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All programs are open to the public and are free unless marked ($).


January Programming & Events

1.30
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Coffee @ The Commons Julie Blackmon
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Photographer Julie Blackmon draws on her experience growing up in a large family as the oldest of nine children. Blackmon transforms elements of everyday family life, often with her own children as models, to create fantastical scenes. Her recent work may be viewed at http://www.julieblackmon.com/.

Sponsored By: Hallmark Corporate Foundation, KU Department of Design, The Commons

1.30
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Red Hot Research
4:00 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Scholars from a variety of disciplines deliver flash presentations introducing current research questions and significant discoveries. Each session features five faculty members speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers—and each other—during breaks. Today's session features Don Haider-Markel (Political Science), Rachel Vaughn (Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies), Jarron Saint Onge (Sociology), Thomas Prisinzano (Medicinal Chemistry), and Joshua Rosenbloom (Economics).

Sponsored By: The Commons

1.31
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Art Cart Body Language
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 406
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how gesture, expression, and body language in art can help tell a story, then create your own work of art from wire. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
1.31
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Saturday Art Adventure The Art of Ideas
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room, Gallery 316
These family-friendly tours followed by art-making activities occur once a month. View the new wall drawing by Sol LeWitt, whose artwork emphasized ideas. What would your “art of ideas” look like? Find out by following a set of instructions to create your own pastel artwork. SMA intern Rachel Brown leads the activity. Ideal for children ages 5–8 and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. Parking behind the Museum is free on weekends.

Back to TopFebruary Programming & Events

2.1
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Art Cart Body Language
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how gesture, expression, and body language in art can help tell a story, then create your own work of art from wire and clay. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.2
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Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture An Evening with Margaret Atwood: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?: The Arts, The Sciences, The Humanities, the Inhumanities, and the Non-Humanities. Zombies Thrown In Extra.
7:00 – 8:00 PM / Kansas Union, Ballroom
Literary icon Margaret Atwood, celebrated for her prescient vision and poetic voice, discusses the real-world origins of her speculative fiction and the roles of art, science and imagination in her creative process. A winner of many international literary awards, including the Booker Prize, Atwood is the bestselling author of more than thirty publications. She is best known for her novels, including the 2015 Read Across Lawrence book The Handmaid's Tale. Book-signing and reception immediately following.

Sponsored By: The Commons

2.4
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Activity Science, Art, Optics & Illusion
3:30 – 4:30 PM / Lawrence Public Library, Reader's Theater
Create your own camera obscura as you explore the science of art, optics, and illusion. Presented in conjunction with the 2015 Read Across Lawrence for Kids book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. For ages 7-11.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

2.5
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Panel Discussion Feminism Through the Decades
7:00 – 8:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Join us for a conversation about the challenges women from different generations have faced. We will discuss what has changed about feminism as the movement has evolved. Presented in conjunction with the 2015 Read Across Lawrence book The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library and The Commons

2.6
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Red Hot Research: Special Edition The Life of An Idea
4:00 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Scholars from a variety of disciplines deliver flash presentations introducing current research questions and significant discoveries. This special research sharing session is inspired by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt, whose Wall Drawing 519 is on view at the Museum. Each speaker considers the evolution of an idea in his or her work, from inception to articulation and interpretation. Featuring Perry Alexander (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Mike Kautsch (Law), Valentino Stella (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), May Tveit (Design) and Molly Zahn (Religious Studies), with James P.G. Sterbenz (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) as emcee.

Sponsored By: The Commons

2.7
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Art Cart What's the Big Idea?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. This month's activity will focus on the new installation by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Participants will learn how ideas and concepts can create a work of art, and then work with mixed media on their own creation. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.8
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Art Cart What's the Big Idea?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. This month's activity will focus on the new installation by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Participants will learn how ideas and concepts can create a work of art, and then work with mixed media on their own creation. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.8
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Gallery Talk Slow Art Sundays
2:00 – 3:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 307 Reception Room
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one work of art. Slow Art Sundays features one work each month for visitors to contemplate and discuss with SMA staff. Coffee and tea will follow. In February, get to know La Pia de' Tolomei by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
2.9
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Performance Poetry Reading: Carmen Giménez Smith
7:00 – 8:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, four poetry collections— Milk and Filth, Goodbye, Flicker, The City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. A CantoMundo Fellow and formerly a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.

Sponsored By: Department of English, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Commons

2.12
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Film Besa
5:00 – 7:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Besa is a Serbian film set during the outbreak of World War I that addresses cultural barriers in the Balkans. The panel discussion immediately following features Stephen Dickey (Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures), Marike Janzen (Assistant Professor of Humanities & Western Civilization & Coordinator of Peace & Conflict Studies) and Marta Pirnat-Greenberg (Language Instructor in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures). Presented in conjunction with the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program.

Sponsored By: The University Honors Program, Spencer Museum of Art

2.13
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Red Hot Research
4:00 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Scholars from a variety of disciplines deliver flash presentations introducing current research questions and significant discoveries. Each session features five faculty members speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers—and each other—during breaks. Today's presenters include Daniel Coburn (Design), Magalí Rabasa (Spanish & Portuguese), Erik Perrins (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science), John Kelly (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), and Jane Barnette (Theatre) with Jon Lamb (English) as emcee.

Sponsored By: The Commons

2.14
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Art Cart What's the Big Idea?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. This month's activity will focus on the new installation by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Participants will learn how ideas and concepts can create a work of art, and then work with mixed media on their own creation. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.14
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Activity Art Detectives and Thieves
3:00 – 4:00 PM / Lawrence Public Library, Reader's Theater
Be a super sleuth and find clues to uncover the secret stories of art! Presented in conjunction with the 2015 Read Across Lawrence for Kids 2015 book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. For ages 7-11.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

2.15
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Art Cart What's the Big Idea?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. This month's activity will focus on the new installation by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Participants will learn how ideas and concepts can create a work of art, and then work with mixed media on their own creation. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.15
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Read Across Lawrence The Handmaid's Tale
1:00 – 3:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Watch the film adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s feminist dystopic novel starring Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, and Elizabeth McGovern. Immediately following the screening, enjoy a discussion on the differences between the film and the book and how the filmmakers portrayed the Republic of Gilead, a society founded on a return to traditional values and gender roles. Presented in conjunction with the 2015 Read Across Lawrence book The Handmaid's Tale.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

2.19
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Visiting Artist Lecture Series Beth Cavener: The Wildness Within
6:00 – 7:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Beth Cavener brings her zoomorphic portraits to life in this talk about her creative process and studio practice. Sculpted from solid masses of clay and hollowed out to their skins, Cavener's emotionally charged animal figures probe the human condition and pry at the edges of animal and human behavior. A recipient of numerous awards, Cavener has been an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. She received her BA in sculpture from Haverford College and her MFA from Ohio State University. Cavener's visit to KU includes working directly with visual art students and creating a large-scale ceramic sculpture, and culminates with this public talk.

Sponsored By: Department of Visual Art, Spencer Museum of Art

2.19
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Lecture Andrew Revkin
7:00 – 8:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Prize-winning journalist, online communicator, and author, Andrew Revkin speaks about the power of the Web to foster progress on a finite planet. Revkin has spent a quarter of a century covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon to the Asian tsunami, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. He is the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies where he teaches courses on blogging, environmental-science communication and documentary video with a focus on sustainable development. He writes the award-winning Dot Earth blog in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times. He is the author of several books on climate change including Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast, which accompanied the first museum exhibition on climate change, at the American Museum of Natural History, in 1992.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Center for Sustainability

2.20
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Idea Café Andrew Revkin
12:00 – 1:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
The Idea Café is designed to elicit energetic exchanges between attendees in response to the speaker's introduction. Today's café features prize-winning environmental journalist, pioneering multimedia communicator, and author Andrew Revkin. RSVP by February 12 to thecommons@ku.edu. Limit 40 guests.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Center for Sustainability

2.20
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Workshop A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Human Systems
Spooner Hall, The Commons
Researchers and practitioners from all disciplines are invited to work with Portuguese choreographer João Fiadeiro to explore the intersections between art and science in a focused two-day workshop. Fiadeiro is in residence at KU from February 15–28 as the first creative specialist hosted by the Spencer Museum's Arts Research Collaboration initiative (ARC). His method of “real-time composition” focuses on process rather than product, transforming movement into a theoretical-practical tool and platform to understand and rethink decision, representation, and cooperation, both in art and in life. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, this workshop will be of special interest to those in the fields of dance and theater, as well as complex systems sciences, cognitive science and linguistics, clinical psychology, anthropology, philosophy, neuroscience, and management. The workshop takes place from 4–8 PM on Friday and 9 AM–5 PM on Saturday. To register or learn more, please see http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/research/arc/. Fiadeiro’s residency is supported by a grant from the KU Research Investment Council.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

2.21
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Art Cart What's the Big Idea?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. This month's activity will focus on the new installation by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Participants will learn how ideas and concepts can create a work of art, and then work with mixed media on their own creation. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.22
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Art Cart What's the Big Idea?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. This month's activity will focus on the new installation by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Participants will learn how ideas and concepts can create a work of art, and then work with mixed media on their own creation. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.25
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Book Discussion Read Across Lawrence: Musings on The Handmaid’s Tale
7:00 – 8:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room
Join Spencer Museum and Lawrence Public Library staff for a discussion of the 2015 Read Across Lawrence book The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. The discussion begins with a tour of the galleries, exploring works of art that complement themes in the book. The conversation continues over complimentary refreshments.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

2.26
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Lecture Jock Reynolds: Sol LeWitt's Wall Drawings and Other Shared Visions
6:00 – 7:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery and visionary leader of the installation of more than 100 Sol LeWitt wall drawings on view at MASS MoCA, discusses the groundbreaking collaboration with the artist and other institutional partners, as well as the LeWitt archives at Yale and the hands-on teaching opportunities university art museums provide students.
2.27
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Performance João Fiadeiro, Real-time Composition
4:00 – 6:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Portuguese choreographer João Fiadeiro is in residence at KU from February 15–28 as the first creative specialist hosted by the Spencer Museum's Arts Research Collaboration initiative (ARC). During his two-week stay, Fiadeiro will work intensively with a small group of performers to explore his method of “real-time composition”, in which the choreographer takes on the role of mediator and facilitator, sharing control with his performers-collaborators. This event comprises a “work-in-progress” presentation from the composition workshop, along with a talk by Fiadeiro about his method and Q&A with the artist and performers.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

2.28
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Art Cart What's the Big Idea?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. This month's activity will focus on the new installation by conceptual artist Sol LeWitt. Participants will learn how ideas and concepts can create a work of art, and then work with mixed media on their own creation. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
2.28
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Saturday Art Adventure Reverse Glass Painting
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room, Gallery 404, Gallery 405
These family-friendly tours followed by art-making activities occur once a month. Explore the galleries with SMA Director of Education Kristina Walker and learn how African and European artists used the technique of reverse glass painting to share their histories and cultures. Then create a painting of your own. Ideal for children ages 5–8 and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. Parking behind the Museum is free on weekends.

Back to TopMarch Programming & Events

3.6
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Red Hot Research
4:00 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Scholars from a variety of disciplines deliver flash presentations introducing current research questions and significant discoveries. Each session features five faculty members speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers—and each other—during breaks. Presenters include Fengjun Li (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Dan Reuman (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), Armin Schulz (Philosophy), Meg Jamieson (Film & Media Studies) and Joe Colistra (Architecture).

Sponsored By: The Commons

3.7
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.8
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.8
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Gallery Talk Slow Art Sundays
2:00 – 3:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 406, 307 Reception Room
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one work of art. Slow Art Sundays will feature one work each month for visitors to contemplate and discuss with SMA staff. Coffee and tea will follow. In March, get to know Descent from the Cross with Scenes from the Passion from the Master of Frankfurt workshop.
3.9
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Current Perspectives Lecture Series Waste to Monument: John Latham’s Niddrie Woman
7:00 – 8:00 PM / Kansas City Art Institute, Irving Amphitheater
Craig Richardson is a Scottish artist, curator, writer, and scholar on the visual art faculty at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. A specialist in environmental art, Richardson will speak about the art historical and ecological significance of John Latham’s proposal to transform nineteen huge derelict heaps of red shale in Edinburgh (a by-product of the mining industry) into “process sculptures.” This lecture is one of several art-science outreach events in Kansas City organized by the SMA Arts Research Collaboration initiative (ARC) with the support of the Stern Family Foundation.

Sponsored By: Kansas City Art Instute, Spencer Museum of Art

3.12
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Senior Session Small Beads, Big Changes: Native American and African Beadwork
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. At this session, Spencer Curator Cassandra Mesick discusses how the introduction of beads influenced indigenous art-making in the Americas and Africa. This program is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

3.14
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.15
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.21
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.22
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.24
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Performance The Goldenberg Duo: Music from Around the World
2:00 – 3:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
Susan Goldenberg, a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony and William Goldenberg, distinguished professor of piano at Northern Illinois University perform selections of classical and contemporary music, taking visitors of all ages on a journey across time and space. This year’s concert features works from World War I including Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, composed between 1914-17 and conceived as a memorial to friends who died fighting in the War, and work by Fritz Kreisler who served in the War. This concert is presented in conjunction with the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration, coordinated by the European Studies Program.

Sponsored By: Kansas City Symphony Community Connections Initiative (CCI), Spencer Museum of Art

3.25
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Persian Culture Festival Unveiling Iranian Architecture
6:00 – 7:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room
Nilou Vakil, lecturer in the KU Architecture Department traces the history of architecture in Iran and considers how classical examples have informed contemporary innovations. For a complete schedule of Festival events, visit http://global.ku.edu/pcf.

Sponsored By: Center for Global & International Studies

3.26
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Senior Session Objects from the Wilcox Classical Museum: Show & Tell
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. John Younger, KU Professor of Classics, will be the speaker. This program is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

3.28
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.28
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Saturday Art Adventure It Figures
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room, Gallery 406
These family-friendly tours followed by art-making activities occur once a month. Tour the galleries with SMA instructor Scott Barber and learn about the figure in art. Then create a figurative sculpture from clay. Ideal for children ages 5–8 and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. Parking behind the Museum is free on weekends.
3.29
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Art Cart What Lies Beneath
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, learn how an artist worked with scratchboards and doodling to create her artwork, then experiment with your own scratchboard to reveal what lies beneath your work. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
3.29
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Performance Public Master Class: Robert van Sice and the KU Percussion Studio
1:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Central Court, Gallery 316
Internationally renowned performer of contemporary marimba music, Robert van Sice leads a master class for KU percussion students against the backdrop of the Museum’s Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing 519. Open for the public to enjoy, the class includes a discussion of minimalism in the arts and its influence on van Sice’s creative work and teaching practices. Van Sice has given more than 400 master classes in 25 countries. He teaches at Yale University, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Johns Hopkins’ Peabody Institute. Join us for the talk at 1:00 and stay as long as you like, or drop in at your convenience.

Sponsored By: KU School of Music and Spencer Museum of Art


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Performance Soundwall
5:30 – 7:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
KU’s celebrated Percussion Group presents a concert of minimalist masterworks and premieres Little Structures by KU’s own Kip Haaheim, a piece commissioned by the Museum to complement Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 519. KU Percussion Group director Ji Hye Jung introduces the program and Dr. Haaheim speaks about his new composition.

Sponsored By: KU School of Music and Spencer Museum of Art

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Art Cart What's the Story?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month’s activity, learn how artists tell stories through their work and create a storyboard based on your own experiences. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
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Art Cart What's the Story?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month’s activity, learn how artists tell stories through their work and create a storyboard based on your own experiences. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.9
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Senior Session Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia: A project of the Spencer Museum ARC initiative
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. Spencer Research Curator Mary Dusenbury introduces the Spencer’s recent color publication and discusses color in Japan's Heian period (794-1185).

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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Art Cart What's the Story?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month’s activity, learn how artists tell stories through their work and create a storyboard based on your own experiences. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.12
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Art Cart What's the Story?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month’s activity, learn how artists tell stories through their work and create a storyboard based on your own experiences. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.12
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Activity Day of Creativity
12:00 – 3:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art
This community program sponsored by the KU Natural History Museum and Spencer Museum of Art will include performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that celebrate creativity. Explore creative processes in different disciplines and awaken your own creative side!

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum

4.17
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Red Hot Research
4:00 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Scholars from a variety of disciplines deliver flash presentations introducing current research questions and significant discoveries. Each session features five faculty members speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers—and each other—during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

4.19
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Gallery Talk Slow Art Sundays
2:00 – 3:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405, 307 Reception Room
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one work of art. Slow Art Sundays will feature one work each month for visitors to contemplate and discuss with SMA staff. Coffee and tea will follow. In April, get to know Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making by Hollis Sigler.
4.21
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Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series The Writing on the Walls: Epigraphy in Medieval Cairo
5:15 – 6:15 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 211 classroom
The architecture of Cairo provides a vast and fascinating corpus of monumental inscriptions, which served diverse religious, political, and dynastic purposes. Bernard O’Kane, professor of Islamic art and architecture at the American University of Cairo and project director of the Monumental Inscriptions of Cairo database, discusses the context of this form of public writing, its reception among Medieval audiences, and the role it played in furthering the aspirations of the rulers of Medieval Cairo.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

4.23
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Senior Session Housing the Holy in Renaissance Italy
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. Sally Cornelison, KU Professor of Italian Renaissance art, will discuss reliquaries. This program is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

4.25
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Saturday Art Adventure Containing Collections
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room, Gallery 401
These family-friendly tours followed by art-making activities occur once a month. The Empire of Things exhibition inspires this activity led by SMA instructor Rachel Brown. Participants will explore museum objects that were once part of personal collections, and then create their own traveling trunk for collecting. Ideal for children ages 5–8 and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. Parking behind the Museum is free on weekends.
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