This group of prints and drawings, chiefly from the 16th to 18th centuries, will be on exhibit through Dec. 14 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 S. Oak St., Kansas City.
This exhibit encompasses a broad span of social commentary, from caricatures to documentary realism. Various levels of society are represented: Carousing peasants, ladies of fashion, celebrities or anonymous adolescents. Some examples are complex, offering thinly veiled criticism of religious or secular institutions, while others represent the animal world, both real and imaginary. Many combine keen observation with fantasy and humor in a way that transforms the everyday into the exotic.
Admission to the museum is free, and they are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, call 816-751-1ART.