Fabulous Friday at the Nelson-Atkins

by Cathy on March 11, 2013 · 0 comments

in Kansas City,Travel

If you’re looking for something fun to do in Kansas City on a Friday night, consider heading over to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. We started out with the $5 happy hour in the Bloch building lobby.

Then we had dinner in Rozzelle Court. The food — though delicious — is a bit pricey so we each ordered large salads and split an order of crab cakes. The atmosphere is the real show stopper. You feel like you are dining in a courtyard in old world Italy. If you look up, you can see about a dozen Rodin sculptures on the second floor balcony. Free music is also featured. We listened to a jazz duo as we ate dinner. 

On occasional Fridays, the Nelson hosts artist walks by recipients of the Charlotte Street Foundation awards. On March 8, fashion designer Peggy Noland shared slides of her wearable graffiti-type clothing and the ever-changing art installations on the exterior of her shop. One week, a cheshire cat adorned the front door of her Crossroads District shop Peggy Noland Kansas City; the next week featured a giant pink hand with purple nails. She has designed clothing for numerous music groups and is creating the costumes for a yet-to-be-named movie. Rihanna’s stylist discovered Noland on Instagram and hired her to create the costumes for the singer’s upcoming world tour.

Noland finished off the evening by taking us on a walking tour of five pieces in the gallery that influenced her work in some way. Abstract painter Mark Rothko was a major force, while Thomas Hart Benton was not. In the midst of the tour, she discussed creativity, ownership of an artist’s inspiration and where she found her ideas.

If you are looking for a similar evening of fun, check out the next Charlotte Street Artist Walk. Poet Glenn North will be featured on April 12 at 6 and 7 pm. The event is free but tickets are required. Include the happy hour and dinner in Rozzelle Court, and you will have a memorable night.

 

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