Ask the question, “what is art?” and every person will have a different answer. Art to me is something that includes the intention behind the piece and the emotion it evokes. It is a release of potentially undefinable emotions and imagination made real. Art can bring us together and teach us to reflect on our own humanity, while humbling us at the depth of what another human can create. To me, art is a necessity, which is why I have always been happy that we have a world class art museum right here in Kansas City.
Like many of the cultural institutions of Kansas City, it feels like I grew up at The Nelson-Atkins Museum. From classes to class trips, from personal trips to personal landmarks, I have always been drawn back again and again. It feels as if I learned the importance of Thomas Hart Benton there, and that my fascination with ancient art started with the Egyptian wing and was cemented by Lion and Funerary Portrait of a Woman. The Nelson has curated wonderful exhibits through the years, and as someone who loves to learn, it seems as if I can never get enough.
With that in mind, I am incredibly pleased to announce our media partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art through the following exhibitions:
- Napoleon: Power and Splendor, featured and ticketed exhibition, from October 26, 2018 to March 10, 2019
- Discriminating Thieves: Nazi-Looted Art & Restitution, small gallery rotation, from January 26, 2019 to January 26, 2020
- Anthony Hernandez: L.A. Landscapes, photography exhibition, from April 19, 2019 to August 18, 2019
- 30 Americans, featured and ticketed exhibition, from June 1, 2019 to August 25, 2019
I am thrilled about this partnership, and I would like to thank the staff of The Independent, especially Jenny Owens Hughes, and The Nelson, especially Toni Wood, Karen Christiansen and Julián Zugazagoitia, for contributing and making this partnership possible.
The power of art is more than just each individual piece. It has the ability to cross emotional boundaries and tell stories and convey history. It touches us in a way that few other things truly can. For those reasons along with many others, I hope to see you at all of these wonderful exhibits as we continue to enrich our lives and celebrate all of the magnificent art on display right here in Our Town at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.