Events Calendar

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

May 24

Talk

Senior Session Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World

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

Curator Stephen Goddard explores humankind’s deep connections and fascination with the plant kingdom through various works of art in the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

June 08

Talk

Up Close Six Degrees of Separation

1PM – 2PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

The Spencer Museum Intern Class of 2017–2018 tell all about a collection of prints made by artists during visits to KU’s Department of Visual Art. This tag-team talk demystifies printmaking techniques and delves into the circumstances that led to their creation and acquisition. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

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

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 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 stroies behind exhibitions.

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