Events Calendar

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

March 23

Talk

Senior Session Expanding the Canon

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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. 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

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 April, get to know "A Picture Gallery" by Gillis van Tilborgh.

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 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

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 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. 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