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See page 9 for exhibition special events. Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Autorretrato con monos (Self-Portrait with Monkeys), 1943. Oil on canvas, 32 x 24 7 / 8 inches. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art. The Vergel Foundation. Conaculta/INBA. © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.



Adults: $8

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

Seniors over 55: $7

June 1–August 18 | Galleries L13–14

Students with ID: $5

Embark on a journey to Mexico, home of the Gelmans, where artists and actors of the golden age mingled. Never before seen in this region, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings from the esteemed Gelman collection, celebrating the rich artistic traditions of the Mexico of yesterday and the vitality of Mexican art today.

Members: FREE

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 with the Vergel Foundation, through support of the Donald J. Hall Initiative. Generous funding has been received from The Keith and Margie Weber Foundation, Belger Cartage Service, Inc., the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions, and our donors to the Annual Fund.

With special thanks to

ON THE COVER Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Autorretrato con collar (Self-Portrait with Necklace), 1933. Oil on metal, 13 3 /4 x 11 7 /16 inches. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art. The Vergel Foundation. Conaculta/INBA. © 2013 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.


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FREE EXHIBITIONS Brad Kahlhamer: Bowery Nation Through July 21 | Gallery L8 Contemporary Native American artist Brad Kahlhamer transforms the Project Space with a magical, multi-tiered powwow float carrying 122 figurative and bird sculptures made of traditional materials and urban detritus. Welcome to his “Third Place.” See page 10 for May 23 Artist’s Talk featuring Brad Kahlhamer. This exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions and the Rheta A. Sosland Fund.

Bowery Nation, Brad Kahlhamer, Exhibition Installation View, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, July 15, 2012–February 24, 2013.

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, ThorneThomsen created her signature work: a dreamlike vision of wonder and discovery resulting in a landscape of imagination.

Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, American (b. 1943). Head with ladders, Illinois, 1979, from the series Expeditions. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the artist, 2012.38.31.

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

The Feminine Mystique: Portraits of and by Women Through August 11 | Gallery P27 A tribute to Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking book, The Feminine Mystique, this exhibition of late 19th and early 20th century prints and drawings explores the widening gap between society’s desire to maintain traditional roles for women and women’s desire to freely determine their own course in life. Paul Berthon, French, 1848–1909. Chrysanthemums, 1899. Color lithograph on paper. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Dillon, F91-13/1.


FREE EXHIBITIONS Early American Silver from the Cahn Collection Through November 3 | On view in American, European & Contemporary Galleries 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.

Paul Revere Jr., Boston, 1734–1818. Covered Sugar Urn from Tea Service, ca. 1790. 9 1 /4 inches high. The Cahn Collection, St. Louis, Missouri. Photo: David Ulmer.

This exhibition has been organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It is supported in Kansas City by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

Mythological Subjects June 12–December 15 | Gallery P13 Prints and drawings from the 15th–18th centuries show the ways in which artists treated the myths of ancient Greece and Rome during a period of renewed interest in classicism. These images often were based on ancient sculpture, sarcophagi and coins. Pellegrino Tibaldi, Italian (1527–1596). Ulysses Before Troy, ca. 1550. Brown ink and wash over black chalk, heightened with white, on light brown paper. Gift of the Newhouse Galleries, 33-63.


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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 In May and June, 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.

Story Time for Preschoolers Join us every second Sunday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Noguchi Court for story time.

Gallery Activity Finish your sculpture hunt and build a large sculpture.

Check out the next issue of Explore Art or for new activities.



TOURS 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.

Member Tour: Meet Your Museum Thursday, May 16 & June 20 6:30–7 p.m., Cocktails 7–8 p.m., Tour Bloch Lobby | M T The Friends of Art were instrumental in securing extraordinary art for the museum. Join a museum guide to 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 personal ties to the collection.

SAVE THE DATE August 8 | 4:30– 8:30 p.m. | $5 |



CREDIT & A COCKTAIL Join us as we celebrate the Kansas City area’s fabulous educators! Enjoy refreshments and drinks, Visual Thinking Strategies demonstrations and hands-on art activities. Ticket price covers all activities, speakers and one drink.


New This Summer!

J UL Y F UL L D A Y A RT C A MP S Monday–Friday | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Ages 6–8, 9–12 (Students must be entering 1st grade in the fall to enroll.) $240/$300 per week | Extended day and lunch options available. Time Travelers July 8–12

Pack Your Suitcase July 15–19

Off the Wall: Sculpture July 22–26

How and why was art made thousands of years ago? Enter your time travel machine to find out and compare it to art today. Then imagine the future as you create drawings, paintings, prints and more.

Be a world traveler­—all within the walls of the museum! Visit Africa, China, Japan and more by investigating art from all corners of the world and create artwork that tells about your adventures.

“Think 3-D” this summer as you explore the processes of creating sculpture using a variety of techniques. See how artists are inspired by art in the galleries and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

Extended day and lunch options: Students may be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. and picked up at 5:30 p.m. to accommodate parent schedules. Cost: additional $75 per week. Monday will be pizza day, ordered from a local restaurant. Tuesday–Friday, bring a non-perishable, sack lunch including drink or purchase box lunches, $35 for four days, from the museum restaurant. To enroll, call 816.751.1ART or visit Parent/guardians will need to complete the appropriate forms for students to participate in full-day camps. Forms and camp guidelines will be mailed with enrollment confirmation.


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

Members only

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




First-Year Society of Fellows Member Cocktail Reception 5–6 p.m. | Aquila Room M R

Did you join the Society of Fellows between May 2012 and now? Join us for a fun cocktail reception to learn more about the museum and meet other Society of Fellows members. We want to welcome first-year members and highlight the many benefits available to Fellows!



Missouri Life Festival: Art, Food, Wine and Fun 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Kirkwood Hall & Rozzelle Court $25 at the door, 21 & older A wide assortment of Missouri-produced food and wine surrounded by the world-class art of the Nelson-Atkins. For tickets or vendor information please contact Kiersten O’Dell at 660.888.0735 or email at





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The museum hosts an inspiring series featuring three of the New York art world’s greatest leaders and practitioners. Their expertise includes museum guidance, direction and art criticism. Series generously supported by the Richard J. Stern Foundation. May 2 | Joel Wachs: Embracing Risk, Reaping Rewards, Empowering Artists Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts president Joel Wachs reflects on the vital role of foundations, artists and free speech during a discussion with Julia Cole of the Charlotte Street Foundation and documentary filmmaker and video artist Caitlin Horsmon. Julián Zugazagoitia moderates. Thanks to event partner Charlotte Street Foundation. May 15 | Philippe de Montebello: Many Lives of the Work of Art Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Emeritus Philippe de Montebello presents the premise that no artwork appears today as it was originally conceived. His talk focuses on objects’ changing contexts and transformations over time and the effects on a viewer’s response. Thanks to event partner Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation. June 20 | Jerry Saltz: The Good, the Bad and the Very Bad The vast art world has been described as an industry that makes art less special. Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine, and named by New York Observer as “one of the 100 Most Influential New Yorkers of the Last 25 Years,” will dispel this idea in his talk about the art world, how it got where it is and where it is going. Thanks to event partner Kansas City Artists Coalition.




Charlotte Street Artists’ Walks Ke-Sook Lee 6 & 7 p.m. Meet in Bloch Lobby | T

Rozzelle Court Restaurant Happy Hour @ Bloch Lobby 5:30–8 p.m. | Thursdays | WiFi destination

Wander with Koreanborn artist Ke-Sook Lee, whose hand-embroidered drawings and installations explore issues of domesticity, feminism and tradition. Note: All participants attend a brief presentation of the artist’s work in Lens 2 at 7 p.m.

Served Dinner & Live Music 5–10:30 p.m. | Fridays

YFA Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. East Sculpture Terrace

Dinner, Friday, June 14 for the Jewel Ball

Enjoy a night of music and margaritas. Learn more about the featured exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico while mingling with the Young Friends of Art and special guests, The Young Latino Professionals of Greater Kansas City. Cash bar with special prices for members.



Design Spectrum Dan Hill/Fabrica 2–3 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T Fabrica is an applied creative laboratory, a talent incubator and a studio attracting young modern artists from around the world. Established in 1994 in Treviso, Italy, as Benetton’s communication research center, Fabrica is led by director Dan Hill, who will share exciting insights into the group’s projects. A partnership with AIGA Kansas City and AIA Kansas City.

Reservations suggested. Menu and performers change weekly. More information: Reservations, 816.751.1ART (Option 2). Restaurant will be closed on the following dates: Lunch, Saturday, May 4 for Missouri, Food, Wine and Art Festival Lunch, Saturday, June 15 for the Jewel Ball Sandwiches, salads and snacks will be available. Check with the Info Desk for location. FRIDAY, MAY 3 Mexican Cuisine & Live Music 5–10:30 p.m. Rozzelle Court Restaurant celebrates Cinco de Mayo with the culinary flavors of Mexico. Enjoy live music, food, beer and tequila. Full bar available.



The Curators are IN! The Feminine Mystique 1–2 p.m. | Gallery P27 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique (see page 3) and learn what portraits of and by women tell us about changing roles for women. Curators Jan Schall and Nicole Myers are your guides. Perfect for moms and grown daughters this Mother’s Day!



Museum Week In honor of Museum Day, the Nelson-Atkins is stretching the fun to an entire week. The museum will offer free Member for a Week passes and a special giveaway. Look for details at

ABOVE LEFT | Auguste Rodin, French (1840–1917). The Thinker, modeled 1880. Cast number and edition

size unknown, ca. 1931. Bronze, 14 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 11 3/8 inches. Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection.






Featuring StoneLion Puppets Mother’s Day for Mother Earth May 12 | 1– 4 p.m. Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Celebrate mothers, Mother Earth and the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. In honor and appreciation, the Sculpture Park has been renamed the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

All programs are FREE. In case of inclement weather, performances and activities will move indoors. 1:30–2 p.m. | Live Music 2–2:30 p.m. | Giant Puppet Performance 2:30–3 p.m. | Meet the Puppets! StoneLion Puppet Theatre presents Mother’s Day for Mother Earth, premiering the original performance of “Our Global Village,” a show of ENORMOUS proportions. Wonder at giant puppets representing animals from across the globe, including Africa, Asia and Cuba, as we realize it will take hands from around the world to protect our planet.


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Afternoon Activities 1– 4 p.m. Create a fanciful bouquet for Mom or help grow our upcycled “garden.” Discover cultures from around the world with museum guides in the galleries. Bring a lunch or purchase food in Bloch Lobby and picnic in the park! Visit the Kansas City Zoo’s Zoomobile.

Mother’s Day Brunch 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Rozzelle Court Restaurant | R $32 members/$36 adults $15 children 12 & under Celebrate the special woman in your life with an extravagant buffet amidst strolling violin music. Selections include smoked seafood, roasted meats, omelets, pastas, artisan breads and Kansas City’s favorite museum desserts. Full bar available. Make reservations early by calling 816.751.1ART (Option 2). 15% service charge added to total bill.

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Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico From the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

FRIDAY, MAY 31 Enhanced Art Experience Reception Contributor, Associate and Sponsor Level Members ($150+) 6–7 p.m. East Sculpture Terrace 7–9 p.m. Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Galleries L13–14 M

Photograph of Natasha and Jacques Gelman (detail), circa 1960s. Gelman Archives. Courtesy of The Vergel Foundation.

THURSDAY & FRIDAY MAY 30 & 31 Member Preview Days Thursday | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday | 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Galleries L13–14 | M T Members see it first, members see it free! Experience the featured exhibition before anyone else in Kansas City. THURSDAY, MAY 30 Society of Fellows & Business Council Reception 6–8:30 p.m. Atkins Auditorium Noguchi Court & Terrace Galleries L13–14 | M T Director Julián Zugazagoitia, curator Stephanie Knappe and the Board of Trustees cordially invite the Society of Fellows and Business Council members for a special presentation with Robert Littman, renowned curator and friend of Mrs. Gelman, followed by music and festivities surrounding the vibrant featured exhibition.


Begin the evening with an intimate reception on the East Sculpture Terrace with curator Stephanie Knappe and special guest Gregorio Luke. Join the festivities in the Sculpture Park following the reception. Tickets required. Friends of Art Opening 7–9 p.m. All Friends of Art Members Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park Galleries L13–L14 Celebrate Masterpieces of Modern Mexico with live music and dancing in the Sculpture Park. Enjoy conversations with docents in the galleries as you tour the featured exhibition. Cash bar available. Tickets required, space is limited.

In honor and appreciation, the Sculpture Park has been renamed the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

OPEN TO EVERYONE FRIDAY, MAY 31 Gregorio Luke’s Murals Under the Stars 8:30 p.m. Seating begins 9–10 p.m. Presentation North Nichols Plaza T (to reserve available seating, otherwise, no reservations required) Reserve your seat or simply arrive with a folding chair or blanket for this very special presentation under the stars. Renowned Mexican art specialist Gregorio Luke delivers an awe-inspiring talk while projecting artist Diego Rivera’s famous murals against the museum. Discover the Mexican Modernists as our façade becomes a great mural.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Member Morning 9–11 a.m. All Friends of Art Members Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, Galleries L13–14 | M T Summer is here! Families are invited for breakfast and children’s activities under the tent in the sculpture park. The museum will open early as a special treat just for members. Visit with docents in the magnificent featured exhibition before it opens to the general public. Seating is limited.






Know Your Museum Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Info Desk | M T Ruth Thorne-Thomsen created a world of myth, magic and dreams with her imaginative view through a pinhole camera. Join a docent to explore Invented Worlds: Photographs by Ruth ThorneThomsen. After the tour, gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant to continue your exploration and discussions with others from the group. Print Society Stephen Goddard 6:30–7:30 p.m. Atkins Auditorium |



Stephen Goddard, Associate Director and Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings, Spencer Museum of Art, will speak about Machine in a Void: World War I and the Graphic Arts.



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


In the spirit of Jane Austen’s iconic novel Pride and Prejudice, join curator Catherine Futter for a tour of The Feminine Mystique and a discussion of late 18th to early 19th centuries styles. These miniature portraits feature a bevy of English and European beauties and one handsome gentleman. Optional lunch to follow.


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The Curator is IN! The Invented Worlds of Ruth Thorne-Thomsen 7–8 p.m. | Gallery L11 Join senior curator of photography Keith Davis to discover artist Ruth ThorneThomsen’s dreamlike vision expressed using the simplest of imaging devices: the pinhole camera.

Brad Kahlhamer. Courtesy of Horton Gallery.



Artist’s Talk In the Bowery Nation with Brad Kahlhamer 7– 8 p.m. | Atkins Aud. | T Join curators Jan Schall and Gaylord Torrence in conversation with Bruce Hartman, director of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and artist Brad Kahlhamer. Discover how 122 handmade dolls and birds riding on a stationary powwow float form a bridge between traditional American Indian culture and the New York contemporary art world. Bowery Nation is on exhibit through July 21 in Gallery L8.




Design Spectrum Peter Exley Takes Fun Seriously 6–7 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T Peter Exley elevates the standards of design for learning and play environments. His studio, Architecture is Fun, Inc., collaborates internationally with museums, parks, learning facilities and entertainment attractions to create meaningful and relevant play for children, families and communities. Thanks to event partner AIA Kansas City.



Print Society Annual Meeting 2–4 p.m. | R Home of Paula & John Mallory Print Society members meet to discuss the past year’s activities and to begin planning events for the coming year.



YFA Happy Hour 6–8 p.m. | Lens 2 Join us for a Martini Mingle with the Young Friends of Art and our special guests, Hope House Young Professionals. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum, and get a free drink ticket if you sign up for a membership at the event! Cash bar with special prices for members.

SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL June 18–July 7 | Southmoreland Park Add a visit to the museum before you enjoy a night performance of As You Like It.




Father’s Day BBQ Celebrate Dad’s Special Day Kansas City-Style! Noon–3 p.m. Rozzelle Court Restaurant Picnic food and jammin’ musicians! Celebrate dads, Kansas City-style! BBQ meats, picnic-style sides, house-made desserts. Wander the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park or take an after-lunch stroll to the Country Club Plaza. Performance Emerging Composers’ Public Reading Session 1:45–4:45 p.m. Atkins Auditorium | T Join UMKC Composition Workshop participants and faculty for reading sessions by members from newEar Contemporary Ensemble. Selections by workshop participants will be performed, followed by faculty critiques and comments.



Know Your Museum Tour 11 a.m.–Noon & 1:30–2:30 p.m. Info Desk | M T Explore the dynamism and vitality of Mexican art, as you reflect on the friendships and collection cultivated by Jacques and Natasha Gelman, as evident in our featured exhibition Masterpieces of Modern Mexico. Following the tour, gather in Rozzelle Court Restaurant to continue your own personal exploration and discussions with others from the group.

FILM SERIES SATURDAYS, JUNE 1, 8, 22 & 29 Jacques Gelman, Mario Moreno (Cantinflas) and the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema All programs begin at 1 p.m. | Atkins Auditorium | T Discover the important cinematic relationship between art collector/film producer Jacques Gelman and actor/comedian Mario Moreno in this four-part film series. Gelman and Moreno worked on more than 30 films together, many of which featured Moreno’s character Cantinflas. Local film, Latin American studies and other scholars will give short presentations before each screening. Complete film descriptions are available at SATURDAY, JUNE 1


Ahí está el detalle

Around the World in 80 Days

(You’re Missing the Point) (1940) Spanish, with English subtitles

(1956) English



Los tres mosqueteros


(The Three Musketeers) (1942) Spanish, with English subtitles

(1960) English



In the Vault 6–8 p.m. Noguchi Court, Viewing Room M T | Society of Fellows Nelson Society level and up This exclusive new member benefit takes guests inside the vault and behind the scenes. Join curator Stephanie Knappe and conservator Elisabeth Batchelor for a private, never-beforeseen glimpse of the museum’s Viewing Room. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served in Noguchi Court. Tickets are limited.

Performance Composition Workshop Finale: Michael Hall 7–8:30 p.m. | Lens 2 | T Violist Michael Hall will perform a solo concert featuring works by UMKC composition faculty Mara Gibson, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy and others.



enrollment required for all classes

studio classes & workshops

SUMMER SESSION OF STUDIO CLASSES FOR AGES 3–ADULT Explore your creativity this summer at the Nelson-Atkins. We offer a wide variety of classes for ages three to adult. Our summer featured exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico provides the focus for several classes. Enjoy the unique benefits of viewing, discussing, and gaining inspiration from art in the museum’s galleries, making the Ford Learning Center Kansas City’s premier art education facility!

ENROLLMENT Enroll online (, or by phone (816.751.1ART, option 2). Enrollment is on a first-call, first-served basis. Phone enrollment is taken 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday–Wednesday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday–Friday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday. Credit/debit card payment required. Class fee includes all materials. Cost: Museum members receive discounts on classes. The discounted member price is listed first with the public price last. Please provide the following information when you call: student’s name, address, date of birth, home phone, emergency phone and the parent/guardian name. We accept individual enrollments only; one person may not enroll students from multiple families. 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. Parking for museum 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.

The Ford Learning Center has been made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund.


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Cancellation, refund and transfer policies: Students can cancel an enrollment five business days prior to a class or one-time workshop to receive a refund, less a $15 cancellation fee per enrollment. Transfers from one class to another can be requested up until five business days prior to a class, with a $10 transfer fee. No refunds or transfers will be made for cancellations made less than five business days prior to start of class or due to missing a class. We do not issue credits toward future classes or workshops if you cancel an enrollment or miss a class.


Special class in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Kansas City EXPLORING THE PINHOLE CAMERA 1:30–3:30 p.m. | Tuesday–Thursday, July 16–18 $64/$80 | Ages: 14–adult Instructor: Leonor Jurado In this world of high technology, did you know that it is possible to make your own camera? Build and use a pinhole camera and visit the photography exhibition Invented Worlds to see examples of photos created using this technique. Students also will investigate how their pinhole optics can be brought into the digital age. Tuesday, class meets at the Nelson-Atkins. Wednesday and Thursday, class meets at UMKC’s Fine Arts Building to use the darkrooms and photography lab.

A few of the many summer classes we offer are highlighted here and a

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Viva Mexico! Designed for an adult and child pair, each of these workshops will include a visit to the featured exhibition Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico.

FLOWERS OF THE SUN Ages 7–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. | June 20 $40/$50 per adult/child pair Learn about the history and symbolism of sunflowers in Mexico and their inclusion in paintings by Diego Rivera. Create a three-dimensional sunflower in clay. Participants will glaze and leave their work to be fired. Finished pieces will be available for pick-up beginning July 13.

PICTURE ME Ages 6–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. | July 18 $32/$40 per adult/ child pair

PRINTS: PLEASE REPURPOSE Ages 6–12 with adult 6:30–8:30 p.m. | August 1 $32/$40 per adult/child pair

Visit the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo and create a picture of you, complete with symbols of your favorite things.

Learn about Betsabeé Romero, a contemporary Mexican artist who uses automobile tires to create images. Have fun making your own unique prints by creatively using objects that once had another purpose.





FOR ADULTS CONSIDERING COLOR 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, June 25–28 $96/$120 | Instructor: Suzann Geringer Learn about aspects of color theory using acrylic paint and working from still life. Visits to the Masterpieces of Modern Mexico exhibition will offer the opportunity to see and discuss the powerful use of color by artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. DRAWING & PAINTING: THE PORTRAIT 1:30–4 p.m. | Tuesday–Friday, July 23–26 $96/$120 | Instructor: Tara Tonsor

DROP-IN DRAWING 6:30–8:30 p.m. Fridays, June 14, 28 & July 12, 26 $20/$25 Instructor: Amanda O’Shaughnessy Practice drawing in a casual, unstructured environment with a variety of materials and guidance from a studio instructor. No preregistration is necessary—just pay at the Info Desk that evening. Drop in for one, two, three or all four evenings— it’s up to you!

Representing the face is a challenge for many art students. Learn more about the structure of the face and how to capture what you see on paper with a variety of drawing and painting media. See wonderful examples of portraiture in the Masterpieces of Modern Mexico exhibition.

Connect With Community Artists

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

LA VIDA ES ARTE—LIFE IS ART 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 6–27 $96/$120 Instructor: Maria Vasquez Boyd

THE FLOWER IN PHOTOGRAPHY 6–7:30 p.m., Friday, June 21 and 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Saturday, June 22 $56/$70 price includes boxed lunch Instructor: Megan Wyeth

Join Mexican artist and writer Maria Vasquez Boyd to experience the creativity, imagery, discipline and inspiration of artists in the Masterpieces of Modern Mexico exhibition. Explore the art of Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Merida, as well as others, and be creative working with a variety of media.

Explore the process of photographing flowers— creativity in approach, techniques, natural lighting, composition, backgrounds and lens. Friday class meets at the Nelson-Atkins to visit the galleries, see how artists have drawn upon flowers for inspiration and view instructor’s photos with flowers. Class continues Saturday morning at the beautiful Kauffman Gardens, located one block south of the museum to photograph. Return to the museum for lunch and discussion of images created. Please prepare your equipment for the day by charging camera batteries, cleaning lenses and bringing adequate memory cards. Bring your camera manual and, if possible, a tripod.


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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.

MAY/JUNE 2013 FEATURED CURATORS, SPEAKERS AND STAFF Elisabeth Batchelor Director, Conservation and Collections Management Keith F. Davis Senior Curator, Photography Catherine Futter The Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator, Decorative Arts Stephanie Knappe Assistant Curator, American Art Nicole Myers Associate Curator, European Painting and Sculpture Jan Schall Sanders Sosland Curator Modern & Contemporary Art Gaylord Torrence Fred and Virginia Merrill Senior Curator, American Indian Art Julián Zugazagoitia Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO

PHOTOGRAPHY Josie Kern (page 8) Bethany Day (page 5, 12) Melissa Treolo (page 13) Mark McDonald (page 13, 16)

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Explore Art - May/June 2013  

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