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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.