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.

May 15

Activity

DAYS OF CREATIVITY

1PM – 5PM
Spencer Museum of Art

Get creative this spring with the Spencer Museum’s Days of Creativity during public hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Schedule a visit to the galleries on one of these days to experience our exhibition "Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body." Then take home an activity kit to continue exploring themes of health and the human body. A variety of campus and community partners will contribute to the materials in each bag. Activities will be different each week, so visit as often as you like! Visit our Facebook event page for a full line-up of the Days of Creativity partners and activities. https://www.facebook.com/events/166572048667794

Sponsored By: City of Lawrence, KU Student Senate, Unmistakably Lawrence

May 21

THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS

1:30PM – 1:45PM
Join us on Facebook Live at facebook.com/spencerart/posts/4279313662120054

The Spencer Museum of Art and the KU School of Music present the video premiere of “There Will Come Soft Rains.” This performance was commissioned by the Museum to accompany the exhibition Audubon in the Anthropocene, which featured prints by Matthew Day Jackson each titled after a line in Sara Teasdale's poem “There Will Come Soft Rains.” The piece was composed by KU doctoral student Allison McIntosh and performed by The Meadowlark Project. McIntosh set the poem's text to music and conceived an immersive performance in the Spencer Museum’s galleries. The project was reimagined due to the Covid-19 pandemic and recorded in isolated sessions at Swarthout Recital Hall and the Spencer Museum August 17–20, 2020. This video will premiere live on our Facebook page on Friday, May 21 at 1:30 PM: https://www.facebook.com/spencerart/posts/4279313662120054

Sponsored By: KU School of Music, Spencer Museum of Art

May 27

Talk

ARTISTS, ENGINEERS, AND ADVOCATES: A TOUR OF PUBLIC ART ON KU'S WEST CAMPUS

7:30PM – 9:15PM
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr

Join Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy for an exploration of public art located on KU’s West Campus. The tour begins in front of the Lied Center at 7:30 p.m., where we will be joined by Curator Cassandra Mesick Braun, community advocate Dee Ann DeRoin, and Lied Center Engagement and Education Director Anthea Scouffas. Attendees will then travel to Salina Piece by Dale Eldred, located outside of Youngberg Hall. Beginning at 8:20 p.m., Reece Hardy and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Stan Rolfe will discuss concepts of shape, shadow, and form in public sculpture. Following the tour, attendees are invited to stay and watch a special projection of artworks related to the art on West Campus.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 17

Talk

KU BEES IN RESIDENCE

8:30AM – 9:30AM
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

Learn where bees gather on KU’s campus and explore artist Brandi Cooper’s bee habitat project. This outdoor tour will begin at the Spencer Museum of Art and make several stops across campus. Come bee with us!

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 27

FREE STATE FESTIVAL NOT SO SILENT CINEMA

8:30PM – 10:30PM
Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.

Enjoy an odyssey of audio-visual accessibility featuring the classic silent films The Immigrant (Charlie Chaplin) and Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel) with a live musical score and multilingual audio description. This event also features a Free State Festival edition of Spencer Projects, our pop-up series of projections that beams objects from the Museum’s collection into the community. You can also pick up the Spencer’s Art Cart kit to make your own zoetrope, an early animation toy that creates the illusion of motion, while supplies last. Visit www.freestatefestival.org for details.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Arts Center, Audio Reader, KU Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Spencer Museum of Art