Think Local: Beach Museum of Art launches new exhibition

The second installation of Lebrun's work will be on display next fall, featuring another ancient object and a special sound environment. (Archive photo by Evert Nelson | Collegian Media Group)

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated for accuracy.

The Beach Museum of Art launched its new exhibition, 45 Paleolithic Handaxes from Transfigurations: Reanimating the Past by David Lebrun on Sept. 21. Visitors can expect to learn about the art through a multimedia installation. This exhibition allows viewers to explore the past in a new light through unique sequenced images, sounds and video.

Visitors can learn how Lebrun worked with archaeologists and anthropologists to identify human-made objects as early as 600,000 years ago from Mesoamerica, Europe and South Asia.

“Though the actual stone artifacts from archaeological sites in France will not be onsite, they will be accessible in a powerful way through a combination of high-resolution photography, animation, use of scale and an evocative sound score,” Linda Duke, Beach art museum director, said.

The museum originally planned to have a larger exhibition of Lebrun’s work, but because of the pandemic, it was unable. The second installation of Lebrun’s work will be on display next fall, featuring another ancient object and a special sound environment. The 45 Paleolithic Handaxes exhibition will be on display through July 16, 2022.

The museum offers free admission and parking for all, with regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday, Monday and holidays. More information about the museum, exhibitions and upcoming events is available on the museum website.


5:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 30

“Let’s Talk Art: Fort Scott’s Gordon Parks Museum and Gordon Parks Festival.”

The event will live-stream conversations with Kirk Sharp, director of the Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College.

5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14

“25th Anniversary Special In-Person Tours for Friends of the Beach Museum of Art.”

The Beach art museum will live-stream the 25th-anniversary party by invitation virtually.

The Beach art museum will present exhibitions and programs that showcase and enrich the world around us. Donations go through the Kansas State University Foundation website.

5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4

“Home, What Does It Look Like?: Gordon Parks Responds.”

Live stream conversation with the chair of Tisch Department of Photography and Imaging at New York University, Deborah Willis.

5:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 11

“Caring for a Curry.”

In-person and live stream talk by paintings with Kenneth Bé and introductory remarks by curator Liz Seaton.

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4

Animal-Theme Holiday Workshop.

This event is $5 per person, and reservations are required.

5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9

Holiday Party.