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Voices from the Vault: The 2000s Lecture Series

What stories can be found among the works of art that live in storage at the Ulrich Museum?

Kota Ezawa, still from The Simpson Verdict, 2002, single-channel video. Copyright Kota Ezawa. Museum Purchase by exchange of the Gifts of Dr. and Mrs. Emanuel Schwartz and Dr. Kenneth G. Noble.

Voices from the Vault is a series of invited talks designed to help answer this question in the run-up to the Ulrich’s 50th anniversary in December 2024. Taking place over the course of five years, these programs focus on the art made in the five decades of the Museum’s existence and illuminate the connections between the art of our time and the key events and phenomena of our shared recent history.

This year we are diving into the 2000s—the dawn of the 21st century—featuring an artist talk with a creator who explores video and new media: Kota Ezawa, who finds inspiration in current events, popular culture and the media. Visit for information about an additional Voices from the Vault program.

Kota Ezawa’s The Simpson Verdict will be available to view in the Grafly Gallery on the first floor of the Ulrich starting in February.

Funding for Voices from the Vault: The 2000s is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

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