As part of the Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, The Beach Museum of Art will be hosting the national celebration honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.
Celebrate by visiting the exhibition “Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Prints of Norma Bassett Hall” and pick up a guide of works by women artists on display in the galleries.
Another highlight is a virtual exhibition on the Tall Grass Prairie by Patricia Duncan, that can be accessed on the Museum’s Touch the Prairie touch screen. This exhibition was part of the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions (SITES) program in the 1970s.
For more information, please visit http://Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay
During the 1920s Norma Bassett Hall began producing color woodcuts prints, employing Japanese printing method that had been embraced by artists associated with the Arts and Crafts movement.
Owl on a Pine Bough, a set of study prints in the the style of Japanese printmaker Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige donated to the Beach Museum of Art by Jon and Ruth Ann Wefald, demonstrates each step of the color wood block process that Bassett Hall used. In addition, there will be wood blocks, printing tools, and videos available showing print making techniques. This display complements our current exhibition, Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Art of Norma Bassett Hall.
“My ambition is to make my prints speak of peace and tranquility in the troubled world, of joy in simple things, of harmony and beauty.”
-Norma Bassett Hall, 1934
Also on display: The Common Work of Art, chosen to complement K-State’s Common book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.