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Professor to present on how to imagine memory through art

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Bethel College professor will give the next presentation related to Kauffman Museum’s current special exhibit.

Rachel Epp Buller, associate professor of visual art and design, will speak on “Documenting and Imagining Memory through Art,” Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. in the museum auditorium.

The special exhibit she references is “Memory Matters: Works by Gesine Janzen.”

Building on Janzen’s use of ancestral photographs in her prints, Epp Buller will address how works by contemporary artists Susan Hiller, Christian Boltanski and Felix Gonzalez-Torres evoke ideas of memory and memorialization through photographs and other historical artifacts.

Some of the questions she explores: Do these artists seek to record historical memories, like archivists? What are the intersections of individual (personal) and cultural (public) memory? How do artists inspire viewers to imagine memory?

This Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum program, part of an occasional series throughout the year, is free and open to the public.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the special exhibit “Memory Matters: Work of Gesine Janzen,” as well as the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” is $4 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-16, and free to Kauffman Museum members and children under 6. For more information, call the museum at 316-283-1612 or visit its website,, or Facebook page.

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