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.

June 19

Activity

BLACK SUMMER JUNETEENTH BBQ

12PM – 9PM
Watson Park, 727 Kentucky Street, Lawrence

Black Summer presents events that center Black people and the Black community in Lawrence. To celebrate Juneteenth, join Black Summer for a rib cook-off and cupcake war, jumpers for all to indulge in, spades and basketball tournaments, and an art contest “My Black is…”. This event is free and open to all. Sponsors: United Way of Douglas County, Doulas of Douglas County, Spencer Museum of Art

Sponsored By: Black Summer

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

July 08

Talk

REVISIONING THE MUSEUM

5:30PM – 7PM
Join us via Zoom at tinyurl.com/3rx7tr4z

Be the first to hear plans underway for four all-new exhibitions of the Museum’s collections and the addition of the new Lee Study Center. This major renovation and reinstallation project, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, strives to rebalance the collection galleries and reflect the Museum’s growing emphasis on social justice. Join us to learn how we are testing new collaborative strategies for exhibition development and meet our new Head of Exhibitions Trang Nguyen. Ask us the hard questions to inform new ways of displaying and interpreting museum collections. Your ideas and input are welcome and appreciated.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 11

Class

A SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

5:30PM – 7PM
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Friends of the Art Museum are invited to learn the foundations of floral design to create and take home a hand-tied bouquet that includes locally grown flowers and native grasses. Kirsten Bosnak of Blue Morning Glory flower farm and design studio leads this workshop and conversation around flower-filled artwork, ecosystems, and the benefits of locally grown and sourced flowers. We will also enjoy a special tour of the Commons’ newly renovated Weaver Courtyard. Space is limited and registration is required. Interested children are welcome. Email aduke@ku.edu or call 785-864-0126 to register, request an accommodation, or learn how to become a Friend of the Art Museum. This workshop is also offered Saturday, August 14, from 10:00-11:30AM. Choose the session that works best for you.

August 14

Class

A SENSE OF PLACE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

10AM – 11:30AM
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Friends of the Art Museum are invited to learn the foundations of floral design to create and take home a hand-tied bouquet that includes locally grown flowers and native grasses. Kirsten Bosnak of Blue Morning Glory flower farm and design studio leads this workshop and conversation around flower-filled artwork, ecosystems, and the benefits of locally grown and sourced flowers. We will also enjoy a special tour of the Commons’ newly renovated Weaver Courtyard. Space is limited and registration is required. Interested children are welcome. Email aduke@ku.edu or call 785-864-0126 to register, request an accommodation, or learn how to become a Friend of the Art Museum. This workshop is also offered Wednesday, August 11, from 5:30-7:00PM. Choose the session that works best for you.

August 25

Activity

HAWK WEEK SIGNS OF PLACE

1PM – 3PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Reece Memorial Plaza

What and how do you know about the place of KU? Visit the Spencer Museum of Art to create an artwork that explores place, heritage, culture, and memory. Get inspiration from the art of KU alumnus Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds and his “Native Host” series, the 2021 KU Common Work of Art. All KU students are invited to drop by this outdoor Hawk Week event or stay to create and chat. Individual material packets will be provided. Learn more about the KU Common Book and Common Work our Art in the Museum’s virtual exhibition.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Student Advisory Board, Office of First-Year Experience