Like the first draft of the Declaration of Independence, which featured frowny faces instead of bullets in the list of grievances, art can be both inspiring and depressing. Surrender to the emotive power of world-class art with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a one-year friend level membership to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (a $65 value).
Grabbing the top spot in CityVoter’s 2009 Best Museum poll, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art serves as Kansas City’s intersection of art, culture, and history. Boasting more than 33,500 pieces and art objects, the museum’s vast collections are organized by period, geography, and medium and feature everything from photographs to sculpture to haunted portraits with eyes that follow visitors around the room. Rotating exhibitions encourage return visits, like a sentient boomerang that grabs your hand and refuses to let go. The current exhibit, Solitary: Alienation in Modern Life, explains away loneliness with works from artists including Henri Matisse, Otto Dix, and Paul Klee, who moonlighted as a self-help guru and was the first to posit that men and women may be space aliens hailing from separate planets. This Saturday, the museum opens two new exhibitions, Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present and Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection, which members get to see for free.
A yearlong friend membership includes VIP perks, such as invitations to members-only event previews and discounts at both the Museum Store and the Rozzelle Court Restaurant and Museum Café. Great for art enthusiasts, pursuers of unadulterated knowledge, or family members who spend entirely too much time at the Museum of Obscure Tax Law, a yearlong membership to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is a pulchritude-filled pathway to aesthetic enlightenment.
- Displays are beautiful and show the works in such a perfect way. They have a little bit of everything, and I do mean everything. – Alice A., Yelp
- While the "Shuttlecocks" often get the headlines, and they are fabulously fun, this museum has excellent selections of a wide variety of art from 2500 BC to the present. – RIHarri, TripAdvisor
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