Missouri Turns Vacations into Fine Art
Forget what your mother told you. Sometimes, it's okay to stare — especially when you're surrounded by beautiful, intriguing works of art. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, internationally renowned for its large and diverse collection, hosts a variety of exhibitions year-round. Through June 5, the Nelson-Atkins shares The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker, a stunning collection of cityscapes. See Chicago, Philadelphia and major European cities through Metzker's lens. With 92 prints, the Nelson-Atkins boasts the largest holding of Metzker's photographs in the United States. While at the museum, visit The Human Body, an exhibition that traces several artists’ reverence for the human physique. Even though prints in this collection date to the 15th and 16th centuries, they remain vibrant and powerful.
Across the state at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea brings the ancient Maya to life through 90 dazzling works. The exhibition explores the Mayan culture's relationship to rain and the sea, offering insights into the religious qualities Mayans ascribed to water. Many of the works in Fiery Pool are in the U.S. for the very first time.
A Midwestern View: The Artists of the Ste. Genevieve Art Colony, now at the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Columbia, delves into a much more recent past: the 1930s and 1940s. During this time, the picturesque town of Ste. Genevieve supported a thriving colony of artists. Well-known Regionalist painters, including Thomas Hart Benton and Joe Jones, honed their artistic identities at the colony and created what have become iconic works.
At the acclaimed Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, a phenomenal abstract collection awaits modern art fans Feb. 5-May 29. Douglass Freed, Paintings, 1973-2010, provides an excellent retrospective of the painter's huge, quietly symbolic works.
Looking for art you can take home? Missouri is home to countless galleries full of objects d'art. In Washington, The Art Center Gallery displays jewelry, prints, ceramics, blown glass and functional art (in addition to a wide variety of fine art from across the country).
The Art Bazaar in Jefferson City hosts more than 30 artists from central Missouri; works on display include wire and metal sculptures, stained glass, jewelry, pottery and more.