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The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art : Gordon Parks and Doug Barrett

Posted on 02/10/22 by Toni

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art celebrates its 25th anniversary with two partner exhibitions by photographers: the legendary Gordon Parks and rising star Doug Barrett.

 Gordon Parks: "Homeward to the Prairie I Come"

This exhibition features photographs that Parks curated and donated to Kansas State University (K-State) in 1973 and offers insights into the ideas they convey. Also on display are a select group of photographs made by Parks during two artist residences in Manhattan, Kansas, in the 1980s. "Homeward to the prairie I come" is the first line of a poem by Parks, one of the works of poetry and photography commissioned by the Manhattan Mercury newspaper to commemorate its centennial.

Doug Barrett: Find Your Voice

Doug 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. 


Both gallery exhibitions are open through May 28, 2022 at the Beach Museum of Art. Free admission and parking. View the Gordon Parks and Doug Barrett virtual exhibitions at Email questions at


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Considering Techniques: Jim Richardson on Gordon Parks

Thursday, February 24, 5:30 p.m. Central Time (US and Canada)

Livestream gallery conversation with National Geographic Magazine photographer Jim Richardson.

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Beach Film Club: Virtual Discussion of Shaft directed by Gordon Parks

Watch films in advance and then join the free virtual discussions.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 7 p.m. Central Time (US and Canada)

Streaming: Amazon Prime

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In-person and virtual:

Art Matters Now: Three Artists Reflect

Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 7 p.m.

McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University, 1501 Goldstein Circle, Manhattan, KS 66506

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