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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

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Beach Museum of Art
Kansas State University
701 Beach Lane,
Manhattan, KS 66506
(14th & Anderson Ave.)


Exhibition Information

Future Exhibitions

Gordon Parks: “Homeward to the Prairie I Come”
September 7, 2021 – May 28, 2022

Gordon Parks image

This exhibition features photographs donated by Parks to Kansas State University (K-State) in Manhattan, Kansas, in 1973. It was the first time that the artist personally curated a set of photographs to donate to a public institution, a kind of self-portrait directed towards the home crowd. The exhibition title includes the first line of a poem written by Parks in 1984, commissioned by and published in the Manhattan Mercury. K-State’s New Prairie Press will publish an accompanying open-access digital catalogue with new research on Parks and Kansas.
Image: Uncle James Parks, 1950, printed in 2017, gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in., gift of Gordon Parks and the Gordon Parks Foundation, 2017.448

Doug Barrett: Find Your Voice
September 7, 2021 – May 28, 2022

Doug Barrett image

Barrett is a photographer and videographer based in Manhattan, Kansas. His work demonstrates how Gordon Parks continues to inspire contemporary artists. Barrett’s projects include interviewing, photographing, and telling the stories of homeless veterans, creating a collective portrait of the Yuma Street community of Manhattan, Kansas, and documenting the Black Lives Matter movement in Kansas.
Image: Will the hate end? from the series George Floyd Protest, 2020, digital print, 32 x 22 in., 2020.20

45 Paleolithic Handaxes
from Transfigurations: Reanimating the Past
September 21, 2021 – July 16, 2022

Four Worlds

Organized by the museum in collaboration with K-State’s Information Technology Services, this experimental multimedia installation is guaranteed to surprise and delight! It features the mysterious beauty of an ancient artifact through specially composed music and unique video animation. See the past differently!
Image: The Forms: Four Worlds. Simulation. © 2019 Night Fire Films

Salt Air
March 15 - October 1, 2022

Salt Air exhibition image

Visit the beach from the Beach! This exhibition, planned in conjunction with the American Library Association’s 2022 summer reading theme “Oceans of Possibility,” features waves, shorelines, sand dunes and sea creatures in the museum’s collection. This exhibition sets the theme for the museum’s weekly summer art programs, tours, and gallery activities.
Image: Jeff Aeiling (1958, Iowa City, Iowa), title unknown, 2007, oil on panel, Friends of the Beach Museum of Art purchase, 2008.15

Prairie Views
April 5 – December 15, 2022

Prairie Views exhibition image

This exhibition gives voice to the prairie and provides opportunities for all ages to discover its form and beauty. The exhibition complements the nearby outdoor Meadow as well as art displayed in other galleries, including Jim Richardson’s photographs of prairie root systems. Prairie Views includes photographs of prairie fires by Larry Schwarm and a collage-print related to the Ogallala aquifer by Lynn Benson, among other images.
Image: Robert Newton Sudlow, Autumn Storm, Wabaunsee County, 2002, oil on canvas, Friends of the Beach Museum of Art purchase, 2004.81