By Georgia Hickam
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: a place to enjoy, appreciate and understand visual art and varied cultures from around the world. It is the perfect venue to escape daily life and find inner peace through art.
Being held through January 2017, there is a new exhibition called Surveillance, which explores the sneaky side of photography. As soon as cameras were introduced in the 1880’s, anyone could be unknowingly photographed at any time. Today, cameras are constantly recording our movements on the streets, in grocery stores, in airports. We rarely go anywhere without being watched by cameras. Constantly being watched makes us feel that our personal privacy is being interfered with. This new exhibit features works dating from 1864-2014 and focuses on categories like spying, military surveillance, mapping satellites and drones, as well as examples of counter-surveillance that prevents watching.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Atkins Auditorium will be showing a series of critically acclaimed films throughout October. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window will be screening on October 1 (this Saturday!). The main character, Jeff, is a photographer who spies on his neighbors through his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed a murder. It really makes you think about voyeurism and the importance of personal privacy.
Plus, the exhibit is free admission for everyone, so now you really don’t have an excuse to miss it!