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Wichita Art Museum Presents Been in the Dark: What You Haven’t Seen Lately

Been in the Dark: What You Haven’t Seen Lately is an exhibition of artworks, on view through October 23, 2011, that have been in the vaults – literally in the dark – for years without having been put on display. For some of the art, this will be the first time it has ever been shown.

This exhibition is a compilation of seemingly random objects, whose only apparent relation is the fact that they haven’t been shown in a long while.

As the largest art museum in the state of Kansas, the Wichita Art Museum houses one of the country’s finest collections of American art, spanning three centuries of painting, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. Masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer, Horace Pippin, Edward Hopper, and Charles M. Russell are among the nearly 7,000 works in the permanent collection. Additionally, an important and expanding glass collection is a significant component to the overall collection.

The Wichita Art Museum is a public-private partnership between Wichita Art Museum, Inc., a Kansas non-profit corporation and the City of Wichita, Kansas. Wichita Art Museum, Inc. is the non-profit entity contracted by the City of Wichita to direct the day-to-day operations as well as the artistic direction of the Museum. A majority of the Museum’s staff are city employees. The Museum’s collections and its building are city owned.

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