Ulrich Museum 2015 Events

All Ulrich events are free, open to the public, and located at the museum, unless noted otherwise.

 


February


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
6 P.M. PROGRAM, 7 P.M. RECEPTION
IN LIVING COLOR ART HISTORY TALK: Dr. Brittany Lockard
No Defense of Abstract Art: A Brief History of the Non-representational

Alfred H. Barr, the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, famously said, “Abstract art today needs no defense. It has become one of the many ways to paint or carve or model. But it is not yet a kind of art which people like without some study and some sacrifice of prejudice.” In this curatorial talk, Dr. Brittany Lockard will discuss the history and development of abstraction, and how to read and evaluate art that uses line, shape, and color as subject matter.


March


THURSDAY, MARCH 5
5:30 P.M.
ULRICH SALON CIRCLE: Tracy Fitzpatrick Director Neuberger Museum of Art
Situated on the campus of Purchase College, State University of New York, the Neuberger began with a modest collection of 108 pieces donated by art collector Roy R. Neuberger in 1969. The Neuberger opened to the public in 1974 with a rich beginning and a vision to be a place to enrich the lives of students and community. Fitzpatrick will share the story of the collection, the support of the Neuberger family who would continue to donate over 800 pieces of art, the vision of Governor Nelson Rockefeller to build a world-class art museum and her work on the catalogue When Modern Was Contemporary: The Roy R. Neuberger Collection a celebration off the museum’s history with the Neubergers. This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members. Learn more about the Ulrich Salon and how you can join.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 14
1 – 3 P.M.
FAMILY FUN DAY
Sound, movement, and technology come together in the Ulrich Galleries for an afternoon of activities and make-it-take-it art projects for all ages inspired by the Ulrich exhibition Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor. For this afternoon of discovery, participate in the innovative performanc- es lead by the WSU School of Music's Impulse Percussion Group and the WSU Dance Program. Step into the skywalk and make your own masterpiece in our hands-on art lab exploring the act of mark making in music, dance, technology, and art.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
10 A.M. REFRESHMENTS; 10:30 PROGRAM
SENIOR WEDNESDAY: Going Viral
Jana Durfee, Ulrich museum educator
From pirated TED Talks to video game thumb swipes, Jana Durfee will host a discussion on the innovative work of Paris-based artist Evan Roth and how the powerful and surprising images, objects and interactive media in the current exhibition, Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor, challenge and shape our participation in an increasingly cyber-centric global environment.

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 24
6:30 PM RECEPTION, 7:00 PM PROGRAM
KEYNOTE TALK: Evan Roth: The Art of Misuse
Paris-based American artist Evan Roth will discuss his fascination with the misuse of seemingly rigid systems and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied outside of computer screens. His work visualizes transient moments in public space, online and in popular culture, and questions the sacred nature of technology through creative disrespect. Roth's work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC and has been exhibited at various institutions, including the Centre Pompidou, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Tate and the front page of Youtube. He has received numerous awards, including the Golden Nica from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum commissions and the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Roth also co-founded the arts organizations Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art & Technology Lab.


April


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
4 P.M.
THE AMUSING RACE: Scavenger Hunt
Brute strength and brainpower are an even match in the Wichita State campus-wide scavenger hunt, The Amusing Race. The artfully challenging competition sends teams of four on a race around the Wichita State campus to solve riddles, complete challenges, and compete for prizes. To get the next clue and continue the race, teams must complete a series of creative challenges at each stop along the way. Prizes from participating sponsors will be awarded for first, second, and third places, best team name, best team costume and more. A pizza dinner for participants will follow the race at 5:30 p.m.
For more information about The Amusing Race, visit: kmuw.org/amusing-race. The Amusing Race is hosted by the Ulrich Museum of Art and KMUW Wichita Public Radio’s college student membership, Stubblefield Society.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION; 6 P.M. POETRY READING
WRITING NOW / READING NOW: David Wojahn
David Wojahn is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including World Tree, which was awarded the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Prize for the most outstanding book of poetry, among other honors, Interrogation Palace, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, and Icehouse Lights. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Illinois and Indiana Councils for the Arts, and was the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholar in 1987-1988.
Writing Now/Reading Now is co-sponsored with the WSU Department of English, University Libraries, and Watermark Books and Cafe?.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 2
5:30 P.M.
ULRICH SALON CIRCLE: THE WICHITA ART SCENE: 1974 TO TODAY:
PANELISTS: Howard Ellington, Sonia Greteman, and James Johnson

How influential was the opening of the Ulrich Museum of Art in 1974? What significance and impact did a young Duane Hanson, or a dynamic Louise Nevelson have upon this new thriving community? The Wichita art community was small and intimate, but ever changing. Visiting artists left life-long impressions on local art enthusiasts. Dr. Martin H. Bush, Director at the time, coaxed both up and coming and established artists to visit Wichita to share their experiences in the art realm with aspiring students and the community. This lively panel will share their reflections of a younger Wichita and what they see as a positive change in the growth of the art culture within Wichita and Kansas. Panelists include Howard Ellington, Director Emeritus, Wichita Center for the Arts, Director of Architecture Programs and Frank Lloyd Wright Study Center; Sonia Greteman, President and Creative Director, Greteman Group; and James Johnson, art historian and indepen- dent curator. Moderated by Ulrich Director, Bob Workman.
This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members. Learn more about the Ulrich Salon and how you can join.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 11
1 – 3 P.M.
SLOW ART DAY: Slow Down, You Look Too Fast
Art lovers around the world join in this international movement to stop and savor special moments with their favorite works of art. Amble through the Ulrich galleries and spend time with art, then join fellow art lovers for conversation and snacks.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
10 A.M. REFRESHMENTS; 10:30 PROGRAM
SENIOR WEDNESDAY: Shock Print: Survey of Contemporary Printmaking
Humberto Saenz, WSU Assistant Professor of Print Media
Humberto Saenz will discuss how juried printmaking exhibitions build awareness and knowledge of contemporary printmaking. He will also discuss the history of the juried print exhibition in Wichita and how it helps foster the printmaking program.

 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22
11:30 A.M.
MEET-THE-ARTISTS AND RECEPTION: THE 2015 MFA CANDIDATES
Join the Ulrich for a reception celebrating the work of four Master of Fine Arts candidates from the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. This spring the Ulrich presents, in conjunction with the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries, the work of Heather Bal (Ceramics), Trisha Coates (Ceramics), Gregory Folken (Printmaking), and Anthony Marshall (Painting). This MFA exhibition represents the culmination of the students’ hard work at WSU, and we’re proud to offer them the experience of exhibiting in a modern and contemporary art museum. Artists will provide a short gallery talk with a welcome from Dr. Royce Smith, Director of the School and Ted Adler, Graduate Coordinator. The Spring 2014 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition is on view in the first-floor Ulrich Underground April 25–May 31.

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION, 6:00 P.M. PROGRAM
FINAL FRIDAY KICK-OFF:
Mikrokosmos/mojo Launch Party & Journal Signing

Celebrating its 61st issue, WSU’s oldest literary tradition has featured prominent authors like William S. Burroughs, Charles Plymell, and William Stafford. Join authors and visual artists for readings, journal signing and help launch the all new Mikrokosmos app developed by students at the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 25
6 – 8 P.M.
SPRING OPENING RECEPTION:
The WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries 20th Faculty Biennial The faculty of the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries lead students to create, innovate and reflect in ceramics, painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and art education. Showcasing the talents the faculty as both artists and educators, we invite you to explore what they conjure up in their studios as well as their classrooms. Throughout McKnight, in the galleries, the classrooms, and onto the plaza you’ll find open studios, and the invitation to participate. Free to Ulrich Museum members and WSU students, $10 for general public.
RSVP at (316) 978-3664 or email ulrich@wichita.edu.

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30
NOON LUNCH, 12:30 – 1:30 P.M. PROGRAM
FACULTY BIENNIAL ARTIST TALKS:
Jennifer Ray, Assistant Professor of Photography
This Obscene Jungle

Jennifer Ray will discuss recent work in the context of previous projects, including Go Deep Into the Woods and In Range. Broadly speaking, her photographs examine hidden or often unseen aspects of American culture in search of an understanding of the forces that drive us.
She is particularly interested in the various ways humans relate to and interact with the natural environment.

Brenda Lichman, Ceramics Department Lecturer
Surface: Slip and Soda

Brenda Lichman will discuss her concepts and approaches to creating thrown and altered utilitarian pottery using slip techniques that enhance forms fired in an atmospheric kiln. Sharing her soda kiln philosophy, she will discuss her use of flashing slips, along with an in-depth discussion of her firing process.

 

TBA
12 P.M.
PEACE POLE PROJECT DEDICATION
Shocker Hall - As part of a global peace and art movement, The Peace Pole Project, symbolizes Wichita State University’s commitment and dedication to world peace and student unity. Please join special guest Dr. Gerald Durley, with a choir performance directed by Dr. Michael Hanawalt and music written by Dr. Dean Roush, for this special event celebrating a lasting symbol of peace and unity created by the WSU Sculpture Guild.
Sponsored by the Global Faith in Action College and co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Engagement, Student Government Association, Campus Ministry Connect, School of Art, Design, and Creative Industries, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.


May


WEDNESDAY, MAY 6
NOON LUNCH, 12:30 – 1:30 P.M. PROGRAM
FACULTY BIENNIAL ARTIST TALKS:
Robert Bubp, Associate Professor of Painting & Drawing, Foundations Coordinator Fixations and Obsessions: Joshua Tree, CA and Matfield Green, KS

Recent projects have included research on artists and communities in these two places. This talk will consider those experiences and how they have impacted Bubp’s ideas, artwork, and teaching, along with possible plans in each; and how artists are contributing to the future of rural communities.

Levente Sulyok, Associate Professor of Painting & Drawing
From Idea to Execution
Levente Sulyok will discuss his studio practice covering the process from idea gathering to the execution of work. The discussion will touch on concepts that range from philosophical mapping, resistance, and agency as it pertains to both the maker and the viewer.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 12
6 P.M. PROGRAM, 7 P.M. RECEPTION
FACULTY BIENNIAL ART HISTORY TALK: Dr. Claudia Pederson
Art for Spooks

Art for Spooks is an augmented reality book made in collaboration with the media artist Nicholas Adrian Knouf. The project, currently on view at the Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA, addresses issues around surveillance with a poetic point-of-view.

 

TUESDAY, MAY 12 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 13
11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M.
FINALS FRENZY: ULRICH SPA GETAWAY
Relax away the stresses of finals with free hand and neck massages, soothing tunes, hot teas, and refreshments at the Ulrich.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 23,
6 P.M.
ULRICH GALA: A Celebration of Sculpture
The Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection is ranked in the top ten of collections on University campuses. The 76 sculptures span the grounds of Wichita State University and include gems by internationally recognized artists Henry Moore, Joan Miro?, Robert Indiana and Tom Otterness. On this special evening we celebrate the treasure built over the past 40 years and follow a path highlighted by our favorite sculptures and artists. Each location will include influences in food, drink, and music reflecting the rich cultural background of artists and art represented in the collection. This event will have limited ticket sales. To reserve your space or for more information contact Ulrich Membership at (316) 978-6646 or email Carolyn Copple at Carolyn.Copple@wichita.edu.

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