Upcoming Exhibitions

Kumi Yamashita, Chair, 2015. Enameled and carved wood, single light source, shadow. Copyright Kumi Yamashita, Courtesy of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Photo: Hideto Nagatsuka

Light & Shadow: Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamashita

Light and Shadow features the work of two sculptors who create work of ethereal beauty.

Alyson Shotz strings colorless glass beads on steel thread and hangs her nets and skeins in floor-to-ceiling installations. A critic remarked that her work “approaches invisibility.” In it, the solid materials of most sculptures are replaced by air and light.

Kumi Yamashita presents ordinary objects that cast extraordinary shadows. Under raking light, a wall with a seemingly random scattering of wooden numbers yields a child’s monumental profile. A carved exclamation point casts a shadow of a question mark. Remove the light and the art disappears.

Both artists have exhibited internationally. Light and Shadow is guest curated by Vicki Halper.  

Save the Date
Light and Shadow: Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamashita Opening Party
Saturday, August 3
7 to 9 pm

Celebrate the opening of WAM's new exhibition, Light and Shadow. Artists Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamashita, plus guest curator Vicki Halper, join attendees for a lively gathering, including music and party antics in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall.

Free for WAM members; $10 for the general public. Tickets available for purchase online.



Unknown artist, Set of Twelve Demitasse Spoons, 1908–1917. Silver gilt and enamel, 1/2 x 4 1/16 x 7/8 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. W. P. Buck and McNamara Family in memory of David and Louise McGonigle

Coffee and Cocktails

Coffee and Cocktails brings together vintage furniture, designer clothes, and elegant decorative arts objects to explore the fashionable worlds of teatime and cocktail hour in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The first part of the exhibition centers on tea and coffee—two hot beverages that went from exotic imports to everyday necessities over the course of the 1800s, inspiring specialized tableware, furniture, and clothing. The second half of the exhibition takes the viewer from day to evening, and features the barware, furniture, and clothing necessary for an elegant night of drinks and conversation.

Coffee and Cocktails draws from the collections of the Wichita Art Museum and the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum. 


Frederick Carl Frieseke, The Yellow Tulip, about 1902. Oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 24 3/4 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Gift of William Connelly and Martha L. Walker


What She Wore: Portraiture, Fashion, and Femininity

Fashion and portraiture have always been intertwined. Particularly in images of women, clothes are used as a shorthand to describe the sitter’s personality—is she respectable and old-fashioned, over-the-top and risqué, or no-nonsense and capable?

What She Wore features nineteenth and twentieth-century portraits of women from the permanent collection, wearing everything from evening gowns to shirtdresses. Each portrait explores different ideals and conceptions of femininity, urging us to—in the words of Coco Chanel—“look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.”

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