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.

April 24

Talk

AN EVENING WITH REV. WHEELER PARKER, JR.

6PM – 8:30PM
Spencer Museum of Art

Join us for a moderated conversation with Reverend Wheeler Parker Jr., cousin and childhood best friend of Emmett Till and the last living eye-witness to the whistle and the kidnapping that set the tragedy in motion. A book signing will follow the discussion. The Raven Bookstore will sell books on site. Seating is limited; free tickets are required. Register for tickets at the following link and bring your confirmation email as proof of ticket: https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9H1ZXZCT5pZmQZ0

April 25

Talk

SENIOR SESSION THE INSPIRING STORY OF A VANDALIZED SIGN

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Perkins Central Court

Learn the true story of a sign that was stolen, throw in a river, replaced, shot, replaced again, and shot again. Follow the sign as it travels from rural Mississippi to the Smithsonian to the White House to Lawrence with KU Professor Dave Tell, author of the 2019 book "Remembering Emmett Till." Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults but open to all.

May 01

Talk

ARTIVISM AND AFROFUTURISM

11AM – 12:30PM
Spencer Museum of Art

B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence members Alex Kimball Williams and Anthony Boynton share their research and its relationship to art displayed in the exhibition “One History, Two Versions.” Williams will speak about police brutality and protest art and Boynton will discuss Afrofuturism.

May 07

Talk

CONVERSATION 2: ART FROM AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

5:30PM – 6:30PM
Lawrence Public Library, Auditorium, 707 Vermont St, Lawrence, KS 66044

Join Curators Susan Earle and Kate Meyer and Collection Manager Angela Watts to learn about art from Africa and the African diaspora in the Spencer’s collection. Q&A follows the presentation. This is the second in a series of public conversations about the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and programs.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

May 23

Talk

SENIOR SESSION A GOTHIC MARVEL

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, 409 Lee Study Center

Experience the splendor of the Spencer's iconic "Tympanum with the Lamentation (Pieta)." Graduate intern and art history doctoral candidate Sarah Dyer explores the history, original location, function, and style of this impressive portal sculpture once placed over the entrance of a Late Gothic Spanish church. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults but open to all.

June 13

Talk

SENIOR SESSION JACOB LAWRENCE AND JOHN BROWN

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

Curator Kate Meyer leads a tour of the exhibition "Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown," discussing the artist and his series of prints as well as John Brown and his ties to Kansas. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults but open to all.