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


April Programming & Events

4.16
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Lecture Stepping into the Light – Shared Experiences with James Turrell
5:30 – 6:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Art historian, conservator and collector Suzanne Deal Booth discusses her personal and professional encounters with James Turrell, sharing unique insights into the mind of the artist. Deal Booth has worked at the Kimbell Art Museum, the Menil Collection and the J. Paul Getty Trust, among others. This is a qualifying event in History of Art and Visual Art for students seeking Arts Engagement Certification.
4.17
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Hallmark Symposium Lecture Series Mark Klett
6:00 – 7:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium
Mark Klett photographs the intersection of culture, landscape, and time. Originally working as a geologist, Klett established his artistic presence as the chief photographer for the Rephotographic Survey Project (1977-79), which orchestrated the re-photographing of Western sites first captured by surveyors in the late 1800s. His work has since been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally, including by the Spencer Museum of Art. This is a qualifying event in Design for students seeking Arts Engagement Certification.

Sponsored By: Hallmark Corporate Foundation, Department of Design, The Commons, Kansas Geological Survey, Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Fund, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

4.17
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Lecture The Future of the University
8:00 – 9:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
The modern model of the university has been largely unchanged for over a century: comprised of disciplines associated with departments and schools, teaching in lecture halls and accreditation by degree. Rapidly advancing computer technologies, informative large data sets, surprising insights from educational research, and new economic realities are forcing us to rethink the standard model. The practical call for true interdisciplinary work to meet pressing societal challenges, combined with deep structural impediments to building partnerships that span the public and private domains, are accelerating the call for change. David Krakauer, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, discusses a few earlier attempts to address these challenges, then focuses on the work of The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a laboratory for exploring the future of research and education within the ecosystem of a large research university. Krakauer is also Co-Director of the Center for Complexity and Collective Computation and Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. His research focuses on the evolutionary history of information processing mechanisms in biology and culture.

Sponsored By: The Commons

4.18
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Panel Discussion Dare to Design the University of the Future
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
The KU community is invited to participate in this dialogue about the future of universities. KU Professors Richard De George (University Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Russian & East European Studies, and Business Administration), Mabel Rice (Fred and Virginia Merrill Distinguished Professor of Advanced Studies, Speech-Language-Hearing), and Lisa Wolf-Wendel (Professor of Higher Education and Coordinator of the Higher Education Master's Degree Program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies) will share insights that compel us to think about what a university needs, and distinguished guest speaker David Krakauer will respond and share observations from his work as director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Audience members are encouraged to bring ideas and consider these questions: What does a 21st-century university need? What should it do? How should it do these things? And how might it adapt the current model?

Sponsored By: The Commons

4.18
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Coffee @ The Commons Mark Klett
1:00 – 2:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons provides a venue for conversation between members of the community and a visiting expert. After a short introduction to photographer Mark Klett's recent work, the audience is invited to ask questions. This is a qualifying event in Design and History of Art for students seeking Arts Engagement Certification.

Sponsored By: Hallmark Corporate Foundation, Department of Design, The Commons, Kansas Geological Survey, Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Fund, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

4.19
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Art Cart Quilting Time
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in 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, participants will look closely at quilts in the exhibition "Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell" then use the materials provided to create a small quilt block in mixed media. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.20
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Art Cart Quilting Time
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in 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 Art Cart activity, families and other groups will look closely at quilts in the exhibition "Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell." Participants will then use the materials provided to create a small quilt block in mixed media. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.24
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Senior Session Native American Art
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404
Curator Cassandra Mesick discusses works of Native American art in the current Roots & Journeys installation. Participants view historic and contemporary works of art side-by-side to better understand how traditions transform over time. Senior Sessions are open to everyone but designed with the comfort of senior citizens in mind.
4.25
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Art in a Global Context Arabic Script in Sub-Saharan Africa
12:00 – 1:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Yacine Daddi Addoun explores the significane and paleography of Arabic script, its inroads to Sub-Saharan Africa, the changes it has witnessed, and how new canons of calligraphy emerge from the encounter of Arabic script and African artists. This gallery talk, open to the public at large, is a qualifying event for students seeking GAP certification. This is a qualifying event in History of Art for students seeking Arts Engagement Certification.

Sponsored By: Center for Global & International Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of Art

4.25
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Activity Final Friday: Hanging out at Watkins
6:00 – 8:00 PM / Watkins Museum of History
The Spencer Museum of Art teams up with the Watkins Museum of History to host a Final Fridays reception in celebration of the Watkins' exhibition Student Hangouts.

Sponsored By: Watkins Museum of History, Spencer Museum Student Advisory Board, Spencer Museum of Art

4.26
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Art Cart Quilting Time
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in 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, participants will look closely at quilts in the exhibition "Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell" then use the materials provided to create a small quilt block in mixed media. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.27
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Art Cart Quilting Time
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in 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 Art Cart activity, families and other groups will look closely at quilts in the exhibition "Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell." Participants will then use the materials provided to create a small quilt block in mixed media. 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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5.3
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Activity Spring Arts & Culture Festival
1:00 – 3:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art
The Spencer Student Advisory Board (SSAB) hosts its 7th annual Arts and Culture Festival. This free event features art by local and student artists, art-making activities for all ages, live music, and ecclectic performances.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board, KU Student Senate, Spencer Museum of Art

5.4
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Activity Art in the Park
, South Park
This festive city-wide event includes a Spencer Museum of Art booth where families can enjoy a hands-on art activity.
5.8
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Senior Session Harvey Dinnerstein
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
The Spencer Museum's Amy Duke leads a discussion about the pair of moody, atmospheric paintings by Harvery Dinnerstein on display in the 20/21 Gallery. Senior Sessions are open to everyone but designed with the comfort of senior citizens in mind.
5.10
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Saturday Art Adventure M is for Many Things
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art
This Saturday Art Adventure focuses on many things that start with the letter 'm.' As Mother's Day quickly approaches, make a gift in mixed media with expert guidance from the Spencer's Kristina Walker. Ideal for children ages 5-8 and their chaperones.
5.22
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Senior Session Paris by Photograph
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spencer Museum of Art
Explore the city of Paris between the war years with Jennifer Friess, PhD candidate in Art History. Through the lenses of photographers, Brassai, Ilse Bing, and Henri Baranger, we will glimpse the architecture, inhabitants, and nightlife of this magical city. This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

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