5:00 PM17:00

Tallgrass Artist Residency Group Show/ Matfield Green Open House

Join the Tallgrass Artist Residency and the community of Matfield Green on the evening of Saturday, October 12 for a showcase event:

•Artwork by 2019 Tallgrass artists
•Soft opening of the Matfield school house
•Preview the plans for the Bank Art Space
•Food truck on site
•Bonfire at Timber Arches
•More details coming soon!

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1:00 PM13:00

Tallgrass Artist Symposium

Hear from all artists in the 2019 Tallgrass Artist Residency program with short presentations and a panel discussion, at the Beach Museum of Art's UMB Theater:

Jessica Zeglin - Albuquerque, NM
Letitia Huckaby - Benbrook, TX
Alexandra Robinson - Austin, TX
Melanie Johnson - Prairie Village, KS
Julianna Villarosa - Iowa City, IA
Megan Kaminski — Lawrence, KS
Matthew Darmour-Paul — Grantfork, IL
Jessica Merchant — Madison, WI

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7:00 PM19:00

US-China Poetry Dialogue

You are invited to attend the US-China Poetry Dialogue, a public conversation on the state of literature, politics, poetry, and the arts in the US and China.

  • Chinese Poets: Shu Ting, Zang Di, Yuan Tian, Chen Zongyi, Sun Xiaoya, Mu Ting

  • American Poets and Scholars: Megan Kaminski, Joseph Harrington, Cyrus Console-Şoican, Glenn Mott, Timothy Lantz, Larson Powell, and Emcee: Jonathan Stalling

Dr. Jonathan Stalling, founder of the dialogue, holds the Harold J. and Ruth Newman Chair for US-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma. Describing the mission of the dialogue, Stalling says:

The US-China Poetry Dialogue was created in the belief that US-China relations cannot be built upon business and policy transactions alone. Rather, we must draw on our shared experiences of what matters most to us, and be cognizant of what could be lost. Literature, especially poetry, can give us insight into the future of our relationship, one that flickers into view in the partial light of our hopes and fears. Poetry has been and remains a vibrant force in both China and the US and provides both nations with a shared cultural space, a public square within which people can share and contest ideas but also find the quiet, personal moments that form the foundation of human flourishing.”

Originating in the American heartland, the biennial US-China Poetry Dialogue explores the unique history of US-China relations specific to each location. Kansas City, Missouri, is the home Edgar Snow, the first Western journalist to meet Chairman Mao, and an important early proponent in establishing US-China friendship in the twentieth century. Kansas City is also the sister city of Xi’an, the birthplace of China, and of Yan’an, the birthplace of the modern Chinese nation. We hope you will attend and participate in the dialogue! Light refreshments will be served.

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2:00 PM14:00

The Newman US-China Poetry Dialogue

Please join us for an poetry reading celebrating the work of some of China’s most beloved living poets (Shu Ting, Zang Di, Yuan Tian, Chen Zongyi, Sun Xiaoya, Mu Ting) as they read their work (in Chinese and in translation) alongside American poets Megan Kaminski, Joseph Harrington, Cyrus Console-Şoican, Glenn Mott, Timothy Lantz). After the reading, visitors are invited to the museum’s Spencer Art Reference Library Reading Room to peruse a selection of publications highlighting the connections between poetry and image in Chinese Art.

The Newman US-China Poetry Dialogue brings together Chinese and American poets for a week of public conversations, readings, and workshops. Sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for US-China Issues, the China Poetry Institute, and Beijing University, the US-China Poetry Dialogue seeks to foster cross-cultural understanding through the public humanities.

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