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Two programs are planned at the Mulvane Art Museum in conjunction with the Watching Curry Work Sketches for his Kansas Capitol Murals

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m., Don Lambert will appear as the artist John Steuart Curry in a one-person show. A reception will follow the performance.

Lambert has performed as Curry more than 200 times over the past 20 years. In 1993, Lambert discovered in a Chicago gallery a cache of sketches by Curry for his Capitol murals and convinced the State to purchase them for the Kansas Museum of History. Lambert’s performance as Curry is based on intensive research into the artist’s life and art and on the many conversations he had with the artist’s widow.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m., Julia R. Myers, visiting curator, will present “Controversy and Compromise: John Steuart Curry’s Kansas Capitol Murals.”  She will discuss the State’s cancellation of Curry’s Statehouse commission before the project was completed, due to the controversy created by the artist’s plan to include in the works Dust Bowl scenes and depict abolitionist John Brown as what some thought was a bloodthirsty and god-fearing fanatic. Myers is professor of art history at Eastern Michigan University and is the author of several exhibition catalogues and articles.

“Watching Curry Work:  Sketches for his Kansas Capitol Murals” is open at the Mulvane Art Museum through Feb. 23. The exhibition features the drawings and watercolors made by Curry in preparation for the murals he created on the second floor of the Kansas Capitol, “The Tragic Prelude” and “Kansas Pastoral.” The works in the exhibition are on loan from the collection of the Kansas Museum of History. “Watching Curry Work: Sketches for his Kansas Capitol Murals” is supported by the Center for Kansas Studies, Washburn University.

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Julia Myers, visiting curator, at julie.myers1@washburn or call 785.670.1124.

The Mulvane is located on the campus of Washburn University, at 17th and Jewell Streets. Free parking is available directly to the west of the museum.

The Mulvane Art Museum, ArtLab and gift shop are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free. The museum is closed major holidays. For information, call 785.670.1124 or go to


Dena Anson, 785.670.1711