The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “Hipsters and Heroes: Kansas and the Beat Experience,” the second exhibition of the 2010-2011 season. The show is a collection of works by different artists presented by curator James Johnson. It will begin with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 and run until Friday, Oct. 22. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
Several prominent artists of the “Beat Generation” beginning in the 1950s had significant connections with Kansas. The connections of six of these artists – Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Michael McClure, Bruce Conner, Dennis Hopper and Robert Branaman – will be explored in this exhibit. On display in the gallery will be rarely seen works drawn from private and public collections.
An “Art for Lunch” event featuring a lecture by the curator will also take place in the Jabara Flexible Theatre from noon until 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28. This event is free, and a light lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are not required.
Both the Steckline Gallery and the Jabara Flexible Theatre are located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The Steckline Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.