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.

March 23

Talk

SENIOR SESSION A KANSAS ORIGINAL: QUILTS BY ROSE KRETSINGER

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

The extraordinary quilts by Emporia native Rose Kretsinger are frequently requested by visitors but have not been shown in more than 10 years. Join Curator Susan Earle for a special viewing of these quilts in the new Lee Study Center to learn about Kretsinger’s brilliant designs and techniques. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults, but open to all.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 13

Talk

SENIOR SESSION THREE AMERICAN MODERNISTS: ELAINE DE KOONING, LOUISE NEVELSON, AND ELIZABETH MURRAY

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, 405 Michaelis Gallery

Join KU Professor and Chair of Art History David Cateforis in exploring three major works in the Spencer collection: Elaine de Kooning’s "Arena" (1959), Louise Nevelson’s "Seventh Decade Garden IX-X" (1971), and Elizabeth Murray’s "Chaotic Lip" (1986). The discussion focuses on the artists’ distinctive uses of abstraction – a key feature of much modernist art – both as a vehicle of personal expression and to invite the viewer’s creative engagement with the artwork. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults, but open to all.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 11

Talk

SENIOR SESSION JAPANESE CRAFT AND THE ART OF TEA

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, 406 Stewart Gallery, 409 Lee Study Center

Learn how objects in the Spencer Museum’s collection intersect with the Japanese tradition of tea. Dale Slusser, who has studied and taught the Urasenke tradition of tea for nearly 40 years, provides an introduction to tea practice and shares how aesthetics, craft, and tea have interacted over time. Senior sessions are designed for older adults, but open to all. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults, but open to all.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art