Ulrich Museum 2017 Events

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

 


 

SEPTEMBER

Fall Exhibition Opening
Friday, September 8
Educators Reception: 5 p.m.
Public Reception: 7–9 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our fall exhibitions surrounded by art, live music, and fine fare. Each gallery is transformed with new exhibitions displaying works by nationally and internationally established artists who examine relevant topics of today. Ulrich receptions feature conversation, social gathering, engagement with artists and art enthusiasts, and a glimpse into the thriving Wichita art scene. Opening September 8, and on view through December 10, 2017: looking at the overlooked: Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, Rodney McMillian; Unmoored Geographies: Works from the Permanent Collection; Diedrick Brackens: a slow reckoning.

We’re opening the doors early for a teachers-only sneak peek! Join us for food, refreshments and a private preview of our new fall exhibitions and the outstanding educational programs and field trip opportunities available to K–12 teachers and students.         
Ulrich receptions are free and open to the public. To make a reservation, call (316) 978-3664 or email 
ulrich@wichita.edu. 

Performance: Nathaniel Donnett
I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You: Black Vernacular
Tuesday, September 12 
5:30 p.m. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:15 p.m. Performance | CAC Theater
Artist Nathaniel Donnett’s performance riffs on an African American proverb that illustrates how words can’t always express meaning as fully as a lived experience. Donnett will present a vignette of performances as a metaphorical EP (extended play record), exploring ideas regarding identity, African American vernaculars, perception, and memory. Donnett lives and works in Houston, Texas, and is the recipient of an Artadia Award, Idea Fund/Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, and Harpo Foundation Grant. Donnett has shown work internationally, including the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The New Museum, NY; and the National Museum, Lima, Peru.

Presented in support of the Ulrich exhibition looking at the overlooked, on view September 9–December 10, 2017. 
Co-sponsored by the Wichita Public Library, Candid Conversations. Funding for this program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

Salon Circle Kick-Off: The Wright Place at the Wright Time
Sunday, September 17 | 3–5 p.m. 
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House
Join us at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House for an afternoon of lively exploration of this great prairie-style house and grounds. Our host Howard Ellington, along with his staff and educated docents, will share their insider view of a true Kansas treasure with expert-led tours. Commissioned in 1916 and completed in 1918, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House was the last of the architect’s famous prairie houses. Wright’s prairie style emphasized horizontal lines, earth tones and a continuous blending of interiors and exteriors. Much of the original furniture for the house—designed by Wright specifically for the property—is part of the collection of the Ulrich Museum of Art and lent to the Allen House Foundation to present the most authentic visitor experience.

This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members. Learn more about Salon Circle and how you can join.

Senior Wednesday: Empty Bowls
Glaze-a-Bowl and Feed the Hungry
Wednesday, September 20
10 a.m. Refreshments | 10:30 a.m. Program
110 Henrion Hall (south of the Ulrich Museum)
The bowls we made in August are fired and ready for you to glaze! Our team of ceramic graduate and undergraduate students will show you how. And don’t worry—if you were unable to join us in August, we have plenty of bowls for you to work on!

Salon Circle: Scott Eccleston
The Relocation of The Bachman-Wilson House from New Jersey to Arkansas
Thursday, September 28
6:15 p.m. Reception | Corbin Education Center
7 p.m. Program | Devlin Hall Auditorium
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Director of Operations, Scott Eccleston, shares the painstaking process behind the major recent acquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian Bachman-Wilson House. Built in 1956 along the Millstone River in New Jersey, the house was threatened by repeated flooding at its original location. Crystal Bridges acquired the house in 2013 and had the entire structure taken apart—with each component labeled, packed, and moved to the museum grounds in Bentonville, Arkansas—where it was reconstructed in 2015.

This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members. Learn more about Salon Circle and how you can join.


OCTOBER

Sculpture Glow: Student Event
Wednesday, October 11 | 7:30 p.m. 
McKnight West Atrium
An after-hours exploration of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection as the glow of the evening light shifts from sunset to darkness. Flashlights and glow sticks fill the path of selected artwork—by some of the world’s most celebrated artists—for an adventurous evening engaging with the most beloved sculptures on campus. Hot apple cider and donuts cap off this evening presented by the Ulrich Student Volunteer Board.

Artist Talk: Diedrick Brackens
you will look back on this and smile
Thursday, October 12 
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Program
Based in Los Angeles, artist Diedrick Brackens explores issues of race, sexuality, and healing through the ways in which textiles communicate and bodily engage viewers. Brackens earned his MFA from California College of the Arts and BFA from the University of North Texas. His work has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, the 3rd Ghetto Biennale, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and has recently been acquired by the Oakland Museum, California. He is currently Assistant Professor of Fiber at California State University, Long Beach. 

Presented in support of the Ulrich Underground exhibition Diedrick Brackens: a slow reckoning, on view September 9–December 10, 2017, and co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, October 14 | 1–3 p.m.
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of gallery exploration, games, and hands-on art making activities inspired by the artists, ideas, and materials featured in our fall exhibitions. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided. 

Artist Talk: Rodney McMillian
Tuesday, October 17
5:30 p.m. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:15 p.m. Program | CAC Theater
The work of Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian explores the relationship between language, aesthetics and content. Defying an adherence to any single medium, McMillian’s artistic practice utilizes performance, video, installation, sculpture and painting to tackle issues of race, gender and power within social history and culture. McMillian’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Royal Academy of Art, London.

Presented in support of the Ulrich exhibition, looking at the overlooked, on view September 9–December 10, 2017. Funding for this program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.

Senior Wednesday: Armando Minjarez 
Wednesday, October 18
10 a.m. Refreshments | 10:30 a.m. Program
In the summer of 2017, Armando Minjarez’s project Horizontes (Horizons) was awarded a $100,000 Knight Foundation Grant—one of only 33 selected across the U.S. from more than 4500 applications. Horizontes is a community-engaged, artist-driven project elevating North Wichita residents to new heights and empowering them to define their new horizons. Armando Minjarez is a Mexican interdisciplinary artist, designer and community organizer. His creative and community work has been featured in The New York Times, Buzzfeed, C Magazine, CityLab Latino and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Salon Circle: Fred Prozzillo
Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Architectural Laboratory in the Desert Southwest 
Thursday, October 26
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:15 p.m. Program
Wichita Country Club
Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations. Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Fred Prozzillo understands this landmark in minute detail, and will give us his broad overview of Taliesin West’s importance in Wright’s oeuvre and for world architecture.

This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members. Learn more about Salon Circle and how you can join.

Empty Bowls Chili Cook-Off 
Saturday, October 28 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Henrion Hall 
Join the fight against hunger in our community! In exchange for your $20 donation, choose a bowl to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Select your favorite bowl from hundreds of handmade ceramic vessels, fill it to the brim with over 25 varieties of chili donated by chili lovers and local celebrity chefs, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon. All proceeds will benefit the Kansas Food Bank in honor of Hunger Awareness Month.

Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off is in collaboration with the WSU Ceramics Guild, Ceramics Media, and the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.


NOVEMBER
 
Writing Now/Reading Now: Yannick Murphy
Thursday, November 9
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Fiction Reading
Yannick Murphy is the author of ten books—novels, short stories and sometimes picture books—including This is the Water, a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of 2014. PW gave her novel The Call a starred review describing it as a “triumph of quiet human and understated beauty.” She was raised in Greenwich Village, New York and attended Stuyvesant High School where, she says, she was lucky enough to have Frank McCourt as a teacher. At Hampshire College, as an undergraduate, one of her notable teachers was James Baldwin. At New York University, as a graduate student, she studied with Gordon Lish, who was also the editor of her first collection of stories titled, Stories in Another Language. Dave Eggers has described Murphy as “one of our most daring and original writers,” an “exquisitely attuned observer of human behavior,” whose fiction “provides pretty much unexceeded reading pleasure.”

Writing Now/Reading Now is co-sponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Senior Wednesday 
Wednesday, November 15
10 a.m. Refreshments | 10:30 a.m. Program
Senior Wednesday meets at the Ulrich on the third Wednesday of each month and each week at different cultural organizations throughout Wichita for refreshments, coffee, conversation, and enrichment. The Ulrich offers presentations from behind the scenes of the museum, today’s emerging and established contemporary artists, and more. Get engaged, stay active, and keep up with Today’s Art—at any age! SeniorWednesday.org

Creative Workshop: Sharon Louden
Living And Sustaining A Creative Life 
Friday, November 17 | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. 
Harvester Arts visiting artist and educator Sharon Louden is the editor of Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists, and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life. Louden will lead a workshop for WSU students across all disciplines on the diverse roles artists use to approach careers, and sustain professional practices. Presented by the Ulrich Student Volunteer Board. Brown bag lunch provided. 

Artist Talk: Jamal Cyrus
Close to Home 
Tuesday, November 28
5:30 p.m. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:15 p.m. Program | CAC Theater
In this talk, Cyrus will discuss his approach to materials (often employing the commonplace) and his research into and interest in issues of site and history, culture and geography. A member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates, Cyrus’ work has been featured in national and international venues, including the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp; the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; California African American Museum, Los Angeles; The Kitchen, New York; the Museum of London Docklands, London; the New Museum, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. 

Presented in support of the Ulrich exhibition, looking at the overlooked, on view September 9-December 10, 2017. Funding for this program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life.


DECEMBER

Senior Wednesday: Holiday Party Wednesday
December 6 | 10 a.m.
Wichita Art Museum
1400 West Museum Boulevard
Celebrate the holiday season with refreshments and entertainment provided by all of the participating Senior Wednesday organizations.

 

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