52 for 150: What’s So Special About Albert Bloch?

For week 50 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series, we’re taking a closer look at artist Albert Bloch, head of drawing and painting from 1923-1947 at the University of Kansas, and only American member of Der Blaue Reiter, Germany’s most important group of artists in the 20th century which contributed greatly to the development of Expressionism.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5NfENl3Lak

About 52 for 150

Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we’re featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.

Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what’s so “special” about Special Collections. Your library’s commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.

To make an appointment to see works by Albert Bloch in our collection, or get help finding books and videos about him, call or stop by the Sabatini Gallery (785-580-4515). We’re located on your right just beyond the Library rotunda entrance.

Heather Kearns

I've been the Sabatini Gallery's associate curator since 2004 and social media coordinator since 2008. My passion is helping people “get“ art, and by that I mean creating an environment both in-house and online which fosters a greater understanding, confidence, and sense of enjoyment from the art experience. Art should be easy to access and available to everyone. I take helping people very seriously.