Events Calendar

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

July 20

Activity

ART CART DARUMA DOLLS

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

Learn about the legendary Buddhist monk Daruma and the power of meditation and create a Daruma figure from mixed media. 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 on view.

July 28

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY HOWL

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY, 406

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month 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 "Howl" by Luis Jimenez.

August 11

Talk

UP CLOSE SHATTERING THE VOID

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

Join Rachel Straughn-Navarro, co-curator of Shattering the Void, to learn about a selection of Asian artworks from the collection and how the Museum is using new technologies to make them accessible to K-12 students across the state.

August 17

Activity

ART CART STACKED SYMBOLS

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY, 406

Learn about a totem pole created by artist Luke Watson and build a tower of symbols from clay that tells a story. Staff members from KU’s Natural History Museum will bring specimens that can be found on the totem pole. 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 on view.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum

August 25

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY STILL LIFE 02 - ORCHID

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY, 406

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month 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 "Still Life 02 - Orchid" by Wu Chi-Tsung

August 27

Activity

HAWK WEEK CREATE YOUR SPACE

2:30PM – 4:30PM
DAISY HILL COMMONS, 1620 ENGEL RD

Whether you are moving into a new space in the residence halls or just readying yourself for new opportunities, you can find your place through art. KU students are invited to drop by and collect posters and postcards from the Spencer Museum of Art. There will also be KU trivia and prizes.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 28

Activity

HAWK WEEK TELL YOUR TALE: ART JOURNALS AND STORY QUILTS

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

Join us to create story quilts and art journals, two great ways to create your personal story through cloth and decorative paper. Choose from Spencer Museum designs or create unique designs to share your story. Drop in to create, chat, and explore the Spencer’s galleries. Materials are provided for both activities.

September 06

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 56 CARE & WELL-BEING

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

September 12

Talk

SENIOR SESSION KNOWLEDGES

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Spencer Curator Joey Orr discusses ways of knowing and understanding through four major works created by artists-in-residence for the exhibition knowledges. Areas of focus include data visualization, immigration, social histories, and the natural sciences. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

September 12

Talk

FRANKLIN D. MURPHY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LECTURE CLAUDIA BROWN

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

Claudia Brown’s research and teaching interests center on later Chinese painting and decorative arts, museums, and exhibitions. She serves on the art history faculty at Arizona State University and recently served a four-year term as director of the ASU Center for Asian Studies. Brown previously served as curator of Asian Art at the Phoenix Art Museum where she is a consultant research curator. Brown earned all three of her art history degrees from KU.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History

September 14

Activity

ART CART COMIC BOOK COLLAGE

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION GALLERY, 407

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 on view. Learn about a moment in history between the Cochiti Pueblo people of New Mexico and Spanish Conquistadores, and explore comic book styles of storytelling to create visual conversations through collage.

September 15

Talk

UP CLOSE: COMMON BONDS

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

Consider connections between art and literature in this talk about KU’s 7th annual Common Book and Common Work of Art program. Spencer Curator Kate Meyer shares how themes of social, racial, and economic inequity in this year’s book Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation resonate with works in the Museum’s collection. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

September 19

Talk

MEGAN RYE AND HALEY VELLINGA

5:30PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

Korean-born, Minneapolis-based artist Megan Rye discusses her installation of 100 portraits of children adopted from overseas by American parents. Joining her in conversation about issues facing adoptees and adoptive families is Dr. Haley Vellinga.

September 20

Talk

RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH NO. 12

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

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together student scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

September 22

Activity

BACKYARD BASH

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, MARVIN GROVE

Kick back with your friends and neighbors in the biggest backyard on campus—historic Marvin Grove behind the Spencer Museum of Art—for an afternoon of artist-designed games, performances, demonstrations, and hands-on opportunities to explore nature and culture. Free and fun for all ages. Check back in August for the full schedule and participating partners and artists.

September 26

Talk

SENIOR SESSION ART ON CAMPUS

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Join Director Saralyn Reece Hardy to discover the history and role of art across the KU Lawrence campus. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

September 26

Activity

VOTES AND VIEWS: EXPLORING DECISIONS

3PM – 5PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, THE PANORAMA, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, DYCHE HALL, 1345 JAYHAWK BLVD

KU students are invited to get to know KU’s museums at this event offered in conjunction with the 2019 KU Common Book, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. Which works of art would you display in the White House if you were President? Which species would you vote to protect? Exercise your right to vote and explore what influences your choices. Refreshments provided.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Office of First-Year Experience, Natural History Museum

September 29

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month 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.

October 10

Talk

SENIOR SESSION COMMON WORK OF ART

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Learn about KU’s Common Book and Common Work of Art program, a campus-wide initiative to build community and foster shared experiences and intellectual engagement. Spencer Curator Kate Meyer discusses this year’s Common Work of Art and related works that complement themes in this year’s Common Book, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

October 10

Talk

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY AN EVENING WITH REPRESENTATIVE SHARICE DAVIDS

6PM – 8PM
LIED CENTER OF KANSAS, 1600 STEWART DR

The University of Kansas is pleased to welcome Representative Sharice Davids to campus as part of our celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. When Rep. Davids was sworn in to the 116th Congress, she became one of the first two Native American women to serve in the United States Congress. An Army veteran, first-generation college student, lawyer, and former White House Fellow, Rep. Davids has dedicated her career to equity, advocacy, and economic and community development.

October 18

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 57 PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

October 19

Activity

ART CART LIGHT IT UP!

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316

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 on view. Experience the wonder of work by artist Danielle Roney in the exhibition knowledges and create your own freestanding light sculpture.

October 20

Talk

UP CLOSE: KNOWLEDGES

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, SIMONS GALLERY, LONG ELLIS GALLERY

Delve into the exhibition knowledges with Spencer Curator Joey Orr and discover how works by four featured artists challenge and expand ideas about knowledge creation. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

October 23

Activity

HAUNTING HUMANITIES

6PM – 9PM
ABE AND JAKE’S LANDING, 8 E 6TH ST, LAWRENCE, KS 66044

This unexpected humanities fair brings literature, history, classics, theater, art, and more out of the shadows and into downtown Lawrence for a night of spooky fun for all ages. Stop by the Spencer Museum station for artful tricks and treats—if you dare.

Sponsored By: Hall Center for the Humanities

October 24

Talk

SENIOR SESSION FOUNDLING

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

PhD candidate in art history and former Spencer intern Pinyan Zhu discusses Foundling, a series of 100 portraits of children adopted from overseas created by artist Megan Rye, and related works of art from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition prompts questions about the meanings of home and immigrants’ civil rights. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

October 27

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month 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.

November 06

Talk

KNOWLEDGES IARI COLLOQUIUM

12AM – 12AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD, KU MEMORIAL UNION

This colloquium reflects on the investigations and accomplishments of the Integrated Arts Research Initiative during the past three years, and looks ahead to future explorations.

November 07

Talk

KNOWLEDGES, A2RU NICK MIRZOEFF: DECOLONIZING KNOWLEDGES

10AM – 11:30AM
KANSAS UNION, WOODRUFF AUDITORIUM

This free keynote by visual culture scholar and Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Nicholas Mirzoeff opens the a2ru national conference knowledges.

November 14

Talk

SENIOR SESSION JAPANESE PAPER AS OBJECT AND TOOL IN ART CONSERVATION

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Join Associate Conservator Jacinta Johnson for a discussion about the treatment of the iconic Japanese woodblock print The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. Johnson will share how Japanese paper is made and discuss its important role in the field of art conservation. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

November 15

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 58 ANTHROPOCENE

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

November 16

Talk

UP CLOSE FOUNDLING

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

Experience the exhibition Foundling through the eyes of PhD candidate in art history and former Spencer intern Pinyan Zhu. Foundling features 100 portraits of children adopted by American parents by artist Megan Rye and explores ideas about home and immigrants’ rights. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

November 21

Performance

VOYAGER

6PM – 7:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Inspired by NASA’s Voyager mission and recordings of music on the Golden Record, a time capsule placed onboard in the event the spacecraft are discovered in the future, this concert-length work for percussion octet invites new encounters with art and music and ways of understanding our cosmic neighborhood. Explore the Museum as members of the KU Percussion Group perform this piece by Ben Justis, 2019 doctoral graduate in music composition.

November 22

Talk

RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH NO. 13

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

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together student scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

November 23

Activity

ART CART HOME-HOLDER

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

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 on view. Create a mixed-media “home-holder” by using materials to visualize what home means to you.

November 24

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month 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.

December 06

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 59 ACROSS BORDERS

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

December 07

Activity

TAILS AND TRADITIONS FAMILY FESTIVAL

9AM – 12PM
WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY, 1047 MASSACHUSETTS ST

Visit the Watkins Museum to create and celebrate holiday traditions with your family at this free annual event. The Spencer Museum will be on hand to lead a special art activity.

Sponsored By: Watkins Museum of History

December 29

Talk

DIRECTOR’S HOLIDAY TOUR

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

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. Tours are offered at 1:00PM and 2:30PM. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own.