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Artemisia Gentileschi

Extraordinary Women of Myth and History Focus of Nelson-Atkins Exhibition

A focus exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City offers dramatic insight into the representation of female role models from 1480s to 1720s Europe.

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Go Chiefs!

Super Bowl LVII Kicks Off #MUSEUMBOWL23

Philadelphia Museum of Art faces Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum on social media. It’s the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection versus the BBQ Capital of the World.

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Nicolle Ratliff

Nicolle Ratliff Joins Museum on Eve of Capital Campaign

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City announced that Nicolle Ratliff has been hired as the museum’s Vice President, Development.

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Groundbreaking Alberto Giacometti Exhibition to Open at Nelson-Atkins

An exhibition of Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966), widely acclaimed as a defining artist of modernism and of the 20th century, opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City March 18, 2023.

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Creative Juices

Nelson-Atkins Partners with City Barrel Brewing to Create Exclusive Pale Ale

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has entered into a partnership with City Barrel Brewing Company to produce an exclusive pale ale themed to the museum called Creative Juice. A portion of each case sold will come back to the museum as a donation.

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Detail of Hofer Photograph

First Major Exhibition of Evelyn Hofer’s City Photographs

Premiering at the High Museum of Art this spring and organized in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Evelyn Hofer: Eyes on the City is the first major museum exhibition in the United States in over 50 years for Hofer.

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Mirror Pavilion Addresses Nature’s Fragility

An arresting sculpture by Jan Hendrix, reminiscent of the pavilions found in 18th century gardens, will be unveiled in the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City on Sept. 14.

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Exhibition by Regional Asian American Artists Opens Oct. 8 at Nelson-Atkins

Found in Translation: Explorations by 8 Contemporary Artists reveals the richness and nuance that can be discovered through the process of change and transformation as the artists convert ideas and questions into art.

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The 2022 National Docent Symposium will be held in Kansas City at the Intercontinental Hotel Sept. 16-19

Hosted by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Docents and guides from the U.S. and Canada will have the opportunity to meet and dive into this year’s theme reflecting on the post-pandemic desire to gather in person once again: Get Connected. Get Inspired. Get Kansas City.

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Money + Friends projected

Starlight Brings Monet & Friends Alive to Life November 1 – December 31

Sponsored by Country Club Bank, Monet & Friends Alive Life, Light & Color is an unforgettable multi-sensory experience celebrating Claude Monet and the world’s most renowned artists of the Impressionists era.

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Five Leonard Pryor Paintings Gifted to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The two heirs of Kansas City artist and educator Leonard Pryor (1924-2015) have given five of their father’s paintings to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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American Art Deco

American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918-1939, traces the trajectory of this design movement, which represents modernity, glamour, and exuberance, while exploring the socio-economic impact of these advancements during the Interwar period.

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Between Myth and Reality: Ancient Greek Vases from Joslyn Art Museum

A new installation featuring nearly 40 ancient Greek vases from the collection of Omaha’s Joslyn Art Museum will be on view in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Rozzelle court balcony in Kansas City beginning this June.

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Silver Splendor: Conserving the Royal Thrones of Dungarpur, India

A pair of ornate silver thrones with an intriguing history will be revealed at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City beginning May 21.

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Jim Dow Exhibition
Signs: Photographs by Jim Dow

American photographer Jim Dow has long been fascinated by the ingenuity and creative spirit found in the built environment.

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Thoma Collection of Viceregal Art Exhibited at The Nelson-Atkins

A focus exhibition comprising 15 works made by artists in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru during Spanish colonial rule in the 17th and 18th centuries opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City Feb. 12 and runs through Sept. 4, 2022.

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Nelson-Atkins Introduces Five-Part Podcast

A five-part podcast produced by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and hosted by local poet Glenn North, features stories that explore issues such as race, representation, identity, and belonging, through personal histories and encounters with the museum. Each episode interlaces the perspectives and voices of 23 Kansas City creatives, community leaders, museum workers, and everyday citizens.

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Nelson-Atkins Donor Gifts Enhance European Collection

Two paintings by French Impressionist artist Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin (1841-1927) and two paintings by his near contemporary, French artist Louis Valtat (1869-1952), have been accepted as gifts by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, deepening the museum’s holdings of Impressionist and Fauve works.

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Acquires Rare Collection of Early American Daguerreotypes

The Henry Fitz Jr. Archive of Photographic History, an extremely rare group of early daguerreotypes and related material from the family of pioneering practitioner Henry Fitz, was purchased at auction in Cincinnati on November 15.It includes what is believed to be one of the earliest daguerreotype portraits made in the U.S., as well as two paintings and other early photographic works.

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Van Gogh Coffee, Chocolate Pairing Third Release in Art-Inspired Series

A third coffee-chocolate pairing in the Nelson-Atkins collaboration of a series of art-inspired products will be released to coincide with a unique digital experience celebrating the work of Vincent van Gogh. The Roasterie created The Rispal Blend, a dark coffee with punchy acidity, inspired by the Van Gogh painting Restaurant Rispal at Asnières in the Nelson-Atkins collection. It is complemented by milk chocolate batons laced with bright, citrus flavor crafted by André’s Confiserie Suisse.

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Art of Illusion Photography Exhibition Challenges Adage ‘Seeing is Believing’

Does photography accurately reflect the things we see? Or does it merely present illusions? Those are the central questions explored in an exhibition opening this fall at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

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Nelson-Atkins Offers Focused Van Gogh Installation as Companion to Starlight Van Gogh Alive Experience

The unique mastery of Vincent van Gogh takes center stage at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City with a free, focus installation featuring three works from the museum’s collection that will be on view in the Bloch Galleries through mid-January, 2022.

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Memento # 5 Travels to New York

Our prominent Kerry James Marshall painting was deinstalled for a trip to New York’s New Museum for the exhibition Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, Jan. 27- June 13. Nelson-Atkins Director & CEO Julián Zugazagoitia talks about the importance of the exhibition — and our beloved painting.

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