Monday, March 22, 2010
Magnificent Gifts on View This month, we celebrate the Kansas City community's generosity with an exhibition of anniversary gifts. Magnificent Gifts for the 75th features 130 of the nearly 400 gifts and promised gifts made in honor of this momentous occasion including paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, ceramics, glass, furniture and more. Get your tickets today.
Collection Highlight: Kanzan
The works of art in Magnificent Gifts for the 75th have transformed eight areas of the Museum's collection. This month's highlight is a promised gift to the Decorative Arts collection. Kanzan depicts a legendary Buddhist poet who embodies Zen freedom and spontaneity. Artist Akio Takamori has said that the jovial monk is like an "outer ego" for himself as a middle-aged man, with childhood on one side and old age on the other. Viewers of all ages and backgrounds can place themselves both in the role of and in relation to the monk with the engaging twinkle in his eye. See Kanzan in the exhibition. Get tickets online.
Before ancient Egypt became the topic of blockbuster movies and mystery novels, the only vision many westerners had of the region was from photographs. Exploring Egypt: 19th Century Expeditionary Photography presents photographs taken by artist-adventurers who went to great lengths to photograph the ruins of Egypt. This exhibition will guide you on a visual tour of the Nile, highlighting popular sites including the pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx. March 6 to July 18. Admission is free.
Visions of VeniceThe Museum's first exhibition devoted to glass, Venice. 3 Visions in Glass explores recent pieces by three of the leading artists working in glass today. Combining tradition and innovation, these artists have produced unexpected forms, effects and moods. Visually dazzling and compelling, some pieces include abstracted brilliant cityscapes, while others are more contemplative and evocative of the watery city of Venice. March 6 to Aug. 15. Admission is free.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
We’ve received raves about our yummy carrot nut muffins, introduced to Southmoreland by Mark’s mom Betty, and oodles of requests for the recipe. In honor of the 63rd Annual Carrot Capitol Festival held last month in Mark’s home town of Holtville, California, we offer this recipe for your enjoyment.
1 ½ C Flour
1 ½ t Baking Soda
¼ t Cinnamon
¾ C Sugar
½ t Salt
2 Eggs, Beaten
½ C Vegetable Oil
1 ½ C Grated Carrots
1 ½ c Chopped Walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a standard muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl combine eggs, oil, and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry. After a few strokes fold in the carrots and walnuts being careful not to over mix. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until muffins are golden brown and tester inserted into the middle comes clean. Let muffins cool and remove from tins. Makes 10-12 muffins.