November 16, 2019
Artist Jeremiah Ariaz
will give a talk on his exhibit
Louisiana Trail Riders,
now on view through December 9, 2019, at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, focusing on the African American trail riding clubs of southwest Louisiana
Elizabeth Seaton, Curator,
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University
will talk about the museum’s exhibition
“John Steuart Curry and the Cowboy Within,”
a survey of the Kansas artist’s depictions of the American West.
The Curry exhibition runs through March 21, 2020. Catalogues will be available.
Jeremiah Ariaz will sign copies of his 2018 book, Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders, following the program. Ariaz was raised in Great Bend, Kansas, and is now a professor of photography at Louisiana State University. Jeremiah Ariaz exhibited Staging the West, at The Volland Store in the summer of 2017.
Elizabeth Seaton is curator of Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders and co-curator with independent scholar Frank Owings of John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within.
Join us for conversation and refreshments following the program.
The African-American trail riding clubs of southwest Louisiana are a part of a Creole culture that has its roots in the population of free people of color, French settlers, and American Indians who lived in the region during the 18th century. Today, trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. Club members assemble on weekends and move through parish communities and prairie grasslands, listening to Zydeco music from a sound system or live bands in tow. Kansas native Jeremiah Ariaz, a professor of art at Louisiana State University, has captured these equestrian clubs in a selection of photographs forming this exhibition. One image will be chosen as the 2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, a limited-edition photograph for sale to Friends and the public.
For more information about supporting the museum as a Friend or purchasing a gift print, call 785-532-7718 or go to beach.k-state.edu.
Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders
at the Beach Museum of Art
August 6 – December 9, 2019