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A woman with curly hair relaxes on the bed in her apartment in her underwear.

[RE]POSE: Leisure Bodies and Empowered Postures

July 29, 2024 — December 7, 2024

[RE]POSE: Leisure Bodies and Empowered Postures reflects on reinterpretation and transformation of the well-known art historical theme of the reclining figure, across the 20th and 21st centuries. Combining works from the Ulrich permanent collection with special works on loan, the exhibition brings together modern and contemporary works that, in dialogue, examine ideas of rest, leisure, and bodies in repose.

Typically depicted as an idealized female nude, these images historically have been controlled solely by an elite, white, male gaze. Standing on the shoulders of 20th-century women artists who began reclaiming this posture, contemporary artists now use the convention to engage with concerns of the body, space, and agency, and speak to narratives of identity, including gender, race, and status. [RE]POSE encourages viewers to think about rest in their own lives, whether physical, mental, or emotional; to acknowledge the power and privilege of leisure; and to question the agency of their own bodies and space.

Our 2024 Fall exhibitions and associated programs are made possible by the generosity of Ulrich50 donors, for which the Ulrich is very grateful. The Ulrich extends sincere thanks to members of Ulrich Friends with Benefits, whose ongoing support makes programming possible. The City of Wichita and Wichita State University provide funding support for the Ulrich’s general operations.

Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm 
Closed Sundays, University & Major Holidays | Free Admission | 316.978.3664
1845 Fairmount; Wichita, KS 67260-0046