Events Calendar

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. See individual listings for events that require registration.

January 19

Talk

What’s in a Frame?

12PM – 1PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316

Join resident frame specialist and Exhibition Technician Dan Coester to learn how frames both protect paintings and shape our experiences with works of art. This behind-the-frames discussion focuses on significant restoration work completed for paintings on view in Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU and includes examples of the restoration process and frames awaiting treatment.

January 20

Talk

2018 Rocket Grants Kick-off and Info Session

10:30AM – 12PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Artists are invited to apply for Rocket Grants and attend this candid discussion about the application process and the types of projects the program funds led by Rocket Grants Program Coordinator Julia Cole. Bring your questions and discover the resources available to make a strong application. Rocket Grants provide direct support for innovative, artist-driven projects in surprising places. The application period is Monday, January 15 through Monday, March 26, 2018. Funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the program awards grants of up to $6,000 to individuals or collaborative groups working across all disciplines and media. Learn more at http://rocketgrants.org.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Charlotte Street Foundation

January 20

Activity

Art Cart Painted Fans

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. After traveling the world, Sallie Casey Thayer donated her collection of objects to KU to form what is now the Spencer Museum of Art. Learn about Mrs. Thayer and create a painted folding fan to start your own collection.

January 21

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Steel Wool Peignoir

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In January, get to know Steel Wool Peignoir by Mimi Smith.

January 26

Class

Career Close Ups: Developing a Career in the Museum World

2PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to explore how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share their experiences, followed by a networking reception and behind-the-scenes tours of KU’s museums. This year’s panelists include: Dina Bennett (Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University), Glenn North (Black Archives of Mid-America), and Adrianne Russell (Cabinet of Curiosities). Advance registration is required at www.spencerart.ku.edu/career-closeups.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, University Career Center, Museum Studies Program

January 28

Activity

Art Cart At Large Kansas Day

1PM – 3PM
THE PANORAMA, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, DYCHE HALL, 1345 JAYHAWK BLVD

Join Spencer staff for an Art Cart at Large at the KU Natural History Museum’s Discovery Day. We’ll explore all things Kansas in celebration of Kansas Day.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

January 31

Talk

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture An Evening with Eve L. Ewing: Poetry in Context

7PM – 8:30PM
LIBERTY HALL, 644 MASSACHUSETTS ST

Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist, poet, essayist, artist, and educator whose research focuses on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Dr. Ewing earned a PhD from Harvard University and is recognized as a leader and social influencer, especially in conversations involving academia, writing, black women, and the intersection of politics and popular culture.

Sponsored By: The Commons

February 01

Class

University in the Art Museum for Graduate Students

3PM – 4:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

University in the Art Museum introduces graduate students to opportunities for object-based teaching, learning, and research through collaborative partnerships with the Spencer Museum of Art. This workshop includes discussions led by graduate students in the Departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Geography; and Atmospheric Science. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 29. Register online at https://spencerart.ku.edu/uam.

February 01

Talk

Up Close Exhibition Research Three Ways

5:30PM – 6:45PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

Graduate Research Assistants Kristan Hanson, Chassica Kirchhoff, and Kelsey Johnson lead a tag-team tour of the centennial exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU, offering three perspectives on the research behind an exhibition 100 years in the making. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

February 04

Talk

Getting to Know Sallie Casey Thayer

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Carol Shankel, author of Sallie Casey Thayer and Her Collection, discusses her research of the life and motivations of the woman whose extensive collection founded KU's art museum. Join us for this opportunity to discuss the role of collectors and collections in society as we mark the closing of the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU.

February 11

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Mrs. Thomas Pelham (Anneta, daughter of Thomas Bridges, wife of Thomas Pelham)

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In February, get to know Mrs. Thomas Pelham (Anneta, daughter of Thomas Bridges, wife of Thomas Pelham) by Joseph Highmore and William Hoare.

February 17

Activity

Art Cart Identity Collage

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. Explore materials, cultures, and the language of clothing in the exhibition Power Clashing and create your own collage where patterns, identity, and cultures collide.

February 18

Talk

Up Close Race, Gender, and the “Decorative” in 20th-century African Art

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

Delve into this exhibition of African art with co-curator and Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies Jessica Gerschultz and discover how institutional practices for collecting and displaying African art in American museums have changed over time. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

February 20

Talk

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program Were They Enslaved? Maya Figurines from Jaina Island and Beyond

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Dr. Mary Miller (Sterling Professor and senior director of the Institute for the Preservation of Culture Heritage, Yale University) discusses figurines made by the ancient Maya of the Yucatan peninsula (600–900 CE). These Jaina figurines reveal the complexity of Maya social life, which is rarely seen in other media.

Sponsored By: Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spencer Museum of Art

February 21

Talk

Read Across Lawrence Bring Your Own Book Club Tour

6PM – 7:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Read this year’s Read Across Lawrence selection Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and join staff from the Lawrence Public Library and Spencer Museum to wander the galleries while discussing works of art that resonate with themes in the book. We will continue the conversation over complimentary refreshments. Can’t make it on this date? You can also BYOBC (bring your own book club) to the Museum this spring for a guided tour inspired by Wonder and reserve a gathering space for further discussion. Call 785.864.0126 or email aduke@ku.edu to inquire.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

February 22

Performance

African American Human Museum: Our Freedom Can't Wait

5PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Staged throughout the galleries of the Spencer Museum of Art, this performance narrates key episodes of black culture in America, from slavery to the Black Lives Matter movement. Historical figures are portrayed by student actors, provoking thoughtful debate and stimulating awareness of the struggles that African Americans continue to endure.

Sponsored By: Black Pre-Law Student Association, Spencer Museum of Art

February 23

Activity

Read Across Lawrence Outsider Art

2PM – 3PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Explore the incredible world of Outsider Art with the Spencer Museum. We'll look at the amazing work of self-taught artists and create work inspired by them. We'll make some animal-themed self-portraits, like Auggie did in this year’s Read Across Lawrence book Wonder. Designed for kids age 7–11.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

February 23

Activity

Read Across Lawrence Outsider Art

4PM – 5PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Create works of art inspired by self-taught artists. During this event, you can try your hand at making plaster assemblages and blind contour drawings as part of the Read Across Lawrence program.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

February 24

Activity

Art Cart At Large Pledges of Allegiance

1PM – 2PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

The Art Cart is rolling over to the Library for a special edition designed for adults of all ages. Drop by to craft your own flag inspired by a selection of Mr. Browne’s precepts from the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio and examples of flags from the Pledges of Allegiance public art project on view outside Spooner Hall, then draft a personal pledge articulating what it stands for.

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

March 01

Film

El Regreso (The Return)

5PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

In Hernan Jimenez’s bittersweet film El Regreso (Costa Rica, 2012), 30-year old Antonio returns to Costa Rica following a decade spent in New York. Unable to run away as usual, he is forced to confront the realities he desperately struggled to put in the past: a broken family, an ailing father, a violent country, and long lost friends. El Regreso is screened in celebration of KU’s 60-year partnership with Universidad de Costa Rica. Discussion and reception immediately following. Running time: 95 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Sponsored By: Office of International Programs, Center for Latin American Studies

March 02

Talk

Red Hot Research People, Land, Power

4PM – 5:30PM
THE COMMONS, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha-inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

March 04

Talk

Power Clashing

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

See the exhibition Power Clashing through the eyes of guest curator and history of art PhD candidate Samantha Lyons and discover how contemporary artists employ clothing and collage to construct identities and convey diverse cultural meanings. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

March 06

Talk

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Eco-Art

3PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Delve into the genre of Eco-Art with visiting artist Linda Weintraub. This informal talk introduces Weintraub’s practices as an ecologically responsible artist and opens her week-long visit to KU that includes an exhibition at the Student Union Activities Gallery and a series of interactive art workshops.

Sponsored By: Department of Visual Art, Environmental Studies, The Commons, KU Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, The Land Institute/Ecosphere Studies, Center for Sustainability, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office/School of the Arts, Student Union Activities Gallery, Student Senate, Department of Geology/Earth Energy and Environment Center

March 06

Talk

An Evening with Alexandra Bell

5:30PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Alexandra Bell turns her practices of editing and commenting on racial bias found in her daily newspaper into large-scale, public murals. Her murals have addressed such topics as the death of Michael Brown, gender bias in sports reporting, and the recent violence in Charlottesville. Bell delivers this lecture in conversation with KU's 2017-2018 Common Book, Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Office of First Year Experience, and other campus partners

March 29

Talk

Above Ground: Young Feminist Activists in China

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

This lecture by renowned Chinese feminist activist Lu Pin explores the public activism of Young Feminist Activist in China since 2012 that is documented in the accompanying exhibition Above Ground–40 Moments of Transformation.

Sponsored By: The Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas; The Department of History, University of Kansas; The Department of East Asian Languages & Culture, University of Kansas; The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

May 20

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Metamorphoses

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, 20/21 GALLERY, 405

Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In May, get to know Metamorphoses by Wenda Gu.