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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Category: February 2018

Opening Soon!

Water Stories by Lynn Benson
2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist
February 13 – May 26, 2018

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, burst into flames due to sparks falling on oil-covered debris floating on its surface. The news caught Lynn Benson’s attention and inspired her to study how human activity affects a vitally important resource: water. Benson’s multi-media works in this exhibition represent bodies of water impacted by development and politics. The new gift print will be available for purchase after February 13, 2018, with a 25% discount for Friends at the annual $100 giving level and above. For more information on supporting the museum as a Friend or purchasing a gift print contact Robin Lonborg at 785-532-7718 or rlonborg@k-state.edu

Top image: Lynn Benson, Hudson River at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant; Missouri & Kansas Rivers at Kansas City; Amazon River Delta, Brazil (detail), from the series Drops in Petri Dishes, 2016-present, glass, acrylic, paper vellum, colored pencil, ink, 4 x 4 x ¾ in., courtesy of the artist
Bottom image: Lynn Benson, Dancing on the Table, 2017, lithograph with chine collé, gold leaf, and hand drawing, edition of 13, 10 3/4 x 10 15/16 inches, Bedrock Art Editions, 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, photo courtesy of the artist

On View

October 7, 2017 – April 1, 2018
The exhibition Fronteras/Frontiers explores the complexity of borders and frontiers in the midwest through the work by artists Artemio Rodríguez and Fidencio Fifield-Perez. Artemio Rodríguez is a master printmaker based in Patzcuaro, Mexico whose practice transcends the boundaries of printmaking by engaging the public through a mobile printmaking studio/gallery, the GraficoMovil. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico and raised in the U.S., Fidencio Fifield-Perez explores issues of migration, labor, and the politicization of borders through the manipulation of maps, newspaper cuttings, and paper. Major support for this exhibition and related programs is provided by a grant from the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Lincoln & Dorothy I. Deihl Community Grant Program.


I Am Not Your Negro: Film Screening

Thursday, January 25, 5:30 p.m.
I Am Not Your Negro: Film Screening (93 min.)

Directed by Raoul Peck, this 2016 documentary examines the painful history of racism in 20th-century America through the words of African-American writer James Baldwin and a montage of photographs and video. The film brings to life Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember this House” through Samuel L. Jackson’s narration. “The film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography,” says critic Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal.
Leaders of the Black Student Union will moderate a post-film audience discussion. Presented in partnership with the Office of Diversity, the Black Student Union, University Honors Program, and the Manhattan Nonviolence Initiative.

Images: Top: Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and James Baldwin in I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Bottom: Theatrical one-sheet for I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

Family Valentines Workshop

Saturday, February 3, 1:30-3 p.m.
Family Valentines 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.

After the Burn: Artist talk by Erin Wiersma

Thursday, February 8, 5:30 p.m.
After the Burn: Artist talk by Erin Wiersma
Wiersma is an artist who has consistently explored — and pushed — the boundaries of drawing as a fully realized artistic expression. Wiersma’s new and ongoing works draw from the Konza Prairie, becoming both the medium and subject matter. This talk is a Prairie Studies Initiative program.
This program is in conjunction with the exhibition “Here, and Now. Kansas State University Department of Art Faculty Exhibition.” On view March 6-May 12, 2018

Image courtesy of the artist. Erin Wiersma on the Konza Prairie

Peter Bratt: Lou Douglas Lecture and film screening

Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Peter Bratt delivers Lou Douglas Lecture, Ballroom, K-State Alumni Center
In conjunction with the exhibition “Fronteras/Frontiers,” award-winning filmmaker Peter Bratt will speak and screen his new documentary, Dolores, a portrait of United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta. In partnership with the Lou Douglas Lecture Series, UFM Community Learning Center, LGBT Resource Center, the Department of American Ethnic Studies, and the Manhattan Nonviolence Initiative.

Living Democracy, February-March 2018

February-March, 2018
Living Democracy

Living Democracy is a series of discussions, performances, and other programs conceived by K-State students and centered around the WT Kemper Gallery in the Student Union. It is the latest iteration of Los Angeles-based artist Linda Pollack’s on-going effort to help communities explore the benefits and responsibilities of living in an open, democratic society. Please check livingdemocracy.info for more detailed information.


Save the Date for Art Mingle: Manhattan Memories 2018

For more information about Meadowlark Memory Program, please contact Michelle Haub at michelle.haub@meadowlark.org.

According to information provided by a regional dementia care specialist and Riley County census data
~ More than 700 people in Riley County live with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
~ This number does not account for the other 100+ dementia diseases that affect adults 65 and older.
Meadowlark Memory Program, created in 2015 in response to these eye-opening statistics, offers FREE education and engagement opportunities to persons in the Flint Hills region affected by cognitive changes. Several activities for those with memory loss are offered weekly and monthly, while a support group for care partners is offered bi-monthly. Individual Lifestyle Consultations are available at no cost as requested.

Current program partnerships:
Alzheimer’s Association, regional chapter
Kansas State’s Leadership Studies program
K-State’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
KSU Center on Aging
KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
Riley County Seniors Center


Current Exhibitions

October 7, 2017-April 1, 2018

You Gotta Have Art: Celebrating 20 Years
New Installation of the Permanent Collection
Opened October 2016
Left Image: Artemio Rodríguez, Campesino (Farmer), detail, 2001, linocut, 11 x 11 in., collection of the artist. Right Image: Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Surge, detail, 2015, acrylic, ink, cut maps, collagraph prints, map pins and cut maps, 6 x 16 ft., collection of the artist.

Classes and Workshops

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

Winter/Spring 2018 ARTSmart programs for families
Explore the wide variety of media found in the Beach Museum of Art’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. “Here, and Now. The K-State Art Faculty Exhibition” provides a wide variety of inspiration for creative youngsters.
Next classes: 
January 24-27, 2018:
Clay Play
February 7-10, 2018:
3-D Problem Solving

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. Tours are appropriate for those Kindergarten and up.
January 2, 1-2:30 p.m. Gordon Parks
February 6, 1-2:30 p.m. Fronteras II—Fidencio Fifield-Perez

Call 785-532-7718 or email klwalk@k-state.edu for reservations.
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