Events Calendar

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

February 24

Class

Career Close-Ups: Developing a Career in the Museum World

2PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 318, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 307, RECEPTION ROOM

University students are invited to explore how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share how they got their jobs, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the inner-workings of museums. Advance registration is required through the Spencer Museum’s website: www.spencerart.ku.edu/career-closeups.

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

February 24

Talk

Red Hot Research Health & Wellness

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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

February 25

Activity

Art Cart It's About Time

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

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 ideas about time in the exhibition Temporal Turn: Art & Speculation in Contemporary Asia, then create a unique timepiece.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

February 25

Talk

2017 Rocket Grants Info Session

2PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 318, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING

Rocket Grants provide direct support for innovative, artist-driven projects in surprising places. The call for proposals for the 8th round of Rocket Grants is now open; the deadline to apply is March 27, 2017. Artists are invited to this info session to gain a clearer understanding of the types of projects the program funds and to learn about the application process. Bring your questions and discover the resources and assistance available to you to make a strong application for a 2016 Rocket Grant. Julia Cole, Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, provides an overview of the process; Leah Sweall, a 2015 Rocket Grants Award winner, discusses her team’s experience applying for the grant and how it helped them create Microburst, a handmade magazine designed to provoke political action; and Ben Rosenthal shares his insights as a past Rocket Grants juror. Rocket Grants support projects that happen outside of traditional or established arts venues, challenge mainstream methods of production or presentation, add energy and diversity to arts activity in our area, and provide opportunities for creative growth. The program awards grants of up to $6,000 to individuals or collaborative groups working across all disciplines and media. The Rocket Grants program is a partnership of the Spencer Museum of Art and the Charlotte Street Foundation with funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For more information, visit http://rocketgrants.org.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Charlotte Street Foundation

March 01

Talk

An Evening with Artist Willie Cole

5:30PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM, RM 309, 1301 MISSISSPPI ST

In conjunction with the 2016 KU Common Book, the Spencer Museum of Art selected three prints from Willie Cole’s Beauties series as the Common Work of Art. Cole is perhaps best known for his assemblage sculptures composed of irons, women’s shoes, and hair dryers, which he transforms into objects resembling West African sculpture. Join Cole for a discussion about his artistic practice and the themes he explores in his work.

Sponsored By: Office of First-Year Experience; Spencer Museum of Art; Office of Multicultural Affairs; University Honors Program; Kress Foundation Department of Art History; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Department of African and African American Studies; Department of American Studies

March 02

Film

Behemoth

5:30PM – 7:30PM
309 AUDITORIUM

Beginning with a mining explosion in Mongolia and ending in a ghost city west of Beijing, political documentarian Zhao Liang’s visionary 2015 film details the social and ecological devastation behind an economic miracle that may not yet prove illusory. Running time: 90 minutes. Not Rated. Screened in conjunction with Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 03

Talk

Red Hot Research Graduate Edition

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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 08

Talk

Antique Lace

6PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 318, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING

Lace expert and historian Elizabeth Kurella shares insights from her years of experience collecting, studying, and curating antique lace from across Europe. Kurella is a consulting expert on the Spencer Museum's collection of lace in preparation for the upcoming exhibition Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 09

Talk

Senior Session The Flint Hills Quilt Trail

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

Liz Kowalchuk, Associate Professor Visual Arts and Museum Studies program, presents the history of quilting in Kansas as well as contemporary support for it through quilt guilds.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 11

Activity

Art Cart Make it Miniature

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 401, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY

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 small-scale works of art in our Cabinet of Curiosities then join artist Traci Furan as she shares her skills at making miniatures from Sculpey clay.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 12

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 406, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY

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. Tea and cookies will follow. In March, get to know "Et Toujours! Et Jamais!" by Pierre Eugène Emile Hébert.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 15

Talk

Black Literary Suite

12PM – 2PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 318, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING

This program highlights the "Mississippi Renaissance," a regionalist literary tradition influenced by the socio-political history of Mississippi race, sex, and class politics emphasized by black writers from Mississippi. This is the fourth and final panel in the series.

Sponsored By: Project on the History of Black Writing, KU Department of English, Spencer Museum of Art

March 23

Talk

Senior Session Expanding the Canon

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 406, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY

Cassandra Mesick Braun, curator of global indigenous art, explores works in the exhibition The Object Speaks that fall outside of traditional artistic canons. Outsider art from the American south, Central Europe reverse-painting-on-glass, art populaire from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and engaged activist art from minority populations will be featured.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 31

Talk

Red Hot Research The Future University

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all 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 02

Talk

Up Close American Dream

2PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 318, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING

Join Spencer Director of Academic Programs Celka Straughn and KU students Kassandra Valles and Gabby Ale-Ebrahim for a discussion about "The American Dream" through a range of artistic interpretations. American Dream is organized in conjunction with the KU Common Book, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and features the KU Common work of Art from the Beauties series by Willie Cole. Informal and intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

April 09

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 401, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 307 RECEPTION ROOM

Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great workk of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. Tea and cookies will follow. In April, get to know A Picture Gallery by Gillis van Tiborgh.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 13

Talk

Senior Session Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World

10AM – 11AM
307 RECEPTION ROOM

David Cateforis, professor of American art and modern and contemporary art, and chair of the KU Department of Art History, explores the story behind Andrew Wyeth's signature painting, Christina's World, as well as the reasons for its popularity and its status as the defining work of Wyeth's career, which was marked by an unusual combination of public acclaim and critical scorn.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 14

Talk

Chaekgeori in Korean Art History

5PM – 6PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM, RM 309, 1301 MISSISSPPI ST

A keynote talk by Dr. Burglind Jungmann opens Paintings in Brilliant Colors, a conference on Korean chaekgeori screens of the Joseon Dynasty. Jungmann is a professor of Korean art at UCLA, where her teaching and research focus on early modern Korean painting, positioning it in an interdisciplinary context of the cultural and intellectual exchange within East Asia and with Europe. The keynote lecture, reception immediately following, and conference are free and open to the public.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Kress Foundation Department of Art History

April 15

Talk

Painting in Brilliant Colors: Korean Chaekgeori Screens in the Joseon Dynasty

8AM – 5PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART AUDITORIUM, RM 309, 1301 MISSISSPPI ST

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens, this conference brings together art historians and curators from the United States and abroad to forge new inroads into the burgeoning scholarly field of color painting traditions. The conference provides a valuable public forum to enhance understanding and appreciation of this important field to University scholars, students, and the general public. The conference is free and open to the public. Register for the conference on the Spencer's website.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Kress Foundation Department of Art History

April 26

Talk

Up Close The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 315, ESTELLE S. AND ROBERT A. LONG ELLIS FOUNDATION GALLERY, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 316, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY

Delve into the exhibition The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens with Spencer Curator Kris Ercums and learn about the recent conservation of a Korean screen in the Museum's collection. Informal and Intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 26

Social

Student Night and Juried Art Show

6:30PM – 8PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 317, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT

This spring's Student Night, planned for and by KU students, celebrates the opening of the Student Juried Art Show. Art, music, refreshments, and good times with friends will all be part of the festivities.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

April 27

Talk

Senior Session The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 316, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY

Kris Ercums, curator of Asian and global contemporary art, discusses the traveling exhibition of Korean screens called chaekgeori.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 27

Talk

Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series Gender, Ritual, and Needlework in Early Modern Japan

5:30PM – 6:30PM
309 AUDITORIUM

Christine Guth, a leading scholar on the history of collecting, transnational cultural exchange, and material culture, discusses the needle as a powerful instrument in early modern Japan and its mastery as a means of augmenting and transforming women’s physical power into material things that enhanced the wellbeing and comfort of their families. Dr. Guth is Senior Tutor Emerita of the Victoria & Albert/Royal College of Art programme in History of Design.

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

April 29

Activity

Art Cart Painted Screens

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 406, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY

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 the exhibition of Korean still-life paintings and create your own symbolic screen painting.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 09

Activity

Finals in the Flex Space Study Breaks

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE

Take a break during finals for some art and coffee to calm your mind and energize your thinking.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

May 10

Activity

Finals in the Flex Space Study Breaks

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE

Take a break during finals for some art and coffee to calm your mind and energize your thinking.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

May 11

Talk

Senior Session Heart of the Andes: Alexander von Humboldt's Science in the art of Frederic Edwin Church

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 307, RECEPTION ROOM

Frank Baron, retired professor of German language and literature, discusses how renowned 19th-century scientist Alexander von Humboldt's work inspired the Hudson River School artist, Frederic Edwin Church, to paint a comprehensive view of nature, resulting in his painting Heart of the Andes.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 11

Activity

Finals in the Flex Space Study Breaks

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE

Take a break during finals for some art and coffee to calm your mind and energize your thinking.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

May 18

Talk

Up Close A Wry Eye: Witty, Sardonic, and Ironic Work by Contemporary Printmakers

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 317, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT

Celebrate International Musseum Day and see this exhibition through the eyes of Spencer Curator Stephen Goddard to discover a group of printmakers who have combined elements of self-scrutiny, playfulness with a dash of the sinister, and wit with a sense of danger in their work. Informal and intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 21

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 406, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY

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. Tea and cookies will follow. In May, get to know Match of African and European Handicapped People by Mouscou.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 25

Talk

Senior Session Mary Huntoon: Topeka painter, print maker, art therapist, author, administrator, lecturer, and teacher

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

Mary Huntoon, Topeka's own Renaissance woman, and some of her prints are the topic of this program presented by Spencer Museum docent and art historian Sharyn Brooks Katzman.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 27

Activity

Art Cart Playing with Printmaking

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

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 prints and printmaking in the Spencer galleries, then create a print of your own.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art