The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will host a screening of “Destination: Planet Negro!” at 6 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Wildcat Chamber at the K-State Student Union.
This humorous and insightful “black futurism” film was written and directed by Kevin Willmott, Junction City native and University of Kansas professor of film and media studies, who also plays a main character. Willmott will be present to respond to audience comments and questions after the screening.
The basic premise of the film is that a group of black intellectuals in the 1930s decide that resettlement on Mars is the only hope for African Americans to escape racism. A party of three pioneers boards a rocket ship that, instead of bringing them to Mars, transports them through a time warp to contemporary Kansas City. At first they are elated to learn that Barack Obama is president, thinking racism has been overcome. They gradually learn how unfounded is their optimism.
Watch the film’s trailer.
The works in this exhibition represent the studio practices of fifteen members of the Kansas State University Department of Art. These works, made within the last two years and varying in concept and construction, feature the disciplines of ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and new media. The artists are a diverse group from across the nation and around the world, who now call Manhattan, Kansas, home.
Participating faculty members are Kevin Bernstein, Carlos Castellanos, Geraldine Craig, Nicholas Geankoplis, Matthew Gaynor, Rebecca Hackemann, Daniel Hunt, Shreepad Joglekar, Nancy Morrow, Mervi Pakaste, Teresa S. Schmidt, Jason Scuilla, Daniel Warner, Erin Wiersma, and Dukno Yoon.
Campus may be quiet this week, but the Beach Museum galleries are open all week during regular hours.
Tues Wed Fri 10 – 5
Thurs 10 – 8
Sat 11 – 4
Closed Sun, Mon & holidays
Mon-Fri: 8 – 5
For more information about the Beach Museum of Art check out our upcoming events and current exhibitions.