Art in the Grass


By now, Louise Bourgeois’ “Spider,” our favorite of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s lawn sculptures, seems as integral to the museum as the building itself. Less so is Wichita native Tom Otterness’ “Crying Giant.” The 5,700-pound misfit is a big-bellied bronze with an enormous bowed head propped up by spindly arms. Located in the southwest corner of the Kemper’s lawn, it’s forgettable, despite its size. Otterness has made an extremely successful career of public-art commissions, all in his trademark cartoon style. Many debate the taste level. But his sewer crocodiles in the 14th Street/Eighth Avenue subway station in New York City? So cute!
Give the giant fair treatment, though, at today’s On the Lawn tour, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Kemper (4420 Warwick). The self-guided exploration comes with a kid-friendly activity guide. Call 816-753-5784 for information.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art