October-December Highlights

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WSU celebrates Miro return

After a five-year restoration, Wichita State’s Ulrich Museum of Art this fall is re-installing its iconic mural masterpiece, “Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People)” by Spanish modern artist Joan Miró (1893-1983). A community-wide celebration to welcome back the mural is planned for Oct. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Completed in 1978, the Venetian-glass-and-marble mosaic spans 28 x 52 feet across the façade of the Ulrich Museum. After 30 years in Kansas weather, conservation was necessary and in 2011 the massive mural was dismantled and shipped to experts to bring the 1 million pieces back to their original condition.

“Miro is the star” of WSU’s 76-piece outdoor sculpture collection, according to museum director Bob Workman. For updates, visit ulrich.wichita.edu.

WAM hosts pop art exhibition

“Shiny, Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses” from the collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation will be on display at the Wichita Art Museum Sept. 24-Jan. 8. Included are works by such pop icons as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Wayne Theibaud (left).

There will be an opening party for the exhibition and the one-year anniversary of the Art Garden on Sept. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m.

For more, visit wichitaartmuseum.org.

Frank Lloyd Wright house open for tours

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House in Wichita opens its doors for tours on Tuesday and Friday mornings as Thursday evening. Space is limited so reservations are required.

At the time Wright was working on the Imperial Hotel in Japan and those influences can be seen intermingled with the distinctive style of one of Wright’s last Prairie Style houses. The house was finished in 1918 and has been restored to that period. It contains 30 pieces of furniture designed by Wright and all of the original art glass.

To book a tour, visit flwrightwichita.org or call 316-687-1027. Cost is $12.