Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins
Exhibition Programs

If you are looking for more ways to engage with Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins, the slate of associated programs offers many options for further exploring the exhibit’s themes and connected stories.

Upcoming Programs

Curator’s IN!
Gallery L13, Bloch Building
Friday, February 11, 2022
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Join the exhibition curators in a casual gallery talk.


Explore and Create: Inspired by Origins: Collecting to Create the Nelson-Atkins 
Virtual Art-making Webinar
Saturday, January 22, 2022
3:00 pm-5:00 p.m. CDT 

In the tradition of the copies William Rockhill Nelson donated to create the Western Gallery of Art, try your hand at re-creating a work from the Nelson-Atkins collection.


Past Programs

Origin Stories

Delve further into the stories behind some of the objects in the early collection and the individuals who shaped it with curators from across the museum.

The Museum Moment in Kansas City: 1926-1940

Three of the city’s signature museums opened between 1926 and 1940: the Liberty Memorial (1926), the Nelson-Atkins (1933), and the Kansas City Museum (1940). Learn about Kansas City of the time, how these institutions came to be, and the connections among them.

Laurence Sickman in Luoyang market, 1932. Laurence Sickman Papers, MSS 001, Museum Archives.