KC’s Must-See Fall Exhibitions: Nelson-Atkins Museum

About Face, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, August 9 – January 19

Curated by Jane Aspinwall and April M. Watson (pictured).

This exhibition of contemporary portraiture is drawn exclusively from photographic works created in the last 13 years. The exhibition features 29 artists from around the world—including three from the Kansas City area—and seeks to incorporate the voices of the artists within the labels for each work.


More information on the About Face exhibit


Co-curators Jane L. Aspinwall (right) and April M. Watson (left) are also partnering with creator Andy Adams to create a collaborative exhibition project focusing on contemporary portraiture. Attendees can also look for a resurgence of the antiquated processes, like daguerreotypes and tintypes, which has gone away in the last 15 years, as contemporary artists are rediscovering older processes.

“Everyone has their own idea of what a portrait is, and so we would encourage visitors to come with an open mind and see if your definition of portraiture is the same when you leave as when you entered the galleries.” ––April Watson, associate curator of photography and co-curator of About Face.

South African artist Pieter Huro’s Annebelle Schreuders, from the About Face exhibit beginning at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on August 9th.