Forty Years / Forty Stories

April 26–August 3, 2014
Amsden/ Beren/ Polk/ Wilson Galleries

The Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art first opened its doors to the public on December 7, 1974.  That event launched a new era for the students, faculty and staff of Wichita State University, and the greater Wichita community to access meaningful encounters with the art of our time.  Forty years later the Ulrich collection houses more than 6,300 works of art ranging from late 19th century paintings to multi-media art produced within the past few years. 

The vast majority of this collection celebrates American and international art produced during the years of the museum’s own history, carefully assembled through generous gifts and judicious purchase. Forty Years/Forty Stories is a presentation of works acquired across the forty years of the Ulrich’s history or benchmark events, selected for what they tell us today about the Ulrich Museum of Art as an embodiment of this university and this community.

Forty Years/Forty Stories is generously supported by Mickey Armstrong; Joan S. Beren; Dr. Sam and Jacque Kouri; Richard D. Smith and Sondra M. Langel; and the Fidelity Foundation. Additional supporters include Louise Beren; Norma Greever; Sonia Greteman and Chris Brunner; Eleanor and George Lucas; Jane C. McHugh; Dee and Mike Michaelis; Lee and Ron Starkel; Wichita State University; and the City of Wichita.

Press Release

 

SUPPORTING PROGRAMS & EVENTS:

Learn more at ulrich.wichita.edu/events
 

SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 6:30-10 P.M.

SPRING CELEBRATION: 40 Years!
Free for Ulrich Museum members and WSU students, $10 for nonmembers. RSVP at (316) 978-3664 or email ulrich@wichita.edu.
 

THURSDAY, APRIL 24-SATURDAY, APRIL 26

THE BRIDGE CLUB: Memories Are Made Here Performance Art Collaborative
 

THURSDAY, APRIL 24
2 P.M. ARTIST TALK,
210 McKnight West, WSU School of Art and Design
6 P.M. PERFORMANCES,
McKnight Art Center Plaza

FINAL FRIDAY, APRIL 25
7–9 P.M. PERFORMANCES
WSU Shift Space (416 Commerce St.)

SATURDAY, APRIL 26
5 P.M. PANEL DISCUSSION,
210 McKnight West, WSU School of Art and Design
7–9 P.M. PERFORMANCES,
McKnight Art Center Plaza

 

 

Duane Hanson, Self Portrait with Model, 1979. Polyvinyl chloride, colored with oil, mixed-technique and accessories, Lifesize. Collection of Duane Hanson EstateLouise Nevelson meets Bob Workman, 1978Joan Miro's mosaic Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People), 1978 is revealed.Martin H. Bush interviews painter Alice Neel, 1978Artist Louise NevelsonArt of Our Time opening, 2010Gordon Parks, 1983Larry Schwarm, Greensburg After the Storm opening, 2008Fisch Haus 21: An Artists' Collaborative Comes of Age opening, 2011

 

IMAGES (top to bottom):

Duane Hanson, Self Portrait with Model, 1979. Polyvinyl chloride, colored with oil, mixed-technique and accessories, Lifesize. Collection of Duane Hanson Estate

Sculptor Louise Nevelson meets Ulrich Director Bob Workman, then a Wichita State student and employee, fall 1978.

The unveiling of Joan Miró's mural Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People), 1978.

Founding Director Dr. Martin H. Bush interviews painter Alice Neel in the galleries where the exhibition Alice Neel: Paintings was on view, spring 1978.

Sculptor Louise Nevelson speaks to Ulrich visitors, fall 1978.

At the opening reception of Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, 2010.

Artist Gordon Parks visits the Ulrich Museum, 1982.

At the opening reception of Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm, 2008.

At the opening reception of Fisch Haus 21: An Artists' Collaborative Comes of Age, 2011.



 

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