Archive for Sunday, December 16, 2001

Arts briefs

December 16, 2001


Beautify and simplify

Elegant holiday decorations have their purpose, to be sure, but many people are exploring ways to simplify their lives. Even at the holidays or especially at the holidays there are ways to take a gentler approach.

Add unexpected trims to dress up curtains and draperies during the holiday season. Combine spray painted pinecones or glittered bells with twisted ribbon to make festive window tie-back trims, above. Small purchased berry wreaths to pull the fabric through work well, too.

For more home decorating ideas, at the holidays and beyond, see page 10D.

Museum names first American Indian curator

Kansas City, Mo. Gaylord Torrence will join the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Jan. 1 as the inaugural Fred and Virginia Merrill Curator of American Indian Art.

Torrence will be responsible for the study, care, interpretation and presentation of the museum's American Indian collection as well as organizing special exhibitions.

Since 1969 he has been a professor of art at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He also has been a consultant for two collections presented by the American Indian Art Department of Sotheby's, New York.

Torrence is noted for his work examining the artistic traditions of the Mesquakie people of Iowa.

The museum, 4525 Oak St., has a collection of more than 1,500 American Indian objects.

Kemper exhibit features pop culture images, items


Kansas City, Mo. "Bruce Yonemoto: Screen Gems" is on display through March 10 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd. The exhibit is Yonemoto's first solo show in the Midwest.

His works incorporate images from Hollywood films, 1950s television commercials, media and other sources to examine identity, ethnicity, time, evolution, illusion and distortion. The exhibit includes The Time Machine Globe, above.

Yonemoto grew up in California and saw the destruction of the Santa Clara Valley and its re-emergence as Silicon Valley, the nation's center of computer technology. His works often reflect the changes in American culture as a result of technology.

Programs related to the exhibition include a tour of the exhibition at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and screenings of "Kappa" and "Made in Hollywood" films by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto at 2 p.m. Jan. 27.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays.

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