“Conversation XV: Dust” and “1 Kansas Farmer”


  • Ongoing: until Sunday, December 15, 2013
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: Not available

Two interrelated exhibitions at the Spencer Museum of Art explore the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and the relevance of its lessons for today’s farmers, environmentalists, artists and scientists. “Conversation XV: Dust” and “1 Kansas Farmer” is open at the museum, 1301 Mississippi St. They will be on view until Dec. 15. “Dust,” in the museum’s 20/21 Gallery, was inspired by the selection of Timothy Egan’s “The Worst Hard Time” as the Kansas University Common Book for 2013-14. Artistic documentation of the Dust Bowl, much of it federally sponsored, yielded iconic symbols representing the hardship suffered by rural Americans in the 1930s and the humanity that triumphed in its wake. The objects on display in “Dust” tell similar stories using artists’ tools, primarily the camera. Thomas Hart Benton’s lithograph depicting the fictional Joad family, central to the plot of “The Grapes of Wrath,” tells perhaps the most famous Dust Bowl narrative of all, and is included in this exhibition. “1 Kansas Farmer,” on display in the museum’s lobby, features posters created by KU advanced graphic design students. The series, inspired by the prolific work of Dust Bowl artists and scientists, makes sly reference to the billboards spotted along Kansas highways declaring that “1 Kansas farmer feeds 155 people and you.” Each poster addresses a specific environmental issue facing Kansas farmers today.

This event was posted Aug. 3, 2013 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014


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