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April 27, 2017

Reading with discussion and book signing by Janice N. Harrington

Submitted by Jui Mhatre

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will host Janice N. Harrington for a reading with discussion of "Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27. A reception will follow.

Learn about the work of African-American folk artist, Horace H. Pippin. What did it mean to be an African-American soldier during World War I? What was life like for African-American families at the turn of the century? After a lively, interactive audience-driven discussion of paintings by Pippin, Harrington will share poetry and reflections on the life and art of this astonishing painter.

Harrington's writing reflects her beginnings in rural Alabama, her life in the Midwest, and her interests in cultural history, the natural world and the visual arts. She also blogs about poetic imagery at A Space for Image. A former librarian, Harrington is a professor of creative writing in the English department at the University of Illinois.

The event is co-sponsored by the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries, American ethnic studies department and English department. 

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