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Art Review: Occupy Art


The Wichita Art Museum has assembled a new exhibition from their permanent collection. It’s called “Occupy Art: Protest and Empathy for the Worker.”

The premise of the exhibition leans on the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement in both language and concept. The show attempts to historicize the populist fight for the 99% by displaying artworks from a span of 150 years. Important artists included in this show are Robert Rauschenberg, Ben Shahn, George Grosz,  Käthe Kollwitz, Thomas Hart Benton, and, much to my delight and surprise, Kara Walker.

But, there is a disconnect between this premise and what the show actually does. While the connection b...