Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Kansas City culture

Afternoon at some heavy-hitting art museums. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art permanent collection is thin but comprehensive -- one or so Rothkos, a Van Gogh, maybe a Picasso -- enough to at least show you abstract, impressionism, cubism, and so on. The newly-added Bloch wing has an unremarkable interior but the contemporary collection that it houses is very special.  Nearby is the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art which is far smaller and also far better curated.

courtyard of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nataraja statue at Nelson-Atkins
hallway towards classics wing at Nelson-Atkins
Egg by Subodh Gupta (2010); constructed from cooking utensils found in India at Nelson-Atkins
Wrapped Motorcycle by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1997) at Kemper Museum
Kemper Museum

River Market borough -- labyrinth of lofts.  Sunday farmer's market features local nectarines, spicy mexican mocha, decorative antlers and antique game boards, flowers, and of course pints of Kansas City Boulevard beer.

Sunday booths in Rivermarket

innovation central -- local firm
this is how we once rolled

America's entrepreneurial spirit.  Great inventions to experience at the Maker Faire event (see http://makerfaire.com/ ), situated in the grand Union Station.  The latest apps and web browsers, musical instruments, three-dimensional printers, and barbeque sauces.  Killer wheels spotted the pavement outside.


Shakespeare in the park. Beer, burritos, and fireflies -- just as William intended. At Southmoreland Park, near to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Fantastic experience, even if I could hardly follow any of the script of As you Like it.

Shakespeare in the Park at Southmoreland Park

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