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


October Programming & Events

10.23
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Senior Session Historic Street, Lawrence, Kansas
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Local artist Mary Ellen Anderson’s painting, "Historic Street Lawrence, Kansas," encapsulates the history of Lawrence through images of its architecture and vehicles that once traversed its streets. Brenna Buchanan Young, MA in Architecture, leads the discussion. This program is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence.
10.23
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Visiting Artist Lecture Series Angelbert Metoyer
6:00 – 7:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Artist Angelbert Metoyer discusses the hidden language of religion and how his work acts as a conduit to ancestral memory. Rooted in drawing, his practice includes painting, sculpture, performance, video and sound. Using materials gathered from his nearby surroundings to places as far afield as Outer Mongolia including coal, glass, tar and gold dust, Metoyer probes ideas about time and memory, waste and destruction, and teleportation, quantum physics and the cosmos. The resulting works of art, with their mythical creatures, star charts, and anatomical studies mine his own mixed-cultural past, America’s cultural complexity, and ancient and modern mythologies.

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

10.25
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Art Cart African Masquerade
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404
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, families will learn about African masks and masquerades. Participants will then use the materials provided to create and decorate a mask of their own. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
10.26
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Art Cart African Masquerade
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404
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, families will learn about African masks and masquerades. Participants will then use the materials provided to create and decorate a mask of their own. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
10.29
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Activity Vita Activa, Vita Contemplativa
6:00 – 7:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art
As you get ready for final papers and projects, this event offers proactive stress relief strategies and on-campus resources that can help balance the active and contemplative life of a college student. Before you head to your favorite study spot, drop by the Spencer Museum for some art, relaxation exercises, writing tips, and more.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Spencer Student Advisory Board, KU Writing Center, KU Recreation Services


Back to TopNovember Programming & Events

11.1
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.2
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.5
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¡Vamos! Spanish Language Film Festival Xingu
5:30 – 8:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
¡Vamos! Spanish Language Film Festival brings contemporary international films to Lawrence, celebrating the vibrant film cultures of Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain and more. This month-long film festival will explore the history we live, the stories we share and the world we create. The Festival’s opening and closing films screen at the Spencer Museum of Art. For the full schedule visit film.ku.edu. Xingu (2012) is based on a true story. During their exploration of central Brazil in 1943, the Villas-Bôas brothers encounter the Xingu Indians, and devote their lives to preserving Xingu culture. Join us for refreshments and a post-screening discussion with Dr. Luciano Tosta, professor of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Kansas.

Sponsored By: Center for Global & International Studies, Film and Media Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Indigenous Studies, Latin American Graduate Student Association, Centro Hispano, and Spencer Museum of Art. The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda, and with the additional contribution of Spain Arts & Culture.

11.8
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.9
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.9
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Film Goodbye Lenin!
1:00 – 3:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall. Join us for a screeing of Goodbye Lenin!, a coming-of-age adventure that blends the fall of Communism with the salient emotions of a family's love. In 1989, Christiane Kerner has lost her husband and is completely devoted to the Socialist East German state. A heart attack leaves her in a coma, and when she awakens eight months later, the Berlin Wall has fallen and it's a whole new world. To protect her from the shock, her son Alex hatches a plan to keep her in the dark. It's easy... all he has to do is turn back the handle of time.

Sponsored By: Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, European Studies, Department of History, Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Center for Global & International Studies, Spencer Museum of Art

11.10
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Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series Adventures in Japanese Tendai Buddhism: What a Textual Scholar Has Learned from Material Culture
5:15 – 6:15 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 211 classroom
Dr. Paul Groner specializes in Japanese and Chinese Buddhism with a focus on the relationship between doctrine, monastic discipline, and institutional history in medieval Japan. He is one of the premier scholars of the Japanese Tendai Buddhist tradition. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of the books Saicho: The Establishment of the Japanese Tendai School, Ryogen and Mount Hiei: Japanese Tendai in the Tenth Century, and has translated Akira Hirakawas History of Early Indian Buddhism into English.

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

11.12
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Lecture The Sun is Not So Central
4:00 – 5:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room
Photographer, calligrapher, and book artist, Michael Cherney (Chinese name Qiu Mai) shares his practice of merging modern photography and Chinese classical painting. Born in New York, Cherney has lived and traveled in China for the past 20 years. Samples of his work may be viewed during the talk, and his exhibition Stone and Mist: Chinese Landscape Photography is on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art through February 1, 2015.

Sponsored By: Center for Global & International Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Department of Visual Art, Spencer Museum of Art

11.13
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Senior Session Objects from the Spencer’s Classroom Collection
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Artworks by Grandma Layton and other local artists will be featured in a discussion led by Amanda Martin-Hamon, Associate Director of Community Engagement. This program is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence.
11.13
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Lecture Emily Graslie: Chief Curiosity Correspondent
7:00 – 8:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum in Chicago, Emily Graslie is celebrated for her popular YouTube show “The Brain Scoop,” which explores behind-the-scenes of the natural history museum. Her reports from the field range from romantic ants to skinning a wolf to odd museum jobs. Graslie majored in studio art at the University of Montana where she discovered her passion for zoological museums during a visit to the University’s museum to practice her sketching.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum, Office of First Year Experience

11.14
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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

11.15
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.16
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.22
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.22
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Saturday Art Adventure Personal Adornment
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405, 307 Reception Room
Families will look at a new exhibition of jewelry and personal adornment with SMA staff member Scott Barber, and then work together to make a wearable work of art. These family-friendly tours followed by art-making activities occur once a month. Ideal for children ages 5–8 and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. Parking behind the Museum is free on weekends.
11.23
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.29
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
11.30
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Art Cart Positive/Negative
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, families will learn about a selection of works of art in black and white. Participants will then use the materials provided to create a paper cut out exploring positive and negative space. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.

Back to TopDecember Programming & Events

12.5
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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 Alex Diener (Geography), Alfred Ho (Public Affairs & Administration), Lumen Mulligan (Law), Steven Duval (Spencer Museum of Art), Rich Glor (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology/Biodiversity Institute).
12.6
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Art Cart What's Missing?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
12.7
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Art Cart What's Missing?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
12.11
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Senior Session Navajo Weavings
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Longtime Spencer docent Patrick Musick will discuss Navajo weaving, a tradition that began before Spanish conquistadors arrived in the southwestern part of the future United States. The talk will feature weavings from Mr. Musick’s own collection as well as a brief discussion of weavings in the Spencer’s permanent collection. This program is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence.
12.13
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Art Cart What's Missing?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
12.14
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Art Cart What's Missing?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
12.20
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Art Cart What's Missing?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
12.21
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Art Cart What's Missing?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
12.27
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Art Cart What's Missing?
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
12.28
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Art Cart What's Missing?
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401
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, families will use their imaginations to assemble fragments in mixed media collage. 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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