Society of Fellows and Business Council Preview Reception and Artist’s Presentation Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans 5:30–6 p.m., Cocktails Bloch Lobby 6–7 p.m., Presentation Atkins Auditorium 7–8:30 p.m., Reception Bloch Lobby Exhibition viewing Galleries L13–L14 | M T

Possible Worlds: Community, Identity and Culture 7–9 p.m. | Fridays in October Atkins Auditorium FREE | T Drop City, Joan Grossman

At a time when the dysfunctional and often horrific dissolution and destruction of communities is becoming more prevalent, artists and filmmakers are producing works that document and raise critical questions regarding what, how and if the limits of community that are emerging are relevant in the context of today’s global political, economic and social crises.





Visiting artist Joan Grossman will present and discuss her work Drop City. This film tells a story of whimsical innovation and the drive to create a new community on the scrapheap of a wasteful society.

Natalia Almada’s El Velador/The Night Watchman explores the violence that is pointlessly destroying Mexico and rescues a sense of humanity from the heart of that violence.



The Nine Muses, by John Akomfrah, is comprised of nine overlapping musical chapters that mix archival material with original scenes. Homer’s The Odyssey is the primary narrative reference point for this work.

Society of Fellows and Business Council members are invited to a special presentation by Terry Evans and a preview of her career retrospective exhibition. Evans is one of the nation’s finest landscape photographers and is widely recognized for her views of the Midwest prairie, its people and its artifacts. Her talk on how the Nelson-Atkins collections have inspired her and the importance of museums will be followed by a cocktail reception in Kirkwood Hall.


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Friends of Art Member Preview Reception Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans 6–8 p.m. Reception Bloch Lobby Exhibition viewing Galleries L13–L14 M


Members see it first! Enjoy a preview of the fall featured exhibition by Kansas City native photographer Terry Evans. Her photographs reflect a lifelong interest in the intricate and complex relationship between our land and our lives. Curators are IN! Goya/Chagoya 7–8 p.m. | Gallery P27 Curators Jan Schall and Nicole Myers discuss satire, wit, human foibles and social critique in the prints of the 18th/19th century Spanish artist Francisco Goya, and the 20th/21st century American artist Enrique Chagoya.




Halloween Tour 5–7 p.m. Meet at Info Desk |



The museum welcomes ghosts, goblins and witches of all ages to join us for a special members-only Halloween tour. Celebrate mystery and suspense in the NelsonAtkins collection on a selfguided tour. Afterwards, visit Kirkwood Hall for sweet treats.

HAPPY HOUR @ Bloch Lobby


Art Tasting with Julián Celebramos el Día de los Muertos con Betsabee Romero 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T

Mexican artist Betsabee Romero, known for her imaginative site-specific installations, collaborates with local artists to build a Day-ofthe-Dead altar in Kirkwood Hall. Join her as she sits down with Julián to discuss the project, her inspirations and the rich tradition of el Dia de los Muertos.

5:30–8 p.m. | Thursdays Small plates, full bar, artful experience.

Have your child’s birthday party at the Nelson-Atkins! Begin with a hands-on art workshop that includes a gallery tour, followed by refreshments. Several fun, age-appropriate themes are available for children 4–12. Members receive a 20% discount. Contact Event Planning at 816.751.1234 for more details.

Save The Date! SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos Festival 1–4 p.m. Celebrate el Día de los Muertos with the traditional altar blessing, performances by Los Musicos mariachis and El Grupo Atotonilco Mexican folkloric dance group, artists’ demonstrations by Mattie Rhodes Center and The Print Factory, and more activities throughout the museum! Rozzelle Court’s menu will be part of the celebration.

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FALL 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 (, 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.


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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 PARENT/CHILD Ages 3–5 with adult 10–11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Sept. 22–Nov. 3 No class Oct. 20 $120/$150 per adult/child pair

CREATIVE CONNECTIONS Ages 5–6 10 a.m.–Noon Saturdays, Sept. 22–Nov. 3 No class Oct. 20 $96/$120

Explore the basics of art together in this unique class. Children work with paint, collage and clay while parents/ guardians create artwork at separate tables. Gallery visits will introduce art through conversation, looking games and stories. We ask that the adult attending remain consistent each week.

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.

START IN ART Ages 3–4 10–11:30 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 21–Nov. 2 $96/$120 SATURDAY CLASS IS FULL Saturdays, Sept. 22–Nov. 3 No class Oct. 20 $84/$105 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.

ART NATURALLY Ages 6–8 10 a.m.–Noon 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 22–Nov. 3 No class Oct. 20 $96/$120 Investigate how science, nature and art can interconnect! Create drawings, paintings and mixedmedia compositions inspired by the natural world as well as photographs in the exhibition Cabinet of Curiosities.

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Special Four-Week Class CREATIVE DUETS Ages 5–6 with adult 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 22–Oct. 13 $104/$130 per adult/child pair Explore the museum galleries and the ABCs of art together! Let your imagination go to investigate color, shape, line, pattern and more with the collection of modern and contemporary art as inspiration.

DRAWING & PAINTING 10 a.m.–Noon (Ages 8–10) 1:30–3:30 p.m. (Ages 8–10) 1:30–3:30 p.m. (Ages 9–13) Saturdays, Sept. 22–Nov. 3 No class Oct. 20 $96/$120 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. CREATING WITH CLAY 10 a.m.–Noon (Ages 9–13) 1:30–3:30 p.m. (Ages 7–9) Saturdays, Sept. 22–Nov. 3 No class Oct. 20 $100/$125 Learn about the various ways of handbuilding with clay and inventive surface treatments. GIFTMAKING FOR THE HOLIDAYS Ages 4–5, 6–8, 9–12 10 a.m.–Noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17–Dec. 8 No class Nov. 24 $68/$85 Experience the enjoyment of making gifts in this special three-week session. Both originality and creativity are emphasized as students make gifts to give to friends and family. 816.751.1ART




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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS PRINTS + PICASSO 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Thursdays, November 1–29 No class November 22 | $96/$120 Explore the art of Pablo Picasso in the exhibition Bonjour Picasso! and experiment with creating prints using techniques such as monoprints and intaglio processes. WATERCOLOR HOLIDAY CARDS: OBJECTS OF BEAUTY 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Fridays, November 16 & 30 | $52/$65 Instructor: Nina Irwin Create holiday cards inspired by decorative arts objects from many cultures in the museum. After painting watercolor backgrounds, use various techniques, including digital tools, to create gorgeous cards you can give as gifts! All skill levels welcome. SAW, HAMMER & SPIN! 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturdays, December 1 & 8 | $52/$65 Instructor: Christine Webster Explore the ancient Egyptian and Roman jewelry collection to see how these cultures manipulated metal to create personal adornment. Design two pendants by experimenting with cutting and texturizing metal and wire manipulation. Give as a special gift or you may decide to keep them for yourself!

HERE’S LOOKING AT ART Offered in conjunction with the Kansas City Art Institute, this new course provides useful tools to appreciate art in many contexts. Through gallery conversation and discussion, participants build a foundation for more careful looking and analysis. The group will actively move around and between galleries, though camp stools will be provided. Introduction to Looking at Art 6–8 p.m. | Thursdays, October 4–25 $103/$129 Enrollment through KCAI. Visit to register Meet in Training Room Led by Rose May, head of interpretation at the museum, participants will navigate the museum and learn skills for reading objects and discovering the hidden stories many have to offer. The class will highlight several areas of the collection and address popular subjects in Western and non-Western art. October 4—The Basics The foundation for looking at works of art: a discussion of line, color, tone, and composition. October 11—Looking at Landscapes More than just pretty pictures, landscapes reveal a lot about culture and the society in which they were created. October 18—Story Telling Discuss how artists from different cultures and time periods construct stories visually. October 25—Is This Art? Explore the contemporary galleries and discuss the definition of “art.”

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN PET PORTRAITS Ages 7–12, accompanied by an adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Friday, November 16 $40/$50 per adult/child pair

SCULPTURE FOR THE GARDEN Ages 6–12, accompanied by an adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Friday, December 7 $40/$50 per adult/child pair

See regal cats in Egyptian art and posh dogs in portraits, then create a clay relief sculpture of your own family pet. Participants will glaze and leave their work to be fired. Finished pieces will be available for pick-up beginning December 1.

Construct a unique, three-dimensional sculptural garden stake using wire, metal, beads and found objects.


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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 FEATURED CURATORS, SPEAKERS AND STAFF Jane L. Aspinwall Associate Curator, Photography Terry Evans Photographer and Professor Columbia College in Chicago Leesa Fanning Associate Curator Modern & Contemporary Art Lex Fenwick CEO, Dow Jones & Company Martin Hackelman Associate Teaching Professor of Horn, UMKC Conservatory Susan Meiselas Magnum Photographer Nicole Myers Associate Curator European Painting and Sculpture Robert Quakenbush Painter and Printmaker Nii Quarcoopome Curator, African Art Jan Schall Sanders Sosland Curator Modern & Contemporary George T. M. Shackelford Deputy Director Kimbell Art Museum Carla Tilghman Adjunct Professor, Johnson County Community College Jane Voorhees Adjunct Instructor Kansas City Art Institute Robert Weirich Professor of Piano UMKC Conservatory Julián Zugazagoitia Director & CEO



of the Ballet (detail), ca. 1876. Gouache and pastel over monotype on paper. Purchase: the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation Acquisition Fund, F73-30.

RIGHT | Edgar Degas, French (1834–1917). Rehearsal

Join curator Nii Quarcoopome for a close-up look at the African collection. See page 7.

Friday, September 28 Gallery & Go Lunchtime Series

Fellows are invited to the Atha Dinner following the lecture, $65. See page 7.

George T. M. Shackelford, Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, discusses his longstanding engagement with Edgar Degas.

Thursday, September 20 The 30th Annual Joseph S. and Ethel B. Atha Lecture Degas in Perspective

The museum’s premier membership group offers vital support to the Nelson-Atkins. Fellows will enjoy these special events in September.

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Meet Pablo Picasso in this intimate focus exhibition. See page 3.

Opens September 22

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Explore Art - September/October 2012  
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Explore Art - September/October 2012  

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