Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of the 1930s and 1940s from the Steven and Susan Hirsch Collection
March 5-June 15, 2019
The 1930s and 1940s were a golden age for murals in America when the everyday worker rose to the status of hero. Murals celebrating the work of miners, farmers, and other laborers covered walls in public buildings across the country. Preliminary ideas played out in sketches, and nearly fifty of these are displayed in this exhibition. On loan from Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.
February 5-April 27, 2019
Souza served as official photographer to both President Reagan and President Obama and developed an abiding respect for both men. It is the artist’s intention to have these images contribute to civility and respect across party lines during the lead-up to the 2020 election season. The museum is proud to be the first venue for this historic exhibition.
December 4, 2018–December 21, 2019
A section of the permanent collection galleries will highlight the exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project is a collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.
October 5, 2018-June 1, 2019
From scenic prairies to bucolic farms to the architecture of Kansas’ agricultural industry, this exhibition features more than 100 years of works by Kansas artists that capture a sense of place.
The exhibition is a cornerstone of the museum’s popular “Picturing Kansas” school tour program, which integrates art, history, environmental and agricultural science, and language arts.