Don Lambert’s one-person performance, in which he appears as John Steuart Curry, painter of Kansas Pastoral and The Tragic Prelude in the Kansas Capitol, has been rescheduled for February 11, 2014, at the Mulvane Museum. Visiting Curator, Julia R. Myers, Ph.D. will give a brief lecture titled “Controversy and Compromise: John Steuart Curry’s Kansas Capitol Murals” at 6:00 p.m. Mr. Lambert will follow with his one-person show at 6:30. A reception will follow his performance. This event is held in conjunction with the Mulvane’s current exhibition Watching Curry Work: Sketches for his Kansas Capitol Murals, which will continue on view until February 23, 2014.
Don Lambert has given his one-man show as Curry over 200 times during the past twenty 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. The state, which had cancelled the statehouse commission in 1941 when it was only partially completed, also issued a posthumous apology to the artist. 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 Curry’s widow.
Dr. Julia Myers is a Professor of Art History at Eastern Michigan University and the author of several exhibition catalogues and articles. She will discuss the designs for the Capitol rotunda murals; Curry was not allowed to paint these murals in part because he planned to include Dust Bowl scenes, which many Kansans were not interested in memorializing.
Watching Curry Work: Sketches for his Kansas Capitol Murals is supported by the Center for Kansas Studies, Washburn University.
The Mulvane Art Museum is located at 17th and Jewell Streets on the campus of Washburn University. The hours of the Museum, ArtLab, and Gift Shop are Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday-Friday 10-5, and Saturday and Sunday 1-4.
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