New Chapter

On view Sep. 7 through Nov. 19, 2023

New Chapter includes recent acquisitions from the past two years – most on view for the first time.

This exhibition showcases the curatorial vision of the Museum's Executive Director and Chief Curator JoAnne Northrup, who took the helm in 2021 and is leading the Museum into a new phase of development with a schedule of exciting exhibitions and inspired acquisitions.

Northrup's selections bring attention to the incredible diversity of the Nerman Museum's permanent collection and carry forth the priorities pioneered by the founding executive director; for example, a commitment to collecting and displaying the work of artists of color and Queer artists. They also demonstrate a commitment to emerging artists whose work speaks to issues and ideas that resonate today and into the future. Additionally, New Chapter provides an opportunity to celebrate the gift of major artworks to the Nerman Museum collection by patrons in the United States and beyond who desired to share their artworks with communities at the College, in Johnson County, and the greater Kansas City region.

Image credit: Dana Claxton, HIP HOP NDN, 2022, Inkjet print, 54 x 72", Collection Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Gift of the Jedel Family Foundation