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January 2024

Haunted Francis in Fantasyland/Living on Deadlines

January 25 - May 26
John F. Malta, "Haunted Francis in Fantasyland"

John F. Malta is a Cleveland, Ohio-born, multi-disciplinary artist, author, and educator. After spending most of his life along the Erie shore of Northeast Ohio he moved to New York City where he earned an MFA in Illustration As Visual Essay from The School of Visual Arts. He later relocated to Kansas City, where he works out of a studio based in the West Bottoms. His client list includes The New York Times, The New Yorker, Adult Swim, Beyond the…

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Establishing Essence

January 25 - May 26
Ken Worley, "Rockwood VI.5," 2005; oil stick on canvas. Gift of Dr. Harold F. Daum.

This exhibition draws from the animation style of Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle and explores elements of geometry, landscape, and color. The atmosphere of this gallery is intended to pull inspiration from stylistic, fantastical aspects of the animators and create a physical experience for the viewers that embodies the essence of early Disney artists. In this grouping, the Daum collection is recontextualized to evoke a sense of wonder in the everyday and a connective tissue that weaves the artists' individual…

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March 2024

Casey Whittier: Observations

March 30 - August 4
Casey Whittier, "Thick-leaf Bladderpod #3 (Montana)." Photo by T. Maxwell Wagner.

Casey Whittier received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is interested in the metaphorical and philosophical power of visual art and the ways in which the ceramic material creates direct connections between the geology of the earth, basic human needs, and complex metaphysical desires. Repetitive processes and systems of reliance are often used as metaphors for our interconnectedness. Whittier teaches ceramics and social practice at the Kansas City…

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All We Are

March 30 - August 4
Jo Whaley, "The Dunce: A Bewildered Ruler of an Ambiguous World," 1989; Unique Polaroid photograph. Gift of Ricci Racela & Michael Bonahan.

Through a focus on portraits and figurative works in the collection, this exhibition spans a multiplicity of human experiences and notions of being. The work explores the complexities of identity and the way these are reflected in the depiction of the body. The diversity of perspectives in the work presented is meant to provide a point of resonance for a multiplicity of viewers. This show is meant to reflect a sample of the collective notion of humanity, inviting viewers to…

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May 2024

Feast

May 31 - September 1
Chunbo Zhang, "Food Treasure Series - Lasagna," 2023; acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Feast is an exhibition exploring the theme of food in all its flavors, textures, colors, and cultural significance. Food is a focal point through which artists can express human creativity, history, and traditions through the idea of nourishment. Consider how various cultures use food as symbols in their meals. From still life to video and social commentary to explorations of color and form, food or the lack thereof is an aspect of everyone’s life. Open to artists from all backgrounds,…

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June 2024

Consume

June 27 - December 17
Michael J. Lardizabal, Untitled (3 Pears), gelatin silver print. Gift of Ricci Racela & Michael Bonahan.

Consume places work from the Daum collection in dialogue with works from around the world through our concurrent juried exhibition, Feast. Utilizing food as a focal point, the works presented showcase the process of bringing food to tables, the people who make meals, and the places and objects we utilize to consume them. Some of the works are beautiful explorations of form, light, and color, while other pieces hint at challenges presented in our food systems and cultural practices. However,…

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Naturally

June 27 - December 17

Naturally draws from the Daum collection to explore the natural world and our relationship to it. From representations of familiar landscapes to jungle environments, we find connections and highlight differences in how we live our lives and find inspiration from nature. Ceramic sculpture, fiber,  realistic renderings of landscapes, and abstract reflections of experiences in the world serve to invoke a sense of wonder and inspire visitors to explore the natural world.

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