Events Calendar

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

November 30

Film

Global Film Festival Touki Bouki

5:30PM – 7:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM, RM 309

With a stunning mix of the surreal and the naturalistic, director Djibril Diop Mambe´ty paints a vivid, fractured portrait of Senegal in the early 1970s. Two young lovers long to leave Dakar for the glamour and comforts of France, but their escape plan is beset by complications both concrete and mystical. Characterized by dazzling imagery and music, the alternately manic and meditative Touki Bouki is widely considered a classic of African cinema. Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. Touki Bouki (1973, Senegal) is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. Samantha Lyons, curator of Power Clashing, and Emily Riley, assistant director of the Kansas African Studies Center, KU lead a post-screening discussion.

Sponsored By: Department of Film and Media Studies, Spencer Museum of Art

December 01

Film

Global Film Festival As I Open My Eyes

1PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM, RM 309

As I Open My Eyes (2015) depicts the clash between culture and family as seen through the eyes of a young Tunisian woman balancing the traditional expectations of her family with her creative life as the singer in a politically charged rock band. Director Leyla Bouzid's musical feature debut offers a nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring. This is the last installment of the Global Film Festival, curated by first-year students exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. As I Open My Eyes is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Race, Gender, and the "Decorative" in 20th-Century African Art: Reimagining Boundaries. Exhibition co-curator Jessica Gerschultz and musician Cody Case lead a post-screening discussion.

Sponsored By: Department of Film & Media Studies, Office of First-Year Experience, Spencer Museum of Art

December 02

Activity

Tails and Traditions Family Festival

9AM – 2PM
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 14

Talk

Senior Session Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU

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

A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

December 17

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Presepio

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Slow down at the Spencer 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 December, get to know our 18th-century Italian Presepio.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

December 24

Talk

Home for the Holidays

12PM – 1PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

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. This year's tour centers on the origins of the Museum and collecting and sharing art as a form of civic engagement. Tours begin at 12pm and 1pm. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own. These tours are presented in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the Museum’s collection.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art