Exhibitions at the Albrecht-Kemper find art in unlikely places | Life


ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — The Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum is hosting three new exhibitions this summer that present art in new ways. The works are exhibited at AKMA until Sunday, September 11.

Leaving and greeting: Deanna Dikeman

Deanna Dikeman is a Kansas City-based artist from Sioux City, Iowa. Through her series, Leaving and Waving, she captures images of her parents saying goodbye from their driveway for 27 years. Comprised of 90 photographs, this poignant series documents snapshots of everyday moments, weaving a story of the aging process, change over time, and the eventual loss of loved ones.

Dikeman’s work has been exhibited across the country and internationally. More recently, photos of Leaving and Waving were shown at the Cortona on the Move festival in Cortona, Italy, and at the Festival du Regard in Cergy, France, in 2021, and at Cortona on the Move AlUla in Saudi Arabia in 2022. She a MS and BS degrees from Purdue University. Since 1988, Dikeman has had seventeen solo exhibitions and has been included in over 150 group and two-person exhibitions.

Entitled “This Thing All Things Devour” is loaned to the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art by Beverly Stribling. Ariel Bowman’s piece is part of a show featuring pieces depicting whimsical sculptures of extinct animals in precarious positions that is open until 9/11.

The Golden Age: Ariel Bowman

Ariel Bowman’s sculptures are an unlikely collaboration inspired by the Golden Age of Discovery and prehistoric animals. This exhibit is made up of 13 pieces, including freestanding clocks, candelabra, and kinetic wall sculptures of whimsical animals vanished into precarious positions. According to Bowman, “the Picturesque aesthetic of the 18th century refers to a time when our relationship to nature was expanded by scientific discoveries, but separated by the disappearance of wild places”. Many of Bowman’s sculptures also include working clocks with one twist: all clock mechanisms work backwards.

After a continuous six-month call for artists, the Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum will host its first exhibition of found objects.

Inspired by a quote by Leeana Tankersley in her book, “Found Art: Discovering Beauty in Foreign Places”, “Found art is created when strange, disparate, unlikely, even long abandoned objects are put together with d ‘other equally unexpected remnants to create something new and, if all goes as planned, charming.

There will be at least 37 works of art included in this exhibition.

The Albrecht-Kemper Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for students.

For more information on the exhibits, call 816-233-7003.


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