Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Visual Arts
7:43 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Nelson-Atkins' Art Conservator On What It's Like To Restore An El Greco

Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, furrows his brow between brush strokes.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Imagine spending a year – or more – restoring an artwork, trying to bring back the touch, or the brushstroke, of a master. That’s what Scott Heffley, senior conservator of paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, has been doing with an El Greco painting (ca. 1580-1585) called The Penitent Magdalene

Art and science do mix

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Arts & Culture
10:51 am
Thu March 13, 2014

An Engaging Sculpture Taking Shape At The Nelson-Atkins

The site of the sculpture 'Glass Labyrinth,' in 2013. The work will be mounted on a concrete slab.
Josh Ferdinand Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

If you’ve walked or driven by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently you’ve probably noticed a flurry of activity on the southeast corner of the grassy lawn. Work is underway to ready the site for the installation of a new sculpture, Glass Labyrinth, a triangular-shaped, glass-walled labyrinth designed by artist Robert Morris, a native of Kansas City, Mo.

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Arts and Culture
7:16 am
Fri February 21, 2014

U.S. Sen. Blunt Travels Missouri Touting Legacy Of Monuments Men

Nicole Myers, associate curator of European painting and sculpture, talks to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt about Nicolas de Largilliere's 1715 oil painting (at left) recovered by the Monuments Men.
Credit Laura Spencer / KCUR

During World War II, nearly 350 men and women, known as the Monuments Men, worked to protect and restore millions of cultural artifacts. This group of art curators and historians recovered sculptures and paintings looted by the Nazis, from artists such as Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Leonardo da Vinci.

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Up to Date
10:32 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Saving Art From War: The Monuments Men

Laurence Sickman, Paul Gardner and James Reeds were all Kansas City Monuments Men.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and The James A. Reeds Family

They were a group of soldiers with something in common — a knowledge of art and how to preserve it.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk about the Monuments Men, a special division from the Allied forces during World War II who braved the battlefields to save priceless art and architecture from the ravages of war.

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Visual Arts
9:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

The Story Behind The Pictures Of Picasso At The Nelson-Atkins

Gjon Mili, American (b. Albania, 1904–1984). David Douglas Duncan with Pablo Picasso, 1960.
Gift of David Douglas Duncan

In October 2013, photographer David Douglas Duncan, a native of Kansas City, Mo., donated 161 photographs to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Some of these photographs document the Korean War, but most were taken over nearly two decades at the home of artist Pablo Picasso.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

An Impressionist Journey Through France

Claude Monet, French (1840-1926). The Promenade with the Railroad Bridge, Argenteuil, 1874.
Courtesy: Saint Louis Art Museum

A new exhibition, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art examines the relationship between landscape and national identity. There are more than 100 paintings and photographs, from 1850 to 1880, including works by artists such as Manet, Monet and Le Gray, as well as artists well-known at the time but not today.

Photographers and painters construct "an idea of nation"

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Portraiture, In The Gallery And Online

Visitors to the museum can view two exhibitions - one online and one on the gallery walls.
Credit courtesy Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

How do you define portraiture today?

It’s a question posed by the exhibition About Face: Contemporary Portraiture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – and one explored by the nearly 40 photographers whose images are on display on the gallery walls. An online exhibition Making Pictures of People, keeps the conversation going outside the museum walls.

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Visual Arts
1:54 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Philip Heying, Taking Portraits On Sept. 11

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courtesy of the artist

There are probably certain images that come to mind when you remember the September 11th terrorist attacks: the approaching plane, the two towers of the World Trade Center in flames, clouds of smoke, and people walking en masse across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Photographer Philip Heying is now based in Lawrence, Kan., and works as an adjunct instructor in the photography department at Johnson Community College.

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Central Standard
12:37 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

New Islamic Art Exhibit At The Nelson

Credit Kayti Doolittle

When we hear about the Middle East and the cradle of Islam, many will no doubt think of news or politics-- about a war  in Syria or civil unrest in Egypt. But that would be only a partial picture. There are major cultural and artistic elements that have been created within the region.

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KC Currents
11:36 am
Mon July 15, 2013

The Tempestuous Relationship Between Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Diego en mi pensamiento (Diego on My Mind), 1943. Oil on Masonite, 29 7/8 x 24 inches.
Credit 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.

This summer, Kansas City is plastered with the iconic image of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Her face, with its dark braids, thick eyebrows and hint of a mustache, is on billboards and buses promoting the Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The centerpiece of the exhibit, which is based on the collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman, is a set of paintings by Kahlo, and her husband, Diego Rivera. 

The relationship

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Visual Arts
12:02 pm
Sat June 1, 2013

[VIDEO] Voices From Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera Opening Reception

Diego en mi pensamiento (Diego on My Mind), 1943. Oil on Masonite.
Julie Denesha KCUR

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art celebrated the opening of "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Masterpieces of Modern Mexico from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection" on May 31, 2013, with an opening reception for museum members.

The exhibition showcases more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings collected by the Gelmans in their adopted homeland of Mexico.

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Up to Date
8:56 am
Fri May 31, 2013

A Passionate And Prolific Relationship: Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

Frida Kahlo is part of in Diego Rivera's mural 'Panamerican Unity' at San Francisco City College.
Credit Joaquín Martínez Rosado

They’ve been immortalized in museums, history books and on film. Their rocky marriage and ties to Communism made for fascinating lives. So how did Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s tumultuous relationship influence their colorful creations of Mexican culture?

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Performance
12:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Board Leadership Change For The Kansas City Symphony

Shirley Helzberg steps down as the Chair of the Kansas City Symphony Board.
courtesy: Kansas City Symphony

After nearly 20 years as the chairwoman of the Kansas City Symphony's board, arts patron Shirley Helzberg is stepping down. Bill Lyons, civic leader and former CEO of American Century Companies, Inc., succeeds Helzberg on July 1.

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Visual Arts
5:58 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

New President And CEO For The National World War I Museum

New President and CEO, Matthew C. Naylor, PhD.
courtesy National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial on Monday announced Matthew C. Naylor, PhD, a native of Australia, as its new President and CEO.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

A Puppet Festival Of Colossal Proportions

Heather Nisbett-Loewenstein directs a massive puppet in preparation for the show.
Julie Denesha KCUR

This Sunday, the lawn of The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art will be transformed into the main stage for the larger-than-life puppets of StoneLion's puppet pageant "Mother’s Day for Mother Earth." 

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Visual Arts
5:27 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kemper Founders Step Down From Museum Board

Crosby and Bebe Kemper in front of the artwork, 'Prince Patutszky Pleasures' (1962) by Jules Olitski.
Photo: Dan Wayne Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

The founders of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are stepping down from museum leadership.

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Visual Arts
3:49 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Nelson's Kansas City Sculpture Park Renamed For Donald Hall

Magdalena Abakanowicz's Standing Figures (Thirty Figures), 1994-1998.
Mark McDonald Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Kansas City Sculpture Park, the more than two dozen sculptures outside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, opened in 1989. In honor of the park’s 25th anniversary in 2014, the museum will change the park’s name to reflect its roots.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

An Art & Theater Fusion

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte buy Georges Seurat

Take a stroll through an art gallery, and you just might find yourself humming a Sondheim tune.

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Central Standard
2:02 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Inventing A World With A Pinhole Camera

Liberty Head, Illinois, 1978, from the series Expeditions.
Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, American (b. 1943) Courtesy: Nelson-Aktins Museum of Art

A pinhole camera is a simple tool – and it can be constructed with basic materials. You could even make one at home with your child on a snow day. All you need is cardboard, tape, and aluminum foil. But, it’s the eye behind the camera that draws a line between child’s play and the potential for photography.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

A Journey Through Chinese Landscapes

Artist Xu Longsen
Yang Xinli Courtesy: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nature has provided a source of inspiration for Chinese poets and painters for thousands of years. An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art juxtaposes the old with the new - showcasing some of the museum’s collection of Song Dynasty paintings, as well as a monumental landscape by a contemporary Chinese artist.

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People
5:30 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Civic Leader Adele Hall Dies At 81

Adele Hall
Courtesy: Hallmark Card, Inc.

Adele Hall, civic leader and wife of Hallmark Cards chairman Donald J. Hall for nearly 60 years, has died. She was 81.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Terry Evans: Revealing The Secrets Of The Prairie

Bison at Maxwell Game Preserve, Roxbury, Kansas
Terry Evans Courtesy: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

It’s fitting that the first career retrospective for photographer Terry Evans takes place in her hometown of Kansas City, Mo., at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, a place where she took art classes as a child.

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Performance
5:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Work-In-Progress Inspired By Art At The Nelson

Composer Adam Schoenberg makes notes on the score for his new work, "Picture Studies." It's inspired by artwork in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Laura Spencer KCUR

This season, the Kansas City Symphony focuses on the theme of “Symphonic Pictures," exploring the intersection between art and music.

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Central Standard
10:16 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Adult Studio Art Classes / ACT, SAT Prep

flickr / naraekim0801

During the first half of Wednesday's Central Standard, a discussion about broadening artistic learning opportunities for adults.

Then later in the hour, since it's that time of year for students... we'll talk about preparing for the ACT and SAT. Hear about a program aiming to level the playing field with college prep services for local low-income and underprivileged students.

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Central Standard
9:31 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Citywide Picnic Celebration

When was the last time you packed a basket and headed outside to dine with the ants and the cicadas? On this Thursday's Central Standard, join us for a picnic.

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Central Standard
7:52 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Art Historian Discusses One Of The Oldest Fountains In America

Photo by Tomeka Weatherspoon

Curator Robert Cohen talks about the Roman fountain in the Rozzelle Court Restaurant at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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Central Standard
2:09 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Social Media Trends & New African Art Curator

Visual Arts
10:30 am
Thu December 22, 2011

The Installation Of A New Luis Tomasello Mural

Inside the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, there’s a new installation taking shape: Luis Tomasello's Chromoplastic Mural. When it’s completed, nearly 700 small white cubes, painted fluorescent orange underneath, will dot the wall and create a subtle glow.

One of the goals of Julian Zugazoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, is to bring more people into the museum.

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Visual Arts
2:03 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Roxy Paine's 'Ferment' at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

April, 2011: The ribbon cutting ceremony of Roxy Paine's Ferment at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

The elaborately crafted Roxy Paine sculpture called Ferment resembles a 56-foot tall stainless steel tree. It's a new addition to the sculpture park at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. KCUR's Laura Spencer takes a look at the New York-based artist's connections to Kansas City and the two-week installation process.

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Visual Arts
9:54 am
Fri January 15, 2010

WEB EXTRA: Adele Hall Talks about Personal Favorites in African Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art announced a promised gift of seven works of African art from the private collection of Adele and Donald Hall, in honor of the Museum's 75th Anniversary.

Kansas City, MO – According to Adele Hall, a personal favorite is a work she and her husband, Donald Hall, affectionately call "The King." She says, "You see the tilt of his head and the chin coming out, the strength of the pose. He is saying, 'I am king! My household is protected and this place will stay safe.'"

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