Upcoming Events

Themester 2019 : Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces

Date: Tue 02/26/19 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

Trigger Warnings and Safe Spaces, with Professor Chris Jones (Religious Studies), Professor Louise Krug (English), Dakie Washington (Center for Student Success), Melisa Posey (University Diversity & Inclusion), and students.

Film Screening - BlackKklansman

Date: Tue 02/26/19 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

Join the Mulvane Art Museum and Professor Tom Prasch for an introduction and screening of the critically acclaimed biographical crime comedy-drama BlackKklansman.  In 1972, Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs' first African-American police officer, attempted to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan chapter with the help of his white, Jewish partner Flip Zimmerman.  Based on a true story, this pop-political comedy uses action, bold speeches and real footage to bluntly demonstrate America's past racial issues that are still present today.


Date: Tue 03/05/19 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

Become a member and celebrate FAT TUESDAY with Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum.

Taishō Era (1912-1926) Kimono in Image and Text

Date: Thu 03/07/19 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery
Speaker: Karen J. Mack, PhD., Assistant Professor, Atomi Women’s University, Tokyo

The “Taishō-Roman” kimono are still the most easily recognizable kimono and beloved even today both within and outside of Japan, with their distinctive colors and “modern” designs. Ordinary women, until then recently confined to the home by convention, were now free to go out and about, strolling in Ginza (Japan’s Fifth Avenue) for shopping and lunching with friends. This short era of kimono freedom from convention was the peak of — neither formal nor housewear — “fancy clothes.” These “fancy clothes” include Meisen kimono, “brand” tsumugi (pongee), and the forerunner of the formal hōmongi (visiting-wear), the sanpogi (strolling-wear).

The decade of “Taishō-Roman” kimono was actually from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s, followed by the Moga (Modern Girl) style of Western clothes influenced by the Western fashions of the 1920s and 1930s. A way to ascertain who wore what when is to compare extant kimono with their descriptions in texts. Tanizaki’s novel A Fool’s Love is particularly applicable for this task because as the protagonist Naomi’s image changes throughout the course of the novel, so does her style of dress and kimono. In comparison, Nagai Kafū, in his East of the River, describes the nostalgic “old-style” manner of the protagonist OYuki’s kimono a decade later. Fortunately, both novels contain illustrations, which in addition to the descriptions, can be compared to extant kimono.



Gallery Tour

Date: Wed 03/20/19 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Maxine J. Anton South Gallery (2nd level)

Join guest curator Professor Madeline Eschenberg and Mulvane Collections Manager Rebecca Manning for a tour of Shifting Perspectives.

Film Screening: A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State

Date: Wed 03/27/19 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

Join the Mulvane in welcoming historian Kara Heitz for a discussion of New Deal art in Kansas followed by a screening of A New Deal for Public Art in the Free State, a film by Clio's Scroll Productions LLC in conjunction with the Birger Sandzen Gallery and funded by a grant from Humanities Kansas.

Themester 2019 : Sticks and Stones

Date: Thu 04/04/19 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

Sticks and Stones: The Power of Words, What Can Be Said, What Should be Said and What is Really Prohibited - with Professor Jeffrey Jackson, Marc Fried, and Laura Bond from ACLU Kansas.

Opening Reception

Date: Fri 04/05/19 5:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Joanne E. Harrison Gallery & Maxine J. Anton North Gallery (2nd level)

Join us for the opening reception of the 2019 Washburn Art Student Exhibition. Opening remarks will begin at 6:00 pm.

WIFI Film Festival: Film Showings at the Rita Blitt Gallery

Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

WIFI is dedicated to promoting and celebrating film production, stories from the Midwest and education at Washburn University.  WIFI serves the Topeka community and the state of Kansas.  The WIFI film festival is linked to Washburn's Themester which is Freedom of Speech and Expression.

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



Themester 2019 : Music as Expression

Date: Wed 04/17/19 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

Music as Expression, with Professor Lara Brook (Music) and Professor Craig Treinen (Music)

Themester 2019 : The Misuse of Science

Date: Mon 04/29/19 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

The Misuse of Science in Promoting Pseudoscientific Claims, with Professor Brian Thomas (Physics), Professor Laura Murphy (Anthropology), and Professor Erin Grant (Criminal Justice)


Date: Thu 03/07/19 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Rita Blitt Gallery

Speaker Dr. Karen J. Mack, Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Atomi University, Tokyo, Japan, will present a lecture on Taisho Period kimono in image and text.

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