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Forever, Briefly

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In 2006, British ceramist Clare Twomey had an exhibition called Trophy at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In an effort to create interaction between the museum and its visitors, Twomey filled the museum's courts with 4,000 little sculptures of blue birds around and among the classical works, presenting viewers with the choice to take one or leave the exhibit intact. Her work comments on the artist's relationship to craftsmanship and mass production, and how those things relate to the audience. Today, Twomey opens another of her interactive, ephemeral exhibits at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (4525 Oak, 816-751-1278). Forever features 1,345 ceramic vessels based on an 18th-century salt-glazed stoneware cup from the Nelson-Atkins' Burnap Collection of English Pottery. As in the Trophy exhibition, each visitor is invited to apply to become an owner of one of the ceramic objects. Forever runs through January 2. See nelson-atkins.org.— Chris Packham
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 9. Continues through Jan. 2, 2010

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