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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Category: September 2016

Now Open! Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection

Andrew McCallum, Siege of PetersburgThe Becker Archive in Boston, Massachusetts, contains approximately 650 previously undocumented drawings by Joseph Becker and his colleagues, nineteenth-century artists who worked as artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. They observed, drew, and sent back for publication images of the Civil War, the construction of the railroads, the Chicago fire, and other important events of nineteenth-century American history. There has been no major exhibition or scholarly survey featuring Civil War drawings since the 1961 centennial, and at that time the Becker Collection had not yet come to light.

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“Civil War Era Drawings” panel discussion

Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m.cw-hl-mo-12_10_61a_sm

Join us for a discussion of regional Civil War history moderated by Mike Hankins, PhD candidate in history at K-State. Speakers are Joan Stack, curator art collections at the State Historical Society of Missouri; Miller Williams Boyd, instructor in African-American studies, University of Mississippi; and Charles Sanders, associate professor of history at K-State.

Image: Henri Lovie, General Asboth and Staff on Horseback, December 10, 1861, Becker Collection, Boston, Massachusetts

You Gotta Have Art: Celebrating 20 Years!

20th Anniversary Celebration Sunday, Oct. 9, 2-6 p.m.

Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary and theme “You Gotta Have Art.”  There will be activities for all ages, party favors, and, of course, cake!  Cash bar opens and music begins at 4:30 p.m.You Gotta Have Art

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its opening, the museum is unveiling a new look for the permanent collection galleries. Drawing on the twentieth anniversary celebration theme “You Gotta Have Art,” the galleries feature works from a range of periods, displayed together to highlight particular themes and stimulate dialogue. Expect to see gallery favorites by John Steuart Curry and Shirley Smith alongside works re-emerging from art storage after a long hiatus. Also on view are new acquisitions by significant contemporary Kansas artists, such as Roger Shimomura, Jane Booth, and Andrzej Zieliński, as well as promised gifts to the collection borrowed for this festive year.

You Gotta Have Art (detail), Elizabeth Layton



Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection
September 10 – December 17, 2016
2016 Common Work of Art
August 23, 2016 – May 13, 2017
Stan Herd: Cairns on the Beach
Fall 2014 – May 2017
Opening October 2016
20th Anniversary New Installation of the Permanent Collection

Image: Charles Soule, Jr., Camp Sherman (detail), 1861, courtesy of the Becker Collection, Boston, Massachusetts

Classes & Workshops

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

Fall 2016 ARTSmart celebrates The Beach Museum of Art’s 20th birthday with an exploration of the reinstallation of the permanent collection. Each class will include a Visual Thinking Strategies discussion or activity and an art project inspired by visiting an artwork in the museum. We can’t tell you which works because it will spoil the SURPRISE!

Next classes:

September 14-16 Celebrate International Dot Day!

October 26-28

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