Ulrich Museum Programs & Events

All Ulrich events are free, open to the public, and located at the museum, unless noted otherwise.

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February

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Voices from the Vault

Kevin LeGrandeur: How Lee Adler's Art Anticipates the Bonding of Human and Machine
in the 21st Century

Thursday, February 6
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program 

Today, modifying humans with various types of technology is increasingly common. We have implantable defibrillators and pacemakers for heart patients, and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) that can help paralyzed people control prosthetics with their thoughts or, conversely, help control unwanted brain activity like seizures and tremors. There are also artists who incorporate technology into their art. This talk will show how Lee Adler’s art anticipated and participated in the cultural spirit that led to an increasingly common blending of human and machine. Dr. Kevin LaGrandeur is Professor at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where he specializes in technology and culture. He is also a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology, an international think tank, and a co-founder of the New York Posthuman Research Group.

Funding for Voices from the Vault: The 1970s is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life, and by Lee and Ron Starkel.

 

Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series

Co-Curated by Zoe Beloff and Rebecca Cleman

It's Gonna Blow--Gadgets Go Mad

Friday, February 7
6:00 P.M. | mamafilm at LUX, 120 E. 1st Street N 

Conceived and selected by artist and filmmaker Zoe Beloff and film curator Rebecca Cleman, this film series accompanies Beloff’s multimedia installation Emotions Go to Work, elaborating its central themes, concerns, and ideas. Each screening will be accompanied by Notes created by the series curators. On February 21, Beloff will be present in person to answer questions and participate in a post-screening discussion. Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series is presented by the Ulrich Museum of Art and co-hosted by mamafilm independent microcinema. All screenings are free and open to the public. Click here for the series program. 

 

Poetry Out Loud Regionals: National Recitation Contest

Saturday, February 15
10:00 A.M. | Reception following 

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students (poetryoutloud.org).  

 

Senior Wednesday

Brian Amos, "Redistricting, Gerrymandering, and the 2020 Census"

Wednesday, February 19
10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program

 

After the counts from this year's census are released, every level of government will have to redraw its electoral district lines. This talk will cover who is in charge of the process, what rules they have to follow, and what can be done if a political party does it to benefit itself. Dr. Amos is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at Wichita State.  

 

Artist Talk: Zoe Beloff

The Dream Life of Technology: Desire, Data and the Internet of Things

Thursday, February 20
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program 

Emotions Go to Work artist Zoe Beloff will discuss the works in her exhibition and the exploration of the relationship between technology and the mind, how we think through it, how we shape it in our image, and how it, in turn, changes us on both conscious and unconscious levels. Beloff’s work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings including the Whitney Biennial 1997 and 2002, Site Santa Fe, the M HKA museum in Antwerp, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. She has been awarded fellowships from The Graham Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. She is a professor at Queens College CUNY. Copies of Zoe Beloff’s book Emotions Go to Work will be available for purchase during the event. Zoe Beloff’s visit to campus and public presentations are funded by a grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC).

 

Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series

Co-Curated by Zoe Beloff and Rebecca Cleman

How Do I Feel? Q&A with Zoe Beloff

Friday, February 21
6:00 P.M. | McKnight Art Center, Room 210 

Artist Zoe Beloff will be present in person to answer questions and participate in a post-screening discussion. Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series is presented by the Ulrich Museum of Art and co-hosted by mamafilm independent microcinema. All screenings are free and open to the public. Click here for the series program.

 

Writing Now/Reading Now

Diana Arterian 

Thursday, February 27
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Poetry Reading 

Spring 2020 WSU Emerging Visiting Poet Diana Arterian is the author of PLAYING MONSTER :: SEICHE (1913 Press, 2017), a poetry collection that investigates childhood and trauma through a haunting blend of confessional, documentary, and minimalist styles. Writing Now/Reading Now is cosponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

 

FUN/Future Now at the Ulrich

Friday, February 28
4:00 P.M. | Reception following 

Introducing PechaKucha style presentations of campus-wide research. 3 Fridays, 4 presentations, 7 minutes each. This program is an extension of the Museum's Solving for X series, sharing research across campus with the community.

 

March

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Salon Circle

Kristin Alford, Director of MOD., University of South Australia, Adelaide

Creating Hope to Navigate Uncertain Futures

Thursday, March 5
6:00 P.M. Reception | 6:45 P.M. Program 

This event is limited to Salon Circle Members. Learn more about Salon Circle by clicking here.

 

Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series

Co-Curated by Zoe Beloff and Rebecca Cleman

Machines that Seduce

Friday, March 6
6:00 P.M. | mamafilm at LUX, 120 E. 1st Street N  

Conceived and selected by artist and filmmaker Zoe Beloff and film curator Rebecca Cleman, this film series accompanies Beloff’s multimedia installation Emotions Go to Work, elaborating its central themes, concerns, and ideas. Each screening will be accompanied by Notes created by the series curators. Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series is presented by the Ulrich Museum of Art and co-hosted by mamafilm independent microcinema. All screenings are free and open to the public. Click here for the series program. 

 

Artist Talk: A.P. Vague

A Pixel is a Pixel is a Pixel: On Manipulation and Faith in Images

Thursday, March 12
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program 

A.P. Vague is a multimedia artist and educator based in Chicago. His work is focused on long-distance communication and working with alternative spaces. In addition to web-based and digital work, Vague has worked in experimental formats such as programming and live electronics at art spaces in Romania, France, The Netherlands, and elsewhere. Vague earned a BA at Wichita State University and MFA at Rutgers University and has taught at Hussian College, Wichita State University, and Butler Community College. He currently teaches at DePaul University in Chicago.

 

Family Fun Day

Saturday, March 14
1:00-3:00 P.M.   

Bring the family for an afternoon of gallery exploration, games, and art making activities inspired by our spring exhibitions. Kid-friendly snacks served on the skywalk (don't forget to look up and find Flinthills Apparition!) This event is always free for all. 

 

Senior Wednesday: Ksenya Gurshtein

Looking for Lee Adler

Wednesday, March 18
10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program

Ulrich curator Ksenya Gurshtein will discuss her research for Lee Adler: A Mad Man Amid the Machines in the Archives of American Art and elsewhere, sharing discoveries about the artist and his work made in the process of preparing the exhibition. 

 

Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series

Co-Curated by Zoe Beloff and Rebecca Cleman

Our Aliens--Emotions from the other side

Friday, March 20
6:00 P.M. | McKnight Art Center, Room 210

Conceived and selected by artist and filmmaker Zoe Beloff and film curator Rebecca Cleman, this film series accompanies Beloff’s multimedia installation Emotions Go to Work, elaborating its central themes, concerns, and ideas. Each screening will be accompanied by Notes created by the series curators. Emotions Go to Work: The Film Series is presented by the Ulrich Museum of Art and co-hosted by mamafilm independent microcinema. All screenings are free and open to the public. Click here for the series program. 

 

April

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Salon Circle

Linda Duke and Jason Morales

Four Worlds

Thursday, April 2
6:00 P.M. Reception | 6:45 P.M. Program 

This event is limited to Salon Circle Members. Learn more about Salon Circle by clicking here.

 

Writing Now/Reading Now

Michael Parker 

Thursday, April 9
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Fiction Reading 

Oklahoma is the setting for Prairie Fire, Michael Parker's seventh and latest novel. Parker is WSU's Visiting Dinstinguished Writer this spring. He has published fiction and nonfiction in some of the country's top literary journals and has won, amon many honors, a PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and O. Henry Awads three times for his short stories.

Writing Now/Reading Now is cosponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

 

Senior Wednesday: Nellie Elliott

The Littlest Show on Earth: Alexander Calder and the Spectacle of the Circus
Wednesday, March 18
10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program

Join Ulrich curatorial and education intern Nellie Elliott for a discussion on artist Alexander Calder's lifelong love affair with the circus.

 

Summer Exhibition Opening Party

Thursday, April 16
5:00-8:00 P.M. 

The Ulrich invites you to join us for an exploration of the newest suite of exhibitions on display this spring. Ulrich receptions are a conversation, a gathering of artists and art enthusiasts intertwined with music, fine fare, and possibility. 

 

Watkins Lecture: David S. Goodsell

Illustrating the Machinery of Life: Principles and Practice

Tuesday, April 21
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program 

David Goodsell of the Scripps Research Institute and RCSB Protein Data Bank, will present an approach for the creation of images that span the scale range from nanometers to micrometers, depicting subjects ranging from the atomic structure of biomolecules to the molecular ultrastructure of cells. 

 

FUN/Future Now at the Ulrich

Friday, April 24
4:00 P.M. | Reception following 

Introducing PechaKucha style presentations of campus-wide research. 3 Fridays, 4 presentations, 7 minutes each. This program is an extension of the Museum's Solving for X series, sharing research across campus with the community.

 

Writing Now/Reading Now

Sam Taylor 

Tuesday, April 28
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Poetry Reading 

Join us for the release of the new book by award-winning poet and WSU professor Sam Taylor. The Book fo Fools: An Essay in Memoir and Verse is an innovative, visually arresting book that blends genres and marries personal, confessional themes of loss surrounding a mother's early death, with global, ecological themes of loss to create a sweeping elegy for our earth and oceans. 

Writing Now/Reading Now is cosponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

 

Voices from the Vault

Vitaly Komar

The Dance of Dissent: Reflections on Art, Humor, and the Cold War

Thursday, April 30
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program 

In the 1970s and 80s, Soviet emigre artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid found international acclaim for their biting commentary on the epoch-defining geopolitics of the Cold War. Taking their portfolio, A Ballet: The Life of Stalin, now in the Ulrich collection, as a starting point, Vitaly Komar will discuss how his experiences of living in both of the Cold War superpowers have shaped his artistic career.

Funding for this program is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life, and by Lee and Ron Starkel.

 

May

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Writing Now/Reading Now

MFA Reading 

Sunday, May 3
2:00 P.M. Reception | 2:30 P.M. Reading 

Come celebrate the graduating class of Wichita State's MFA Program in Creative Writing as they read from their final projects. 

Writing Now/Reading Now is cosponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

 

Voices from the Vault

Jay Williams

John Baeder: A Road Well Taken

Thursday, May 7
5:00 P.M. Book signing | 5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program 

Jay Williams, curator and author of John Baeder's A Road Well Taken will speak on one of the most important hyperrealist painters of our era. 

Funding for this program is provided by Humanities Kansas, a nonprofit cultural organization that connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life, and by Lee and Ron Starkel.

 

ADCI Art History Awards

Friday, May 15
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Award Presentation | 6:45 P.M. Dr. S. Hollis Clayson  

The second annual art history awards celebrate the outstanding achievements by art history students in a number of categories. We are pleased to welcome Dr. S. Hollis Clayson, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Art History at Northwestern Univeristy, as our guest speaker for this year's awards.

 

Senior Wednesday: 2020 ADCI MFA Graduates

Wednesday, May 20
10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program

Join us for a celebration of the 2020 MFA Graudates from the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.