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Artist Xu Longsen in his studio.

Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern Through April 28 | Kirkwood Hall, Galleries 202, 203, 222

ON THE COVER Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, American (b. 1943). Tower, Illinois (detail), 1979, from the series Expeditions. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the artist, 2012.38.66.

The intimate and monumental, ancient and new, delicate and immersive meet in this exhibition of Chinese landscape paintings. Rare and fragile 10th–13th century treasures from the Nelson-Atkins’ renowned collection reveal the timeless harmonies of nature. Inspired by these ancient masters, 21st-century Chinese artist Xu Longsen transforms Kirkwood Hall with his grand landscape of masterful brushwork. This exhibition is supported by The Donald J. Hall Initiative.

Invented Worlds: Photographs by Ruth Thorne-Thomsen Through July 28 | Gallery L11 Ruth Thorne-Thomsen uses the simplest of imaging devices, the pinhole camera, to rethink the expressive potential of photography. By making or arranging subjects to be photographed by this technique, Thorne-Thomsen created her signature work: a dreamlike vision of wonder and discovery resulting in a landscape of imagination. Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, American (b. 1943). Liberty Head, Illinois (detail), 1978, from the series Expeditions. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., 2005.27.2973.


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This exhibition is supported by the Hall Family Foundation and the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.


Brad Kahlhamer. Bowery Nation Wall Work, 2012. Mixed media on unstretched canvas, 101 x 134 1/2. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Gregory Goode.

Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation

Splendors of Japanese Art

March 22–July 21 | Gallery L8

Opens March 23 | Gallery 205

Contemporary American Indian artist Brad Kahlhamer transforms the Project Space with a magical, multi-tiered Pow Wow float carrying 100 figurative and bird sculptures made of traditional materials and urban detritus. Welcome to his “Third Place.”

The exhibition presents selected Buddhist art, screen paintings, lacquer wares, ceramics, woodblock prints and textiles from the museum’s outstanding collection of Japanese art. Recent acquisitions are introduced as highlights in displays.

This exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions and the Rheta A. Sosland Fund.

Early American Silver from the Cahn Collection April 20–November 3 On view in American, European & Contemporary Galleries

Myer Myers, New York, 1755–1765. Sauceboat, ca. 1768. Silver, 4 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 4 in. (11.5 x 17.5 x 10.2 cm). The Cahn Collection, St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: David Ulmer.

Exceptional works from the collection of Paul and Elissa Cahn explore the techniques, forms and politics of colonial American silver. On view throughout the museum, the exhibition explores the craft of the American silversmith, including techniques still in use today.



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In March, April and May, join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. for FREE activities for all ages! Ask a museum guide for the “What’s On” list to discover all the ways you and your family can engage with art.

WEEKEND FAMILY ACTIVITIES Explore the many shapes found in sculptures in the Modern & Contemporary galleries. FUN Spot Pick up your special sculpture hunt map and create a collage to take home. Gallery Activity Finish your sculpture hunt and build a large sculpture.

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


Calling all summer camps, summer schools and youth groups: plan your July activities now. Get a FREE museum experience for children ages 6–12, with the teen-guided, Sculpture in Summer tour. Offered in July, Wednesday– Friday, 10 & 11 a.m., Noon & 1 p.m.


Looking for a summer job? Apply to be a teen guide at the Nelson-Atkins! You will learn about the collection, work with museum staff and give tours to students. Application available online March 15–April 26.

ADULT CLASS: HERE’S LOOKING AT ART Travel Prep! 1:30–3 p.m. | Rockhill Room Thursdays | April 4–25 Offered in conjunction with the Kansas City Art Institute Visit to register | Cost: $103/$129 Instructor: Adam Johnson, Head Public Programs Start your journey toward the world’s great collections of Western art right here in Kansas City. APRIL 4 | Navigating Museums How to enjoy museums and avoid “museum fatigue.” APRIL 11 | The Basics The foundation for looking at works of art: a discussion of line, color, tone and composition. APRIL 18 | Collections in Context 1 The museum’s European works from the 16th–18th centuries and where to see comparative works. APRIL 25 | Collections in Context 2 Explore the museum’s European and American masterpieces from the 19th century–present and discover comparative works.



Interactive Collection Tour Wed–Fri 1:30 p.m. Thurs/Fri 6:30 & 7:30 p.m. Sat/Sun 1:30 & 2:30 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.

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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.




Artist Talk 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Aud. | T The Photography Society presents LaToya Ruby Frazier.



Kansas City Design Week Pecha Kucha 7:30 p.m. Doors open 8:20 p.m. Presentation Atkins Auditorium | T Tickets: A new crop of KC’s freshest and finest creative talents from the art and design community share their inspiration, talents and ideas in fun (and sometimes quirky) slide presentations.



Young Friends of Art Second Friday Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Bloch Lobby Attend this fashionable happy hour and get an up-close look at local designers fresh off Kansas City Design Week. Mingle with other young professionals while sipping refreshing cocktails. Cash bar with special prices for members. Charlotte Street Artists’ Walks Peggy Noland 6 & 7 p.m. | Bloch Lobby | T Explore with Peggy Noland, whose avant-garde designs have graced The New York Times and the bodies of singers such as Tilly and the Wall’s Kianna Alarid. Discover her inspirations for everything from her unconventional fashions to the art installations at her Crossroads boutique. Participants attend a brief presentation of artist’s work in Lens 2 at 7 p.m.



Special Performance A Tribute to Kevin Oldham 6:30 p.m. | Lens 2 | T A musical tribute to Kansas City composer Kevin Oldham, who passed away from AIDS 20 years ago this month, featuring original music performed by pianists and singers. A short documentary about Kevin’s life will be screened, and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Tim Page will speak. The museum is pleased to partner with UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.



Artful Conversation 1–2:30 p.m. | Info Desk | R Dive into dialogue with a docent and other participants who share your interest in art. Conversation continues in Rozzelle Court (Dutch treat). Art Tasting with Julián Julián returns to the stage with the museum’s curators during this encore season. Nii Quarcoopome & African Art 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Aud. | T Julián sits down with the most recent addition to the NelsonAtkins curatorial family, Nii Quarcoopome, who has brought his talents and insights to re-imagine the museum’s presentation of African art. Series continues April 10. Recorded by KCPT for future production.



Business Council Cocktails with the Curator 6–8 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall | R Enjoy a private tour of Journey through Mountains and Rivers with curator Colin Mackenzie. A reception will follow. Reserve by calling 816.751.1ART by March 8.



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Attributed to Li Cheng, (919–967 C.E.). A Solitary Temple amid Clearing Peaks (detail), Northern Song Dynasty (960–1127). Hanging scroll: ink and slight color on silk. Purchase: Nelson Trust, 47-71.



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


Journey through Mountains and Rivers is a rare opportunity to view some of the NelsonAtkins’ most celebrated Song Dynasty paintings and the first showing in the U.S. of Xu Longsen, one of China’s new generation of landscape painters. Marvel at the exhibition with curators Colin Mackenzie and Jan Schall. Optional lunch to follow. The Curator is IN! A Journey through Mountains and Rivers 7–8 p.m. | Gallery 222 Take a journey back in time with curators Colin Mackenzie and Jan Schall to discover the great landscapes of China. Eat at rustic restaurants, visit secluded temples, meet with distinguished scholars and poets, and view vast vistas from the tops of mountains— all in the imagination, of course!




Print Society Hands-on Printmaking Workshop 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Lawrence Lithography 2011 Tracy, K.C. Mo. $30 Print Society Members $45 for Nonmembers | M R Receive instruction from a master printer to prepare and print from a lithograph stone. Come to learn and have fun. No artistic experience necessary.



Know Your Museum Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Info Desk | M T Beware the Ides of March! Join a docent and discuss superstition and stories of fate found around the museum. Following the tour, gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant to continue your own personal exploration and discussions with others from the group.

For reservations, call 816.751.1ART (1278), Option 2. FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Dinner & Live Music in honor of St. Patrick’s Day 5–10:30 p.m. | R Celebrate Irish food culture prepared by Executive Chef Jonathan Pye and his team of culinary artisans. Enjoy music, beer and spirits. SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Easter Brunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | R Kansas City Easter tradition combines elegant food with priceless art in a beautiful Italian-style courtyard. Live music by Maggie Pruitt to accompany the festivities. Full bar available. Make reservations early. $32 members $36 non-member adults $15 children 12 & under 15% service charge added to bill. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 Administrative Professionals Day Celebrate with lunch in a unique location to thank administrative professionals. Table service available with advanced reservation; service charge for table service. Consider a quick tour of adjacent galleries.

MARCH & APRIL Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–7 p.m., Cocktails 7–8 p.m., Tour Meet in Bloch Lobby | M T Gather in Bloch Lobby 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 art at the Nelson-Atkins. Create your own connection. Behind the Seen Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s “Shuttlecocks” & El Anatsui’s “Dusasa I” 6–7 p.m. | Lens 2 | T Objects conservator Paul Benson and chief preparator Mark Milani discuss how the museum cares for and installs its biggest works of art as they share stories behind the museum’s iconic Shuttlecocks and the recently installed Dusasa I by El Anatsui. Series continues April 25.

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Thursday, March 21– Sunday, March 24 Museum Store | Bloch Lobby Unique home décor, jewelry, children’s items and books at substantially reduced prices. Join us adjacent to the Museum Store. Additional discounts do not apply.


Conservatory Connections: Music in the Galleries Soma Athanaton (Eternal Body) 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. Medieval Cloister (Gallery P7) Western monks blended many different ideas and practices into unique religious expressions. Composer/ performer Brad Van Wick joins visual artists Chris Daharsh and Alli Litwicki for a multi-media performance inspired by Medieval monks. Series continues on April 20.



Take 5 Food 6 –7 p.m. | Lens 2 | T Kansas City’s history as a great food town has been elevated recently by pop-up restaurants and the food truck craze. Join curator Nicole Myers and special guests Joe West from bluestem Restaurant, STRETCH from Grinders, Brooke Salvaggio from BADSEED KC, and John Gordon, Jr., from Boys Grow for a conversation on food, art and Kansas City. Series continues April 11.





Kansas City Chorale Easter Concert 5:30 p.m. | Rozzelle Court $20 | T Celebrate spring with Kansas City’s musical pride and joy! The Chorale’s spring concert is an auditory delight. For tickets, call Kansas City Chorale, 816.235.6222.



Panel Discussion The Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting in a Contemporary World 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T

Curator Colin Mackenzie moderates this fascinating conversation of Chinese brush painting with curator Jan Schall, Melissa Chiu, director of the Asia Society Museum in New York, and Robert Mowry, curator of Chinese Art at the Harvard University Art Museums.



Special Presentation Finding Leonardo 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T

Art historian Robert Simon will tell the saga of the discovery of the long lost Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi, the research and conservation that established its authenticity and its eventual recognition as a masterpiece.



Special Author Family Event Story Time and Workshop with Hervé Tullet 1:30–4 p.m. | Bloch Building Join acclaimed French artist and children’s book author/illustrator Hervé Tullet for an afternoon of fun! Begin with a special story time in Noguchi Court, then play a part in museum “intervention” art activities. Paint-friendly clothes suggested.








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Artful Conversation 1–2:30 p.m. | Info Desk | R During this popular new program, dive into dialogue with a docent and other participants who share your interest in art. Conversation continues in Rozzelle Court (Dutch treat).

Art Tasting with Julián Leesa Fanning and Contemporary Art 6–7 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T


Join Julián and curator Leesa Fanning for this lively conversation about the art of our time, including multimedia expressions and pieces that explore the spiritual side of life.

What is it about nature that deeply roots us? Join April Watson and Rose May along with Moses Brings Plenty from the Kansas City Indian Center and Jared Bixby from The Flint Hills Discovery Center for a conversation about our physical, spiritual, artistic and other connections to nature.

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Take 5 Nature 6–7 p.m. | Lens 2 | T




Charlotte Street Artists’ Walks Glenn North 6 & 7 p.m. Meet in Bloch Lobby | T Explore the galleries with Glenn North, poet-in-residence at the American Jazz Museum, and discover how visual art informs his unique style of awardwinning spoken-word poetry. Note: All participants attend a brief presentation of the artist’s work in Lens 2 at 7 p.m. Series continues in May. Young Friends of Art Second Friday Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Kirkwood Hall The Young Friends of Art welcome Hope House Young Professionals for April happy hour. Grab some friends and join in artful conversation and libations at the museum. Cash bar with special prices for members.



Design Spectrum The museum partners with AIGA Kansas City and AIA Kansas City to present cuttingedge ideas and practitioners from the world of design—from graphics to product design and architecture. Experiences Designed for Irresistible Learning 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Aud. | T Founded in 2007 by a group of game designers, the Institute of Play is a non-profit design studio in New York City that pioneers new models of learning and engagement. Join creative director Criswell Lapin as he takes the stage to talk about his role overseeing the Institute’s creative outputs. Series continues May 11.

Electromediascope: The Finale

Sheepwoman, Laetitia Sonami and SUE-C. Courtesy of Sheepwoman.

7–9 p.m. | Fridays in April | Atkins Auditorium | FREE | T Spring 2013 celebrates the 20th anniversary and finale of the Electromediascope program, an international survey of contemporary film, video, performance and new media art. Between 1993 and 2013, Electromediascope has presented the ground breaking work of 330 artists from 44 different countries and nationalities of origin at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Look for the retrospective publication in the Museum Store chronicling the program’s history.







Composer, musician and sound artist, Laetitia Sonami, will perform her work Sheepwoman (along with artist SUE-C) and the piece Tunnel of Love by Paul DeMarinis.

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.

A selection of works will be presented by artists Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen and Luc Sante, Jesper Just, William Kentridge, Les LeVeque, Guy Maddin, Robin Rhode and Anri Sala.

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

Meet Your Museum Tour 6:30–7 p.m., Cocktails 7–8 p.m., Tour Meet in Bloch Lobby | M T

Flowers have long been a popular subject in Eastern and Western art. Enjoy a tour of our collections’ everlasting blooms and discover the variety of ways in which flowers have been used in art. Gather on your own in Rozzelle Court Restaurant aftwerward to continue exploration and discussions with others from the group.

The Friends of Art were instrumental in securing a masterful collection for the Nelson-Atkins to treasure. Join a museum guide to “Meet Your Museum” and learn more about the history Kansas City’s eclectic art community. Take an opportunity to create your own connection to the artwork. 816.751.1ART



Passport to India Sunday, April 14 12–4 p.m. Join the party and discover the dance, art and culture of India! Festive, international dress encouraged.

PERFORMANCES Dances of India 12:30–2 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium T

Delight in the dance skills of renowned Guru Prasanna Kasthuri, from Soorya Performing Arts in St. Louis, Mo., and dancers from Indian dance schools in Kansas City. Dance Demonstrations 2–4 p.m. | Ford Learning Center Classrooms & Bloch Lobby Learn the dances yourself! Guru Prasanna and volunteers from local Indian dance schools will demonstrate the Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Bharathanatyam and Bhangra dances. INDIAN FOOD 12–4 p.m. | Bloch Lobby | $3–$5 Indian food and drink, such as vegetable samosas and chai tea, will be available for purchase.

Dancing Ganesha, 9th century c.e. Malwa, Madhya Pradesh Paramara period (c. 800–c. 1250). Sandstone. Purchase: Nelson Trust, 70-45.

ACTIVITIES • Pick up your passport in Bloch Lobby and begin your journey to India! Get your passport stamped at different activities and performance “destinations” throughout the museum. • Explore the South and Southeast Asian art galleries, learn about the Indian folk art form Rangoli and hear the story of Ganesh, a Hindu deity. • Write your name in Hindi and watch traditional Henna demonstrations. • Learn the trick to tying a sari and shop at the “Bloch Bazaar.” • Visit the Teen Hangout in Creative Café for activities and discussion led by the Teen Advisory Group.


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Print Society Collectors Panel Discussion 2 p.m. Leedy-Voulkos Arts Center 2012 Baltimore K.C. Mo. FREE Print collectors will offer ideas and suggestions for starting or adding to your collection. This is part of the Fine Print & Paper KC exposition. Conservatory Connections: Music in the Galleries RIP Ensemble 1:30 & 2:30 p.m. | Gallery 220 Sound Alchemist Paul Rudy leads the RIP Ensemble, featuring his students and special guest Mark Southerland, for this sound exploration in the museum’s American galleries.



Art Tasting with Julián Reflections on the Collection 6–7 p.m. | Atkins Aud. | T Celebrate two dynamic leaders as Julián and director emeritus Marc Wilson discuss the museum’s stellar collection. Event will be recorded by KCPT for a future television production.



Behind the Seen Duane Hanson’s “Museum Guard” 6–7 p.m. | Sculpture Hall | T Stumbling upon Duane Hanson’s hyper-real Museum Guard produces surprise, curiosity and maybe a little apprehension. For one night only, “Roy” pops up in the museum’s Sculpture Hall near Rodin’s Adam and the Greek Lion for conservation intern James Gleason’s fascinating talk about the sculpture’s creation and preservation. Pinot & Pottery with YFA 6–8:30 p.m. Bloch Lobby & FLC Classroom $20/$25 | M T Test your ceramics creativity in this fun-filled evening. Cash bar with special prices for members, ticket price covers cost of pottery materials.



Slow Art Day 10 a.m.–Noon Bloch Lobby | R

Picnic Event 5–7 p.m. Rozzelle Court Restaurant | R Come early and enjoy Rozzelle Court’s picnic theme. Take-out option available. Discounts for members. Quixotic Surfaces: An Illuminated Retrospective 7:30 p.m. Kansas City Sculpture Park | T $120 VIP member tickets $150 nonmember VIP tickets VIP tickets include premier seating, free drinks and parking in garage. Members-only free section | T Or free seating on the lawn | R Back for another unforgettable evening, Quixotic performs a tribute to the architecture and works of art in the NelsonAtkins that inspire these performers. The night will include live music, atmospheric dance and aerial performance against the south side of the museum. For seating on the lawn, bring blankets or lawn chairs. Cash bars available. Rain date: Sunday, April 28.

Take part in a world-wide event: view five works in the museum’s collection for 10 minutes each and then join other Slow Art Day-goers in Rozzelle Court for lunch and conversation. Optional lunch sold separately. 816.751.1ART


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SPRING SESSION OF STUDIO CLASSES FOR AGES 3–ADULT The world-class collection of 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. Experience a unique learning environment for children and adults unlike any other in Kansas City! The Ford Learning Center has been made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.

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 START IN ART Ages 3–4 | 10–11:30 a.m. Fridays, March 29–May 17 OR Saturdays, March 30– May 18 $108/135 Children will work with paint, collage and clay in addition to seeing and talking about art during visits to galleries. 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 30–May 18 $120/$150 Working with a wider range of materials, children will expand their art skills and vocabulary. Students should feel comfortable without a parent or guardian. ART OF DISGUISE Ages 6–8 | 10 a.m.–Noon 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $120/$150 Why and when are masks worn? Do you feel and act different wearing a mask? Explore these questions and more and enter the world of masquerade. Create sculptural masks, as well as drawings, paintings and prints inspired by them. Visits to the African, Japanese and American Indian galleries will allow a first-hand look at masks and other types of disguise.

GRAB A PENCIL Ages 7–9 | 10 a.m.–Noon Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $120/$150

SO SURREAL Ages 13–16 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 6–27 $64/$80

Do you love to draw with pencil? Capture what you see on paper using traditional drawing materials such as graphite and colored pencils, Conté crayon and charcoal. Students will work from still life, nature and also draw from art in the galleries as they practice representing lights and darks, three-dimensional form, distance and spatial relationships.

Enter the strange world of Surrealist art—art inspired by dreams and the subconscious mind. See examples of Surrealist art in the galleries, including a special photography exhibition, and create your own drawings, paintings and prints of the odd and unexpected.

PEOPLE IN CLAY Ages 7–9 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $128/$160 Work with methods of hand building to create a variety of figures and faces in clay, selfportraits too! An assortment of glazing and finishing techniques will be explored as well. AWASH IN WATERCOLOR Ages 9–13 | 1:30–3:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $128/$160 Learn about painting with watercolors including practice with creating washes, layering color, masking and brushstroke. Along with traditional techniques, some lessons will delve into the experimental. Find out what happens when you embrace the accidental! E Enrollment required for all classes. Members save 20%!

Go Camping this Summer! This summer the Ford Learning Center will offer a new, fullday camp experience for ages 6–12. Three separate one-week Art in Action camps will be held July 8–26. Art Week classes, Thursday evening workshops and Saturday workshops also will be available. The museum’s summer exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico will provide inspiration for several of our class offerings. Information on camp and summer classes can be found at

CLAY COMBO New Class! Ages 8–12 with adult 10 a.m.–Noon Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $200/$250 per adult-child pair Learn together about hand building with clay in this class designed for an adult to enroll with a child. Various glazing techniques also will be included, and visits to the galleries will offer the inspiration for creating.

FRIDAY NIGHT FUN HOME SWEET HOME Ages 7–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Friday, April 12 $36/$45 per adult-child pair Design a teapot in the form of a house using hand-building techniques. Participants will glaze and leave their work to be fired. Finished pieces will be available for pick-up beginning April 27. GO POP Ages 6–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Friday, May 10 $32/$40 per adult-child pair Discover Pop art of the 1960s, a time when artists were inspired by common, everyday objects. Then create your own mixed media painting, updated to reflect the items that define daily life today.





FOR ADULTS DRAWING WITH PASTELS 1:30–4 p.m. Fridays, April 5–May 10 $120/$150 Instructor: Sarah Bracco Pastel paintings can be rich bursts of color or convey subtle expression. This class will address application techniques and tips for working with pastels. Improve your drawing skills as you experiment with different strokes, composition, light and dark contrast and use of color. Inspiration will be found in the museum’s architecture and collection.

New for Adults DROP-IN DRAWING 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 $20/$25 per night Instructor: Tara Tonsor

WATERCOLOR: FLOWER POWER 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 30–May 18 $144/$180 Instructor: Christine Webster

Practice drawing in a casual, unstructured environment with a variety of materials and guidance from a studio instructor. No preregistration necessary—just pay at the Info Desk that evening. Drop-in for one, two, three or all four evenings—it’s up to you! Purchase a drink at Happy Hour @ Bloch Lobby and bring it to class if you’d like.

Springtime and beautiful blooms are everywhere. Take notice of the colors of nature as you explore flowers as subject matter for artists in the collection ranging from Dutch still life to Georgia O’Keeffe. Develop your painting skills and learn about washes, color theory, brushstoke and composition.

Connect With Community Artists

The Ford Learning Center offers classes for adults 16 and older proposed and taught by artists from the local community who bring their unique perspective and talents to the museum.

EXAMINING THE DOLL AS ART Adults | 10 am–1 p.m. Saturdays, April 6–May 4 | $100/$125 Instructor: NedRa Bonds Art dolls are considered to be unique, one-ofa-kind art objects rather than toys. Various cultures have used dolls to teach and entertain, as funerary figures, good luck charms and magical devices. Find out more and create your own art doll sculpture. HIGH CONTRAST: BLACK & WHITE Adults | 1:30–4 p.m. | Saturdays, April 6–May 11 $120/$150 | Instructor: Nicole Mauser Be introduced to artists who work in black & white and explore the relationship between these two extremes. Consider the fundamentals of line, shape and composition while experimenting with graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, collage and acrylic paints.


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CREATIVE iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY Adults | 6:30–8 p.m. | Thursdays April 4–25 | $48/$60 | Instructor: Megan Wyeth The iPhone is a powerful tool for documenting your life and making creative images. We will cover the basics of taking photographs, various apps and the creative possibilities to enhance images. Participants will need an iPhone and an iTunes account to access apps, some free and others available for a small charge. Printing possibilities will be explored. ART, MUSIC AND THE BRAIN Adults | 1:30–3 p.m. | Saturdays April 20–May 11 | $48/$60 Instructor: Russell Thorpe Experience a little talking, walking, listening, looking and creative music making—and be surprised at the subconscious decisions you make while experiencing art and music. We will discuss various aspects of rhythm, melody, movement and time.

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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.

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. Desserts & Beverages Wed–Sun, 2–4 p.m. Happy Hour Thurs, 5:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby Served Dinner & Live Music Fri, 5–10:30 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 MEMBERSHIP Enjoy FREE parking, FREE featured exhibition tickets, discounts in Rozzelle Court Restaurant and the Museum Store and special events just for members.

MARCH/APRIL 2013 FEATURED CURATORS, SPEAKERS AND STAFF Paul Benson Objects Conservator Leesa Fanning Associate Curator Modern & Contemporary Art James Gleason Conservation Intern Colin Mackenzie Senior Curator, Chinese Art Rose May Head of Interpretation Mark Milani Chief Preparator Nicole Myers Associate Curator European Painting and Sculpture Nii Quarcoopome Curator, African Art Jan Schall Sanders Sosland Curator Modern & Contemporary Art April Watson Associate Curator, Photography Marc F. Wilson Director Emeritus The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Julián Zugazagoitia Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO

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 Jenny Wheat (page 11) Bethany Day (page 12)



Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Diego en mi pensamiento (Diego on My Mind), 1943. Oil on Masonite, 29 7 / 8 x 24 inches. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. The Vergel Foundation. Conaculta/INBA. © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Opens June 1

Exhibition Opening Celebration

Society of Fellows & Business Council

May 30

SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Journey through Mountains and Rivers: Chinese Landscapes Ancient and Modern Society of Fellows Gallery & Go Lunchtime Series 11:30 a.m. Curator talk | 12:15 p.m. Optional lunch See page 6.

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


Explore Art - March/April 2013  

Bi-monthly program guide of exhibitions, lectures, events, classes and museum amenities.

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