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Art: Small Pleasures

Madeline McCullough
Ulrich Museum of Art

The mural by Joan Miró titled “Bird People” makes the façade of the Ulrich Museum an icon of the city. But currently the Miró mural is down for extensive cleaning and conservation.

In its absence, the Ulrich has utilized the space to invite other artists to show work. Right now, they’re installing new work commissioned from artist and WSU Professor Levente Sulyok.

“Small Pleasures” consists of a billboard-size banner of pixilated urban imagery, with a small display case mounted on the banner and, eventually, two telescopes positioned across the street for viewing the contents of the display case. The small case functions as a “miniature gallery” in which a rotating selection of other artwork can be viewed.

The first piece in the miniature gallery is by artist James Porter. The work assembles bolts and washers in a jar and a stack of colorful plastic toothbrushes that jut out of the top. It is what Sulyok calls a “spontaneous sculpture.”

A juror will be in charge of selecting the next object for display along with selecting the next juror for the following selection process. The intent is to keep the nature of the “miniature gallery” open and democratic. Selections are made from submissions that come through the website dedicated to the installation.

“Small Pleasures” will remain up until the Miró is ready to be reinstalled in 2016. Professor Sulyok will be giving a talk at the Ulrich Wednesday at 6pm, where you can hear about his work, the conceptualization of this project, and discuss all the possibilities “Small Pleasures” offers the community.

Ulrich Art Chat Info:

Levente Suylok’s Small Pleasures



Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount Street

Free admission. RSVP by emailing ulrich@wichita.edu or calling (316) 978-3664