Pushpamala N. The Native Types?Yogini (after a 16th- century Deccani painting), 2001 From the project ?Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs,? 2000 ? 2004 Chromogenic print on metallic paper, 14 x 20 inches each Collection of Dipti and Rakesh Mathur ? Pushpamala N., 2001POSTDATE: PHOTOGRAPHY AND INHERITED HISTORY IN INDIA

September 12 – December 13, 2015

Two generations after the exultation of Independence and the concurrent horrors of Partition, contemporary Indian photographers reclaim and reappraise the history of colonialism in their country. These artists look closely and critically at historical Indian photography and draw on diverse sources of inspiration. They take matters of history into their own hands, redefining the iconic historical images of India and investigating the complex relationship between traditions of representation and contemporary image-making. The exhibition will include works by Raqs Media Collective, Gauri Gill, Nandan Ghiya, Vivan Sundaram, Pushpamala N., and Annu Palakunnathu Matthew.


IMAGE: Pushpamala N., The Native Types—Yogini (after a 16th-century Deccani painting), 2001. From the project “Native Women of South India: Manners and Customs,” 2000–2004. Chromogenic print on metallic paper, 22 x 17 1/2 in. Collection of Dipti and Rakesh Mathur. © Pushpamala N., 2001 Courtesy of the artist and Nature Morte, New Delhi.


POSTDATE was organized collaboratively by the San Jose Museum of Art and the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Kansas.

POSTDATE is made possible by the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, Kaushie Adiseshan and Anand Rajaraman, Tad Freese, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, Dipti and Rakesh Mathur, the Asian Cultural Council, and Christie’s.

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The Ulrich Museum of Art presentation has been generously supported by Mickey Armstrong, Bill and Donna Ard, Richard D. Smith and Sondra M. Langel, John and Nancy Brammer, Norma Greever, Gyan and Manorama Khicha, Ron and Lee Starkel, and the Ulrich Alliance through A SculpTour Affair gala (Tom and Kyle Futo; Joan Beren; Patrick Habkirk and Dean Bradley; Leilah Farha, Vincent Farha, and Genevieve and Chris Farha; Bill and Mary Lynn Oliver; Ron and Lee Starkel; C.M. Copple Family; Jeff Kennedy and Patti Gorham; Jeff and Janice Van Sickle; and Bob and Liz Workman). Program support provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, the City of Wichita and Wichita State University.

Two Tons Under: Exquisite Corpse

September 17 – October 11, 2015

Two Tons Under; Exquisite Corpse is a steamroller press collaborative art project made possible by Tornado Alley Press—WSU’s Printmakers’ Guild—and the Ulrich. Printmakers from WSU, Kansas State and Emporia State, along with high school students, print large four feet by eight feet wood blocks with the help of a steamroller. The exquisite corpse theme for the event is based on the French Surrealist art activity by which a collection of images is collectively assembled. Each participating artist adds to a composition in sequence, often resulting in startling and unpredictable juxtapositions of subject and style. The results of this regional art making activity will be on view in the Ulrich Underground for all to view and enjoy.

Levente Sulyok, Small Pleasures, 2011.Small Pleasures
2012 – 2016

Ulrich Museum façade

"Small Pleasures" is designed for the façade of the Ulrich Museum of Art (Wichita, KS) by Levente Sulyok in place of Joan Miro's monumental mosaic Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People) (1978). Miro’s mural is under restoration from 2012 through 2016, which is the duration of this project. The installation consists of a pixelated print on a billboard-sized banner covering the facade, a small waterproof display case mounted in the middle of the banner, and two telescopes installed across the street for the viewing of miniature works displayed in the case. Each month (or bimonthly), a new item is featured in the 'mini gallery' selected from a pool of submissions. Visit for information on how you can submit an object for display.

Tom Otterness, Makin' Hay


Through the generosity of the Alturas Foundation based in San Antonio, Texas, the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection has a very prominent—and well traveled guest for the next two years. Tom Otterness—the creator of Wichita State University’s beloved sculpture Millipede (Millie to most of us)–created Makin’ Hay in 2002. Purchased by the Alturas Foundation soon thereafter, the group of three 18-foot-tall sculptures have been seen in Sun Valley, Idaho; Pullman, Washington; Stanford, California; San Antonio, Texas; and most recently in the hay field at the entrance to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

At Otterness’ suggestion, this group sculpture has been loaned to the Ulrich Museum until summer, 2017. Placed at the intersection of Perimeter Road and Mike Oatman Drive, Makin’ Hay is easily accessible for everyone to enjoy. Though it was created within a very different context, it is exciting to have these sculptures “shocking wheat” and “makin’ hay” as progress continues on the transformation of WSU as the Innovation University.

This exhibition of Makin’ Hay by Tom Otterness was organized and sponsored by the Alturas Foundation and made possible with a loan from their collection.

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