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Programs

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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 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. Visually arresting and formally innovative, The Book of Fools marries global, ecological themes of loss, centered around the Great Pacific Garbage Gyre, to personal, confessional ones, surrounding a mother’s early death to cancer. “A masterwork,” says David Keplinger; “[a] ravishing text” adds Donald Revell. And 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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