Events Calendar

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

January 26

Class

Career Close Ups: Developing a Career in the Museum World

2PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to explore how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share their experiences, followed by a networking reception and behind-the-scenes tours of KU’s museums. This year’s panelists include: Dina Bennett (Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University), Glenn North (Black Archives of Mid-America), and Adrianne Russell (Cabinet of Curiosities). Advance registration is required at www.spencerart.ku.edu/career-closeups.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum, University Career Center, Museum Studies Program

January 28

Activity

Art Cart At Large Kansas Day

1PM – 3PM
THE PANORAMA, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, DYCHE HALL, 1345 JAYHAWK BLVD

Join Spencer staff for an Art Cart at Large at the KU Natural History Museum’s Discovery Day. We’ll explore all things Kansas in celebration of Kansas Day.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

January 31

Talk

Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture An Evening with Eve L. Ewing: Poetry in Context

7PM – 8:30PM
LIBERTY HALL, 644 MASSACHUSETTS ST

Eve L. Ewing—sociologist, poet, essayist, artist, and educator—shares her research on racism, social inequality, urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. Her talk is interspersed with readings from her recent book of poetry, Electric Arches. Dr. Ewing earned a PhD from Harvard University and is recognized as a leader and social influencer, especially in conversations involving academia, writing, black women, and the intersection of politics and popular culture. Tickets are free but required. Reserve tickets online at https://www.universe.com/embed2/events/kenneth-spencer-lecture-eve-l-ewing-poetry-in-context-tickets-lawrence-RTY3FC?.

Sponsored By: The Commons

February 01

Class

University in the Art Museum for Graduate Students

3PM – 4:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

University in the Art Museum introduces graduate students to opportunities for object-based teaching, learning, and research through collaborative partnerships with the Spencer Museum of Art. This workshop includes discussions led by graduate students in the Departments of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Geography; and Atmospheric Science. Advance registration is required by Monday, January 29. Register online at https://spencerart.ku.edu/uam.

February 01

Talk

Up Close Exhibition Research Three Ways

5:30PM – 6:45PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

Graduate Research Assistants Kristan Hanson, Chassica Kirchhoff, and Kelsey Johnson lead a tag-team tour of the centennial exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU, offering three perspectives on the research behind an exhibition 100 years in the making. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

February 04

Talk

Getting to Know Sallie Casey Thayer

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Carol Shankel, author of Sallie Casey Thayer and Her Collection, discusses her research of the life and motivations of the woman whose extensive collection founded KU's art museum. Join us for this opportunity to discuss the role of collectors and collections in society as we mark the closing of the exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU.

February 11

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Mrs. Thomas Pelham (Anneta, daughter of Thomas Bridges, wife of Thomas Pelham)

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

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 February, get to know Mrs. Thomas Pelham (Anneta, daughter of Thomas Bridges, wife of Thomas Pelham) by Joseph Highmore and William Hoare.

February 17

Activity

Art Cart Identity Collage

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

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. Explore materials, cultures, and the language of clothing in the exhibition Power Clashing and create your own collage where patterns, identity, and cultures collide.

February 18

Talk

Up Close Race, Gender, and the “Decorative” in 20th-century African Art

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

Delve into this exhibition of African art with co-curator and Assistant Professor of African and African-American Studies Jessica Gerschultz and discover how institutional practices for collecting and displaying African art in American museums have changed over time. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

February 20

Talk

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program Were They Enslaved? Maya Figurines from Jaina Island and Beyond

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

Dr. Mary Miller (Sterling Professor and senior director of the Institute for the Preservation of Culture Heritage, Yale University) discusses figurines made by the ancient Maya of the Yucatan peninsula (600–900 CE). These Jaina figurines reveal the complexity of Maya social life, which is rarely seen in other media.

Sponsored By: Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spencer Museum of Art

February 21

Talk

Read Across Lawrence Bring Your Own Book Club Tour

6PM – 7:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Read this year’s Read Across Lawrence selection Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and join staff from the Lawrence Public Library and Spencer Museum to wander the galleries while discussing works of art that resonate with themes in the book. We will continue the conversation over complimentary refreshments. Can’t make it on this date? You can also BYOBC (bring your own book club) to the Museum this spring for a guided tour inspired by Wonder and reserve a gathering space for further discussion. Call 785.864.0126 or email aduke@ku.edu to inquire.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

February 22

Performance

WE REGRET THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED. African American Human Museum: Our Freedom Can't Wait

5PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Staged throughout the galleries of the Spencer Museum of Art, this performance narrates key episodes of black culture in America, from slavery to the Black Lives Matter movement. Historical figures are portrayed by student actors, provoking thoughtful debate and stimulating awareness of the struggles that African Americans continue to endure.

Sponsored By: Black Pre-Law Student Association, Spencer Museum of Art

February 23

Activity

Read Across Lawrence Outsider Art

2PM – 3PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Explore the incredible world of Outsider Art with the Spencer Museum. We'll look at the amazing work of self-taught artists and create work inspired by them. We'll make some animal-themed self-portraits, like Auggie did in this year’s Read Across Lawrence book Wonder. Designed for kids age 7–11.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

February 23

Activity

Read Across Lawrence Outsider Art

4PM – 5PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Create works of art inspired by self-taught artists. During this event, you can try your hand at making plaster assemblages and blind contour drawings as part of the Read Across Lawrence program.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

February 24

Activity

Art Cart At Large Pledges of Allegiance

1PM – 2PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

The Art Cart is rolling over to the Library for a special edition designed for adults of all ages. Drop by to craft your own flag inspired by a selection of Mr. Browne’s precepts from the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio and examples of flags from the Pledges of Allegiance public art project on view outside Spooner Hall, then draft a personal pledge articulating what it stands for.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

March 01

Film

El Regreso (The Return)

5PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

In Hernan Jimenez’s bittersweet film El Regreso (Costa Rica, 2012), 30-year old Antonio returns to Costa Rica following a decade spent in New York. Unable to run away as usual, he is forced to confront the realities he desperately struggled to put in the past: a broken family, an ailing father, a violent country, and long lost friends. El Regreso is screened in celebration of KU’s 60-year partnership with Universidad de Costa Rica. Discussion and reception immediately following. Running time: 95 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.

Sponsored By: Office of International Programs, Center for Latin American Studies

March 02

Talk

Red Hot Research People, Land, Power

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha-inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

March 04

Talk

Power Clashing

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

See the exhibition Power Clashing through the eyes of guest curator and history of art PhD candidate Samantha Lyons and discover how contemporary artists employ clothing and collage to construct identities and convey diverse cultural meanings. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

March 06

Talk

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Eco-Art

3PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Delve into the genre of Eco-Art with visiting artist Linda Weintraub. This informal talk introduces Weintraub’s practices as an ecologically responsible artist and opens her week-long visit to KU that includes an exhibition at the Student Union Activities Gallery and a series of interactive art workshops.

Sponsored By: Department of Visual Art, Environmental Studies, The Commons, KU Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, The Land Institute/Ecosphere Studies, Center for Sustainability, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office/School of the Arts, Student Union Activities Gallery, Student Senate, Department of Geology/Earth Energy and Environment Center

March 06

Talk

An Evening with Alexandra Bell

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

Alexandra Bell turns her practices of editing and commenting on racial bias found in her daily newspaper into large-scale, public murals. Her murals have addressed such topics as the death of Michael Brown, gender bias in sports reporting, and the recent violence in Charlottesville. Bell delivers this lecture in conversation with KU's 2017-2018 Common Book, Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Office of First Year Experience, and other campus partners

March 08

Talk

Senior Session Race, Gender, and the “Decorative” in 20th- Century African Art: Re-imagining Boundaries

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

Sallie Casey Thayer’s gift of her collection to KU in 1917 largely excluded African art. The exhibition Race, Gender, and the “Decorative” in 20th-Century African Art seeks to rectify this omission by displaying African artworks contemporary with Thayer’s gift. Co-curator and KU Assistant Professor in African and African-American Studies Jessica Gerschultz presents this talk. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

March 10

Activity

Art Cart Textile Printing

1PM – 4PM
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. Explore a selection of 20th-century African art and create patterned textile designs inspired by Mali textiles.

March 15

Talk

Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series Blood, Tar, and Sharpies: Memorial Mania and the Materiality
of Cultural Vandalism

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

When memorials, monuments, and other forms of public art are deemed reprehensible, oppressive, or intolerable, they may become targets of cultural vandalism. Visiting scholar Erika Doss (American Studies, University of Notre Dame) considers the materials used to deface and destroy public art and what these acts suggest about dissent in contemporary America.

Sponsored By: Kress Department of Art History, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art

March 22

Talk

Senior Session A Coat of Many Colors: Central Asian Ikat Garments

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

Join the Museum’s affiliate research curator Mary Dusenbury for a discussion about a 19th century ikat coat from Bukhara and several 21st century Central Asian ikat textiles, and the trajectory between them, as well as contemporary production of these boldly patterned and colorful textiles. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

March 27

Talk

Big Botany Lecture Series What a Plant Knows

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

The opening of the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World and the associated symposium and lecture series begins with a keynote by renowned biologist Dr. Daniel Chamovitz (Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University.) Illuminating the science and romance of plant biology and demonstrating how plants are acutely aware of the world around them, Dr. Chamovitz’s investigations lead to the question, how similar are we to plants?

March 28

Talk

Big Botany

10AM – 5PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World, this interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars and researchers to share their work on plant studies. Details and registration will be available on the Museum’s website in early February.

March 29

Talk

Above Ground: Young Feminist Activists in China

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

This lecture by renowned Chinese feminist activist Lu Pin explores the public activism of Young Feminist Activist in China since 2012 that is documented in the accompanying exhibition Above Ground–40 Moments of Transformation.

Sponsored By: The Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas; The Department of History, University of Kansas; The Department of East Asian Languages & Culture, University of Kansas; The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

March 30

Performance

Goldenberg Duo

12PM – 1PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Susan Goldenberg, a violinist with the Kansas City Symphony, and William Goldenberg, distinguished professor of piano at Northern Illinois University, herald the arrival of spring and explore notions of rebirth and renewal through works by Scott Joplin, Mao Yuen, Edward MacDowell, and more.

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

March 30

Talk

Red Hot Research Graduate Edition

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Sponsored By: The Commons

March 31

Activity

KU Powwow & Indigenous Culture Festival

12PM – 10PM
LIED CENTER OF KANSAS, 1600 STEWART DR

The KU Powwow and Indigenous Culture Festival is a day-long celebration of Native American culture featuring children’s activities, food and craft vendors, presentations, workshops, and demonstrations led by Indigenous artists, scholars, and craftspeople. The event also includes traditional dwellings built for the festival.

Sponsored By: First Nations Student Association, Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Office of Multicultural Affairs, KU Native Faculty-Staff Council, KU Film and Media Studies, KU Indigenous Studies, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum

April 04

Film

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul

6PM – 8PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

In Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s subversive romantic comedy Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), a lonely widow (Brigitte Mira) meets a young man (El Hedi ben Salem) in a bar. Wielding the romantic power of classic Hollywood melodrama, the film also exposes racial tensions underlying contemporary German culture. This film is screened in conjunction with the public art project Pledges of Allegiance. Running time: 93 min. Not Rated. German and Arabic with English subtitles.

Sponsored By: The Commons

April 05

Activity

The Pansy Project: Pansy Giveaway

1PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, H.W. (BILL) AND MARYNELL D. REECE MEMORIAL PLAZA

London-based artist Paul Harfleet brings his international Pansy Project to Lawrence with a series of programs, beginning with the free distribution of pansies to passersby. Harfleet plants pansies to identify sites where homophobic abuse has occurred in a community.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative, KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

April 05

Film

The Pansy Project: Pansy Boy

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

Visiting artist Paul Harfleet screens a documentary about his Pansy Project and presents a performative reading of his recent book, Pansy Boy, which tells the story of a boy driven to devise a plan to combat bullying and reclaim his school.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative, KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

April 06

Activity

The Pansy Project: Pansy Planting Tour

2PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AND OTHER LOCATIONS

Visiting artist Paul Harfleet leads a walking tour of sites of homophobic abuse in our community, planting a pansy at each site and photographing it as part of his ongoing Pansy Project. The tour begins and ends at the Spencer Museum.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative, KU Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

April 06

Talk

Red Hot Research Fear & Response

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This edition of Red Hot Research connects to the ongoing public art project Pledges of Allegiance.

April 08

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Zen Temple of Techno

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION GALLERY, 407

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 April, get to know Zen Temple of Techno by Du Kun.

April 11

Talk

Big Botany Lecture Series PLANT-CAPITAL: Objectification and Agency in a Consumerist World

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

New conceptions of vegetal life are emerging. Groundbreaking scientific research and new philosophical perspectives are raising botanical challenges to our anthropocentric cultural background assumptions. As climate change threatens all forms of life on the planet, considering ecological interconnectedness and human/plant relationships from new perspectives is essential to addressing urgent issues of mutual sustainability. Through a discussion of contemporary artworks, Giovanni Aloi (Art History, Theory, and Criticism; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and editor-in-chief, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture) maps the paradoxes and contradictions that characterize our relationships with plants as defined by capitalism.

April 12

Talk

Senior Session Crimes Against Art

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

Professor Ann Wiklund discusses issues of theft, forgery, and the destruction of art and architecture that abound from antiquity to the modern world. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

April 14

Performance

Afternoon on a Hill

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

Soprano Gretchen Pille performs songs and arias that correlate with themes and specific works of art in the exhibition Big Botany. Through works by Richard Strauss, Leonard Bernstein, Ricky Ian Gordon, Benjamin Britten, Alan Menken, and others, Pille explores nature’s role in the human experience and how we express ourselves.

April 19

Social

Student Juried Art Show Opening

6PM – 8PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 317, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT

This event, planned for and by KU students, celebrates the opening of Roots, the 2018 Student Juried Art Show. Enjoy an evening of art, music, refreshments, and good times with friends.

Sponsored By: Spencer Student Advisory Board, Spencer Museum of Art

April 21

Activity

Art Cart Gel Printing with Plants

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

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 in Big Botany. Create prints inspired by plants and experiment with a gel printing technique with staff members from the Spencer and KU’s Natural History Museum.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum

April 22

Talk

Up Close Big Botany

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, H.W. (BILL) AND MARYNELL D. REECE MEMORIAL PLAZA

Explore the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World with curator Stephen Goddard and discover how artists untangle humankind’s historic, contemporary, and future relationships with the plant kingdom.

April 26

Talk

Senior Session Two Robed Women: LaMonte's glass Chado and a painted Mrs.Pelham

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

Explore the pairing of Karen LaMonte’s Chado sculpture with an alluring and highly unusual painted portrait of a woman with Susan Earle, curator of European and American art. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

April 27

Talk

Red Hot Research Science & Fiction

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha-inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

April 29

Activity

Day of Creativity: People. Plants. Play.

12PM – 12AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Cultivate your creative side while exploring the intertwined relationships of art and science and people and the plant world. Demonstrations, performances, and hands-on activities showcase highlights and hidden wonders at KU’s two museums.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, KU Natural History Museum

May 02

Talk

Big Botany Lecture Series Inside Big Botany

3:30PM – 4:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Ground-breaking philosopher Timothy Morton (Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University) fuses the arts, humanities, and scientific scholarship to radically reconceptualize humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Morton introduces his concept of hyperobjects—entities of vast temporal and spatial dimensions, like the phenomena of climate change—and how they imply powerful consequences for how we understand and relate to them. Blown up as if in a gigantic microscope, hyperobjects reveal the paradoxical qualities of things in general, which are well exemplified by what we’re calling Big Botany and the human place within it.

May 10

Talk

Senior Session Mary Huntoon

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

Join Museum docent Sharyn Brooks Katzman for a discussion about Topeka’s own Renaissance woman, Mary Huntoon. Learn about her life and work as a painter, printmaker, art therapist, author, administrator, and teacher. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

May 19

Activity

Art Cart Nature vs Machine Drawings

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

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. In conjunction with the exhibition Big Botany, staff from KU’s Natural History Museum join us to create drawings that depict the differences between the organic and non-organic world.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum

May 20

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Metamorphoses

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, 20/21 GALLERY, 405

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 May, get to know Metamorphoses by Wenda Gu.

May 24

Activity

Art Cart At Large Pollinators

10AM – 12PM
THE PANORAMA, NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, DYCHE HALL, 1345 JAYHAWK BLVD

Join Spencer staff for an Art Cart at Large at KU Natural History Museum’s Discovery Day. We’ll explore pollination and pollinators in both art and science.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

May 24

Talk

Senior Session Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World

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

Curator Stephen Goddard explores humankind’s deep connections and fascination with the plant kingdom through various works of art in the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.