The 20/21 Gallery (which is short for 20th Century and 21st Century) is designed as a project in process. It is a space in which to explore new ideas, rethink old assumptions, experiment with emerging technologies, discover the connections of historic objects to contemporary lives, and imagine possibilities for the future.
Wendell Castle, known to many as the father of the art furniture movement, has been selected to receive an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from his alma mater the University of Kansas. In acknowledgement of this great honor, four of his works from the Spencer’s permanent collection are on display in the 20/21 Gallery.
On the south wall of the 20/21 gallery we bring together a group of objects focused on a single topic of conversation. Among these objects we hope you will hear not only the voices of individual artists and interpreters, but also enter into the discussion with your own thoughts and questions.
In concert with KU’s selection of Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss as its Common Book for the 2012-13 academic year, the Spencer Museum of Art has selected a sculptural work by Randy Regier, depicting a pull toy titled Impending Future Bus as its Common Work of Art
Attached to the 20/21 Gallery is our new Process space, an installation area where the work of art is revealed; the activity of art is discovered; the inspiration for creativity is open for all.