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Tete Volante

Christiaan Karel Appel, born April 25th, 1921, was a multi disciplined Dutch artist. Appel was a talented painter, sculptor, and poet. Appel began painting at the age of fourteen and attended the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in the 1940s. Appel was one of the founders of the 1948 avant-garde movement CoBrA. Appel's talent as a sculptor achieved international fame, having works featured in MoMA and other museums worldwide. Appel derived much inspiration from primitive art and children’s drawings.

The American Architect and Building News - Apr. 9, 1887, The New England Building, KCMO

This drawing illustrates a street view of the New England Building located in downtown Kansas City designed by the architectural firm Bradlee, Winslow and Wetherell from Boston, Massachusetts. The building consists of seven stories and rendered in a Renaissance Revival style with ornate detailing on the facade, two-story oriel, stone masonry, and arched entryways. Kansas City also utilized the Renaissance Revival style in designing many downtown buildings.

The City Market Sesquicentennial Celebration

This poster celebrates the 150th anniversary of the City Market in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2007. Historic photographs provided by the Missouri Valley Special Collections overlap one another in a muted primary color palette to create a visually alluring rustic collage. The City Market has evolved over the years but has maintained its role as a bustling center of commerce throughout its lifetime.

The Commerical Club of Kansas City Banner

Leaders in Kansas City business have been involved in their city's larger civic life since the first settlers came here in the 1820s. The first formal organization, though, dates from 1856 when a small group of local businessmen established the first commercial organization of Kansas City for the purposes of general public improvement.

The Congress

This poster presents the United States Capitol Building dome at sunset which bathes the building in warm light that causes it to glow. An architectural cutaway superimposes half of the original photograph of the building, revealing its interior design and structural elements. A third layer of the graphic lines a row of six notable Congressional Representatives from various eras along the bottom of the building, of whom is George Henry White (1852-1918) and Jeannette Rankin (1880-1973).

The County Election

"The County Election" was an oil painting created by Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham in 1852. This work depicts the civilian experience of democracy with a critique of the developing political system, a theme frequented by Bingham throughout his career. Accordingly, the civilians gathered in this work do so around the front steps of the courthouse from which the politician speaks, but is not seen. Meanwhile, a line forms to cast their ballot under a banner that reads "The Will of The People the Supreme Law".

The Departure from the Wood River Encampment

This print depicts the Lewis and Clark Expedition heading out on their journey west. There are three boats in view with the foremost occupied by Lewis and Clark themselves. They stand beneath a canopy pointing downriver while a crew of men powers the boat in that direction by rowing. Flags from the Early American colonies hang from each boat. The painting was originally titled "The Departure from the Wood River Encampment" an event that occurred on May 14th, 1804. Gary R. Lucy is a Missouri artist whose work focuses on historical themes and the realistic depiction of local wildlife.

The Fisher Boy

Alexander Harrison was an expatriate American painter who favored marine scenes of leisure and work life. He includes both in this painting of a young fisherman taking a break from the work that supplied the catch of fish at his feet. He leans against the wall behind him and hangs with one hand from a loop screw above in order to create a headrest with his arm. He appears dazed with eyes wide but focusing on nothing in particular. He balances a circular fishing device between his feet, one of which he's pulled out of his shoe to reveal a tattered sock.

The Flying Dutchman

In this silver gelatin print legendary shortstop Honus Wagner better known as "The Flying Dutchman" is the focal point. He is featured with outfielder Fred Clarke over home plate at a practice session in Hot Springs, Arkansas for a one time training camp of the Pittsburgh Pirates. George Gibson is the catcher. The following text, "The Carnegie Museum of Art" is centered at the top of the of the poster. Additional text below the black and white photograph cites, "The Flying Dutchman, Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, Hot Springs Arkansas 1908."

The HMS Victory

This small scale reproduction celebrates the HMS Victory, notable for the role as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar on October 21, 1805. The original ship, by the Royal Navy rating system, was considered first-rate because of the continuous decks that contained 104 mounted guns.

The Jolly Floatboatmen

George Caleb Bingham was a Missouri artist active throughout the 19th century and is known for his genre paintings which depicted life on the American frontier, and particularly along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. This painting was the first of three with the same name completed by Bingham, each with a similar composition and subject matter. Here, a group of men sits atop a flatboat, the central most figure dances and is flanked by two other figures playing instruments while the other men lounge and observe.

The Kansas City Connection

"The Kansas City Connection" is an artist proof print and is numbered 25/50. "The Kansas City Connection" highlights major Kansas City figures including founding fathers, artists, architects, artworks, fountains, buildings, personalities, generals, and architectural elements. The well planned artistic composition provides a naturalistic grouping of the many different elements of Kansas City culture.

The Kansas City Stockyards Depiction

A black and white reproduction of a nineteenth century historic map of the Kansas City Stockyards, by C.F. Morse. The original work was published by L. H. Everts and Co. in 1887, for the Kansas State Atlas. Additional text on the piece includes "KANSAS CITY STOCK YARDS, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS, C.F. MORSE GENERAL MANAGER, H.P. CHILD SUPT, E.E. RICHARDSON TREAS & SEC."

The Library's First Bookcase

This antique Victorian style wooden bookcase was the first to be purchased for the Kansas City Public Library. It has five shelves and two lower drawers. Access to the shelving cabinet is gained through two doors comprised of glass and wood that swing outward. Each door contains four panes of glass. The base of the bookcase contains two drawers, each drawer is accessed by two wooden knobs, located to the right and left of each compartment. The bookcase has three locks, one for the shelving compartment and one for each drawer.

The Main Event

In 1984, Kansas City welcomed President Ronald Reagan and former Vice President Walter Mondale to the Municipal Auditorium for their second presidential debate. Taking center stage in this poster is a pair of boxing gloves draped over a microphone. The poster is comprised of a strong black and white palette with a half inch red border. A smokey haze manifests from behind the gloves while a bright light shines onto the gloves accenting the names: "Mondale" on the left and "Reagan" on the right.

The Manchurian Swallowtail

Born in California, Bill Howe lived most of his life in Ottawa, KS, where he conducted a life long study of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and translated his studies into paintings. He graduated from Oklahoma University and later studied at the Kansas City Art Institute to develop his command of the watercolor medium used for most of his field studies.

The National Agricultural Exposition Kansas City

A color lithograph advertising the National Agricultural Exposition held in Kansas City in 1887. This print celebrates the dedication and opening of an Industrial Building in the style of the Crystal Palace order. The Exposition Building is featured center with a thoroughfare depicting the traffic of horse drawn carriages, a trolley car and pedestrians strolling. To the left adjacent the other figures that are depicted include a locomotive engine, numbered 75, and the four muses of agriculture, art, literature and science.

The Outwin Poster (i)

This poster markets "The Outwin: American Portraiture Today", an exhibition held by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art from October 5th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018. Every three years, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery hosts The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which calls on artists across the country to submit portraits in a variety of mediums. The submissions divulge investigations of self-identity, cultural politics, and the effects of one's past or movement on their current life.

The Outwin Poster (ii)

This poster markets "The Outwin: American Portraiture Today", an exhibition held by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art from October 5th, 2017 to January 7th, 2018. Every three years, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery hosts The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which calls on artists across the country to submit portraits in a variety of mediums. The submissions divulge investigations of self-identity, cultural politics, and the effects of one's past or movement on their current life.

The Priest of Pallas Ball Athena

An original promotional poster for the Priests of Pallas Masquerade Ball held on 21 October 2006 at the Kansas City Union Station. This poster depicts a seated figure, the representation of the Goddess Athena. This figure is resplendently dressed wearing a highly stylized floral print Victorian gown in different hues of gold, and blue. A many plumed helmet, the symbol of wisdom and strategy, accentuates the figures head. The plumage of the headpiece is depicted in an array of colors, including blue, brown, pink and purple.

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