Events Calendar

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

June 23

Activity

Art Cart Fiber Family Portraits

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. Learn how quilts can honor ancestors and create a fiber portrait of someone close to you.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 24

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Descent from the Cross with Scenes from the Passion

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

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 June, get to know Descent from the Cross with Scenes from the Passion by the Master of Frankfurt Workshop.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 28

Film

Big Botany on the Big Screen Annihilation

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

After her husband disappears, biologist Lena (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous expedition into “The Shimmer,” an environmental disaster zone full of mutating landscapes and creatures. In this 2018 sci-fi thriller by director Alex Garland (Ex Machina), the laws of nature don’t apply. Running time: 1 hr 55 min. Rated R.

June 29

Activity

Final Friday: Art in Motion

6PM – 9PM
WATKINS MUSEUM OF HISTORY, 1047 MASSACHUSETTS ST

Join us at the Watkins Museum of History during Final Fridays for art activities related to the opening of Rolling Revolution, an exhibition about bicycles in Lawrence history.

Sponsored By: Watkins Museum of History

July 09

Activity

Exploratorium: Unplugged Art

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

Enjoy a chance to slow down and create works of art inspired by music. An Exploratorium program for 7-11 year olds at the Lawrence Public Library.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

July 11

Talk

An Evening with Artist Faith Ringgold

6PM – 7:30PM
309 AUDITORIUM

Renowned painter, quilt-maker, and author Faith Ringgold discusses her life in art and the continued relevance of artistic activism. Joined by her artist daughter Michele Wallace, Ringgold’s talk kicks off the city-wide, second annual National African American Quilt Convention held in Lawrence July 11–14.

Sponsored By: African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy / Marla Quilts Inc.

July 13

Talk

Paying Homage: William Daniels and Luke Haynes

3PM – 4PM
404

Visiting artists William Daniels (New York) and Luke Haynes (Kansas City, MO) discuss their practices and work in quilts on view in the exhibition Paying Homage: Celebrating the Diversity of Men in Quilts. Both artists are also teaching workshops for the National African American Quilt Convention July 11–14.

Sponsored By: American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy / Marla Quilts Inc.

July 15

Film

Big Botany on the Big Screen Little Shop of Horrors

2PM – 3:30PM
309 AUDITORIUM

A singing plant. An unlikely hero. A demented dentist. Open wide and sing along, or simply kick back and behold nerdy florist Seymour (Rick Moranis) and how his prospects for success and romance take a series of unexpected turns when a strange plant enters his life. Enter to win a botanical door prize—if you dare—and bid Big Botany farewell with this 1986 cult classic directed by Frank Oz. Running time: 94 min. Rated PG-13.

July 18

Talk

Up Close Paying Homage: Celebrating the Diversity of Men in Quilts

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

Experience the exhibition "Paying Homage: Celebrating the Diversity of Men in Quilts" through the eyes of Curator Susan Earle while exploring the ancestry of contemporary story quilts. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

July 19

Film

Adieu au language (Goodbye to Language)

6:30PM – 8PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

In this experimental drama by French director, Jean-Luc Godard, "Adieu au language” (Goodbye to Language) (2014) explores the underlying joys and complexities of everyday life. This film navigates the meanings of connection across stunning images of urban landscapes, relationships, nature, love and demise. This film is screened in conjunction with the public art project Pledges of Allegiance. Running time: 70 min. Not Rated. French with English subtitles

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons

July 25

Activity

Kidsapalooza: Unplugged Art

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

Join Spencer Museum of Art staff as we unplug and create art inspired by music and the outdoors at this Kidsapalooza program for 5- and 6-year-olds at the Lawrence Public Library.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

July 28

Activity

Art Cart Abstract Assemblages

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, 20/21 GALLERY, 405

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 contemporary sculpture and create a three-dimensional work of art with mixed media.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 29

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Kotyit (Cochiti) peoples standing human figure

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

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. For July, get to know the standing human figure made by the Kotyit (Cochiti) peoples.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 19

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making by Hollis Sigler

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. For August, get to know "Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making" by Hollis Sigler.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 25

Activity

Art Cart Kansas Prairie Collage

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. Explore photographs of Kansas farmland and create a multimedia collage of the Kansas Prairie.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

September 13

Talk

Visual Art Visiting Artist Series TBD

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

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, Spencer Museum of Art