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Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer
February 5-April 27, 2019

The iconic photographs of Pete Souza are well known from his tenure as Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama. Many people don’t remember that Souza was also Official White House Photographer for President Reagan.
Two Presidents, One Photographer showcases fifty-six of Souza’s photographs of two presidents. It includes Souza’s favorite images of Reagan and Obama, providing us with candid moments that are windows into their humanity. What we see in Souza’s photographs are two presidents who clearly respected both the office they held and the people with whom they interacted, no matter the circumstance.
Souza earned a master’s degree in journalism at Kansas State University. He is currently a freelance photographer in the Washington, D.C. area and professor emeritus of visual communication at Ohio University.

White House photographs by Pete Souza. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. The exhibition is sponsored by Kansas State University Office of the President, Mary Vanier, Jackie Hartman Borck and Lee Borck, Jack Goldstein Charitable Trust, Holiday Inn at the Campus, K-State Department of Art, and other generous donors.

Related Event: 

“One Photographer, Two Presidents”
A Talk by Pete Souza
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University
Free tickets available at McCain box office Tues. – Fri., 12 to 4 p.m.
(785-532-6428) beginning February 19, 2019.

Top image: President Reagan working in Oval Office (October 26, 1988). Bottom image: President Barack Obama works at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office (October 14, 2016).

Valentine’s Workshop

Saturday, February 2,
1:30-3 p.m.
Valentine’s Workshop
All the supplies you need to create the perfect Valentines for friends and loved ones, plus snacks to fuel your creativity. Reservations are not required but children must be accompanied by an adult. Project fee $5, $2.50 for military families.

Searching for Simurgh: Artist Talk/Performance by Kate Digby

Thursday, February 14, 5:30 p.m.
Searching for Simurgh: Artist Talk/Performance by Kate Digby


K-State Assistant Professor of Dance Kate Digby shares her work on an immersive performance installation, Search for Simurgh, which makes use of bio-sensing technology. The work draws on the writings of artist Roya Movafegh, who escaped Iran during the revolution and settled in Canada before moving to the United States.
This event is part of the Silk Road through Kansas program series.

“Silk Road to Kansas: East Asian Art and Global Flow” Symposium

Friday, February 22, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
(snow date Friday, March 1, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)
“Silk Road to Kansas: East Asian Art and Global Flow” Symposium
During fall 2018, KU Art History Professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko team-taught a graduate seminar, “Silk Road to Kansas: East Asian Art & Global Flow.” The seminar students conducted research on objects in the collections of the Beach Museum of Art, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Mulvane Art Museum. At this symposium, students present their research to the public.
This event is part of the Silk Road through Kansas program series.

Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble film screening

Thursday, February 28, 5:30 p.m.
Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble
film screening
This documentary follows master cellist Yo-Yo Ma as he brings together musicians from cultures along the ancient Silk Road trade routes to share the music of their regions and inspire new artistic exchanges. Discussion after the screening. Light refreshments provided.
This event is part of the Silk Road through Kansas program series.

Meadowlark Memory Program: Art Exhibition 2019

Off-Site Programming:
Thursday,
February 28 – March 18
Meadowlark Memory Program: Art Exhibition 2019
Flint Hills Discovery Center
Art produced by participants in ARTFul Making and Memories in the Making classes will be on view at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. The act of creating has multiple benefits for those living with cognitive challenges. Please visit and support these programs during regular business hours at the Discovery Center.

Classes and Workshops

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

Click here to view Spring 2019 ARTSmart programs for families

East Meets West Part II
Travel the remainder of the Silk Road as part of the museum’s “Silk Road through Kansas” programming. We will visit India, China, Japan, and the Middle East. Next Class: February 6-9: Celebrate Chinese New Year’s:
The Year of the Pig.

Homeschool Tuesdays
Classes meet on the first Tuesday of the month and allow homeschool families a chance to participate in the museum’s school field trip program. Classes are appropriate for kids in kindergarten on up.
Next class: February 5, 1-2:30 p.m. The Photos of Pete Souza and portrait workshop.

Cost for all above classes is $3 per child, $1.50 for military families, and reservations are required. Call 785-532-7718 or email klwalk@k-state.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.

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!

 

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.

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

Now Open! Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West
December 4, 2018–December 21, 2019
This exhibition is part of the Beach Museum of Art’s yearlong program Silk Road through Kansas. 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. 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.

Top image: Imari Charger (Dutch Merchants and Ship), 19th century,
porcelain, 2 x 16 in., bequest of John H. Kohn, 1989.38
Bottom 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

Spring 2019 Highlights

Pete Souza: Two Presidents, One Photographer
February 5-April 27, 2019
Souza served as official photographer to both President Reagan and President Obama and developed an abiding respect for both men. It is the artist’s intention to have these images contribute to civility and respect across party lines during the lead-up to the 2020 election season. The museum is proud to be the first venue for this historic exhibition.

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Talk by Pete Souza
Kansas State University, McCain Auditorium
Free tickets available at McCain box office beginning February 26, 2019. https://www.k-state.edu/mccain/

Top image: President Reagan working in Oval Office (October 26, 1988)  Bottom image: President Barack Obama works at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office (October 14, 2016). White House photographs by Pete Souza.


Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of the 1930s and 1940s from the Steven and Susan Hirsch Collection
March 5-June 15, 2019
The 1930s and 1940s were a golden age for murals in America when the everyday worker rose to the status of hero. Murals celebrating the work of miners, farmers, and other laborers covered walls in public buildings across the country. Preliminary ideas played out in sketches, and nearly fifty of these are displayed in this exhibition. On loan from Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

Philo B. Ruggles (United States, 1906-1988) and John Ruggles (United States, 1907-1991), Steel Workers, 1939, competition sketch for Section of Fine Arts mural, post office, Bridgeport, Ohio (unrealized), gouache, watercolor, and graphite on cardboard, 16 1/4 x 37 3/8 in., Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Gift of Susan and Steven Hirsch, class of 1971, 2015.23.4.2


Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection
April 2-October 19, 2019
Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing and compliments the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme A Universe of Stories.

Raymond Loewy (United States, 1893 – 1986), Moonlanding, detail, 1979, color screenprint with embossing on paper, 19 1/16 x 24 in., gift of Gilbert E. Johnson, 2017.100


Silk Road through Kansas: 2018-19 Program Series

The History and Art of Tea
talk and demonstration by tea master Shozo Sato,

Special film screenings,

East Meets West Game Night,

and more exciting programs!