Central Standard
1:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Shuttlecocks 20 Years Later: From Controversy To Icon

KCUR intern Matt Hodapp listens to what the Shuttlecocks think of their 20 year tenure in Kansas City.
Credit Sylvia Maria Gross / KCUR

When the Shuttlecocks, created by Claes Oldenburg and Coojse van Bruggen, were installed on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 20 years ago they drew a lot of attention. Public feelings about the art were at times "vicious," says Marc Wilson, former director of the museum. Some felt the Shuttlecocks made a mockery of the stately building behind them and couldn't be considered art.

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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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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Innovation The Key To World's Fair Exhibition

The Crystal Palace from the northeast from Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition of 1851, published 1854.
Wikipedia Commons

The first World’s Fair was held in London in 1851. It's a tradition that continues today; Expo 2012 takes place May 12 - August 12 in South Korea.

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12:04 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

MLS Prospects Try Their Feet At Art

Laura Spencer KCUR

Major League Soccer has tried new ways in recent years to generate publicity for the SuperDraft – when college graduates and others are signed to the league. On January 11, the day before the SuperDraft took place in Kansas City, MLS prospects mixed it a museum.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Nelson-Atkins' Design Competition Aims At Innovation

London's Serpentine Gallery commissions temporary pavilions from internationally acclaimed architects. This pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, was built in 2008.

From the Ferris wheel to the ice cream cone, some pretty influential things have been unveiled at World's Fairs. For Kansas City, even an upcoming exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art featuring World's Fair fare is getting some local designers and  architects excited.

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Visual Arts
1:47 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Bloch Building Filled with Sculptures of Rodin [VIDEO]

An image of Rodin's "The Thinker" on the wall of the Bloch Building. Visitors will be able to see the image along Rockhill Road at night.
photos: Laura Spencer/KCUR

"Rodin: Sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation" displays 40 bronze sculptures in the Bloch Lobby of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Kansas City, Mo. – The exhibition, only the second to be installed in the lobby, is divided into three sections: figures related to the "Gates of Hell," a massive bronze portal; commissioned historical and cultural heroes; and a series of hands.

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Visual Arts
12:32 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Visitors Vote on Scumak to Add to NAMA's Collection

Museum visitors Joan Newell, Jennifer Baxter, and Rachel Newell after voting for their favorite Scumaks.
photo: Laura Spencer/KCUR

Acquiring new art for a museum's permanent collection can be a complex, and sometimes political process. When the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art found out they'd be able to keep three of New York-based artist Roxy Paine's Scumak sculptures, they decided to open up the decision to the public.

Kansas City, Mo. – Acquiring new art for a museum's permanent collection can be a complex, and sometimes political process.

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5:32 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Naismith's Basketball Rules Bought for $4.3 Million by KU Grad

Kansas City, MO – Looks like the University of Kansas may become home to the original typewritten rules of basketball. The game was invented by James Naismith in Massachusetts in 1892, six years before he became a KU professor and basketball coach.

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KC Currents
5:31 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Original Rules of Basketball to be Auctioned Off

Kansas City, MO – Two yellowed typewritten pages laying out the rules of one of the world's most popular sports will go on the Sotheby's auction block on December 10. The original 13 rules of basketball were written in 1892 by the Canadian-born physician, Presbyterian minister and physical education professor James Naismith.

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Visual Arts
12:57 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Europeans Viewed "Through African Eyes" at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Ben Kane Kwei Sowah (Ghanaian). Fantasy Coffin (Mercedes Benz), 1996. Wood, glass, metal, paint. National Museum of Funeral History, Houston

For more than 500 years, African cultures have responded to European contact with a range of emotions - from admiration to resentment.

Kansas City, MO – An exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, "Through African Eyes," tells the story from the African point of view, through more than 90 artworks: bronze sculptures, photographs, wooden masks, paintings, and other objects made of ivory, metal and textiles. KCUR's Laura Spencer reports.

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Visual Arts
10:04 am
Fri January 15, 2010

Gift Of African Art For 75th Anniversary Of Nelson-Atkins

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, more than 400 works of art have been promised or gifted to the museum. This includes seven pieces of African art.

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