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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Author: Jui Mhatre

Online interactive tools for fun and thought-provoking art experiences.

Please find below the links to online art interactives we’ve developed for adults, children & families. We hope you enjoy visiting the museum virtually and often! 

Our current exhibition “Voices of the West, curated by Elizabeth Seaton, is now available to view online!

It includes many never-before-displayed works from the collection, some by regional Native American artists.View the online exhibition here.
Image: Norman Akers, New Company (detail), 2011, monotype, 9 13/16 x 13 3/4 in., Friends Kansas Art Fund, 2012.149


Museum’s newest tool “Thinking about Pictures” (TAP) offers images of artworks in the current exhibition “Inspirations: Art for Storytelling.” Choose an image & then challenge yourself to type in your observations & interpretations. Return often to respond to other images. This can be an intergenerational activity. If a young person cannot yet type in responses, an older child or adult can serve as the scribe. Start exploring TAP here.

Image: China Marks, Monkey Boy and the Magic Beans, 2007, machine embroidery and appliqué on various fabrics, lace, thread, fusible adhesive, and Beva, 2007 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art annual acquisition, 2007.50


Explore the museum’s art collection of nearly 10,000 objects for your research or enjoyment with Verandah, the collection search tool.
Details here.


The museum’s YouTube channel features videos of art, artists, and special programs. Enjoy the videos here.


The museum has several Educational Resources for schools, early childhood programs, social service organizations, and home school groups. Find details here.


Check our social media pages for series of fun interactive posts using art from our collection. Everyone is invited to participate and share!
Facebook/BeachMuseumofArt 
Instagram/beachmuseum
Twitter: @BeachMuseum

The museum’s ARTSmart classes are now virtual. Sign up today!

Spend the summer exploring art and stories from the exhibition Inspirations: Art for Storytelling in conjunction with the American Library Association summer reading theme “Imagine Your Story.” Each weekly class series will start with a live on-line art looking activity, include a picture book, and provide a supply list and instructions for an art activity.
We have a variety of options for virtual participation and you may use as many as you like! Click here to view the Summer 2020 schedule and sign up options.

 

Beach Buddies Facebook group

Beach Buddies is the museum’s Facebook group with resources and fun activities for children, families, and educators. Our staff is busy posting almost everyday!

Join Beach Buddies here.

Watch for the upcoming series: 
Voices: Artists Who Inspire from the Collection of the Beach Museum of Art. Premiers on July 4, 2020.
This weekly series, appearing on Saturdays on the Beach Buddies Facebook Group, is inspired by the book “Between the Lines” a biography of African-American artist Ernie Barnes. When he was in high school, Barnes went to an art museum and asked to see the art work by artists “like him.” He was told “people of color don’t do art.” Years later, as a successful artist, he proved them wrong. We hope this series will provide inspiration for all young artists.

Online interactive tools for continued art experiences!

The Beach Museum of Art is closed indefinitely in compliance with K-State policies. In-person events and programs at the museum have been cancelled until further notice (see list at bottom). However, the museum staff is striving to provide you with art experiences through museum’s collection. Please find below the links to online art interactives we’ve already developed for adults, children & families. Please send us your suggestions for improving these or for other online offerings. We hope to add more soon.

Our current exhibition “Voices of the West, curated by Elizabeth Seaton, will be available to view online soon. It includes many never-before-displayed works from the collection, some by regional Native American artists.
Image: Norman Akers, New Company (detail), 2011, monotype, 9 13/16 x 13 3/4 in., Friends Kansas Art Fund, 2012.149


Museum’s newest tool “Thinking about Pictures” (TAP) offers images of artworks in the current exhibition “Inspirations: Art for Storytelling.” Choose an image & then challenge yourself to type in your observations & interpretations. Return often to respond to other images. This can be an intergenerational activity. If a young person cannot yet type in responses, an older child or adult can serve as the scribe. Start exploring TAP here.

Image: China Marks, Monkey Boy and the Magic Beans, 2007, machine embroidery and appliqué on various fabrics, lace, thread, fusible adhesive, and Beva, 2007 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art annual acquisition, 2007.50


Explore the museum’s art collection of nearly 10,000 objects for your research or enjoyment with Verandah, the collection search tool.
Details here.


The museum’s YouTube channel features videos of art, artists, and special programs. Enjoy the videos here.


The museum has several Educational Resources for schools, early childhood programs, social service organizations, and home school groups. Find details here.


Check our social media pages for series of fun interactive posts using art from our collection. Everyone is invited to participate and share!
Facebook/BeachMuseumofArt 
Instagram/beachmuseum
Twitter: @BeachMuseum

We hope you will find it enjoyable to visit the museum virtually and often!


The following events and programs have been canceled, although we are hoping to announce plans for virtual versions of some of them soon!

April 4, 2020: Film Screening: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
April 9, 2020: Teacher’s Workshop – Week of the Young Child
April 11, 2020: Week of the Young Child Reception
April 18, 2020: K-State Open House
April 21, 2020: K-Link Family Workshop
April 24, 2020: Spring Donor Party
April 30, 2020: “An Evening of Art Song”
May 14, 2020: FRIENDS of the Beach Museum of Art Annual Meeting & Reception

Opening Soon!

Inspirations: Art for Storytelling
March 3–July 3, 2020

Each summer the museum collaborates with the Manhattan Public Library to host an exhibition complementing the American Library Association’s Summer Reading theme. These exhibitions shape the museum’s weekly summer art programs, tours, and gallery activities. The 2020 theme, Imagine Your Story, celebrates myths, fairy tales, and fantasy. Whimsical art from the museum’s permanent collection will inspire visitors to create their own stories.

Image: China Marks, Monkey Boy and the Magic Beans, 2007, machine embroidery and appliqué on various fabrics, lace, thread, fusible adhesive, and Beva, 2007 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art annual acquisition, 2007.50

Native American Perspectives

Thursday, February 27, 5:30 p.m.
Native American Perspectives
Panel discussion

Join us for a closer look at historic and contemporary Native American imagery in the Voices of the West exhibition. Hear from guest speakers University of Kansas Art Professor Norman Akers (Osage), K-State Anthropology Professor Lauren Ritterbush, and Oklahoma-based artist Minita Crumbo Halsey, daughter of late artist Woody Crumbo (Potawatomi).

Image: Johann Hürlimann after Karl Bodmer, Sih-Chidä & Mahchsi-Karehde, Mandan Indians, 1841, from Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834 (London: Ackermann & Co., 1841), engraving, etching, aquatint, and mezzotint with hand coloring on paper, 19 ¾ x 16 ½ in., gift of Patricia O’Brien, 2019.206

Sci-Fi Saturdays Film Series

In conjunction with Charles Lindsay: FIELD STATION 4 exhibition. 

Grab a snack and enjoy a Saturday afternoon movie!
Free and open to the public.


Saturday, February 29, 1 p.m.,
Idiocracy

How do you imagine the future of our society? In this 2006 comedy, Luke Wilson plays a man who wakes up after 500 years of dormancy in a cryogenic preservation experiment.
Photo credit: Van Redin TM and © 2006 Twentieth Century Fox


Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m.,
Moon
In this 2009 film Sam Rockwell plays an astronaut who works alongside his robot computer GERTY (voice by Kevin Spacey) and is about to end his three-year period on the Moon mining precious resource to send back to Earth. He experiences a personal crisis that changes his life.
Image: Sam Rockwell as Sam Bell. Photo taken by Mark Tille, © Lunar Industries Ltd., Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


Saturday, April 4, 1 p.m.,
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Unidentified Flying Object? Military operation? Extraterrestrials? One man’s quest for the truth leads to an unimaginable reality in this 1977 classic.
Image © Columbia Pictures


 

“The Old Chisholm Trail”

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.
“The Old Chisholm Trail”
Talk by Jim Hoy, professor of English, Emporia State University.


The Chisholm Trail wasn’t the first, the last, the longest, nor the most heavily used of the Old West cattle trails, but it was the most famous and the most widely known because of the song the cowboys made up about it.  The lyrics of “The Old Chisholm Trail” contain a composite history of trail driving, covering every aspect of a drive. Professor Hoy will give his presentation around the song and sing a few verses as illustrations. 

Free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within. On view through March 21, 2020.

Bottom image: John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), The Code of the West (detail), 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

Joy Harjo: U.S. Poet Laureate. A Reading and Musical Performance

Tuesday, March 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
Joy Harjo: U.S. Poet Laureate A Reading and Musical Performance
Ballroom, K-State Alumni Center
1720 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506

Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. Her career has been dedicated to poetry and music as healing forces – for individuals and for our society.

In partnership with Kansas State University’s Student Governing
Association, the Student Association of Graduates in English (SAGE)
and the English Department, the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance,
K-State Libraries, and the DOW Center for Multicultural and Community
Studies at K-State Libraries.

Photo © Paul Abdoo

Arrival: Film Screening and Post-film Conversation

Thursday, March 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Arrival: Film Screening and Post-film Conversation

This celebrated 2016 film is based on the narrative “Story of Your Life” by science fiction author Ted Chiang.

Post-film discussion will be led by K-State Linguistic Anthropologist Amber Neely and K-State Associate Professor of English Carol Franko. Free and open to the public.

Image © Paramount Pictures

 

 

In conjunction with the exhibition
Charles Lindsay: FIELD STATION 4.
On view through October 17, 2020.