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Wed
Aug 18 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

Words of a Feather

10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program. Humanities Kansas curated a collection of poetry reflecting on the beauty of the Plains and the birds of that habitat in the chapbook Words of a Feather. Join us for a morning of poetry read by some of our own Senior Wednesday participants, past presenters, and friends of the Ulrich. The readings will be accompanied by the graceful bird illustrations of artist Brad Sneed, and the sounds of the represented birds. Copies of Words of a Feather will be available free to the first 35 participants. Poetry by Traci Brimhall, Ignacio Carvajal, Emily Dickinson, Canese Jarboe, Ronald Johnson, Megan Kaminski, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Mary Oliver, and James Thomas Stevens.
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Thu
Aug 19 2021
6pm -
7pm
Artist Talk

Curator Sylvie Fortin with artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program. Can you imagine a world without birdsong? Exhibition artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, with curator Sylvie Fortin, will discuss their collaborative practice and how their initial inquiry into birdsong for this project led to an exploration of interspecies care, the financialization of agriculture, and the decline of grassland bird populations. The artists’ collaborative practice combines a concise approach to the form and construction of the art object with a desire to make ideas visible. For several years, they have examined the history of science and other forms of knowledge, including the language of economy, the magic of statistics, the capacity for models to impact the future, the aesthetics of data visualization, and the design of laboratory experiments. Their work tends toward the re-sensualisation of abstractions through objects and actions. Sylvie Fortin is an independent curator, researcher, critic, and editor based between Montréal, New York, and Omaha, NE, where she is the Curator-in-Residence 2019–2021 at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.  
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Thu
Aug 26 2021
5pm -
7pm
Event | Exhibition Opening

Fall Exhibition Opening Celebration

The Ulrich invites you to join us for an exploration of our newest suite of exhibitions on display this fall. Ulrich receptions are a conversation, a gathering, an engagement of artists and art enthusiasts intertwined with music, fine fare, and possibility. Ulrich receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information call 316.978.3664 or ulrich@wichita.edu. 
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Sat
Aug 28 2021
1:30pm -
2:30pm
Artist Talk

Tallgrass Artist Residency Artist Talk

Join Ulrich exhibition artists Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens for an artist talk in the Flint Hills as part of their ten-day stay with Tallgrass Artist Residency, a program inspired by prairie and place. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit tallgrassartistresidency.org. 
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Thu
Sep 2 2021
10:45am -
11:45am
WSU Reads

Author Book Signing: Mona Hanna-Attish

Stop by the Ulrich following Academic Convocation to meet keynote speaker and author Mona Hanna-Attisha, who will be on hand to sign copies of the WSU Reads 2021-22 book selection, What the Eyes Don’t See. Refreshments will be served. This signing is organized by the Office of First Year Programs. 
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Mon
Sep 13 2021
4pm -
5:30pm
Community | Volunteer

Connecting Stories Through Art: Become a Part of the Ulrich Volunteer Team 

Volunteering at the Ulrich offers you a wide variety of benefits: a greater understanding of art, pride in helping an institution, engaging with a community of art lovers and life-long learners, and sharing your skills and talents. Join us for an informative look at the diverse roles a volunteer can fill, and discover how you might serve as a volunteer with the Ulrich Museum of Art. To learn more about the Ulrich and the many opportunities available to volunteers, join us for this evening of information exchange and engagement, or contact Jana Erwin at 316.978.7116 or jana.erwin@wichita.edu. 
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Wed
Sep 15 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

Kelly Yarbrough: Tallgrass Artist Residency

10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program. Founded in 2016, The Tallgrass Artist Residency is a unique program that offers individual artists/artist teams time and space to retreat and research in a rural, tallgrass prairie setting. Though the experience is rural, it is not isolating. Artists are provided lodging at Matfield Station in the small community of Matfield Green, Kansas—20 miles from Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and home to a growing number of artists and community builders. The Tallgrass Artist Residency is a partner program of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Founder of the Tallgrass Artist Residency, Kelly Yarbrough is based in Manhattan, Kansas, and is both an artist in mixed media drawing and an arts administrator whose efforts in community program development are directly inspired by our state’s native tallgrass prairie.
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Sat
Sep 25 2021
1pm -
3pm
Community | Event | Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day | Around the Neighborhood: Feathers, Blocks, and Tweets 

Bring the family for an afternoon of hands-on art making, stories, and fun discoveries about the treasures in our neighborhoods, the birds that live amongst us, and shapes found in our environment. Free and open to all.
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Tue
Sep 28 2021
6pm -
7pm
Voices from the Vault

Nancy Davidson: Unruly Forms

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program. Nancy Davidson is a sculptor, installation artist, and photographer who uses inflated weather balloons to challenge the notions of contemporary monumental sculpture while simultaneously repurposing comedic tropes of bodily mass, fleshiness, and beauty. Her work has been exhibited at the Krannert Art Museum, Illinois; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. 
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Tue
Oct 5 2021
6pm -
7pm
Artist Talk

A Conversation with Terry Evans, Philip Heying, and A. Mary Kay

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program. Love in the Time of the Anthropocene exhibition artists--photographers Terry Evans and Philip Heying and painter A. Mary Kay--share their deep and enduring love for the prairie environments that surround them. Joined by curator Ksenya Gurshtein, they will discuss their diverse approaches to understanding the complexity of this unique and dwindling ecosystem. 
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Thu
Oct 7 2021
5:30pm -
7:30pm
Salon Circle

Dan Cameron | Curatorial Usefulness 

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program. Dan Cameron’s professional career began in 1982 with his New Museum exhibition, Extended Sensibilities, the first museum effort in the U.S. to examine gay and lesbian identity in art. In the intervening 40 years, Cameron has held senior curatorial positions at the New Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, and CAC New Orleans. In 2008, he was the founder of Prospect New Orleans, the contemporary art triennial to benefit the city after Hurricane Katrina. Cameron has organized biennials and other major exhibitions around the world, authored hundreds of published texts on contemporary art, and taught and lectured at countless museums and universities. “For the first half of my 40-year career as a curator, I was mostly concerned with the mechanics of getting things right: the historical/political context, selection of works, interpretive texts, exhibition layouts, etc. But shortly after the start of the century, I found myself becoming more interested in the social impact of curatorial practice, and how exhibitions might function as intentionally beneficial forces whose impact can extend outside the parameters of the art world. To expand on that theme, my talk will focus on my curation of the Istanbul Biennial (2003), Taipei Biennial (2006), Prospect.1 & .2 New Orleans (2008, 2011), the California-Pacific Triennial (2013), Bienal de Cuenca (2016), Kinesthesia (2017), and Open Spaces Kansas City (2018), as well as in terms of a response to the Movement for Black Lives.” Click here to learn more about Salon Circle.
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Tue
Oct 19 2021
6pm -
7pm
Writing Now Reading Now

Sam Taylor: The Book of Fools

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Poetry Reading. Join us for the release of the eagerly awaited new book of poems by award-winning poet and WSU professor Sam Taylor. At once poem, essay, memoir fragment, and art object, The Book of Fools: An Essay in Memoir and Verse is a sweeping elegy for our Earth—and our plastic-choked oceans. Taylor is the author of two previous books of poems, Nude Descending an Empire and Body of the World, and his work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Orion Magazine, and The New Republic. The poet-critic Craig Santos Perez says, “Taylor brilliantly creates a ‘composite canvas’ to capture what it means to make art in our precarious times.”
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Wed
Oct 20 2021
10am -
11am
Senior Wednesday

Elizabeth Stevenson: The Art of the Riverfront Stadium

10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program Riverfront Stadium 200 S. Sycamore Street. Riverfront Stadium opened this summer to rave reviews, and a huge welcome to Wichita’s new Double-A baseball team, the Windsurge. Fans of baseball, excited to return to the game and tour the new stadium, were also invited to “look everywhere” and to explore all of the surrounding spaces within and outside of the stadium’s footprint to discover a myriad of artworks installed throughout the stadium thanks to a 2% public project fund allocated for public art. Elizabeth Stevenson, director of Fisch Haus in the Commerce Street Art District and an art and architectural consultant in Wichita and Montreal, served as the stadium’s art consultant, and will be our guide for this offsite event. 
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Tue
Oct 26 2021
3:30pm -
4:30pm
Citizen Science in Action

Dr. Alice Boyle: A prairie bird's love-hate relationship with humans

3:30 P.M. Program | Reception to follow. Dr. Alice Boyle is an Associate Professor of Biology at Kansas State University. Her talk is in conjunction with the fall exhibition Look, it's daybreak, dear, time to sing: Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens.
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Thu
Nov 11 2021
5:30pm -
7:30pm
Salon Circle

Lela Hersh | Meet Me at the Fair: Collections and the Art Market

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program | 7:30 P.M. Dinner. Lela Hersh is the President of Museum and Fine Arts Consulting, LLC. Since 2003, her company has provided personalized and independent art advisory and collections management services to museums and cultural institutions, corporations, foundations, as well as private and corporate collectors. Hersh has been involved in the arts for almost 40 years as an arts advisor and administrator and is a highly respected arts consultant, appraiser, and teacher. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the graduate department of the Arts Administration & Policy program, and an Adjunct Professor at Claremont Graduate University in California in the Center for Business and Management of the Arts Department. Hersh has lectured widely on numerous topics, including art forgery and charitable contributions to museums. She wrote the appraisal chapter of the current edition of Museum Registration Methods. Hersh is also a twenty-year veteran of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where she served as the Director of Collections and Exhibitions. She will discuss the vital role that art fairs, such as Art Basel/Miami Beach, have played in exposing collectors to current art trends and market realities. Click here to learn more about Salon Circle.
Tue
Nov 16 2021
6pm -
7pm
Voices from the Vault

Edgar Heap of Birds

Hock E Aye VI Edgar Heap of Birds is one of the leaders of the Tsistsistas (Cheyenne) traditional Elk Warrior Society and lives on the Cheyenne/ Arapaho Nation Reservation in Oklahoma. As an artist and an advocate for indigenous communities worldwide, he makes work that includes multidisciplinary forms of public art messages, large-scale drawings, Neuf Series acrylic paintings, prints, works in glass, and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture. While representing indigenous communities, his art focuses first on social justice and on the personal freedom to live within the tribal circle as an expressive individual. His talk is titled Spirit Citizen: Provocative Native American Public Art and Studio Practice.
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Wed
Nov 17 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

The Dr. Sam and Jacque Kouri Collection Study Center

10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program. Take a tour of the Ulrich Collection Study Center, a space for visitors to encounter works from the Ulrich’s permanent collection in an intimate, personal experience not offered in any other museum in the Wichita area with Head of Education, Jana Erwin, Curator, Ksenya Gurshtein, and Registrar Jo Cox. 
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Thu
Feb 3 2022
5:30pm -
7:30pm
Salon Circle

Tony Karman | The International Art Fair’s Impact on Cultural Ecosystems

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program. Tony Karman has been active in Chicago’s civic, business, and cultural communities for nearly forty years. He is currently President / Director of EXPO CHICAGO – The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, which he founded in 2012. EXPO CHICAGO’s upcoming ninth edition will take place at Chicago’s historic Navy Pier between April 7 – 10, 2022. Chicago has a long tradition of hosting an international art fair, beginning in the early 1980’s. EXPO CHICAGO renewed its place on the international art fair calendar, making a significant impact on Chicago’s local arts community while broadening support and collaborations throughout the region with international programming and initiatives. Karman will discuss the scope and planning for the upcoming ninth edition and will expand on the exposition’s impact on both Chicago’s local arts community and regional cultural ecosystems. Click here to learn more about Salon Circle.
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Thu
Mar 3 2022
5:30pm -
7:30pm
Salon Circle

Brooke Kamin Rapaport | Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà and the Transformation of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program | 7:30 P.M. Dinner. Brooke Kamin Rapaport joined Madison Square Park Conservancy in 2013. She is responsible for the public sculpture program of commissioned work by artists including Diana Al-Hadid, Tony Cragg, Abigail DeVille, Leonardo Drew, Teresita Fernandéz, Maya Lin, Josiah McElheny, Iván Navarro, Giuseppe Penone, Martin Puryear, and Krzysztof Wodiczko. She is the founder of Public Art Consortium, a national initiative of museum, public art, and sculpture park colleagues launched in 2017. She was an assistant and associate curator of contemporary art at the Brooklyn Museum. As guest curator at The Jewish Museum in New York, she organized Houdini: Art and Magic, on the life and enduring significance of Harry Houdini (2010). Rapaport also served as guest curator at The Jewish Museum for The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, a 2007 survey exhibition. She is a contributing editor at Sculpture magazine. Rapaport will share her experiences as Commissioner and Curator of the United States Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale with the exhibition Martin Puryear: Liberty / Libertà. A major catalogue accompanied the Venice exhibition. Click here to learn more about Salon Circle.
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Thu
Apr 21 2022
5:30pm -
7:30pm
Salon Circle

Rina Banerjee | Future Shock: Making Cultures Visible

5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program. Rina Banerjee lives and works in New York City. She was born in Kolkata, India, and lived briefly in Manchester and London before moving to Queens, New York. Although Banerjee has resided in the United States for 50 years, she still draws on the perception that she is foreign and “other.” Inspired by her multinational background and personal history as an immigrant, Banerjee’s work focuses on ethnicity, race, migration and American diasporic histories. The artist’s sculptures feature a wide range of globally sourced materials, textiles, colonial/historical, and domestic objects while her drawings are inspired by Indian miniatures, Chinese silk paintings, and Aztec drawings. In 2018, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the San José Museum of Art co-organized the artist’s first solo retrospective, Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, featuring 60 sculptures, paintings, and videos. Her works are included in many private and public collections such as the Foundation Louis Vuitton, Whitney Museum of American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Centre Pompidou. Banerjee asks “can we imagine ourselves connected to the world around us, with us, and in us, and in a diverse American culture. How does art generate awareness for an open dialogue with identity cultures?” She will share her experiences exhibiting internationally, spanning 14 biennials worldwide, including the 57th Venice Biennial, XIII International Cairo Biennial, Yokohama Triennale, and Kochi Biennial. Click here to learn more about Salon Circle.
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