Kollwitz at the Ulrich Museum of Art

30 04 2016

This spring, the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University mounted Transition and Turmoil: Human Expressions 1900-1945. The show-within-a-show is an entire gallery devoted to a Spotlight on Kaethe Kollwitz, the German printmaker and activist who lent her art to so many social and political causes in the early twentieth century. Kollwitz’s strong graphics take on general social issues of hunger, poverty, and militarism, and more specific works target particular plights such as extreme overcrowding of housing in Berlin, the phenomenon of German homeworkers (women doing piecework in the home because their factory jobs didn’t make ends meet), prisoners of war, and unsafe labor conditions in factories. Mothers feature in many of Kollwitz’s works as protectors, often attempting to shield children from terrible fates. In the Amsden Gallery at the Ulrich, one has the opportunity to be completely surrounded by Kollwitz prints.

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Conversations and Story Lines

17 11 2015

Open now through January 9, 2016: Conversations and Story Lines at the Carriage Factory Gallery in Newton, KS. Work by Mary Werner, Brenda Jones, and Rachel Epp Buller addresses women’s stories, family histories real and imagined, perceptions of gender, and craft traditions passed on through matrilineal generations.

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Exhibition: A Woman in Her Place

1 03 2015

A Woman in Her Place exhibition opens to the public Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at the E.B White Gallery on the Butler Community College, El Dorado campus. A Woman in Her Place is a project to highlight the place of women in society. Created around the theme of women’s identity and place, female artists from the United States and Europe were asked to create an art work using a traditional slip (undergarment) as a unifying symbol for woman. There will be a gallery talk with a panel of the artists and the curators, Amanda Pfister and Manda Remmen, on Tuesday, March 3rd at 1:30 pm in the E.B. White Gallery, and an opening reception Friday, March 6th from 6-8 pm. The exhibition will be on display through April 10, 2015.

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Our Lady Show at Go-Away Garage Gallery, Wichita

29 08 2014

Just in time for the Final Friday gallery crawl, the “Our Lady Show” has opened at Go-Away Garage, 508 S. Commerce. In this group exhibition, 40 women from Wichita and surrounding areas tackle a variety of political topics but many of the works respond specifically to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in favor of Hobby Lobby regarding coverage (or lack thereof) of contraceptive care for employees. Today’s Wichita Eagle carries a long article about the exhibition, here, which will be open 4-11pm on August 29. 





Lisa Solomon at the Ulrich Museum

24 07 2014

A new exhibition to put on the radar: Lisa Solomon’s installation of 1000 handmade doilies on the ground level of the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University campus. Solomon is the Ulrich’s first artist-in-residence and she is interested in “the way that work is categorized according to gender, and how that categorization affects the way the work is received.” (From the press release)

You can read a review of the show, or listen to the audio, here, and find out more about Lisa Solomon’s work here.

The installation is on view through September 28, 2014.

 





4th Trimester Bodies and Breastmilk film at Salina Art Center

15 05 2014

Ashlee Wells Jackson’s 4th Trimester Bodies photography exhibition is on display at the Salina Art Center through June 15. The exhibition includes a series of photographs that Jackson shot of Salina-area residents during her visit in April. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Art Center is hosting book and film events, all centered on the postpartum, lactating body.

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Kansas Women’s Mural

14 05 2014

The Kansas Women’s Mural is in progress right now, organized by Ashley Jane Laird and crowd-sourced by many. Part of the Great Mural Wall of Topeka, the Kansas Women’s Mural will bring attention to women’s contributions in the state and to women who may have been written out of history. Find out more about Ashley’s project here and follow updates on their Facebook page.

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