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 14

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.

June 14

Activity

CONNECTING TO PLACE: AN IMMERSIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPERIENCE AT HERE-ING

6:30PM – 7:30PM
Roth Trailhead, KU Field Station, E 1600 Rd

Immerse yourself in the tallgrass prairie with a guided tour through the “here-ing” labyrinth at the KU Field Station, along with participatory poetry led by Kansas poet Lori Brack. Please wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and closed toe shoes. Bug spray, sunscreen, and water will be provided.

June 15

Activity

CONNECTING TO PLACE: AN IMMERSIVE, INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPERIENCE AT HERE-ING

10AM – 11AM
Roth Trailhead, KU Field Station, E 1600 Rd

Immerse yourself in the tallgrass prairie with a guided tour through the “here-ing” labyrinth at the KU Field Station, along with participatory poetry led by Kansas poet Lori Brack. Please wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and closed toe shoes. Bug spray, sunscreen, and water will be provided.

June 15

Activity

ART CART ABSTRACT SCULPTURE

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 405 Michaelis Gallery

Leart about the art of Louise Nevelson and create a work of art with wooden shapes. 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.

June 18

Activity

TEXTILE TUESDAYS

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

Drop by the Lee Study Center on one Tuesday each month to experience textiles not currently on view. In June, celebrate Juneteenth with quilts by Marla Jackson. Come back to see different rotations each month.

June 18

Talk

CONVERSATION 3: WORKING WITH ARTISTS

6:30PM – 7:30PM
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Join Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy, Deputy Director Celka Straughn, and Curator Joey Orr to learn how we select artists to feature in exhibitions and programs. Q&A follows the presentation. This is the third in a series of public conversations about the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and programs. Co-sponsored by Lawrence Public Library

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library

June 22

Activity

Iⁿ‘ZHÚJE‘WAXÓBE REMATRIATION CELEBRATION

2PM – 4PM

Join Kaá^ze Nikashin^ga (the Kaw People) to celebrate the rematriation of Iⁿ‘zhúje‘waxóbe, the Sacred Red Rock, to Kaw Nation during the annual Washunga Days Festival. The Kaw Nation Intertribal Powwow occurs later that day, with Grand Entry at 7:30PM.

June 24

Activity

IMAGINARIUM: ART ADVENTURE @ KU’S SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

2PM – 3PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 401 Loo Gallery, 405 Gallery, 406 Stewart Gallery, 407 Kress Gallery

Our friends from Lawrence Public Library are bringing their Imaginarium program to the Spencer! During this hour-long program you’ll go on a scavenger hunt, see some amazing art, and make something to take home! Meet in the Museum’s main lobby to start your adventure. For ages 8–11. Register online through the Library’s website at lplks.org.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Arts Center

June 26

Activity

WEDNESDAY WONDERS: ART ADVENTURE @ KU'S SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

2PM – 3PM
Multiple Galleries, Spencer Museum of Art

Our friends from Lawrence Public Library are bringing their Wednesday Wonders program to the Spencer! During this hour-long program you’ll go on a scavenger hunt, see some amazing art, and make something to take home! Meet in the Museum’s main lobby to start your adventure. For ages 5–7. Register online through the Library’s website at lplks.org.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Public Library

June 28

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.

June 28

FREE STATE FESTIVAL THE DAUGHTER OF DAWN REMIX

5PM – 6PM
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St

Shot in 1920, “The Daughter of Dawn” features an all-Native cast including members of the Comanche and Kiowa tribes and was only screened twice before disappearing for nearly a century. Local filmmaker Tweesna Rose Mills presents a revisionist take on the film, interweaving original footage with new imagery and soundscapes to invite viewers to experience the work through a modern lens. This free screening is part of the Free State Festival. Learn more about the festival online at freestatefestival.org.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Arts Center

June 29

Performance

FREE STATE FESTIVAL BLOOD OF A POET

6PM – 7PM
Lawrence Arts Center

“The Blood of a Poet” is a 1932 avant-garde film directed by Jean Cocteau that explores the plight of the artist. With choreography and dance by Tristian Griffin, art by Justin Canja, music by Alex Kimball Williams, and video projections by Peter Jasso, this multidisciplinary piece brings the film off the screen and into the realm of live experience. This performance is part of the Free State Festival and tickets are required. Learn more about the festival and get tickets online at freestatefestival.org.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Arts Center

July 09

SUMMER INSTITUTE DAY 1

12AM – 12AM

July 10

SUMMER INSTITUTE DAY 2

12AM – 12AM

July 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.

July 19

Activity

FLORENCE IN LAWRENCE

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

Take a summer trip to Florence with no tickets required and no waiting in lines! Stop by our Lee Study Center to enjoy a few close-up views of the city alongside artworks, including Giorgio Vasari’s “Christ Carrying the Cross.” Then explore works from other parts of Italy throughout our collection galleries.

July 20

Activity

ART CART MANDALA PATTERNS

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

Learn how to design and decorate your own mandala. 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.

July 25

Talk

SENIOR SESSION OTTO DIX: SELF-PORTRAITS AND PROVENANCE

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, 318 Brosseau Learning Center

Delve into the history of art looted during WWII and the life and legacy of artist Otto Dix. Graduate student in art history Beatrice Levine shares her research through a discussion of Dix’s self-portraits on view in the Michaelis Gallery.

July 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.

August 08

Talk

SENIOR SESSION INKED BODIES

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

Graduate interns Dominique Stringer and Arial Kim discuss the exhibition Inked Bodies, which considers tattooing as creative storytelling and self-expression. They will discuss the cultural impact of tattooing and give insight into the process of curating the exhibition.

August 09

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.

August 17

Activity

ART CART WAX WORKS

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 405 Michaelis Gallery

Learn about unusual art materials and create your own work from wax sticks. 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.

August 23

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.