Events Calendar

Events are free and take place in a variety of locations and formats. The Museum is committed to accessibility for all visitors. Our efforts are ongoing. To request an accommodation for an upcoming event, please contact the Museum in advance at spencerart@ku.edu or 785.864.4710.

October 21

Social

OPEN HOUSE/OPEN GROVE

5PM – 7PM
Marvin Grove, directly behind Spencer Museum, 1301 Mississippi St, Spencer Museum of Art

Celebrate the opening of two exhibitions and enjoy twice the time and space with art at our two-day Open House and Open Grove event hosted by Friends of the Art Museum. Move freely between the Museum’s galleries where Debut is on view and Marvin Grove where Understories anchors our annual Backyard Bash. Inside, Spencer interns offer flash tours and fresh perspectives on the collection, faculty share their selections in the Brosseau Learning Center, you can enter to win a hard hat tour, and your art wish is our command in the Goddard Study Center where you can request works of art on paper not currently on view. Outdoors, students introduce their new installations and activations, the Spencer Art Cart rolls out art-making activities, and partners offer explorations of the Grove. These activities and more take place at different times throughout the event to support social distancing. For the full schedule visit https://spencerart.ku.edu/open-house-open-grove. Parking is free in lot 91 directly behind the Museum during the times of this event. We dedicate this event in memory of Reggie Robinson, Friends Board President 2015–2016 and longtime Board member, for his legacy of public service and leadership.

Sponsored By: Friends of the Art Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

October 22

Social

OPEN HOUSE/OPEN GROVE

10AM – 5PM
Marvin Grove, directly behind Spencer Museum, 1301 Mississippi St, Spencer Museum of Art

Celebrate the opening of two exhibitions and enjoy twice the time and space with art at our two-day Open House and Open Grove event hosted by Friends of the Art Museum. Move freely between the Museum’s galleries where Debut is on view and Marvin Grove where Understories anchors our annual Backyard Bash. Inside, Spencer interns offer flash tours and fresh perspectives on the collection, faculty share their selections in the Brosseau Learning Center, you can enter to win a hard hat tour, and your art wish is our command in the Goddard Study Center where you can request works of art on paper not currently on view. Outdoors, students introduce their new installations and activations, the Spencer Art Cart rolls out art-making activities, the KU Painting Club demos plein air painting, and partners offer other explorations of the Grove. These activities and more take place at different times throughout the event to support social distancing. For the full schedule visit https://spencerart.ku.edu/open-house-open-grove. Parking is free in lot 91 directly behind the Museum during the times of this event. We dedicate this event in memory of Reggie Robinson, Friends Board President 2015–2016 and longtime Board member, for his legacy of public service and leadership.

Sponsored By: Friends of the Art Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

October 22

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

October 26

Talk

EAST ASIAN PAPER: ART, TECHNOLOGY, AND CONSERVATION

3PM – 4PM
Register to join us via Zoom: kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsduCqqzorGd1Zda8hGKGujvqE5IW…

Explore the history of traditional East Asian papers, the situation of contemporary manufactures, and the practical applications in art and conservation with Minah Song, conservator-in-residence for the Andrew W. Mellon Conservation Initiative at KU. Since the first millennium CE, China, Korea and Japan arduously developed papermaking techniques responding to local demands and mastering the use of locally available raw materials. Over the last two centuries, the versatility of East Asian paper has been gradually recognized in the West, and its presence in art and conservation worldwide expanded significantly. The talk will also explore the importance of materials used in the papermaking process as well as the process itself and how it can affect the final product and its possible applications.

Sponsored By: KU Libraries, Spencer Museum of Art

October 29

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

October 30

Social

HALLOWEEKEND IN THE WOODS

2PM – 4PM
Marvin Grove, directly behind Spencer Museum, 1301 Mississippi St

Stop by for a trick-or-treat among the trees, decorate a pumpkin, and make the sidewalk your runway to debut your Halloween costume. Costumed canines welcome, too!

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

November 04

Talk

SENIOR SESSION HEALING, KNOWING, SEEING THE BODY

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Brosseau Learning Center, 318

Spencer Curator Cassandra Mesick Braun discusses ways that artists, scientists, healers, and others have come to understand and visualize the body through key works featured in the exhibition Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

November 05

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

November 12

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

November 19

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

November 26

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

December 03

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

December 09

Talk

SENIOR SESSION MAKING DEBUT

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Perkins Central Court, 317

Curator Kris Ercums presents new research and discoveries related to key works making their first appearance on view in the exhibition Debut.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

December 10

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Goddard Study Center, 305

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are recommended. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

February 10

Talk

NEW GENERATION SOCIETY

10:15AM – 11:15AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Dolph Simons Family Gallery, 316, Spencer Museum of Art, Perkins Central Court, 317

New Generation Society wanting to visit the new galleries and chat with Kris.