Celebrating our 75th

Featured from the African collection.
Lulua peoples Maternity association figure

This idealized figure with its shining skin and beautifying scarification was created to attract an ancestral spirit who would safeguard a woman’s pregnancy.

365 Days of Art Archive

Created for the Museum's 75th anniversary year in 2008-2009, 365 Days of Art features highlights from many of our renowned collections of art.

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African, American, Ancient, Chinese, Decorative Arts, European, Japanese, Kansas City Sculpture Park, Modern & Contemporary, Photography, Prints, South & Southeast Asian Art Collection

From the Decorative Arts collection.


English fossil discoveries of the 18th century inspired ceramic designers; here, a small teapot is lavishly decorated with fossils of shells, plants and even dinosaur skulls.

From the African collection.

Kota peoples Reliquary Figure

This reliquary figure is covered with sheets of copper and copper alloy which invest this guardian figure with a shiny “whiteness” that enhances its protective supernatural sight.

From the Photography collection.

Augustus Washington John Brown

This portrait is possibly the earliest of only six known daguerreotypes of the abolitionist John Brown, made while he was living in Massachusetts.

From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.

Isamu Noguchi Avatar

In Hinduism, an Avatar is a deity who takes on human form in order to exist and benefit humanity on the earthly plane.

From the Kansas City Sculpture Park collection.

Jacques Lipchitz Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth symbolically represents the upward transition from earth to heaven: the Lamb of God, angels, the Virgin Mary and ultimately the Holy Spirit, in the traditional form of a dove.

From the Ancient collection.

Grave Marker

A puzzle from ancient Greece: this relief shows a scene of husband and wife departing at death—but which one has died?

From the Decorative Arts collection.

Kenneth Ferguson Four-Legged Vessel

This vessel, inspired by the Museum’s collection of ancient Chinese bronzes, was made by Ken Ferguson, who was head of the ceramics department at the Kansas City Art Institute from 1964 to 1996.

From the Photography collection.

John Carbutt William T. Sherman and Son

This photograph was taken two years after the devastating death of Sherman’s favorite son, Willy, who died after exposure to yellow fever while visiting his father’s camp.

From the Chinese collection.

Ruyilun Guanyin (Cintamani chakra Bodhisattva) Seated on a Lotus Throne

Decked out with jewels and flying scarves, this image of the Guanyin who Turns the Wish-Fulfilling Gem presents a vision of splendor and compassion.

From the Decorative Arts collection.

William Taylor Charger

Ceramics often served to commemorate a political event or display loyalty to a political party or cause.  This slipware charger commemorates the restoration of the British monarchy with the coronation of Charles II.

From the European collection.

Jan Steen Fantasy Interior

The man seated in the center is a brewer from the old Dutch city of Haarlem, where beer is still made today, and the elephant in the painting above the fireplace refers to the name of his brewery, which was called the Elephant.

From the Modern & Contemporary Art collection.

Franz Kline Turin

Named after a city in northern Italy, Turin evokes both architectural structures such as bridges and girders and the surging energy of the metropolis.

From the American collection.

Martin Johnson Heade After the Rain in the Salt Marshes

Salt marshes, like those pictured here, are a uniquely North American phenomenon.

From the European collection.

Georges-Pierre Seurat Study for A Bathing Place, Asnieres

This work demonstrates Seurat’s favored ‘halo’ effect. The artist places dark colors next to light so that the seated figure to the stands out against his background.

From the European collection.

Paul Cezanne Mont Sainte-Victoire

The curving lines in the sky suggest the effect of the mistral, the strong wind of the South of France

From the American collection.

Newell Convers Wyeth Illustration for Drums

Wyeth’s illustration appeared as the endpapers for Drums, James Boyd’s popular 1928 novel set in North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. A copy of Drums may be found in the Museum’s Spencer Art Reference Library.

From the Chinese collection.

Cricket Cage

Chinese cricket cages were created in all shapes and forms. This one is a natural gourd that grew into a mold in the shape of a melon. A lid of carved ivory with open work allowed the cricket’s song to be heard.

From the American collection.

Albert Bloch Die drei Pierrots Nr. 2

Die drei Pierrots Nr. 2 was inspired by the commedia dell’arte, a popular form of entertainment that originated in Renaissance Italy and involved pantomime, acrobatics, and improvisation.

From the Japanese collection.


The delicate patterns in gold on the garment of Kujaku-Myōō, a Buddhist king, are created with very thin strips of gold leaf that are adhered to the silk, a meticulous process called kirikane.

From the Japanese collection.


Made from a wooden core covered with layers of black and red lacquer, this ewer bears the results of wear that have revealed the dark ground through the red surface layers; this is considered to be desirable and adds value to the piece.

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