48 hours in Kansas City

I have a lot to share from my trip to New York City, and I will get to that this week. I tend to burn the candle at both ends and after a wedding in North Carolina, a week in New York City (including two separate day trips to Philly), I stopped in Kansas City for 48 hours.

KCI airport is in need of a makeover, and luckily they are in the midst of building a new terminal. I hope they keep a tornado shelter as the tornadoes there are no joke.

I grew up in Kansas, and don’t get back as often as I should. The purpose of the trip was to celebrate my father’s 85th birthday. With the pandemic, I hadn’t seen him since February of 2020. The visit was particularly special as he was hospitalized with COVID back in November of 2020. He’s doing great!

From the moment I got off the plane, I was scheduled. There were dear friends and family to see, and BBQ restaurants to go to, even though I don’t eat BBQ. My brother had us on a tight schedule, and that was with me opting out of my high school reunion (due to indoor event COVID concerns).

In between brunch and lunch, we stopped in the Waldo neighborhood to see our dear friends who were selling t-shirts, prints, masks and other custom items at a local art fair. My friend Greg, who is KC Cool, is a fantastic graphic designer. Their booth was by far the busiest. Kansas City people love wearing Kansas City related clothing.

Susie and Greg Azorsky at the KC Cool booth

My husband and I stayed with Susie and Greg, and their house is full of Greg’s artwork. Below are a few of my favorite pieces they didn’t know I was photographing.

Bauhaus Tel Aviv
18” x 24 in
Silk-screened
Based on #507, a double sided silk scarf collaboration by
Greg Azorsky and Elisha Abargel
This was in their kitchen. #639
These were in their entry hall

I regularly order graduation gifts from Greg’s other business Recognition Plus, and personalized stationary and other personalized items from Susie’s business First Impression. Tell them I sent you.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

When in Kansas City, aside from seemingly going from one meal to the next, a visit to the The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, which has some great exhibitions, is always worthwhile.

Claes Odenburg and Coosje van Brugge, Shuttlecocks, 1994
Aluminum, fiberglass, reinforced plastic, paint
19 feet 2 9/16 in x 15 feet 11 7/8 in

“The husband and wife team of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen were commissioned in 1994 to design a sculpture for The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. They responded to the formality of the original neoclassical building and the green expanse of its lawn by imagining the Museum as a badminton net and the lawn as a playing field. The pair designed four birdies or shuttlecocks that were placed as though they had just landed on opposite sides of the net. Each shuttlecock weighs 5,500 pounds, stands nearly 18 feet tall and has a diameter of some 16 feet.” (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art)

One of the first pieces of art I fell in love with as a child, was Duane Hanson’s Museum Guard. I don’t remember a time when it wasn’t on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Duane Hanson, Museum Guard, 1975
Polyester, fiberglass, oil and vinyl
5 feet 9” x 21” x 13 in

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is also great to visit. I ran out of time, so I had my brother and sister-in-law, who I lovingly refer to as Herb and Dorothy, take some photos of work they knew I’d love. We go see a lot of art together, so they are good correspondents.

Wayne Thiebaud, River Divide, 2007
Oil on canvas
60” x 48 in
Chakaia Booker, El Gato, 2001
Rubber tires and wood

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