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 06

Class

PROTEST ART WITH B.L.A.C.K. LAWRENCE

2PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art

B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence (Black Literature and Arts Collective of Kansas) invites community members to learn about and create protest art, including signs or zines, to uplift the issues that matter to them.

March 08

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 12

Activity

TEXTILE TUESDAYS

1PM – 3PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

Drop by the Lee Study Center on the second Tuesday of the month to see textiles not currently on view. Come back to see different rotations each month.

March 20

Talk

JACOB LAWRENCE AND THE LEGEND OF JOHN BROWN

12PM – 1PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Marshall Balcony, 404

Join Curator Kate Meyer and graduate intern Claire Cox as they discuss the history and continued relevance of Jacob Lawrence's prints depicting the life and death of abolitionist John Brown.

March 22

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 23

Activity

ART CART LIGHT AND DARK IN HARMONY

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

Learn about Notan—a Japanese design concept of balancing light and dark—and create a paper cut-out of your own. This drop-in activity station rolls into the galleries each month for children and grown-ups to create hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original art on view.

March 23

Performance

GOLDENBERG DUO

2PM – 3PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Perkins Central Court

Siblings Susan Goldenberg, violin, and William Goldenberg, piano, present a concert of classical music featuring works by Black composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Florence Price. William will play the Museum's Bechstein grand piano. Susan is a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony and William is a distinguished professor of piano at Northern Illinois University.

Sponsored By: Kansas City Symphony Community Connections Initiative (CCI), Spencer Museum of Art

March 28

Talk

SENIOR SESSION THE TRANSFORMATION OF LACE FROM HAND-MADE TO MACHINE-MADE

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

During the 19th century, making lace transitioned from a hand process to a machine process as part of the Industrial Revolution. Retired textile professor Tess van Groll discusses this shift using examples from the Spencer's collection. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults but open to all.

March 29

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 04

Activity

STUDENT TRIVIA NIGHT

5PM – 7PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

Put your knowledge to the test with Trivia Night at the Spencer! Gather your friends, form a team, and join us for an evening of fun and friendly competition hosted by the Spencer Student Advisory Board.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art , Student Advisory Board

April 05

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 09

Activity

TEXTILE TUESDAYS

1PM – 3PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

Drop by the Lee Study Center on the second Tuesday of the month to see textiles not currently on view. Come back to see different rotations each month.

April 11

Talk

INTRO TO ART LAW/HOLOCAUST ART RESTITUTION WITH RAYMOND DOWD

4:30PM – 7:30PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

Join the Federal Bar Association Chapter for the districts of Kansas & Western Missouri for Intro to Art Law/Holocaust Art Restitution, featuring attorney Raymond Dowd. The program begins with an “Introduction to Art Law” panel discussion, followed by a presentation from Dowd on related litigation and topics of interest. The evening concludes with a reception in the Museum. This event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is required. To RSVP and learn more, please visit: fedbarkanmo.org/ajde-events/art-litigation-panel

April 12

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 19

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 25

Talk

SENIOR SESSION THE INSPIRING STORY OF A VANDALIZED SIGN

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

Learn the true story of a sign that was stolen, throw in a river, replaced, shot, replaced again, and shot again. Follow the sign as it travels from rural Mississippi to the Smithsonian to the White House to Lawrence with KU Professor Dave Tell, author of the 2019 book "Remembering Emmett Till." Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults but open to all.

April 26

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 01

Talk

ARTIVISM AND AFROFUTURISM

11AM – 12:30PM
Spencer Museum of Art

B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence members Alex Kimball Williams and Anthony Boynton share their research and its relationship to art displayed in the exhibition “One History, Two Versions.” Williams will speak about police brutality and protest art and Boynton will discuss Afrofuturism.

May 03

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 04

Activity

KITE FESTIVAL

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Reece Memorial Plaza

This community event commemorates the Hamamatsu Kite Festival that occurs each May in Japan. People of all ages are invited to learn about the history and culture of kite-making and create kites of their own to fly outside the Museum.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art , Center for East Asian Studies

May 09

Performance

Q&A WITH JOHN BROWN

6:30PM – 7:30PM
Spencer Museum of Art

Local John Brown impersonator Kerry Altenbernd visits the Spencer Museum on John Brown’s birthday to answer questions about the abolitionist’s time in Kansas, including events featured in the exhibition “Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown.”

May 10

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

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

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.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 14

Activity

TEXTILE TUESDAYS

1PM – 3PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

Drop by the Lee Study Center on the second Tuesday of the month to see textiles not currently on view. Come back to see different rotations each month.

May 18

Activity

ART CART JACOB LAWRENCE IN SHAPES AND COLORS

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 317 Perkins Central Court

Celebrate International Museum Day with the Spencer! Take inspiration from works of Jacob Lawrence and create your own collage. This drop-in activity station rolls into the galleries each month for children and grown-ups to create hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original art on view.

May 23

Talk

SENIOR SESSION A GOTHIC MARVEL

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

Experience the splendor of the Spencer's iconic "Tympanum with the Lamentation (Pieta)." Graduate intern and art history doctoral candidate Sarah Dyer explores the history, original location, function, and style of this impressive portal sculpture once placed over the entrance of a Late Gothic Spanish church. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults but open to all.

June 13

Talk

SENIOR SESSION JACOB LAWRENCE AND JOHN BROWN

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Marshall Balcony, 404

Curator Kate Meyer leads a tour of the exhibition "Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown," discussing the artist and his series of prints as well as John Brown and his ties to Kansas. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults but open to all.