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  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of ArtNelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Kansas
    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is located in Kansas City, Missouri and well known for its neoclassical style architecture and the huge Asian art works it houses. In 2007, TIME magazine ranked it as the number 1 on the 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels list, in regard to their new Bloch Building. It was constructed on the grounds of Oak Hill, the former home of the Kansas City Star publisher, William Rockhill Nelson, who when he passed on in 1915, stipulated that when his wife and daughter passed away, the proceeds from his estate would be used to purchase artworks for the public's enjoyment. About the same period, former school marm Mary Atkins; who was the widow of real estate speculator James Burris Atkins, left $300,000 to start an art museum, and by 1927, the amount had grown to $700,000. Two different sets of plans were made for the two similar requests, with the Atkins Museum being located in Penn Valley Park, but after much consideration, they decided to join the two bequests and add some smaller ones that they had gotten, and create one single major art facility. The structure would be designed by local well known and prestigious architects Wight and Wight, who had done the approaches to the Liberty Memorial and the Kansas governor's mansion, Cedar Crest. In 1930, they broke ground, and the museum opened in December, 1933. Its classical beaux-arts style was modeled after the Cleveland Museum of Art. By the time the museum opened, it had cost $2.75 million to construct and the dimensions of the six story building were 390 feet long by 175 feet wide. It was called the Nelson Art Gallery or the Nelson Gallery, was really two museums until 1983, when it formally became the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Before that, the east wing was the Atkins, and the west wing and lobby were called the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art. On the outside of the structure, Charles Keck made 23 panels of limestone that showed the march of civilization from east to west that included wagon trains going west from Westport Landing. These is gorgeous grillwork in the doors that show oak leaf motifs in memory of Oak Hill and an authentic recreation of the wonderful Oak Hill library is on an upper level that has the original wood paneling, pictures, books, rugs and floors.  The collections include European paintings, with works by Vincent van Gogh, Caraviggio, Claude Monet, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, Edgar Degas, Petrus Christus, Gustave Caillebotte, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Guercino, Rembrandt, Alessandro Magnasco, Titian, Guiseppe Bazzani, Giuliano Bugiardini, Corrado Giaquinto, Gaspare Traversi and Cavalierie d'Arpino. In the Asian work, which are the most prestigious and celebrated, there is a great amount of Asian art, but especially those of the Imperial China, much of it bought before the early 20th century by Laurence Sickman, a Harvard fellow in China. It houses one of the finest collections of Chinese antique furniture in the nation and besides the Chinese collection, there are pieces from south Asia, Japan, southeast Asia, India, Korea, Iran and Indonesia. In the American paintings collections, the biggest collection open to the public of the works of Thomas Hart Benton is held, with works by George Bellows, John Singer Sargent, George Caleb Bingham, Winslow Homer, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins and John Singleton Copley. In 2006, Donald J. Hall, chairman of the Hallmark Card company gave the museum the complete Hallmark Photographic Collection that contained the history of photography from 1839 to today. It is mostly American in scope, with works from such great photographers like Cindy Sherman, Southworth & Hawes, Andy Warhol, Carleton Watkins, Lee Friedlander, Timothy O'Sullivan, Harry Callahan, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Homer Page, Alfred Stieglitz and Dorothea Lange. On the exterior of the museum, on their humongous lawn, the Kansas City Sculpture Park has the biggest collection of monumental bronzes by Henry Moore in the country. It also has works by George Segal, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero and August Rodin. Beyond these, and the museum, actually pictured to the right, are the famous Shuttlecocks, a four part outdoor sculpture of huge badminton shuttlecocks by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. 

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  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
    The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was started in 1990 by a group of former players, that included the Kansas City Monarchs outfielder, Alfred Surratt; in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved from a single room to a 2,000 square foot space in 1994. The museum grew in leaps and bounds, moving into a bigger space in 1997, to a purpose built structure that was five times as big as it was. It sits in the 18th and Vine district of Kansas City that held the cultural activity in the city during the first half of the 20th century and is the center of that area today, with the American Jazz Museum also housed inside the new structure. The museum has a chronological chart that shows the progress of the Negro Leagues using placards and interactive displays that inform visitors of all the history that was involved in this great adventure. The walls are completely lined with pictures of players, officials and owners of the league from the Negro National League of 1920 to the Negro American League that continued to 1960. Moving forward through the museum, you also move forward through time and events in the league's progress. Lockers have been set up with the names of the legends of the Negro leagues, with gloves, cleats, game-worn uniforms and numerous relics from the stars and legends of the league like Josh Gibson, the black "Babe Ruth". The most prominent and impressive part of the museum is the Field of Legends, that is at the end of the tour, and hidden behind chicken wire. There, you walk onto a field of almost life sized bronze statues of 12 figures from the league's history. Behind the plate is Gibson, one of the best hitters of all time, actually believed to have hit more than 80 home runs in a season. First baseman is baseball Hall of Famer, Buck Leonard, teammate of Gibson on the Homestead Grays; second baseman is Ray Dandridge, then hot spot Pop Lloyd, third baseman is Judy Johnson and in the outfield is Cool Papa Bell, Oscar Charleston and Leon Day. The pitcher is of course, maybe the best known of all time, Satchel Paige; coming into the Major Leagues at the age of 42, as a rookie. Batter is Martin Dihigo, the only ballplayer that is in the Hall of Fame in three countries, Cuba, Mexico and the US. Rube Foster, the man that started it all and Buck O'Neil, another Kansas City Monarch and member of the museum's board until he passed away in 2006.

February 11, 2011