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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Category: November 2019

Opening Soon!

Charles Lindsay: Field Station 4
November 5, 2019 – October 3, 2020

Exploration geologist, author, and artist-adventurer Charles Lindsay delves into earth’s geologic and cultural pasts. Along the way, he investigates inter-species communication, music, memory, and the promise of Artificial Intelligence. His traveling “laboratory,” FIELD STATION 4, re-purposes scientific equipment salvaged from the aerospace, biotech, and military sectors to probe biologic specimens, ancient artifacts, and the rough edges of human perception. Lindsay directs SETI AIR, the artists-in-residence program at the SETI Institute (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) in Mountain View, California. His latest book is Recipes for the Mind, published by Terra Nova/MIT Press.

Bronze Sponsor: Sharon and Bill Snyder

Image: Charles Lindsay, Early Tibetan Computer, 2016, from the FIELD STATION works, 1960’s, working computer, yakk horns, aerospace aluminum tape, courtesy of the artist

Have you tried Smartify?

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is a proud participating venue of Smartify.

Smartify is a free app that helps museum visitors make meaningful connections with the art and artists represented in the galleries. Through image recognition technology, the application uses your smartphone camera to scan and recognize artwork. Once scanned, users will be presented with more information about the artworks, the artists who made them, and the option to curate their own digital collection. Smartify will connect with text-to-voice apps for those with visual impairments or anyone who would like to hear label information read aloud.

Download Smartify FREE today for Apple and Android devices from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. To use it at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, open the app and point the camera at any artwork with the Smartify logo on the label. The app will instantly recognize the artwork and load information onto your screen.

The museum is grateful for support from the Weary Family Foundation that made additional staff assistance available during the first year of Smartify preparation and implementation.

Smartify is a UK-registered Community Interest Company (CIC) and is supported by Innovate U.K. and the European Union. Participating museums include the National Gallery in London, Royal Academy of Fine Arts in London, and in the U.S., Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many other great museums all over the world.

To learn more about Smartify, go to https://smartify.org/

Only Few Days to See!

Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection
April 2 – November 30, 2019
Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both Americans, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing and complements the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme, A Universe of Stories.

The signature work, Moon Landing, is by artist and designer Raymond Loewy, who worked for NASA from 1967 to 1973. Loewy was employed as a Habitability Consultant by NASA when it designed the Skylab space station, launched in 1973. One of NASA’s goals in hiring Loewy was to improve the safety and comfort of manned spacecraft.

Another body of work featured in the exhibition is by Indian artist Rm. Palaniappan. “During my schooling, interest on science made me imagine myself as a scientist,” the artist has said. “(A)lso my deep involvement in mathematics and astronomy gave me a doorway to see a new world of abstractions.” Palaniappan’s Alien Planet series, Space Drawings, and Flying Man all reflect his fascination with flight and space exploration. From John Steuart Curry’s illustration study for a Ralph Waldo Emerson essay to Wisconsin engineer Erhardt C. Koerper’s Sun Flares to Lee Chesney’s Nebula, this exhibition invites viewers to travel beyond gravity’s reach.

Silver Sponsor: Mary Cottom
Bronze Sponsor: Chuck and Sandy Bussing

< Area school children draw life forms to live on artist RM Palaniappan’s Alien Planets.

Top image: Raymond Loewy (United States, 1893 – 1986), Moonlanding, detail, 1979, color screen print with embossing on paper, 19 1/16 x 24 in., Kansas State University, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, gift of Gilbert E. Johnson, 2017.99.

The History and Art of Tea

Thursday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.
The History and Art of Tea
Talk and demonstration by Tea Master Shozo Sato, assisted by Marc Anthony Macon
Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building, Kansas State University

University of Illinois Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato is a tea master, artist, author, and theater director. He has devoted his life to cultivating peace and cross-cultural understanding through the teaching of Zen (Buddhist) arts such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy, and painting. He received his Tea Master degree from Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai and is the recipient of the Order of Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan for his contributions in teaching Japanese traditions.




Family Day/Art Beyond Sight Open House

Saturday, October 26, 2-4 p.m.
Family Day/Art Beyond Sight Open House

Explore the Beach Museum of Art with all your senses! There will be opportunities to examine small details in selected artworks, verbal imaging descriptions, sensory enhancements, and hands-on activities that demystify art media. This event is held as part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month.

Modern Design Methods for Twenty-First Century Challenges

Monday, October 28, 4:30 p.m.
Modern Design Methods for Twenty-First Century Challenges.
Ekdahl Lecture by Surya Vanka
Regnier Forum, Regnier Hall, Kansas State University

The design of digital products borrowed proven methods from the discipline of architecture. However, the twenty-first century need to serve billions of customers at high velocity has birthed novel approaches that merge fields such as ethnography, cognitive science and experimental psychology. In order to design for a complex world, venerable disciplines like architecture can now adopt and adapt these modern hybrid methods, including service design, inclusive design, and data-driven design.

Exodusters Go West: The Settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas

Thursday, November 14, 5:30 p.m.
Exodusters Go West: The Settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas
Talk by Angela Bates, executive director, Nicodemus Historical Society

The story of Nicodemus, a community in western Kansas founded by Exodusters—African Americans who migrated to this state after the Civil War—is often omitted from historical accounts of Westward Expansion in the United States. Bates’ will share her research on this “icon of the African-American experience in the West,” now a National Historic Site of the U.S. National Park Service.

This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within on view at the Beach Museum of Art September 24, 2019-March 21, 2020.

Talk by Curator Elizabeth Seaton and Book Signing and Talk by Artist Jeremiah Ariaz

Saturday, November 16, 2:00 p.m.
At The Volland Store Gallery, 24098 Volland Rd., Alma, KS 66401
“John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within,” talk by Beach Museum Curator Elizabeth Seaton and
Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders (2018), book signing and talk by the photographer

Seaton and Ariaz will introduce complementary exhibitions at the Beach Museum of Art that offer up a dialogue about the real and imagined cowboy in the American West. Ariaz’s 2018 book, Louisiana Trail Riders, will be available for purchase. This event is in conjunction with the exhibitions John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within and Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders
2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist

Current Exhibitions

John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within
September 24, 2019 – March 21, 2020

Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders
2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist
August 6 – December 9, 2019

Voices: At the Crossroads of Asia and America
July 30, 2019 – December 21, 2019

Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection
April 2  October 19, 2019

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

Classes and Workshops

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

ARTSmart Classes – Exploring the Elements of Art to Build Visual Literacy. Learn more about how artists use the elements of art to communicate. Each class includes looking activities and an art project.
Next class: November 5-9: Color

Homeschool Tuesdays – Classes meet on the first Tuesday of the month and allow homeschool families to investigate the current special exhibitions with curriculum integration. Tours are appropriate for those in kindergarten on up.
Next class: November 5, 1-2:30 p.m. John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within (social studies & geography).

Cost for classes is $3 per child, $1.50 for military families (cash or check). Reservations required, call 785-532-7718 or email klwalk@k-state.edu. 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!

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Image: Elizabeth Layton, Untitled (business business business, you gotta have art), 1991, Kansas State University, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 1998.222