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


March 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 405, 307 Reception Room
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one work of art. Slow Art Sundays features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with SMA staff. Coffee and tea will follow. Get to know Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making by Hollis Sigler.
3.9
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Lecture Atul Bhalla
4:00 – 5:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room
Delhi-based international artist Atul Bhalla (born 1964) delivers a talk illuminating his multi-disciplinary artistic practice. For the past decade, Bhalla’s art has addressed the socio-historical importance of water in urban environments around the world. Bhalla earned his BFA from Delhi University and his MFA from the School of Art of Northern Illinois University; he currently teaches in the School of Art, Design, and Performing Arts at Shiv Nadar University. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, India, across Europe and Asia. His most recent exhibition Atul Bhalla: You Always Step into the Same River is an immersion into the knowledge that water imparts.
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

3.10
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today The Story of E.A.T
2:30 – 3:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 319
Julie Martin, director of Experiments in Art & Technology (E.A.T.), shares personal insights and reminiscences in conjunction with her exhibition, The Story of E.A.T., which is on view March 3–15. The exhibition depicts E.A.T.’s development from its 9 Evenings project to the Pepsi Pavilion at Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan. Related works from the Spencer Museum’s collection by Robert Rauschenberg, Rockne Krebs, and others are on view alongside the E.A.T. narrative.
3.10
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today Anne Collins Goodyear: Launching ‘Hybrid Practices’ in the 1960s: On the Perils and Promise of Art and Technology
4:30 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
The 1960s witnessed an exciting explosion of collaborations between artists, technologists, and scientists. Among these experimental partnerships were projects carried out under the auspices of Experiments in Art and Technology, “Art and Technology” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, and even NASA. Anne Collins Goodyear’s presentation examines the cultural and political environment that helped spawn (and later challenged) these undertakings—an environment that ultimately prepared the ground for today’s fertile field of hybrid practices. Anne Collins Goodyear is co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and past president of the College Art Association. She co-edited Vol. 9 of Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2013) and has authored several essays on art-science-technology collaboration. This talk is part of the Hybrid Practices Conference. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

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

3.10
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today
Spooner Hall, The Commons
As part of the Arts Research Collaboration initiative sponsored by the University of Kansas Research Investment Council, the Spencer Museum of Art presents an international conference on hybrid research practices. The opening day’s events include a gallery talk by Julie Martin on The Story of E.A.T. from 2:30–3:30 p.m. (Spencer Museum of Art); conference welcome by Saralyn Reece Hardy from 4–4:30 p.m.; keynote lecture by Anne Collins Goodyear from 4:30–5:30 p.m.; and opening reception from 6–9 p.m. (The Oread). The conference is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

3.11
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from 1960s to Today Mark Dion: Troubleshooting and Mischief-Making
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Mark Dion’s large-scale installations, which often incorporate scientific methodologies for collecting and organizing objects, address how contemporary society engages with history and the natural world. His work challenges the ways public institutions and dominant ideologies shape the popular understanding of scientific knowledge. In this presentation Dion gives an overview of his artistic practice, covering a number of projects that touch on archaeology, public art, and various other endeavors. He recently completed a major installation at the Dresden (Germany) Academy of Fine Arts, and he has also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Gallery in London. This talk is part of the Hybrid Practices Conference. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

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

3.11
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today Peer Review
7:00 – 9:00 PM / Oread Hotel, Media Room
Dr. Steven Duval, post-doctoral researcher with the Arts Research Collaboration initiative (ARC), and Ryan Waggoner, SMA videographer, conducted a series of interviews with key members of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) and the Art & Technology exhibition (A&T) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Interviewees were selected to represent the full spectrum of people involved in hybrid research practices—artists, scientists, and curators/facilitators. They include: Julie Martin, director of E.A.T.; Maurice Tuchman, head curator of A&T; Jane Livingston, co-curator of A&T; Robert Whitman, artist in both E.A.T. and A&T; Elsa Garmire, physicist and engineer in E.A.T.; and John Pearce, architect in E.A.T. This hour-long documentary, which premieres at the Hybrid Practices conference, unfolds the nature of the projects, the challenges encountered in cross-disciplinary collaboration and the impact of that collaboration, the role of language in collaboration, and the importance of these projects in a historical context. This film screening is part of the Hybrid Practices Conference. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

3.11
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today
Spooner Hall, The Commons
As part of the Arts Research Collaboration initiative sponsored by the University of Kansas Research Investment Council, the Spencer Museum of Art presents an international conference on hybrid research practices. The day’s events include a paper session on process, communication, and product from 9–11 a.m.; keynote presentation by Mark Dion from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; paper session on social and systematic implications of hybrid practices from 2–4 p.m.; and practice-led project by Caitlin Cherry from 4:30–5:30 p.m. In the evening, movie night at The Oread features a series of interviews conducted by Steven Duval with major figures in hybrid practices from the 1960s and 1970s. The Hybrid Practices Conference is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

Sponsored By: The Commons, 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

3.12
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today Craig Richardson: Monuments to the Period We Live In
4:30 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
John Latham’s (1921–2006) legendary “monuments to the period we live in”—two partially preserved groups of oil shale bings, initially the waste product of redundant energy industries in Scotland—are a synthesis of methods developed by the Artist Placement Group and concepts within the manifesto of “auto-destructive art” (Metzger, 1965). Richardson’s presentation explores why Latham’s reimagination of these sites—which he renamed Niddrie Woman and Five Sisters— as “monumental process sculptures” has such resonance today, and why the works remain inherently unrecognized. Richardson is a professor of fine art at Northumbria University (UK), where he serves as the principal investigator for the Centre for Doctoral Training, which aims to forge new cross-disciplinary collaborations in art and design. Richardson’s theoretical work focuses on the legacy of minimal and conceptual art in Scotland and England; he is the author of Scottish Art since 1960 (Ashgate, 2011). This talk is part of the Hybrid Practices Conference. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

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

3.12
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering
7:00 – 9:00 PM / Oread Hotel, Media Room
9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering was a series of performances from October 13–23, 1966, in which artists and engineers from Bell Laboratories collaborated on what was to become the first event in a series of projects known as Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). Three short films documenting selected 9 Evenings performances will be screened: John Cage: Variations VII/9 Evenings in Theatre & Engineering; E.A.T. and ARTPIX: Open Score by Robert Rauschenberg; and David Tudor Bandoneon! (a combine). The films are produced by Julie Martin, director of E.A.T., and directed by Barbro Schultz Lundestam. This film screening is part of the Hybrid Practices Conference. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

3.12
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today
Spooner Hall, The Commons
As part of the Arts Research Collaboration initiative sponsored by the University of Kansas Research Investment Council, the Spencer Museum of Art presents an international conference on hybrid research practices. The day’s events include a paper session on language, identity, and computation from 9–11 a.m.; practice-led project by Abraham Avnisan from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; paper session on the body from 2–4 p.m.; and keynote presentation by Craig Richardson from 4:30–5:30 p.m. The Hybrid Practices Conference is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

3.13
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today ESTAR(SER): Re-reading the Hale Experiments: Object-Oriented Ventriloquy in the Cold War
4:30 – 5:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
The general problem of deriving information (intelligence, actionable data, orienting indices) from “objects” has long preoccupied scientists, philosophers, and members of the clandestine services. New documentation has recently come to light that bears on this important subject, and a full airing of these striking sources is urgently wanted. There are now reasons to believe that individuals apparently associated with the CIA may well have embarked, in the early 1960s, on a notably non-traditional program of interrogatory investigations into the secret life of brute matter. Were these experiments conducted in conjunction with associates of the Order of the Third Bird? It seems likely. Further work is needed. For now, members of the Editorial Committee of ESTAR(SER) provide a preliminary research report. The Esthetical Society for Transcendental and Applied Realization (now incorporating the Society of Esthetic Realizers) [ESTAR(SER)] is an established body of private, independent scholars who work collectively to recover, scrutinize, and (where relevant) draw attention to the historicity of the Order of the Third Bird. This talk is part of the Hybrid Practices Conference. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

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

3.13
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Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today
Spooner Hall, The Commons
As part of the Arts Research Collaboration initiative sponsored by the University of Kansas Research Investment Council, the Spencer Museum of Art presents an international conference on hybrid research practices. The day’s events include a paper session on politics from 9–11 a.m.; practice-led project by Robert Hovden from 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; paper session on institutions from 2–4 p.m.; and keynote presentation by ESTAR(SER) from 4:30–5:30 p.m. The Hybrid Practices Conference is free and open to the public; however, registration is requested. To learn more or register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art

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.
3.22
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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 features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with SMA staff. Coffee and tea will follow. Get to know Descent from the Cross with Scenes from the Passion from the Master of Frankfurt workshop.
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

3.26
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Visiting Artist Lecture Series Lynne Yamamoto
6:00 – 7:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Artist Lynne Yamamoto uses materials to evoke an emotional memory that speaks to a larger social and historical context. She has dealt with the manipulation of the cherry blossom as a wartime symbol in Japan and the twinned histories of the pineapple, as exotic status symbol and plantation commodity fruit as well as class and immigration issues in early 20th century Hawai’i. She has had one-person exhibitions at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; the Whitney Museum of American Art; P.P.O.W., New York; and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. She has received awards from the Creative Capital Foundation; the Penny McCall Foundation; the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship, among others. Yamamoto received a B.A. in Art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and an M.A. from New York University. She is a professor in the Art Department at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she lives and works.

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

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 artist Raechel Cook 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

3.30
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Visiting Artist Lecture Series Kyoung Ae Cho: One at a Time
5:30 – 6:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium

Sponsored By: Department of Visual Art, Spencer


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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

4.4
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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.
4.5
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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

4.11
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Activity Kids Summer Fun Fair
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM / Lawrence, Kansas, Crown Automotive Expo Building
4.11
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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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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

4.21
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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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5.14
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Senior Session What Makes that Art?!
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. David Cateforis, KU professor of American and modern and contemporary art, will address the question "What makes that art?" 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

5.28
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Senior Session The Mirror with a Memory: Daguerreotype in Nineteenth Century America
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Friess leads the discussion. 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


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