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January 24, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – At the Johnson County Community College Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, queer abstraction features the work of 20 artists who create abstract art to convey the complexities of sexuality and gender identity in the 21st century.

This thought-provoking exhibition was recently recognized by NBC News on its list of “16 LGBTQ art shows worth traveling for in early 2020." The television broadcasting company declares that, “2020 is already shaping up as one of the strongest and most visible years ever for queer creativity at the world's top museums.”

The Nerman Museum is ranked alongside national and world-renowned art institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.

“We’re thrilled that NBC News included the Nerman Museum among ‘the world’s top museums’! Such national and international recognition is unprecedented,” said Bruce Hartman, Executive Director of the Nerman Museum.

Alternative identities, desires and communities are explored through the artists’ manipulation of color, form, texture and materials in queer abstraction. Many of these works defy the categories of painting or sculpture, while others camouflage reality in the guise of abstraction. Visitors are invited to leave preconceived notions of the body, sex, gender and love behind and discover abstraction’s queer possibilities.