The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: A History (Hardcover)
Wolferman begins by relaying how the trustees of the estates of the reclusive widow Mary Atkins and the family of Kansas City Star newspaper editor William Rockhill Nelson joined forces to establish a museum from scratch, then goes on to consider all of the highly talented people who directed and staffed the Nelson-Atkins along the way, their efforts resulting in many bold innovations, among them new collections, grounds, and educational programs and offerings.
With 100 color and black and white photographs, this book will be treasured by all who love and admire this remarkable institution, one that attracts half a million visitors—from across the city, state, nation, and world—each year.
This is a co-publication of the University of Missouri Press and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
About the Author
“Lavishly illustrated.”—Kansas City Star
“This fascinating story is a must-read for anyone interested in Midwestern cities and how art can transform them. Kristie Wolferman has created a page-turner about art and international culture orchestrated by numerous Kansas City personalities that will surprise and excite you at every turn. Lively and well-researched, this book will not only inspire you to visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art but will also urge you to learn its amazing social history, with art front and center.”— Susan Earle, PhD, curator of European & American Art, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas