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Now Open! Picturing Kansas

Picturing Kansas
October 5, 2018–June 1, 2019
From scenic prairies to bucolic farms to the architecture of Kansas’ agricultural industry, this exhibition features more than 100 years of works by Kansas artists reflecting a sense of place. The exhibition includes works of both famous and lesser-known figures. Several paintings have not previously been on view in the galleries.

Artists represented in “Picturing Kansas” include painter Thomas Johnston; iconic Kansas artists Birger Sandzen, John Steuart Curry, and William Dickerson; and contemporary Kansas artists such as Stan Herd, Diana Werts, Kim Casebeer, and Lisa Grossman. The exhibition is a cornerstone for the museum’s popular “Picturing Kansas” school tour program.
Major support for this exhibition is provided by Dan and Beth Bird, with additional sponsorship by Chuck and Sandy Bussing.

Picturing Kansas School Tour
Available October 5, 2018-June 1, 2019
This program, for grades K-6, integrates art, history, environmental and agricultural science, and language arts. Teachers can request an emphasis on language arts or science. Activities will develop 21st-century skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Weather permitting, students will visit The Meadow for additional inspiration. All tours include an art-making project. An additional tour component at the Riley County Historical Museum is available. Contact Kathrine Schlageck (klwalk@k state.edu), associate curator of education, for more information on tours and bus funds.

Art Beyond Sight Open House

Saturday, October 20, 2-3:30 p.m.
Art Beyond Sight Open House
Explore the Beach Museum of Art with all your senses through opportunities to examine small details in selected art works, verbal imaging descriptions, sensory enhancements, and hands-on activities that demystify art media. This event is part of national Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month. Family-friendly
event.

Curator’s Talk

Thursday, November 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Curator’s TalkIndependent curator Joby Patterson will share her decade of adventures researching Prairie Printmaker Norma Bassett Hall and organizing an exhibition about her work. A book signing will follow the lecture. This program is in conjunction with the exhibition Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Prints of Norma Bassett Hall, August 7 – December 15, 2018.

Science Communication Week: Exploring “The Food Explorer”

Thursday, November 8, 6-8 p.m.
Science Communication Week: Exploring “The Food Explorer”
Hear a panel of K-State and community experts discuss Daniel Stone’s The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats and enjoy tabletop mini-exhibits related to David Fairchild’s work and the science and local history behind his efforts. This event is co-sponsored by the Kansas Science Communication Initiative and the Global Food Systems Initiative.

Gallery Walk with performance artist Dan Kwong and curator Aileen Wang

Thursday, November 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Gallery Walk with performance artist Dan Kwong and curator Aileen June Wang
Join K-State Theatre Program visiting artist Dan Kwong and Aileen June Wang for an informal discussion in the exhibition “Culture Mixmaster Zhang Hongtu.” Kwong’s work as a writer and performance artist addresses cultural and gender identities, especially as they relate to Asian American men. Wang is the curator of “Culture Mixmaster Zhang Hongtu,” on view September 25-December 22, 2018.

Upcoming Exhibition

Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West
Opens in the museum’s Seaton East Gallery on Tuesday, December 4

A section of the permanent collection galleries will highlight the exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project is a collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko. On view December 4, 2018-December 21, 2019. Area museums are participating in “Silk Road through Kansas” with similarly themed exhibitions! Check the websites of the following museums for dates and details: Spencer Museum of Art, Mulvane Art Museum, Ulrich Museum of Art.
Image: Roger Y. Shimomura, Martin Cheng: Painter and Fisherman, from Return of the Yellow Peril1991, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 in, Friends of the Beach Museum of Art purchase, 2002.480

Silk Road through Kansas: 2018-2019 Special Year-long Program Series

Silk Road through Kansas: 2018-2019 Special Year-long Program Series
The term “Silk Road” traditionally refers to a dynamic network of trade routes between Asia and Europe that flourished from approximately 120 BCE to the mid-fifteenth century. Goods, inventions, religions and philosophies, and more traveled its length. Art was among the most important cultural content exchanged. This series will highlight the many ways the exchange continues today, even though the vehicles transporting ideas and aesthetics have changed. Speakers and performances during this 2018-2019 season explore the way cultures inspire and influence one another. Area institutions are participating in Silk Road through Kansas with exhibitions on artistic exchanges between Asia and the West. Go to beach.k-state.edu for the most updated schedule of events.

In partnership with Asian American Student Union.

 

Major support for the “Silk Road through Kansas” programs held on the K-State campus is provided by the Kansas State University Confucius Institute.
Image: Margo Kren, Fan of Cheese and Sausage Pizza, 2005, watercolor on paper mounted on wood fan, gift of Margo Kren, 2016.141

Classes and Workshops

The Museum hosts a variety of classes and workshops throughout the year for all ages.

Fall 2018 ARTSmart programs for families at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
East meets West
Explore the exchange of art and cultural traditions. Our journey begins in China this semester and continues along the Silk Road in the spring. Next class: November 14-17: Tea and Porcelain
Homeschool Tuesdays
Homeschool Tuesdays meet on the first Tuesday of the month and allow Homeschool families a chance to investigate the current special exhibitions. Tours are appropriate for those in kindergarten on up.  Each tour will have an early elementary and upper elementary to middle school track if needed.
Next class: November 6, 1-2:30 p.m., Picturing Kansas

Special price for Military Families:  In conjunction with the Blue Star Museum program, the Beach Museum of Art offers military families half price on all workshops and classes!

Cost for each of the classes is $3 per child, Military Family/Blue Star discount $1.50, and reservations are required.  Call (785)532-7718 or email klwalk@ksu.edu for reservations. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  If you need to cancel your reservation let us know so we can call those on the waiting list.

Ways to Stay Connected

The museum is open Tues, Wed, Fri, 10a.m.-5p.m., Thurs 10a.m.-8p.m., Sat, 11a.m.-4p.m. Free admission. Free parking.

Visit us online at beach.k-state.edu

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Image: Elizabeth Layton, Untitled (business business business, you gotta have art), 1991, KSU, Beach Museum of Art

Now Open! Culture Mixmaster Zhang Hongtu

Culture Mixmaster Zhang Hongtu
September 25-December 22, 2018
Internationally acclaimed artist Zhang Hongtu has called many different places home and experienced life as an outsider at different times. Hegrew up in China as a member of the Muslim minority and because of his religious and political backgrounds, suffered persecution during the regime of Chinese Communist Party founder Mao Zedong. In 1982, he moved to New York City to study art and start a new life. This large exhibition, the first solo show of the artist in the Midwest, brings together early and up-to-the-minute recent works highlighting the artist’s endeavors in expressing his hybrid cultural roots.

Zhang’s travels around China as a young artist, most especially his study trip to Dunhuang in the western province of Gansu, proved seminal to his development. Dunhuang was an important stop along the network of trade routes known as the Silk Road, which connected Europe and Africa to the Middle East and Asia. Through the Silk Road, Buddhism traveled from India to China, resulting in the establishment of Buddhist cave temples around Dunhuang between the fourth and fourteenth centuries. The cave temples featured painting styles different from what Zhang had learned in art school and showed signs of the mural artists’ awareness of European painting.Works on display at “Culture Mixmaster” demonstrate Zhang’s lifelong interest in the cycle of travel, immigration, transmission of ideas, and cultural cross-pollination. Included are an oil painting applying the signature style of Vincent van Gogh to a landscape scene from a famous Chinese ink painting, and a ping-pong table that requires players to avoid letting the ball fall through cut-outs in the shape of the head of Chairman Mao.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by a grant from the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Lincoln & Dorothy I. Deihl Community Grant Program, with additional sponsorship by Anderson Bed & Breakfast and Terry and Tara Cupps.

Related events at the Beach Museum of Art

Ping Pong Mao Tournament, part of Art in Motion festival
October 6, 2018, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Registration: Spots are limited, first come first served. Call 785-532-7718 or email beachart@ksu.edu with name, phone number, email address, and level of experience in table tennis.

Gallery Conversation with Zhang Hongtu, part of Art in Motion festival
October 6, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

Related event at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas
Zhang Hongtu on “The Spirit of Dunhuang”
October 9, 2018, 5 p.m.

Opening Soon! Picturing Kansas

Picturing Kansas
October 5, 2018–June 1, 2019
From scenic prairies to bucolic farms to the architecture of Kansas’ agricultural industry, this exhibition features more than 100 years of works by Kansas artists reflecting a sense of place. The exhibition includes works of both famous and lesser-known figures. Several paintings have not previously been on view in the galleries.


Artists represented in “Picturing Kansas” include painter Thomas Johnston; iconic Kansas artists Birger Sandzen, John Steuart Curry, and William Dickerson; and contemporary Kansas artists such as Stan Herd, Diana Werts, Kim Casebeer, and Lisa Grossman. The exhibition is a cornerstone for the museum’s popular “Picturing Kansas” school tour program.
Major support for this exhibition is provided by Dan and Beth Bird, with additional sponsorship by Chuck and Sandy Bussing.

Related events
Tallgrass Artist Residency Symposium
Saturday October 13, 1-3:30 p.m.

Picturing Kansas School Tour
Available October 5, 2018-June 1, 2019
This program, for grades K-6, integrates art, history, environmental and
agricultural science, and language arts. Teachers can request an emphasis
on language arts or science. Activities will develop 21st-century skills of
critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Weather
permitting, students will visit The Meadow for additional inspiration. All
tours include an art-making project. An additional tour component at the
Riley County Historical Museum is available.
Contact Kathrine Schlageck (klwalk@k-state.edu), associate curator of
education, for more information on tours and bus funds.

Art in Motion, a Free Annual Celebration of Art for Everyone!

Join us to kick off the “Silk Road through Kansas” program series. This celebration will have a Ping-Pong tournament with a twist, artist talks, interactive sensory stations, musical performances, hands-on art projects, Sunny 102.5 live remote broadcast and more! In conjunction with “Harmony in the ‘Hatt” music festival organized by the Manhattan Non-violence Initiative. Open to the public.
11 a.m.-4 p.m.:
• Ping-Pong Mao Tournament and Award Ceremony
• Silk collage hanging art project
• Silk Road Bazaar! Featuring interactive displays of woodblock printmaking techniques and tools from Asian and Western traditions; Glass on the Silk Road, artifacts by Lindborg jewelry artist Kathy Richardson; Camels in Kansas! with Valeri Crenshaw, Silk Road sensory table.
1 p.m.: Curator and artist talk at “Harmony in the ’Hatt”
1:45 p.m.: Chinese music performance by Manhattan High School students
2:20 p.m.: Gallery talk by Zhang Hongtu
3:30 p.m.: Ping-Pong Mao Tournament Awards Ceremony. Special award presented by Zhang Hongtu.

In partnership with Asian American Student Union.

Major support for the “Silk Road through Kansas” programs held on the K State campus is provided by the Kansas State University Confucius Institute.