Events Calendar

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

March 20

Performance

MUSICAL PLACES OF THE MIND

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, perform a selection of music from around the world to complement current exhibitions, including works by Jean Loeillet, Antonin Dvorak, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, and Leonard Bernstein. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

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

March 22

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about their research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Office of Research

March 23

Activity

ART CART PUZZLING PLACES

1PM – 3:30PM
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. Learn about artist Edgar Heap of Birds, and create a puzzle-like mixed media artwork with decorative paper that connects environmental and human elements in our world. The Art Cart is supported by Midco.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 26

INDIGENOUS AESTHETICS IN VISUAL AND PERFORMING ART

5PM – 6:30PM
LIED CENTER, SEYMOUR GALLERY, 1600 STEWART DRIVE, LAWRENCE, KS 66045

Indigenous artists Sterlin Harjo (Seminole-Muskogee) and Steven Grounds (Navajo-Euchee) will engage in a lively discussion of the ways that Indigenous aesthetics emerge in their work in film, media, painting, and public art. This presentation is part of the Indigenous Arts Initiative.

Sponsored By: National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, University of Kansas Department of Film and Media Studies, Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas Indigenous Cultures Festival Committee, Spencer Museum of Art

March 27

Talk

PLACE AS PORTAL: A CONVERSATION WITH POWER OF PLACE VISITING ARTISTS

5:30PM – 7PM
317, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Moderated by Curator Susan Earle and Art History Professor and Department Chair David Cateforis, this is the third in a series of dialogues with artists featured in the exhibiton "The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists." This session features David Brackett, Marcie Miller Gross, Lisa Grossman, Brian Hawkins, Philip Heying, Stephen Johnson, and Rick Mitchell. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History

March 27

Film

MEKKO FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH STERLIN HARJO

7PM – 9PM
LAWRENCE ARTS CENTER, MAIN STAGE, 940 NEW HAMPSHIRE STREET, LAWRENCE, KS 66045

Join us for a free screening of Mekko, an award-winning film that explores redemption, hope, strength, and forgiveness as one man searches for himself and his home among a community of homeless Native Americans in Tulsa. Writer and Director Sterlin Harjo will participate in an audience-led Q&A following the film. This is part of the Indigenous Arts Initiative.

Sponsored By: Cider Gallery, National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, University of Kansas Department of Film and Media Studies, Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas Indigenous Cultures Festival Committee, Spencer Museum of Art

March 28

Talk

SENIOR SESSION THE POWER OF PLACE

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Portrayals of place can provoke emotions, personal stories, forgotten histories, and more. How have numerous important artists who earned degrees at the University of Kansas thought about the power of place? Join Curator Susan Earle for a look at works that answer this question in a major exhibition on view. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 28

Talk

JOURNEY TO THE WEST

12PM – 1PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Lawrence artist Hong Zhang is joined by her two artist sisters Bo and Ling for a discussion of their physical, spiritual, and artistic journeys through the Chinese and American cultural landscape.

Sponsored By: Center for East Asian Studies

March 28

Talk

INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY BUILDING THROUGH THE ARTS

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

Join filmmaker Sterlin Harjo (Seminole-Muscogee), muralist Steven Grounds (Navajo-Euchee), and Peter Jasso (Director, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission) as they discuss how art can strengthen Indigenous communities. This panel is part of the Indigenous Arts Initiative, a partnership between the Spencer Museum of Art, Lied Center, and KCAIC dedicated to celebrating the role of Indigenous art, leadership, and community.

Sponsored By: Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, Lied Center of Kansas, Department of Film and Media Studies, Spencer Musuem of Art

March 29

Social

LIVE PAINTING: STEVEN GROUNDS AT FINAL FRIDAY

5PM – 6:30PM
CIDER GALLERY, 810 PENNSYLVANIA STREET, LAWRENCE, KS 66044

Muralist Steven Grounds will demonstrate live painting at the Cider Gallery as part of Final Friday events. Works by other Indigenous artists, including Sydney Pursel, will be on view. This presentation is part of the Indigenous Arts Initiative.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Cider Gallery, National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, University of Kansas Department of Film and Media Studies, Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas Indigenous Cultures Festival Committee

March 31

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY EL SUPREMO (FROM THE "SERIE PARAGUAY")

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

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month 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 March, get to know El Supremo (from the "Serie Paraguay") by Carlos Colombino. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

March 31

ARTIST TALK: STEVEN GROUNDS/NATIVE EVOLUTION

4:30PM – 6:30PM
CIDER GALLERY, 810 PENNSYLVANIA STREET, LAWRENCE, KS 66044

Join Navajo-Euchee muralist Steven Grounds as he shares his work creating public art and advocating for Indigenous issues. Grounds is in Lawrence as one of the inaugural artists-in-residence for the Indigenous Arts Initiative, a project funded by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Public Reception to follow.

Sponsored By: Spencer Musuem of Art, Cider Gallery, National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, University of Kansas Department of Film and Media Studies, Lied Center of Kansas, University of Kansas Indigenous Cultures Festival Committee

April 05

INDIGENOUS ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL MICHAEL SULLIVAN: OJIBWE LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND STORYTELLING

12PM – 1:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RECEPTION ROOM, 307

Bring your lunch and join renowned storyteller and linguist Dr. Michael Sullivan (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe) for an informal presentation and discussion about Ojibwe language revitalization, culture, and storytelling. Light refreshments will be provided, as well.

Sponsored By: Indigenous Studies Program, Lied Center, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native Faculty & Staff Council

April 05

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH GRADUATE EDITION

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

Red Hot Research brings together graduate researchers from different disciplines, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Office of Research

April 06

Activity

ANNUAL FIRST NATIONS STUDENT ASSOCIATION POWWOW & KU INDIGENOUS CULTURES FESTIVAL

12PM – 9PM
LIED CENTER OF KANSAS, 1600 STEWART DR

Celebrate Native American culture and enjoy children’s activities, food and craft vendors, presentations, workshops, and demonstrations led by Indigenous artists, scholars, and craftspeople, including Navajo muralist Steven Grounds and Seminole-Muskogee filmmaker Sterlin Harjo. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

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

April 07

Talk

UP CLOSE POLITICS, RACE, AND CELEBRITY IN THE ESQUIRE COLLECTION

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

What does a collection of photographs used in Esquire magazine tell us about the political, racial, and cultural climate at a particular moment in American history? Join Curator Kate Meyer for a fresh look at selections from the Esquire collection. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 11

Talk

SENIOR SESSION ZEN TEMPLE OF TECHNO

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION GALLERY, 407

Curator of Asian and Global Contemporary Art Kris Ercums discusses the recent acquisition Zen Temple of Techno by Chinese artist Du Kun. This painting is part of a series that portrays contemporary musicians as embodiments of East Asian religious temples and grottos. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 17

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 the 2019 Student Juried Art Show. Enjoy an evening of art, music, refreshments, and good times with friends. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board, Spencer Museum of Art

April 19

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about their research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Office of Research

April 25

Talk

SENIOR SESSION PICTURING THE DEAD IN ANCIENT PALMYRA

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY, 406

Join museum educator Rachel Straughn-Navarro for a discussion of a bust of a woman in the Spencer’s collection, focusing on its original context and what it can tell us about funerary practices in ancient Palmyra (present-day Syria). This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 25

Performance

COMMON GROUND

6PM – 7PM
317

Inhabiting the exhibition "The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists", choreographer and KU alumna Cathy Patterson and members of her Point B Dance Company present an evening of dance, including the premiere of a new piece, that opens new ways of sensing place. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

April 27

Activity

DAY OF CREATIVITY

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Explore creative processes in different disciplines and awaken your creative side. This community event includes performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities that celebrate creativity. Free and fun for all ages. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 28

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY LUKE WATSON'S TOTEM POLE

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

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month 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 March, get to know Luke Watson's totem pole. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 09

Talk

SENIOR SESSION STORIES FROM THE GLOBAL INDIGENOUS COLLECTION

10:15AM – 11:15AM
318

Join Curatorial Intern Katelyn Trammell to discover the history of the Spencer Museum's 8,000 works of global indigenous art through the lens of a collection of dolls. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

May 18

Activity

ART CART PLANTS, LIZARDS, AND SNAKES

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

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. Celebrate International Museum Day with staff from the Spencer and KU Natural History Museum by learning about a 16th-century ceramic platter from France that is covered with plants and reptiles cast from real critters. Then create your own platter from clay. The Art Cart is supported by Midco.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

May 23

Talk

SENIOR SESSION PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ESQUIRE COLLECTION

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

Join curator Kate Meyer for a discussion about the Spencer's extensive collection of art used in Esquire magazine, and the ways this archive reveals intriguing aspects of American attitudes toward race, celebrity, and history. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

May 24

Activity

DISCOVERY DAY: MARINE LIFE

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

Join Spencer staff for an Art Cart at Large in the Panorama of the KU Natural History Museum during their Discovery Day.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

June 09

Talk

UP CLOSE THE POWER OF PLACE

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

Experience the exhibition “The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists” through the eyes of curator Susan Earle and explore how place powers artists' imaginations. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

June 21

Activity

TEEN ZONE: LUNAR LANDSCAPES AND COSMIC FLOATS

2PM – 4PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Sip on a cosmic float while you journey to outer space. The Spencer Museum of Art will cover shape, texture, and color as you create a mixed media masterpiece depicting a lunar landscape or planetary surface.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library