Most Kansas Citians can agree how fortunate we are to have the world-class Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art right here in our own backyard. While the museum features a stunning permanent collection, we’ve highlighted a few of the exhibitions on display for a limited time this winter. But don’t stop there — be sure to check out the accompanying interactive special presentations offered with each exhibition to get the most out of your museum experience.
Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College
Runs through January 10, 2016
Location: Project Space, Gallery L8
Admission is free.
Acclaimed artist Hale Woodruff’s series of six murals at Talladega College in Atlanta have been educating and inspiring students since the late 1930s. The nationally recognized works depicting heroic efforts to resist slavery and noteworthy events in the institution’s history remain important symbols of the centuries-long struggle for civil rights.
Catch a special presentation, American Treasures: Hale Woodruff and the Talladega Murals, with esteemed artist, collector and scholar, David Driskell, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Maryland. Driskell will share insights about Hale Woodruff and discuss the High Museum of Art’s conservation and exhibition of the Talladega Murals with some of the High Museum’s staff. The event takes place Thursday, Dec. 3 from 6-7 p.m. Admission is free, tickets required.
American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood
Runs through January 3, 2016
Location: Bloch Building; Galleries L13-L15
Exhibition Ticket Prices
Members and children under 12: Free
Seniors over 55: $10
Students with ID: $6
Admission is free every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m.
American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood brings together nearly 100 works by Missouri native Thomas Hart Benton that reveal the fascinating relationship between Benton’s art, filmmaking and visual storytelling in 20th-century America. The first major exhibition on Benton in more than 25 years, it also features a selection of his drawings, prints and illustrated books. Related movie clips highlight his paintings’ cinematic content, composition and technical foundation.
Learn more about this notable local talent from those who knew Benton or have drawn inspiration from him during a special presentation called Thomas Hart Benton: The Man and the Inspiration on Thursday, December 10 at 6 p.m. Admission is free; tickets required.
A version of this post originally appeared on the VisitKC blog.
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