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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Category: March 2016

Art & Difference

A Letter from the Director

Greetings and Happy Spring Semester!
Recently a couple of exhibition projects we are developing at the Beach Museum of Art Toyo Miyatake, Boys Behind Barbed-wirehave collided in a thought-provoking way with current events. Refugees are pouring into Europe from the war-torn Middle East and from desperate economic situations in parts of Africa. In the U.S. many are concerned about illegal border crossings from Central and South America. In some cases, fear, suspicion and even hatred creeps into discussion of these complex situations. The result can be that entire groups of people get stereotyped in negative ways.

On April 7, we will celebrate the opening of two exhibitions that reflect on the arrest and imprisonment of Americans of Japanese heritage during World War II. Artworks in Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura employ the visual language of comic books and Japanese woodblock prints to convey the artist’s childhood memories of the concentration camp. Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake juxtaposes selected examples of Miyatake’s pre-war art photography with his images of life in the Manzanar camp – some photographed secretly before he was caught and, eventually, allowed by the authorities to serve as camp photographer.   Continue reading “Art & Difference”

Opening reception for two Spring exhibitions April 7

Opening Reception for “Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake” and “Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura”

Roger Shimomura, Desert Garden #2Thursday, April 7, 5 p.m.

Guest curators of “Behind the Glass Eye,” Hirokazu Kosaka and Alan Miyatake, will make brief remarks, and Kosaka, a master of Japanese archery, or kyudo, will perform an arrow ceremony in honor of the artists featured in the two exhibitions. Musical performances highlighting the artistic and social connections among American artists affected by World War II and its aftermath will be offered.

Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura and related programs will take place April 5 – July 17, 2016.Toyo Miyatake, Self-portrait with Soho Camer

Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake and related programs will take place April 5 – July 31, 2016.

Top image: Roger Shimomura, Desert Garden #2, 2007, acrylic on canvas

Bottom image: Toyo Miyatake, Self-portrait with Soho Camera, 1934, gelatin silver print

You People: Mistrust of the Other

A panel discussion, Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m., Leadership Studies Building, Town Hall

Inspired by the exhibitions “Behind the Glass Eye” and “Minidoka on My Mind,” this forum offers an opportunity to unpack moments in American history when entire ethnic groups were marginalized and classified as inferior and/or dangerous by the mainstream population.

Join a panel of scholars and artists for an informed discussion of the lessons we can learn from history, and participate in a dialogue about racial profiling and stereotyping, then and now. Panelists include Roger Shimomura, artist and University of Kansas professor emeritus; Dr. Steven Dandaneau, vice provost for undergraduate studies, Kansas State University; and Hirokazu Kosaka, guest curator of “Behind the Glass Eye.” Moderated by Dr. Zelia Wiley, interim associate provost for diversity, Kansas State University.

Classes & Workshops

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

March 31, 10 a.m.. – Tell Me a Story: Making Connections and Finding Support through Literature.  Sponsored by Parent to Parent – Fort Riley.

April 5-8, ARTSmart classes focusing on the spring exhibition “Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake” and photography.

Call (785)532-7718 or email klwalk@ksu.edu for reservations.


Ranchers watch approaching thunderstorm in the Sandhills of Nebraska.

Beneath the Prairie Sky: Photography by Jim Richardson
March 8 – June 26, 2016

2015 Common Works of Art
August 24, 2015 – July 2016

Stan Herd: Cairns on the Beach
Fall 2014 – May 2017

Opening in April!
Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura
April 5 – July 17, 2016

Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake
April 5 – July 31, 2016

Image: Jim Richardson, Sandhills Storm Coming, Nebraska (detail), 2003, pigment ink on fiber rag paper