For the first time, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan is offering a new way to introduce the exhibits taking place in the museum this fall through their “Art in Motion” celebration.
On Oct. 7, from noon to 4 p.m. at the museum, guests will have access to all the museum’s amenities, participate in crafts, see previews of upcoming and ongoing exhibits and meet with the artists themselves.
“We wanted to try celebrating the openings of our four fall exhibitions in a different way, because our normal way of doing it is we have a donor preview,” said Linda Duke, the director of the museum. “We’ve got these four shows that are so different and so multicultural.”
The four exhibits are “Reclaimed Creations” by Sayaka Ganz, working with recycled materials; “Ubiquitous” by Enrico Isamu Oyama, which works with a graffiti-inspired style; “Fronteras/Frontiers” by Artemio Rodriguez and Fidencio Fifield-Perez, which explores the complexity of cultural, political, and physical borders; and “Thrift Style,” an exhibition of textiles from the collection of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum of Kansas State University, showcasing how feed sacks and other household objects were reused to make clothing.
The event is free, and will be coinciding with a music festival held across the street, Harmony in the ’Hatt, hosted by the UFM Community Learning Center and Manhattan Nonviolence Initiative.
“We’ve planned everything together and are hoping the music drifts over here,” Duke said of the music festival.
It will occur at the same time as the museum’s event but continue until 6 p.m.
Ganz, Oyama, and Fifield-Perez will be at the open house, with the three speaking first at 12:40 p.m. at the music festival, and later speaking individually at their exhibits in the museum and performing live demonstrations.
There will be different activities in the parking lot of the museum, including making your own washable paint, printmaking, and exploring Rodriguez’s GraficoMovil, a mobile center for the graphic arts.
“That is part of his artistic practice to have this mobile van that engages people of all ages and cultures in art making, so we’ll be setting up tables outside of it and have all kinds of print making,” Duke said.
The mobile center is a 1947 Chevrolet delivery truck that Rodriguez spent years painting when he lived in Los Angeles. Duke said before traveling to Kansas the truck resided in Denver and was an educational tool there, but until Oct. 14 it will be touring Manhattan and Topeka to inspire future artists.
Ganz and Oyama’s exhibits are already established at the museum, but “Fronteras/Frontiers” will be premiering that day, and run through April 1 in the Donna Lindsay Vanier Gallery.
In their respective ways, the two artists express their sense of identity that is grounded and articulated in multiple cultural settings. Incorporating bilingual, bi-cultural, and different artistic genres, Rodriguez and Fifield-Perez convey their individual boundary-crossing experiences.
For information about Saturday’s event, visit beach.k-state.edu.
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