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Unveiling of Peregrine Honig Shuttlecarts

August 11, 2011 by Kay

The Unveiling Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Friday 12th August 6-8 p.m.
Bloch Lobby 7 p.m.  Champagne toast Free, tickets required

How would you like to take a ride in a gilded bird cage? Or feel like royalty being driven in a filigreed chariot? The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art commissioned artist Peregrine Honig to dress up a pair of Shuttlecarts that move Museum visitors from one end of the building to the other. The motorized carts, now called Gilded Cage and Sweet Chariot, were first introduced to Museum visitors in April, but they have now been transformed by Honig.

“It’s significant that we are employing a local artist’s creativity at the Nelson-Atkins, where creativity is celebrated every day,” said JuliÀ¡n Zugazagoitia, CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “Peregrine’s unique sensibility is ideal for this project, which injects a feeling of fun and whimsy into the Museum.”

Peregrine Honig was a runner up on Bravo’s Work of Art: The Next Great Artist in 2010, the first artist reality television program. But she initially made a name for herself when a set of her prints was purchased by the Whitney Museum of American Art, establishing her as the youngest living artist to be included in the permanent collection. Honig’s sculptures, imagery and texts explore themes of sexual vulnerability, trends in disease and social hierarchies.

“Gilded Cage and Sweet Chariot pull from Mardi Gras floats,” said Honig. “The colors and material draw from circus culture, carnival rides, and commercialized interpretations of European royalty. I look forward to seeing these mobile sculptures at play with the architecture and art of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. I was honored to be given such creative freedom by JuliÀ¡n and I am excited to reveal something both beautiful and functional for the expansion.”

Honig was attracted to the Shuttlecart project because she enjoys making art that surprises people, and was also intrigued by the idea of visitors climbing into a work of art. The Shuttlecarts were made possible through the generosity of R. Crosby Kemper, Jr., a trustee of UMB Bank. Three years of funding for the carts was approved by The Carter Community Trust on Kemper’s recommendation.

“Crosby wholeheartedly embraced the idea of the Shuttlecarts and was instrumental in securing the donation that made them possible,” said Zugazagoitia. “And now Peregrine has made them fun and whimsical.”

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access and insight into its renowned collection of more than 33,500 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO.

Hours are Wednesday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.

Admission to the Museum is free to everyone.