Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Arts & Culture
5:45 am
Fri December 5, 2014

WATCH: How They Frame A Wall-Sized Work Of Art In Kansas City’s West Bottoms

All hands are needed as Scott Gobber and his team carefully frame an artwork for the Nerman.
Credit Julie Denesha / KCUR

Frames have been used for centuries as decoration or to heighten the drama of a piece of artwork.

As part of an occasional KCUR series called Tools of the Trade — about artists and their relationships to the tools that make their work possible — we'll take a look at the complex creation of a very large frame.

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Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Thu August 21, 2014

At The Nerman, American Indian Art Is Contemporary

Norman Akers' "Transience"
Norman Akers

This fall, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opens its blockbuster exhibition "The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky," with works ranging from a 2,000-year-old stone pipe to beaded designer shoes from 2011. To spark enthusiasm, three enormous teepees now compete with the Shuttlecocks on the Nelson’s south lawn.

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Visual Arts
11:25 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Kansas City Artist Dylan Mortimer Wants You To Activate His Halos, Or Not

Artist Dylan Mortimer stands inside one of his halos, 'The Meek,' at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Art and religion have been described as natural bedfellows – and yet, it’s been a complicated relationship. One Kansas City artist, Dylan Mortimer, explores religion in his artwork – including a series of halos, where anyone can choose to be illuminated.

Stepping inside the halo

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Visual Arts
12:00 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Sculptural Pots With A Bit Of Glitter

Artist Christine McHorse stands next to a work in the galleries of the Nerman.
Laura Spencer KCUR

The first floor galleries at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art are filled with glass display cases. Inside: the glittering black ceramics of Navajo artist Christine Nofchissey McHorse. Her abstract works bridge modern sculpture and traditional Southwestern pottery.

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Visual Arts
5:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Two Decades Sharing A Vision For Collecting Art

Tony and Marti Oppenheimer leaf through a new book about the Oppenheimer Collection; it includes photos and essays about more than 150 works.
Laura Spencer KCUR

When you think of a patron of the arts, what name comes to mind? Maybe it’s Medici or Guggenheim.

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Visual Arts
3:02 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Artist Leo Villareal: Microcosm [VIDEO]

photo: courtesy of Zahner

Leo Villareal's Microcosm (2007) is a permanent site-specific light sculpture at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan.

Kansas City, Mo. – In 2006, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned a major site-specific installation from artist Leo Villareal for the cantilever of the museum's entrance. Executive director Bruce Hartman calls Villareal's Microcosm "one of the museum's most iconic works."

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