As Lipman continues her strong national reputation, the Wichita Art Museum proudly commissioned her for a landmark artwork. Living History, now in the Boeing Foyer, marks a milestone for WAM as a savvy museum with a prized and growing American art collection.
History and how objects and artwork carry meaning about the past–whether geological, environmental, or human–fascinates Beth Lipman. She investigates how 17th-century Dutch artists turned to still life painting to reflect a new luxury of merchant entrepreneurship. She probes Victorian furniture as expressions of social class, life cycles, even mortality. As Museum of Arts and Design Curator of Collections Samantha De Tillio wrote of Lipman, “Objects have vast stories to tell about who we are and what we value, and how we self-identify . . . Lipman engages this by mining material culture.”
As you visit and explore this new icon for the Wichita Art Museum, take time to look for objects that connect this majestic new artwork to its new home in Wichita.
Living History is generously supported by the F. Price Cossman Trust, INTRUST Bank, Trustee.