Voices: At the Crossroads of Asia
July 30, 2019 – December 21, 2019
This exhibition of works by artists who traveled between Asia and the United States is the second presentation in a series on the theme of cultural exchange in art. It extends the museum’s 2018 program series, Silk Road through Kansas, which was named for the historical Silk Road, a network of trade routes linking Asia with the Mediterranean, Africa, and Europe that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the mid-15th century. New works from the museum’s collection in this display include prints by Indian artists purchased for the university by K-State art department head Chuck Stroh during his travels to India in 1984-1985.
The installation is a collaboration between Beach Museum of Art Curator Aileen June Wang and Professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko of the University of Kansas department of art history. A Big Twelve Faculty Fellowship provided support for the projects of Professors Fowler and Kaneko.
John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within
September 24, 2019 – March 21, 2020
John Steuart Curry was raised on a farm in northeast Kansas and is best known for his depictions of the Midwest. Another region revealed in his art, the American West, has always deserved more attention. Experiences on a family-owned ranch in Arizona nurtured Curry’s love of the Western landscape. During the 1920s the artist illustrated serialized magazine stories that took readers on Wild West adventures. In later years he created mural interpretations of Westward expansion. Through paintings, drawings, magazines, and books this exhibition is the first to survey Curry’s vision of the American West. Co-curated by independent scholar Frank Owings and Beach Museum of Art Curator Elizabeth Seaton, John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within is accompanied by an 80-page exhibition catalogue.
Platinum Major Sponsors: The Beach-Edwards Family Foundation, Dan and Beth Bird, Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Lincoln & Dorothy I. Deihl Community Grant Program, and Frank N. and Patricia L. Owings Foundation, Inc. | Gold Sponsor: The Archie & Dorothy Hyle Family | Silver Sponsor: Mary Cottom | Bronze Sponsors: Annette and Steven Huff, Buck and Lisa Kiechel, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE, Charles L. Marshall, Jr. and Richard L. Tooke
Charles Lindsay: Field Station 4
November 5, 2019 – October 3, 2020
This installation by expedition geologist and artist-adventurer Charles Lindsay delves into earth’s geologic and cultural pasts, using scientific equipment salvaged from space exploration and archaeology. Field Station 4 features specimens and artifacts that provoke musings on human perceptions of time and space through inquiries into inter-species communication, music, memory, and Artificial Intelligence. Lindsay directs the artist-in-residence program for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) at Mountain View, California.
Bronze Sponsor: Sharon and Bill Snyder
Jyoti Bhatt, A Face, 1970, etching, 19 7/8 x 15 inches, Kansas State University, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 1985.11
John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), The Code of the West, 1923, oil on canvas, 20 x 40 in., Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, gift of Mrs. Ben Hibbs in memory of her husband, 1976.0020. Illustration for Zane Grey’s serialized story “The Code of the West,” The Country Gentleman, July 7, 1923
Charles Lindsay, Early Tibetan Computer, 2016, from the FIELD STATION works, 1960’s, working computer, yakk horns, aerospace aluminum tape, courtesy of the artist