Art exhibit with ties to Nelson-Atkins Museum opens in Paris

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is making a splash in Paris, France.

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky debuted at the Musée du quai Branly on Monday, April 7. Nelson-Atkins curator of American Indian Art Gaylord Torrence put together this landmark exhibition that will come to Kansas City in the fall.

In 2010, Stéphane Martin, the president of the Musée du quai Branly, visited the new American Indian galleries at the Nelson-Atkins. He was so impressed that he invited Torrence to curate an exhibit on Plains Indians art.

“Of course, everyone knows them from their movies and a few pictures but not so much about the real identity and the real lifestyle over the course of their history,” Martin said. “So we wanted to address that and we were looking for the right way to do that.”

Torrence acquired nearly 140 pieces from collections across the United States. Four years of hard work finally culminated in a successful opening day in Paris.

“Kansas City is taking over Paris in such an incredible and celebratory way,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, CEO & Director, Nelson-Atkins Museum. “We will be shining our best pictorial efforts, the great talent of Gaylord Torrence and we're also going to be sharing with Paris a very deep way of looking at our culture.”

This exhibition will remain in Paris this spring and summer. It will be at the Nelson-Atkins Museum from Sept. 19 through Jan. 11, 2015. It will close at the renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City from March 2 to May 10, 2015.

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