Art Deco exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum
Beginning in mid-February 2022, the Wichita Art Museum unveiled a new traveling exhibit with a day of free perfect activities for art and jazz lovers of all ages. After the opening day, everyone can enter to see the new exhibition with discount on weekends (see below).
Opening day activities
On Saturday, February 12, 2022, the Wichita Art Museum hosts “American Art Deco: Designing for the People: 1918-1939” with a full day of jazz music, swing dancing, an architectural travelogue, and 5-day admission. $ in the new exhibit.
From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., a variety of events will celebrate this unique period of American culture, art, history, and architecture from the American Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.
Opening Day activities are free, but can only be experienced from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022.
Admission to the Art Deco exhibition
Regular admission to the exhibit is $15 for adults; $10 for seniors, $8 for youth 5-17/students with/ID, which includes general museum admission.
Corn Saturdays and Saturdays thereafter, until the close of the exhibition on May 29, 2022, admission to the exhibition is only $5 for seniors/adults and free for young people aged 5 to 17 and students with ID card.
About the Art Deco exhibition at WAM
Here’s a bit more about the American Art Deco exhibit straight from the Wichita Art Museum:
“Art Deco is an extremely popular movement of architecture and design of the 1920s and 1930s – the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression. The Wichita Art Museum will present an exhibition of more than 140 iconic works of art – decorative arts, paintings, sculptures, etc. – which embody this historic moment in the American experience. This traveling exhibition, co-organized by the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, and The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, will be presented at WAM from February 12 to May 29, 2022.
“American Art Deco: Designing for the People investigates this dynamic period when the county experienced a strong economic, political, social as well as artistic transformation. From elegant decorative art to industrial design products, from fascinating photographs to modern paintings, the range of artwork in this exhibition reflects the glamor of the 1920s and the devastation and escapism of the 1930s.
“Art Deco, abbreviation of decorative Art, takes its name from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, held in Paris in 1925. The international exposition celebrated a new style characterized by geometric ornament, symmetry, stylization and angularity, which has developed globally with different variants. In the United States, he combined modern style with an embrace of materials used in industry and new technologies, influencing the design of everything from skyscrapers and automobiles to clothing and radios.
Art Deco Opening Day Schedule
So save the date! Saturday February 12 only, the Wichita Museum of Art brings together period-specific art, music, dance and architecture with the approaching 50th anniversary of the Wichita Jazz Festival to offer visitors an exclusive day-long experience of the iconic Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression in America. This opening celebration of music, dance, architecture and art brings to life one of the most transitional periods in American history with “American Art Deco: Designing for the People: 1918 -1939”.
Here is the WAM program for the opening day celebration:
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Live music with the Wichita Celebrity Jazz Band
Put on your dancing shoes! Jazz concerts celebrate the opening of WAM’s American Art Deco exhibit as part of the Taste of Jazz program, in partnership with the Wichita Jazz Festival.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Opening lecture: Art Deco in our hometown
Enjoy a living travelogue with fellow Wichitanians: architect Dean Bradley and photographer Larry Schwarm. Together, they present their documented tour and discussion of classic Art Deco influences around Wichita, from the airport built in 1935 to the US Courthouse built in 1932.
2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Dance demonstration with the Wichita Swing Dance Society
Learn Charleston from the pros, then enjoy dancing throughout the afternoon to more swinging tunes from the Celebrity Jazz Band, including your opportunity to cut a rug with a company of “cool cats.”
And, of course, enjoy the main dishthe collection of more than 140 pieces, “American Art Deco: Designing for the People: 1918-1939”, all day.
But that’s not all! WAM plans to hold unique events in February and March while the Art Deco exhibition is on display.
WAM Art Deco Events
Dialogues with the guides
Saturdays February 19 and March 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Want to know more about the ideas and perspectives of Art Deco? Want to share your ideas? This casual chat time lets you talk with WAM Docents about this iconic modern style on display. The event is free, but non-members of the Wichita Art Museum will need to purchase American Art Deco exhibit tickets at the front desk to attend the tour. No reservation required.
American Art Deco walk-in tour
Sundays February 27 and March 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
This tour led by WAM-trained docents will provide insight into the American Art Deco exhibit and offer more ways to learn about this influential movement in the history of art and architecture. The event is free, but non-members of the Wichita Art Museum will need to purchase American Art Deco exhibit tickets at the front desk to attend the tour. No reservation required.
Friends of Wichita Art Museum Howard E. Wooden Lecture
Thursday, February 24 — 5 p.m. Opening of the galleries / 6 p.m. Festive meeting and cash bar / 6:45 p.m. Illustrated conference
Art historian and public researcher Dr. Renée Ater explores the Art Deco paintings of Topeka native Aaron Douglas – one of Kansas’ most important artists – who paved the way for Renaissance painters from Harlem to New York in the 1920s. illustrated talk will focus on the work of Douglas: Noah’s Ark (1935). Dr. Ater is widely published on African American artists, including Aaron Douglas, and is Senior Visiting Associate Professor, Africana Studies, at Brown University and Emeritus Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. His lecture is free, non-members of the Wichita Art Museum will need to purchase tickets to the American Art Deco exhibit at the front desk. Free for WAM members.
Senior Wednesday: American Art Deco Gallery Exploration
Wednesday, March 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Excellent for active adults ages 55 and up, Senior Wednesday offers lifelong learning opportunities in this traveling exhibit from America’s iconic Art Deco era. Seating will be provided throughout this exhibition of over 140 decorative arts, paintings, sculptures and more spanning the art of the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression.
American Cacophony — Midwestern Art Deco: 1918-1939: A Historical Context
Thursday March 10 — 5 p.m. Opening of the galleries / 6 p.m. Conference
Join us for a landmark lecture featuring University of Kansas history professor Dr. Johnathan C. Hagel as he uncovers the harmonies and dissonances of the decade between the two world wars. Connecting monumental events and historic moments that played out in symphony with the art deco movement, Professor Hagel covers the connections between events such as Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic to the home runs of Babe Ruth, automobiles from Henry Ford to Franklin D. Roosevelt in relation to the Art Deco era. The conference is free, the galleries are open with paid entry to the Art Deco exhibition. Everything is free for WAM members.
Family ArtVenture: Deco Dance!
Saturday March 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bring your dancing shoes! This ArtVenture combines the creation of art-deco designs followed by the annual dance party for children and families! From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., design and make art-deco and wacky dance accessories to wear. Then, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., our DJ amps it all up with a deco-disco dance party that the whole family will enjoy.
Art Deco? What style is it?
Thursday, March 31 — 5 p.m. Opening of the galleries / 6 p.m. Conference
Join us for a design discussion with Jim Hellman who “explores new design features in typography, illustration, and advertising celebrated and still valued today as the epitome of Art Deco. Speaker Jim Hellman answers the question “what style is Art Deco?” of his extensive graphic design experience as a graphic designer, a retired design professor from Wichita State University with over 40 years of teaching experience. He is also known for his art direction for popular magazines, corporate communications, and numerous book designs for publishers in New York and Boston. The conference is free, the galleries are open with paid entry to the Art Deco exhibition. Everything is free for WAM members.
There’s a lot to discover at the Wichita Art Museum! Here are the opening day details once again:
Saturday, February 12, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Art Deco exhibition opening day activities with live music, dancing, lecture and more
$5 admission to the new Art Deco traveling exhibition
Saturdays at the Art Museum, free
$5 extra to see the Art Deco exhibit from Saturday to May 29, 2022
Regular admission applies on all other days except Saturdays
March 26, 2022 @ 11h00-15h00
WAM: Family Art Venture: Deco Dance!
1400 Museum Boulevard West
March 27, 2022 @ 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
WAM: American Art Deco Self-Guided Tour
1400 Museum Boulevard West
March 31, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.
WAM: Art deco? What style is it?
1400 Museum Boulevard West