This large exhibition presented the collection of paintings and sculpture of Bill Koch, a wealthy and eccentric art collector, as an unconventional show. A populist at heart, Koch wanted to attract the blue-collar families of his hometown Wichita to the art museum, perhaps for the first time, and to offer them an emotional experience they would remember.
Curators suggested to divide the artworks into several thematic categories, and we decided to create a different environment for each theme. A walk through the show would thus offer a dramatic, ever-changing experience. It seemed logical to experiment with color in an exhibition of paintings. Some twenty-six different wall colors were used throughout the galleries. Often, we complemented the artworks with various curious objects from Koch’s own sprawling home on Cape Cod.