About This Exhibition

Flat, pure color. Geometric forms. Hard edges and right angles. Kaleidoscope features a range of works from the Wichita Art Museum’s collection that showcase 20th-century art’s experimentation with line, color, and optical effects.

At mid-century, abstraction—which rejected the realistic depiction of people, places, and things in art—reigned supreme. Line and color, which had previously been used to realistically depict the world, took center stage as subjects in their own right. Some artists avoided any suggestion of depth or recession in space, preferring flat planes of a single color to reinforce the flatness of the painted surface. Other artists did the opposite. They deliberately manipulated color and line to create the illusion of movement and depth, sometimes subtle and sometimes dizzying.

For all the artists in the exhibition, however, it is perception—how the eye experiences color and line—that fascinates. Visit the exhibition and step into a kaleidoscope.

Receeding squares of blue, red and yellow.

Richard Anuszkiewicz, From Blue, 1972. Acrylic on canvas, 48 1/4 x 48 1/4 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Slawson Fund through the National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Plan

Our Generous Sponsors

THANK YOU to all of the exhibition sponsors who are making this exhibition possible.

2022 exhibitions and public programs are generously supported by the Downing Family Foundation. All museum exhibitions receive generous support from the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum and the City of Wichita.