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Downtown Events

Metal to the Pedal - Vintage Pedal Cars
Sunday, April 11
Wichita-Sedgwick Co. Historical Museum

50 Years of American Pedal Cars

Children’s toys hold a place amongst the most ancient artifacts. They typically mirror the adult world children aspire to and often teach children how to look forward to life as a grown-up.

The pedal car holds a unique position in the history of toys. A product of the Industrial Age, it took the idea of the “hobby horse” which itself saw a transition to pedal power in the late 19th century, to the next level. The earliest recorded pedal powered vehicle was the “Quadracycle” exhibited in 1853 at the “Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations World’s Fair” held in New York City at the time when two-wheeled bicycles became popular. Pedal cars mirror automotive design of the Machine Age and reflect advancements in mass production as applied to toy manufacturing. As artifacts, they have become nearly as popular with collectors as the actual automobiles themselves.

This exhibit features pedal cars from the Robert Guenthner Collection and is featured in the Slawson Gallery June 2020 through June 2021.

Museum Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Friday: 11am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1pm-5pm

Admission
$5 for Adults
$2 for Children (Ages 6-12)
Under Age 6 are Free


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Foot in the Door - A Community Art Exhibition
Sunday, April 11
Wichita Art Museum

The Wichita Art Museum celebrates artists who call Wichita home. As the verve of the Wichita art community strengthens and the landscape of artists and arts organizations continues to expand, the museum is eager to celebrate the new and growing energy.

To mark the museum’s 85th anniversary, the museum will stage a great community exhibition. To reach into the diverse corners of Wichita and to tap the dynamic of creativity in the city, the art museum will invite artists to share a modest work of art to have their “foot in the door.”

Any individual in the Wichita MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) who identifies as an artist will be welcome to submit a 12 x 12 inch artwork (including the frame)--painting, print, drawing, relief--for presentation in the exhibition Foot in the Door. Young and old, professional and emerging--artists from the Wichita metro will be invited to take part. We anticipate an outpouring of interest and strong participation across the city’s arts scene.

Economic studies attest that a vibrant art scene is a leading ingredient in any prospering city. Wichita boasts a tremendous arts community, and WAM celebrates what the arts add to the good life well-lived in the heartland.

Museum Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm


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Dome Theater Shows at Exploration Place
Sunday, April 11
Exploration Place

Grab a seat and enjoy the fun of a Dome Theater film! Encounter an exceptional experience with the largest dome theater in the state. Travel to faraway destinations and go on adventures unlike any other, under the soaring 60-foot screen, immersive 360-degree view and booming surround sound.

Current Feature Film - Turtle Odyssey

Take the plunge into the vast ocean with green sea turtle, Bunji! Follow her incredible journey from a hatchling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, through adulthood. Swim with this amazing creature over thousands of miles and encounter sea critters of all sizes. Tag along with scientists as they attempt to save the green sea turtle species.

Show Times (Tue-Sun): Noon, 1:30pm, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm*
*Thu only

Feature Film Tickets: Adults (12-64) $8, Seniors (65+) $7, Youth (3-11) $6, 2 and Under FREE
Exploration Place member discounts available

Current Special Feature - Animalopolis

Voyage to the magical world of animals. Go nose to nose with hippos, dance with bears and do summersaults with sea lions. Unlock the imagination with animals from across the globe, including cheetahs, lions, crabs and much more.

Show Times (Tue-Sun): 10:30am and 3:00pm

Special Feature Tickets: Members $1, Adults (12-64) $5, Seniors (65+) $4, Youth (3-11) $3, 2 and Under FREE 

 

You do not have to pay exhibit admission to do the dome! Dome Theater tickets are available for purchase only at Exploration Place. Tax not included. Prices subject to change without notice.

A limit of 59 seats are available per showing to allow for proper social distancing. The theater’s stair railing, doors and chairs will be cleaned after every show, and the entire theater will be sanitized at least twice per day. Exploration Place asks that you please pick up your empty soda bottles, candy wrappers, etc. when you exit the theater. This effort will help keep all safe and healthy.


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African American Art in the 20th Century - Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond
Sunday, April 11
Wichita Art Museum

"African American Art in the 20th Century: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond" presents nearly 50 paintings and sculptures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s premier collection of African American art. Created in moments of significant social and political change - from the 1920s jazz age to the 1960s civil rights movement and beyond - each work dazzles visually while also shedding light on the African American experience.

The exhibition features artworks by 34 leading 20th-century artists, including Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Lois Mailou Jones, Hale Woodruff, and others.

Museum Hours
Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Sundays: Noon-5pm
Mondays: Closed

Image: William H. Johnson, "Sowing," about 1940. Oil on burlap, 38 ½ x 45 ¾ inches. Smithsonian Museum of American Art Museum, Washington, D. C., Gift of the Harmon Foundation


Contact Teresa Veazey at (316) 268-4921 or pr@wichitaartmuseum.org
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Brains and Toils - Prints of Labor and Industry from the WAM Collection
Sunday, April 11
Wichita Art Museum

Brains and Toils: Prints of Labor and Industry from the Wichita Art Museum Collection explores ideas of labor and industry in early 20th-century America. Featuring prints of farmers, fishermen, dockworkers, and builders of all kinds, the exhibition considers both urban and rural workers and the ways in which their labor shaped all aspects of America life—from politics and the environment to the family and community.

With images of despair and heroism, boredom and excitement, mistreatment and unity, the exhibition considers the varied experiences and roles of the American worker during a time of radical change.

Featured printmakers include Claire Leighton, John Taylor Arms, Gordon Grant, Georges Schreiber, and others.

Museum Hours
Tuesdays-Saturdays: 10am-5pm
Sundays: Noon-5pm
Mondays: Closed

Image: Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Rolling Mills—Sheffield, 1953. Lithograph, 11 11/8 x 15 7/8 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, C.A. Seward Memorial Collection


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