The Johnson County Museum “What is Modernism?” exhibition received the 2015 Award of Excellence from the Kansas Museums Association (KMA). The association gave the award at its annual dinner in Wichita earlier this month. In light of this recent recognition, the “What Is Modernism?” exhibition originally scheduled to close on November 21, 2015, will remain open through January 30, 2016.
The exhibition details how the county’s built environment underwent a radical, modern transformation after World War II. “What Is Modernism?” explores how modern ideas about architecture and lifestyle took hold from 1945 until 1970 and were expressed throughout Johnson County.
The KMA praised the exhibition for the innovative and collaborative programming that accompanies it. Specifically, the Museum created an audio driving tour in collaboration with the organization KC Modern to highlight and encourage exploration of the mid-century modern architecture along Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park and residential neighborhoods in northeast Johnson County. That content is available on the Museum’s website, www.jocogov.org/museum.