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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Spring 2020 Preview

Voices of the West
February 4 – July 3, 2020

Americans’ understanding of the history of the American West, including that of the Great Plains, has been significantly shaped by novels, movies, and television Westerns. These narratives often leave out the voices of the region’s indigenous inhabitants and other groups, including women, African Americans, and Asian Americans.

This selection of works from the museum’s permanent collection presents alternative perspectives on the past and legacy of the American West. The images by American Indian artists, for example, address the displacement of Native peoples and the challenge of maintaining cultural traditions in the modern world. Other artworks highlight the idealization of the Western landscape as well as its overdevelopment. Still other works reassess the iconic status of historical Western figures.

Image: Norman Akers, New Company, 2011, monotype, 9 13/16 x 13 3/4 in. Friends Kansas Art Fund, 2012.149

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 Kansas Library Association summer reading theme. These exhibitions shape the museum’s weekly summer art programs, tours, and gallery activities. The library 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

Art in Motion Program Series
A tribute to Marianna’s love for lifelong learning

Special film screenings and post-film conversations

Sci-Fi Saturdays Film Series

Art and Science in the Anthropocene Age Public conversation with artist Charles Lindsay and K-State faculty: Associate Professor of Physics Eleanor Sayre, Associate Professor of Philosophy Scott Tanona, and Professor of English Lisa Tatonetti. Moderated by K-State Associate Professor of Art Shreepad Joglekar

Native American Perspectives Panel presentation with artists Norman Akers (Osage) and Minita Crumbo Halsey (Potawatomi), and K-State anthropology professor Lauren Ritterbush

“The Old Chisholm Trail” Talk by Jim Hoy, professor of English, Emporia State University

and more exciting programs!

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