The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
As part of its 15th-anniversary celebration, the Charlotte Street Foundation arranged for five of its visual-artist fellowship award winners — Mark Southerland, Peregrine Honig, Anne Lindberg, Tom Gregg and David Ford — to give talks about their own art as well as their favorite works on display in the Nelson-Atkins' galleries. This series made a concrete link between artists living and working in Kansas City and the inspiration they find in the collections of local art institutions. Plus, the talks and tours provided a rare opportunity to consider the work of locals in the context of the museum's masterpieces. (Of course the soft washes of Mark Rothko's "Untitled No. 11" have the same quality of light as Anne Lindberg's thread installations.) Hey, Nelson and Charlotte Street, how about more in 2013?