About This Exhibition

Cityscapes features paintings and prints from the Wichita Art Museum’s collection that explore the urban built environment.

Artists from the early-20th century onward depicted crowded streets, dramatic skylines, and towering skyscrapers.

Some used the city to explore the anonymity and isolation of modern life, others to celebrate American industry, and still others created nearly abstract paintings based on the repeating geometry of apartment buildings and street grids.

While Kansas Land and Visions of the Plains feature images of the rural landscape, Cityscapes showcases its opposite–the city.

Cityscape of a busy street lined with skyscrapers, people on the sidewalks and streetcars

Vincent La Gambina, Forty Second Street, New York City, 1938. Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 25 1/8 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Gift of the artist