By: Diane Granahan
An art destination not to go unnoticed, there are a couple of interesting exhibitions on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. On view through December 31, 2016 is Cuba Bound: Photographs by Jesse A. Fernández, where the artist captured the essence of his travels photographing artists in the intellectual circles he moved around in. Also on view through January 29, 2017 are two more recommended exhibitions: Surveillance, focusing on works relating to the subject dating as far back as 1864, and Acts of Nature: Contemporary Decorative Arts, showcasing various artists responses to the natural world around us. What should make visiting this museum all the more compelling is that admission is free to see all the aforementioned exhibitions. Though that is not to say Luxury: Treasures of the Roman Empire something to miss by any stretch of the definition, which cites a fair $12 for general admission, and less for students and seniors (free for youth and members).
Recently on view was An Anonymous Art: American Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Gift where amateur snapshots of the analog era were given a respectful nod as finally an aspect of modern visual culture. To see more on this past exhibition, go to: http://www.nelson-atkins.org/art/exhibitions/anonymous-art/
Needless to say, it seems Nelson-Atkins is a place to keep on one’s radar for some nicely curated shows.