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Defining Black Wichita - Celebrating 150 Years of Black Wichita
Tuesday, November 19
The Kansas African American Museum

Defining Black Wichita is a three-part exhibition series that chronicles the evolution of the African American community in Wichita, Kansas. Each exhibition within this series depicts the education, social endeavors, religion, and businesses that watered the African American community, a hallmark in the greater city of Wichita during marked periods of time over the span of 150 years.

Part 1: “Black Belt Beginnings”- 1870’s to 1930’s, runs through Nov. 23, 2019

The African American community of Wichita was well on its way, many years before the incorporation of the city in 1870. In the 1870’s, the Civil War was just ending in America and after many grueling years of enslavement, African Americans all across this new nation were emancipated. Kansas, being the epicenter of the battle for the issue of slavery, spawned a breeding ground for the genesis of a thriving and enriched African American community in the heart of Wichita. In the first installation of Defining Black Wichita, we recollect the first 60 years of Wichita and the birth of “The Black Belt.” This burgeoning black community covered about 4 blocks between Main and Waco Streets, north of Central. Depictions of the businesses, schools, churches, and social lives of Wichita’s original African American pioneers, add color and texture to our city’s overall story as they embarked on creating a lasting imprint on fresh territory.

Part 2: “Heart of Community” – 1930s to 1970s will debut in 2020

Part 3: “Expanding Horizons” – 1970s to today will debut in 2021

 


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Sole Seekers
Tuesday, November 19
Mid-America All-Indian Center

An exhibit in accordance with Rock Your Mocs, a worldwide Native American and Indigenous Peoples' movement held annually and in remembrance of the Trail of Tears, "Sole Seekers", is an exhibit of the Mid-America All-Indian Center's outstanding moccasin collection.


Contact Mid-America All-Indian Center at (316) 350-3340 or eraux@wichita.edu
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Light & Shadow: Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamashita
Tuesday, November 19
Wichita Art Museum

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. 

Image caption: Alyson Shotz, Invariant Interval #3 (detail), 2014. Stainless steel wire, silvered-glass beads, and aluminum, 98 X 104, 230 inches. Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Derek Eller Gallery, New York City.


Contact Teresa Veazey at (316) 268-4921 or info@wichitaartmuseum.org
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Coffee and Cocktails
Tuesday, November 19
Wichita Art Museum

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. 

Photo caption: 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


Contact Teresa Veazey at (316) 268-4921 or info@wichitaartmuseum.org
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Wild Weather - National Traveling Exhibit
Tuesday, November 19
Exploration Place

Forecast a day of fun!
Immerse yourself in extreme weather conditions. Fly through a hurricane, swirl along a tornadoes’ path, track turbulent cloud formations, map lightning strikes, and stand in the midst of a raging winter storm! Plus, go behind-the-scenes with meteorologists, simmer in sizzling heatwaves, chill out in plummeting temperatures and much more.

Wild Weather is produced by Science North.

Sponsored by: 

Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Shaw Family Foundation
Hotel at Waterwalk
Bill Bischoff
Price Truck Line
Skward Credit Union
MASSCO, Inc.


Contact Christina Bluml at 316-660-0620 or nate.jones@exploration.org
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