May 1st was National Holocaust Remembrance Day. For week 18 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series, we’re featuring “Crossroads”, a lithograph based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” by Art Spiegelman.
Yesterday, Christians all over the world celebrated Easter, so for week 17 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, we’re highlighting In His Steps author and creator of the “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do?) phenomenon, Charles Sheldon (1891-1946).
For week 16 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, we’re focusing on ceramist Ken Ferguson (1938-2004), former Professor and Chair of the ceramics department at Kansas City Art Institute for over thirty years. “In 1981 Ferguson was voted one of the twelve greatest living potters in a readers’ survey by Ceramics Monthly magazine. His students included many successful contemporary ceramists including Richard [...]
It’s week 15 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series and we’re celebrating the 256th anniversary of the April 15th publication of our Johnson Dictionary.
In the spirit of National Library Week, for week 14 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series we’re taking a closer look at the library as an “art object” and at Michael Graves, the architect behind the design of our current building. Architecture merges science with design to create living, functional spaces which, over time, can become iconic cultural symbols [...]
52 for 150 is a weekly, year-long video series highlighting 52 very special things from your library’s Special—and permanent—Collections.
For week 10 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series we’re celebrating National Music In Our Schools Month—the theme this year is “Music Lasts A Lifetime”—by taking a closer look at our collection of Sheet Music. Between our John Ripley collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century songs, jazz and wartime music, and our local music written by songwriters from Topeka [...]
In lieu of the 2011 Kansas Reads kick-off on January 29, we invited First Friday artwalkers to answer this question on video during opening night of Kansas 150 for 150, our current exhibit featuring 150 Topeka-related objects spanning more than 150 years from the Library’s permanent collection. These are their responses. Kansas Reads selected the book, What Kansas Means [...]
It’s week six of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, and to kick off Black History Month we’re taking a closer look at artist Dean Mitchell. Mitchell has been called a “virtual modern-day Vermeer,” by New York Times art critic, Michael Kimmelman. Mitchell’s passion for everyday people is evident in this excerpt from his artist’s statement: “I [...]
It’s week five of our Kansas sesquicentennial series and we’re celebrating the unofficial start of the Art Nouveau movement by taking a closer look at our own Art Nouveau Collection. “On January 1, 1895, Czech artist Alphonse Mucha debuted a poster he designed for Sarah Bernhardt in Gismonda. The legendary Sarah and the public adored it, and its phenomenal success made [...]
It’s week four of our Kansas sesquicentennial series. Kansas celebrates its birthday on January 29th, and what better way to honor Kansas this week than to take a closer look at our Kansas Collection. Ranging the entire Dewey system, this non-circulating reference collection contains Kansas authors, Kansas illustrators, biographies about notable Kansans and writers of Kansas [...]