What is aesthetic experience, and what kind of an environment or an attitude is conducive to arousing this rarefied experience? Art history has privileged a close study of objects as among its primary methods and even goals of scholarly investigation, but it has also been criticized that this sustained exercise of viewing art as “objects,” detached from their surroundings and also from the viewing subject, is disconnected, even antithetical, to the aesthetic experience. The efficacy of the museum experience has often served as a focal point in this longstanding philosophical debate, as museums are institutions where visitors anticipate a meaningful encounter with art. This talk by Dr. Noriko Murai considers this larger issue as it surfaced in the thought of the Japanese art historian Okakura Kakuzo (1863-1913) in the early twentieth century. Okakura was challenged to reflect on the nature of aesthetic experience from a cross-cultural perspective, through his work for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and through friendship with figures such as Isabella Stewart Gardner. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU.

Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Room 211

Please join us for a conversation on disability, equity, inclusion and employment with disability rights advocate Haben Girma. Haben is the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. She travels the world speaking about accessibility as a pathway to innovation and teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. Enjoy light refreshments immediately following. RSVPs are appreciated and help us plan properly. Please paste this link into a browser to RVSP: kunationaldisabilityawarenesscelebration.eventbrite.com.

Lawrence, Kansas

Capitol Federal Hall, Dicus Family Auditorium, Room 1111, 1654 Naismith Dr.

Delve into the exhibition Separate and Not Equal: A History of Race and Education in America with curator Cassandra Mesick and discover the charged history of racial discrimination and disparity in American education as told through works of art in the Museum's collection. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408, Kemper Family Foundations Balcony

Lauren R. Erickson, interim director for KU Marketing Communications, discusses Wayne Thiebaud’s delectable painting Around the Cake. Her talk considers the painting’s cultural context, including issues of domesticity, women's roles in mid-century homes, and American tastes for consumer culture whipped into its white-frosted layers. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Richard Rothstein, author and research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, offer insights into how segregation in America — the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much ongoing social strife — is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Book signing immediately following.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Now in its second year, the Integrated Arts Research Initiative integrates the arts into KU research. Join current and past faculty, undergraduate, and graduate IARI fellows for a discussion of their interdisciplinary work.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 307, Reception Room

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

The Integrated Arts Research Initiative at the Spencer Museum of Art presents a public conversation with two MacArthur Fellows: KU paleontologist Christopher Beard and sculptor Elizabeth Turk. Join us for this interdisciplinary dialogue, moderated by Andrew W. Mellon Curator for Research Joey Orr. Materials from the Biodiversity Institute and sculptures by Turk will be on display in the Brosseau Learning Center. This dialogue is made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309

John Pultz, KU associate professor of photography and 20th-century art, presents the work of Diane Arbus, whose photographs have provoked curiosity since the 1960s. Does she encourage us to view her subjects with empathy, or as objects of voyeuristic gaze? This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Delve into this exhibition celebrating our collection’s centennial with Curator and Director of Academic Programs Celka Straughn as your guide. Discover the collecting motivations of visionary philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer and learn how her ideas continue to inform teaching, learning, and research at the Museum today. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, Gallery 316, Gallery 315

Pamela Newkirk, professor of journalism at New York University and editor of A Love No Less: More Than Two Centuries of African American Love Letters, delivers the keynote address for the Black Love Symposium, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Reception immediately following. To register and learn about the symposium, visit https://bls.ku.edu. All symposium events are free and open to the public.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, 309 Auditorium

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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. This session features graduate student research.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Experience the exhibition Terra Anima through the eyes of Assistant Curator of Research Joey Orr and learn about the Museum's new Integrated Arts Research Initiative through objects that highlight both artists and scientists as makers of objects of cultural contemplation. Terra Anima underscores the idea that soil is not inert, but rather a living environment. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404, Larry and Barbara Marshall Family Balcony

A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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. This session features graduate student research.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

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 December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 317

Daniel Hirmas (KU Geography and Atmospheric Science) presents a performative lecture about his soil monoliths featured in the exhibition Terra Anima.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art

Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art

Curator of Global Indigenous Art Cassandra Mesick-Braun uses works of art and visual culture to explore the U.S. history of racial disparity in education during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408, Kemper Family Foundations Balcony

Claire Pentecost is an artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The motivation for her work is to learn about the world she lives in. Join Pentacost for a discussion about her soil chromatography prints, created by exposing soil samples to paper through a photographic process.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404, Larry and Barbara Marshall Family Balcony

For centuries, terra was firma: solid ground on which edifices could be built. These days, “the environment” is said to be ailing. Kath Weston (University of Virginia, Anthropology) considers whether this shift can be reconciled with recent work in the arts and sciences that features happier depictions of a terra laced with pollinating beetles, industrious earthworms, and immunity-building bacteria.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309

Artist Claire Pentecost and anthropologist Kath Weston lead an informal discussion that reflects on some of the themes throughout the Museum’s Terra Anima programming.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 307, Reception Room

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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. This session features Claire Pentecost and Kath Weston as respondents to KU researchers.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Chassica Kirchoff, PhD candidate in the Kress Department of Art History, discusses two bearded figures in the Museum’s collection that once guarded the tomb of a wealthy couple from the Belgian city of Leuven. Her talk explores the ways that these 16th-century sculptures and the tomb they once adorned proclaimed their patrons’ identities and tied them to illustrious classical and medieval pasts, as well as to the courtly fashions of their time. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Sara Anne Stepp, a PhD student in the Kress Department of Art History, discusses American Impressionist Lilla Cabot Perry’s three years in Japan and the impact of her travels on her later work. The talk highlights Young Caretaker, a painting in the Spencer’s collection created during Perry’s time in Japan. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401, Lester "Dusty" Loo Gallery

Spencer Museum archivist Robert Hickerson and student assistant Rose Wolf open up the archives for an exploration of primary resources that document the collection that initiated an art museum at KU. This behind-the-scenes program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU and the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 305, Stephen H. Goddard Study Center

Curated by Spencer Museum interns, "The Object Feels" highlights works of art from the collection alongside 3D-printed copies and tectural reproductions. Explore "The Object Feels" and discover how tactile learning opportunites provide new and engaging ways to experience art. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind the Museum's exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Curated by Spencer Museum interns, "The Object Feels" highlights works of art from the collection alongside 3D-printed copies and tectural reproductions. Explore "The Object Feels" and discover how tactile learning opportunites provide new and engaging ways to experience art. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind the Museum's exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Renowned artist and activist Faith Ringgold kicks off the inaugural National African American Quilt Convention with a keynote lecture spanning the arc of her career. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Convention, but open to the public. Tickets are required and available for purchase at lied.ku.edu.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr

Narrative quilt artist, educator, and organizer of the National African American Quilt Convention Marla Jackson discusses the life and work of Maria Rodgers Martin, a former slave who was brought to Lawrence in the 1860s and who made two quilts featured in the exhibition Narratives of the Soul. This public talk is presented in conjunction with the National African American Quilt Convention.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

Phyllis Lawson shares quilts made by her grandmother Lula Horn Young—quilts that helped the family heal from tragedies—and will discuss her book Quilt of Souls. This public talk is presented in conjunction with the National African American Quilt Convention.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

Delve into the exhibitions And Still We Rise and Narratives of the Soul with Curator Susan Earle. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind the Museum’s exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 315, Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316, Dolph Simons Family Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

PROGRAM UPDATE: Due to travel delays, we regret the artist is not able to join us. Curator Steve Goddard and Photography Specialist Luke Jordan will be on hand to discuss the exhibition of Thaddeus Holownia's photographs. Visiting artist Thaddeus Holownia speaks about his 40 works on view in the exhibition Headlighting: Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia, and shares his recent ecologically conscious work exploring the intersections of nature and humankind. The works on view in Headlighting represent an early body of work from 1974-75 that feature portraits of people and their cars from a road trip between Toronto, Canada and Kansas. Holownia is Head of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2000 and invested into the Order of New Brunswick in 2015.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408, Kemper Family Foundations Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Visiting artist Edgar Heap of Birds and scholar Shanna Ketchum-Heap of Birds deliver two lectures on contemporary Native art. Edgar, named a Distinguished KU Alumnus in 2014, discusses native public art and studio practices, and Shanna, instructor at the University of Oklahoma, focuses on the landscapes of Kent Monkman.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Join Katherine Eremin, Patricia Cornwell Senior Conservation Scientist at Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums, for a discussion about the variety of geological materials found within an art museum, ranging from Chinese jades and Classical marbles to minerals used as pigments, and on the use of analytical techniques developed within Earth Sciences to investigate art works. Detailed knowledge of the materials used can help us identify their sources, providing information on ancient procurement and trade networks. Similarly, analysis can help us understand the technology used to produce art works, by providing information on details such as the oxidation state, firing temperature or production method. And knowing the range of materials used for similar works shows how the material directly influences the form of the final art work, raising questions as to whether the choice of material was due to availability or a deliberate artistic choice.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309, 1301 Mississippi St

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 June, get to know “Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making” by Hollis Sigler.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, 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 July, get to know “Morning in the Adirondacks” by Sanford Robinson Gifford.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407

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 August, get to know Jazz Storm quilt by Viola Burley Leak.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

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 October, get to know The Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley by Thomas Hart Benton.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407

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 September, get to know Figure Before Blackness by Robert Motherwell.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, 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 November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha)

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407

Lynnette Miranda is a latinx curator and writer from Miami, FL. She has worked at leading art institutions such as MoMA, the Art Institute of Chicago, ART21, and Creative Time. In Spring 2016, she was one of twelve participants in Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive program in New Orleans. In 2010, Miranda founded Make-Space.net, an artist-run online platform and curatorial initiative that explores the practices of experimental contemporary artists through an intersectional lens. She regularly writes about contemporary studio methodologies on Make-Space.net, and has previously written for Hyperallergic, Pelican Bomb, and This is Tomorrow, Contemporary Art Magazine. Miranda received an MA in Visual Arts Administration with an emphasis in Exhibition and Curatorial Studies from New York University and a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, Miranda is the 2016-2017 Curator in Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation and a Lecturer in the Fiber Department at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is also serving as the Visiting Critic in the KU Department of Visual Art Spring 2017 Graduate Seminar.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309, 1301 Mississippi St

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 April, get to know "A Picture Gallery" by Gillis van Tilborgh.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401, Lester "Dusty" Loo Gallery

Christine Guth, a leading scholar on the history of collecting, transnational cultural exchange, and material culture, discusses the needle as a powerful instrument in early modern Japan and its mastery as a means of augmenting and transforming women’s physical power into material things that enhanced the wellbeing and comfort of their families. Dr. Guth is Senior Tutor Emerita of the Victoria & Albert/Royal College of Art programme in History of Design.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

309 Auditorium

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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. Emcee: Dave Roediger, American Studies and History. Presenters: Jonathan Peters, Journalism; Betsy Esch, American Studies; Chuck Epp, Public Affairs & Administration; Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Aerospace Engineering; Maria Velasco, Visual Art; and Clarence Lang, African and African-American Studies.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Dr. Christine Guth, a leading scholar on the history of collecting, transnational cultural exchange, and material culture—particularly in relation to Japan—discusses a lacquer teabowl by the artist Ogawa Haritsu (1663-1747). Her presentation will address what the unusual use of materials tells us about the Japanese tea ceremony in the 1700s.

Kansas City, Missouri

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO

Rocket Grants provide direct support for innovative, artist-driven projects in surprising places. The call for proposals for the 8th round of Rocket Grants is now open; the deadline to apply is March 27, 2017. Artists are invited to this info session to gain a clearer understanding of the types of projects the program funds and to learn about the application process. Bring your questions and discover the resources and assistance available to you to make a strong application for a 2016 Rocket Grant. Julia Cole, Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, provides an overview of the process; Leah Sweall, a 2015 Rocket Grants Award winner, discusses her team’s experience applying for the grant and how it helped them create Microburst, a handmade magazine designed to provoke political action; and Ben Rosenthal shares his insights as a past Rocket Grants juror. Rocket Grants support projects that happen outside of traditional or established arts venues, challenge mainstream methods of production or presentation, add energy and diversity to arts activity in our area, and provide opportunities for creative growth. The program awards grants of up to $6,000 to individuals or collaborative groups working across all disciplines and media. The Rocket Grants program is a partnership of the Spencer Museum of Art and the Charlotte Street Foundation with funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For more information, visit http://rocketgrants.org.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Liz Kowalchuk, Associate Professor Visual Arts and Museum Studies program, presents the history of quilting in Kansas as well as contemporary support for it through quilt guilds.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

309 Auditorium, Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 305, Stephen H. Goddard Study Center

Help us celebrate International Museum Day and experience the Spencer Museum in a new way! See the exhibition A Wry Eye: Witty, Sardonic, and Ironic Work by Contemporary Printmakers through the eyes of Curator Steve Goddard then join visiting artist and 2017 Rocket Grants Juror Alberto Aguilar for a playful, fun-for-all-ages performance and tour of his museum monuments and interventions in unexpected spaces throughout the Spencer Museum. Rocket Grants are a partnership of the Spencer Museum of Art and the Charlotte Street Foundation with funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For more information, visit http://rocketgrants.org.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

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 Match of African and European Handicapped People by Mouscou.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 406, John and Linda Stewart Gallery

Kris Ercums, curator of Asian and global contemporary art, discusses the traveling exhibition of Korean screens called chaekgeori.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316, Dolph Simons Family Gallery

Frank Baron, retired professor of German language and literature, discusses how renowned 19th-century scientist Alexander von Humboldt's work inspired the Hudson River School artist, Frederic Edwin Church, to paint a comprehensive view of nature, resulting in his painting Heart of the Andes.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 307, Reception Room

Amanda Martin-Hamon leads this presentation on Reverse Glass Painting.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

Join Spencer Director of Academic Programs Celka Straughn and KU students Kassandra Valles and Gabby Ale-Ebrahim for a discussion about "The American Dream" through a range of artistic interpretations. American Dream is organized in conjunction with the KU Common Book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and features the KU Common work of Art from the Beauties series by Willie Cole. Informal and intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

David Cateforis, professor of American art and modern and contemporary art, and chair of the KU Department of Art History, explores the story behind Andrew Wyeth's signature painting, Christina's World, as well as the reasons for its popularity and its status as the defining work of Wyeth's career, which was marked by an unusual combination of public acclaim and critical scorn. Professor Cateforis’s book Rethinking Andrew Wyeth will be available for purchase.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

307 Reception Room

A keynote talk by Dr. Burglind Jungmann opens Paintings in Brilliant Colors, a conference on Korean chaekgeori screens of the Joseon Dynasty. Jungmann is a professor of Korean art at UCLA, where her teaching and research focus on early modern Korean painting, positioning it in an interdisciplinary context of the cultural and intellectual exchange within East Asia and with Europe.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309, 1301 Mississippi St

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens, this conference brings together art historians and curators from the United States and abroad to forge new inroads into the burgeoning scholarly field of color painting traditions. The conference provides a valuable public forum to enhance understanding and appreciation of this important field to University scholars, students, and the general public. The conference is free and open to the public. Register for the conference on the Spencer's website.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309, 1301 Mississippi St

Delve into the exhibition The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens with Spencer Curator Kris Ercums and learn about the recent conservation of a Korean screen in the Museum's collection. Informal and Intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 315, Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316, Dolph Simons Family Gallery

Sculptor, writer, and filmmaker Nora Naranjo Morse discusses her public art project “Numbe Whageh,” meaning “the center place” in Tewa Pueblo language, and how it was received by non-natives and institutions in Albuquerque and beyond. The controversial project focuses on the historical treatment of Pueblo people by Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate during the late 1500s and raises questions about who makes monuments and why, challenging historical narratives.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309, 1301 Mississippi St

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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. This session features graduate student research.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Lace expert and historian Elizabeth Kurella shares insights from her years of experience collecting, studying, and curating antique lace from across Europe. Kurella is a consulting expert on the Spencer Museum's collection of lace in preparation for the upcoming exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

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. Tea and cookies will follow. In March, get to know "Et Toujours! Et Jamais!" by Pierre Eugène Emile Hébert.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 406, John and Linda Stewart Gallery

This program highlights the "Mississippi Renaissance," a regionalist literary tradition influenced by the socio-political history of Mississippi race, sex, and class politics emphasized by black writers from Mississippi. This is the fourth and final panel in the series.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 318, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Cassandra Mesick Braun, curator of global indigenous art, explores works in the exhibition The Object Speaks that fall outside of traditional artistic canons. Outsider art from the American south, Central Europe reverse-painting-on-glass, art populaire from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and engaged activist art from minority populations will be featured.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 406, John and Linda Stewart Gallery

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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. Emcee: Dave Roediger, American Studies and History. Presenters: Jonathan Peters, Journalism; Betsy Esch, American Studies; Chuck Epp, Public Affairs & Administration; Ron Barrett-Gonzalez, Aerospace Engineering; Maria Velasco, Visual Art; and Clarence Lang, African and African-American Studies.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

As vessels of meaning, works of art communicate in varied ways. Join Spencer curators Cassandra Mesick, Kate Meyer, and Celka Straughn for an in-depth discussion about works of art that speak to questions of cultural values and shared narratives, the passage of time, sources of origin, and the ways we conceptualize life and the afterlife. Informal and Intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 406, John and Linda Stewart Gallery

Scientist Jessica Green inspires people to think about bacteria in new ways. In her teaching and research at the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute, Green explores how the microbial blueprints of our bodies, homes, cities, and forests impact our world, and our future. As co-founder of Phylagen, a DNA data harvesting and analytics company, Green envisions a future for urban design that promotes sustainability, human health, and well-being.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Coffee @ The Commons is an opportunity to have a conversation with visiting guests. Jessica Green envisions a future for urban design that promotes sustainability, human health, and well-being. She will speak to these concerns as they relate to a university campus. Dialogue with the audience is a key component of the program.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Join Spencer Museum and Lawrence Public Library staff for a discussion of the 2017 Read Across Lawrence book In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The discussion begins with a tour of the galleries, exploring works of art that complement themes in the book. The conversation continues over refreshments. You can also Bring Your Own Book Club (BYOBC) to the Museum in February or March for a guided tour inspired by In the Time of the Butterflies and reserve a gathering space for further discussion. Call the Education Department at 785.864.0137 to register your book club’s visit.

Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art

Coffee @ The Commons is an opportunity to have a conversation with visiting guests. Sarah Schulman speaks to her work on activism within a university setting. Dialogue with the audience is a key component of the event.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

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 Nuns in the Certosa Cloister, overlooking a Moonlit Sea towards the Faraglioni, Capri by Franz Ludwig Catel.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 401, Lester "Dusty" Loo Gallery

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

In conjunction with the 2016 KU Common Book, the Spencer Museum of Art selected three prints from Willie Cole’s Beauties series as the Common Work of Art. Cole is perhaps best known for his assemblage sculptures composed of irons, women’s shoes, and hair dryers, which he transforms into objects resembling West African sculpture. Join Cole for a discussion about his artistic practice and the themes he explores in his work.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, Rm 309, 1301 Mississippi St

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. Tea and cookies will follow. In January, get to know Crazy Quilt by Emma Hurd.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407

Delve into the exhibition Temporal Turn with Spencer Curator Kris Ercums and discuss time and varied projections about our future world. Intimate and informal, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions and programs.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

Red Hot Research brings together researchers to introduce them to the work of their colleagues; to address questions through the perspectives of many disciplines; and to develop collaborative research teams as a result of overlapping interest and expertise. The program features five faculty members, speaking for six minutes each about an aspect of their current work.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour traces the transformation of the Museum and delves into ideas about time and the future. Tours begin every hour at 1, 2, and 3 PM and free refreshments are available before and after each tour. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

Red Hot Research brings together researchers to introduce them to the work of their colleagues; to address questions through the perspectives of many disciplines; and to develop collaborative research teams as a result of overlapping interest and expertise. The program features five faculty members, speaking for six minutes each about an aspect of their current work.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Join international artists-in-residence Rohini Devasher, Park Jaeyoung, Konoike Tomoko, and Sahej Rahal with Curator Kris Ercums for a discussion about their ideas and experiences bringing new works to life for the exhibition Temporal Turn.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court

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. Coffee and tea will follow. In November, get to know untitled (scenes of life) by Clementine Hunter.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 406, John and Linda Stewart Gallery

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 SMA staff. Tea and cookies will follow. In December, get to know Nocturnal Passage by Harvey Dinnerstein.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405

KU Professor of Theatre and head of the scenography program Mark Reaney traces the origins and evolution of theatrical scenic design.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Spencer Museum Collections Intern Shannon Sweeney examines how German and Austrian artists were forced to abandon their work or flee their homes during WWII and also how artists emerging after the war responded to a fractured Germany.

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr