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Wichita Art Museum: 75 Years of American Art

November 14, 2010 - July 24, 2011

 

Introductory wall panel

In honor of its seventy-fifth anniversary, the Wichita Art Museum published Wichita Art Museum: 75 Years of American Art. The book includes an introductory history of the Museum, a catalogue section that features at least one work of art for each year the Museum has been collecting, and a concluding section on the potential future of the collection. Beginning with Bruce Moore's Saint Francis -- the Wichita Art Museum's first acquisition -- the objects that represent each year of collecting were chosen not because they are especially famous or valuable, but because they are indicative of either a particular time in the Museum development of a general characteristic of the overall collection. (right: Frederick Frieseke, 1874-1939, The Yellow Tulip (ca.1902). Oil on canvas. Gift of William and Martha Connelly.)

This exhibition features the majority of the works of art included in the anniversary publication, arranged largely in the order in which they were acquired. The nature of the exhibition juxtaposes objects that otherwise would probably never be shown next to each other. Yet frequently the unorthodox juxtapositions are visually rich and allow us to see familiar works in a new way. For example, the presence of Ed Davison's Morning Sun next to Christopher Wilmarth's Expanding Drawing suggests an icy beauty in Wilmarth's work.

Due to practical concerns, not all works illustrated in the anniversary publication are included in this exhibition. Mary Cassatt's Mother and Child and Frederick Frieseke's Yellow Tulip, for example, are featured in the American Impressionism exhibition in the Carlene and Lee Banks Rotunda Gallery, and the Tripod Jaguar Effigy Vessel is among the other Pre-Columbian objects in the Cessna Art Investigation Gallery

 

Catalogue

The purpose of the volume, Wichita Art Museum: 75 Years of American Art is to document the remarkable growth of the Wichita Art Museum. The exhibition opening Sunday, November 14, by the same name, will display most every work of art featured in the volume.

Each object that was selected for inclusion in the volume, is based on the object's importance to the collection, and the contribution to the Museum's overall vision. Both book and exhibition chronicle a history of not only the Museum and those who brought the institution to fruition, but also the city of Wichita and the surrounding community.

Rarely does the Museum display all of these important and popular works at one time; making this exhibition a once-in-a-lifetime event for lovers of WAM's fine collection. (left: front cover of the exhibition catalogue. Image courtesy of the Wichita Art Museum)

 

Additional images from the exhibition

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Checklist for the exhibition

Charles Demuth (1883-1935)
RISE OF THE PRISM
1919
Watercolor, gouache and graphite on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M63.46
 
Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
CONFERENCE AT NIGHT
1949
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M100.52
 
Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967)
WINTER MOONLIGHT
1951
Watercolor on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M120.54
 
John Marin (1870-1953)
CAPE SPLIT
1939-1942
Watercolor on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M136.55
 
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953)
SEASON ENDED
1940-1945
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M145.57
 
George Cohen (1919-1999)
AERIALIST
1959
Oil and crayon on linen
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M158.59
 
Mark Tobey (1890-1976)
GOLDEN GARDENS
1956
Tempera and graphite on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M159.60
 
Jacques Callot (French, 1592-1635)
THE MISERIES AND MISFORTUNES OF WAR
plate 5 & 6
1633
Etching on paper
Wichita Art Museum, L. S. and Ida L. Naftzger Collection of Prints
1943.33 - .34
 
Jacques Callot (French, 1592-1635)
THE MISERIES AND MISFORTUNES OF WAR
plate 15 &16
1633
Etching on paper
Wichita Art Museum, L. S. and Ida L. Naftzger Collection of Prints
1943.43 - .44
 
John Taylor Arms (1887-1953)
THE GOTHIC SPIRIT from the Gargoyle Series
1922
Etching and stipple on paper
Wichita Art Museum, L. S. and Ida L. Naftzger Collection of Prints
1951.1
 
Robert Morgan Kiskadden (1918-2004)
ITALIAN FAÇADE
ca. 1956
Oil on masonite
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase Award, Third Air Capital Annual
1956.7
 
Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974)
FEBRUARY 4th
1961
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Georgette Passedoit
1961.2
 
Charles M. Capps (1898-1981)
MOUNTAIN COTTONWOODS
1957
Aquatint and etching on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Bequest of Elizabeth T. Forter in memory of her father, Cecil Alfred Forter
1962.146
 
Chinese Export Porcelain
TEACUP & SAUCER
Mid 18th century
Hard-paste porcelain
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Donna Evans Kingsbury in memory of Mrs. John L. Evans on her birthday, September 21, 1963
1963.2.1-.2
 
William Blake (British, 1757-1827)
ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE BOOK OF JOB
1825
Engraving on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Mr. Robert B. Fizzell
1964.3.16
 
Attributed to the New England Glass Company
PITCHER IN THE CLEAT PATTERN
ca. 1860
Clear blown lead glass
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Elizabeth and Laura Smith
1966.5
 
Attributed to John Haberle (1856-1933)
LANDSCAPE SEEN THROUGH A STRETCHER
ca. 1880
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Wichita Art Museum Members, Director's Discretionary Fund
1967.5
 
Edmund L. Davison (1877-1944)
MORNING SUN (also known as WINTER MORNING)
1936-1937
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Edmund L. and Faye Davison Collection
1968.27
 
Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
UNTITLED
1944
Oil and collage on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Wichita Art Museum Members Foundation, Inc., and the National Endowment for the Arts
1969.4
 
Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928)
ENERGIA
ca. 1913
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Wallingford and Wichita Art Museum Members Foundation, Inc.
1970.5
 
Christopher M. Wilmarth (1943-1987)
EXPANDING DRAWING
1971
Etched glass and steel cable
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Beren, Wichita Art Museum Members Foundation, Inc.
1972.26
 
Oscar E. Berninghaus (1874-1952)
ASPENS, EARLY AUTUMN, TAOS
ca. 1940
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. George M. Brown
1974.7
 
John Koch (1909-1978)
THE WINDOW WASHERS
1975
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of the Paul Ross Charitable Foundation, Inc. as a memorial to Paul Ross
1976.45
 
Alex Katz (born 1927)
FRANK AND SHEYLA LIMA
1964
Oil on linen
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, National Endowment for the Arts
1978.61
 
Walter Launt Palmer (1854-1932)
GRAND CANAL, VENICE
1882
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Mid-Kansas Savings and Loan Association in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brasted, Sr.
1978.89
 
Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009)
AFTER THE CHASE
1965
Watercolor and gouache on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of an anonymous donor in memory of Lee E. Phillips, Jr.
1979.54
 
Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974)
RIPPLE
1963
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc., Volunteer Alliance
1980.90
 
William Merritt Chase (1849-1916)
ON THE SOUND
ca. 1890
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Paul Ross Charitable Foundation Fund
1983.66
 
Peter De Wint (British, 1784-1849)
A CORNFIELD, HUNTINGDONSHIRE
1833
Watercolor and graphite on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Virginia and George Ablah Fund
1985.72
 
Carl Wuermer (1900-1983)
AMERICAN FARMER
1930
Oil on canvas, mounted on masonite
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc., Volunteers of the Gift Shop
1987.6
 
Vincent La Gambina (1909-1994)
14TH ST. & 6TH AVENUE., SMALL MARKET
ca. 1945
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Vincent La Gambina
1988.22
 
Arthur G. Dove (1880-1946)
ABSTRACTION
1942-1943
Mixed media on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of William C. Dove
1989.22.4
 
Gustave Baumann (1881-1971)
TAOS PLACITA
1947
Woodcut on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund
1990.20
 
Hiram Powers (1805-1873)
GINEVRA
1863
Marble
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund
1992.4
 
Childe Hassam (1859-1935)
THE BIRCHES
1891
Pastel on board
Wichita Art Museum, John W. and Mildred L. Graves Collection
1993.1
 
David E. Bernard (1913-2006)
HUMANISTIC LANDSCAPE
1968
Color intaglio on paper, 19/20
Wichita Art Museum, The David E. and Vivian L. Bernard Print Collection
1994.25
 
John D. Boyd (born 1939)
PORTRAIT OF REMBRANDT
ca. 1990
Cast paper and color etching, 1/30
Wichita Art Museum, The David E. and Vivian L. Bernard Print Collection
1994.72
 
Severin Roesen (ca. 1815-ca. 1872)
NATURE'S BOUNTY
ca. 1860
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of George E. Vollmer
1995.15
 
Abraham Walkowitz (1880-1965)
BATHERS
ca. 1918
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund
1996.19
 
Herschel C. Logan (1901-1987)
DUST STORM
1938
Woodcut on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of George E. Vollmer, The Clarence E. Vollmer Collection
1997.27
 
Craig McPherson (born 1948)
F. D. R. DRIVE from the Cityscapes series
1993
Mezzotint on paper, 58/90
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc., Estate of Mildred H. Wood, Estate of Polly Rombold, and Roy and Joanne McGregor Acquisition Fund
1998.54
 
Fairfiled Porter (1907-1975)
YELLOW ROOM
1961
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund and Mildred H. Wood Estate
1999.2
 
Boston & Sandwich Glass Company
DECANTER in the New England Pineapple pattern
1850-1870
Pressed clear lead glass
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of George E. Vollmer, Lillian George American Glass Collection
2000.7a,b
 
Eugenie Baizerman (1899-1949)
FIGURAL ABSTRACTION
ca. 1945
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Funds donated by Howard and Rose Marcus
2002.1
 
Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970)
THE CHESS GAME
1939-1940
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Purchased with funds donated by Marvin Bastian in memory of his wife, Bobbie Bastian
2003.5
 
Steuben (Walter Dorwin Teague, designer)
LENS BOWL
ca. 1932
Mold-blown Pyrex glass
The Lens Bowl illustrated in the anniversary publication is located in the Cossman glass gallery on the first floor. Shown here is another version of the Lens Bowl owned by the Museum
 
Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970)
TEASET
1940
Tin-glazed earthenware
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Burneta Adair Endowment Fund
2006.15.2a,b - .25
 
Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
RODIN
Published April 1903 in Camera Work
Photogravure on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Donna R. Bailey and Cornelia R. Yohr in memory of Grace Voss Ripley
2007.29.12
 
Tom Otterness (born 1952)
WICHITA ART MUSEUM PROPOSAL DRAWING
1993
Wash and pencil on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Coleen Fitzgibbon and Tom Otterness
1998.58
 
Unknown
GOBLET
ca. 1860
Pressed lead glass
Wichita Art Museum, Gift of the family of Marjorie Molz in her memory
2007.4.114
 
Edward Hopper (1882-1967)
5 A.M.
1937
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M4.39
 
Guy Pène du Bois (1884-1958)
FOG, AMAGANSETT
1938
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M13.40
 
Marsden Hartley (1877-1943)
END OF THE HURRICANE
1938
Oil on composition board
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M20.41
 
Stuart Davis (1894-1964)
BASS ROCKS #1
1939
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M49.44
 
Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847-1917)
MOONLIGHT ON THE SEA
1884
Oil on wood panel
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M72.47
 
Robert Feke (ca. 1707-ca. 1752)
MRS. BARLOW TRECOTHICK
ca. 1748
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M78.49
 
John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)
MR. JAMES OTIS
ca. 1760
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M86.50
 
John Singleton Copley (1738-1815)
MRS. JAMES OTIS (Mary Allyne Otis)
ca. 1760
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M87.50
 
Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967)
WINTER MOONLIGHT
1951
Watercolor on paper
Wichita Art Museum, Roland P. Murdock Collection
M120.54
 
Benjamin West (1738-1820)
ABRAHAM AND ISAAC PROCEEDING TO MT. MORIAH
1799
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Wichita Art Museum Members Foundation, Inc.
1975.14
 
Edward Laning (1906-1981)
CAMP MEETING
1937
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc.
1981.10
 
William A. Baziotes (1912-1963)
WHIRLPOOL
1953
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc.
1982.11
 
Hugo Robus (1885-1964)
HORSES
1916
Oil on canvas
Wichita Art Museum, Museum Purchase, Friends of the Wichita Art Museum, Inc.
1984.30


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