Events Calendar

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

September 23

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Monument Odessa

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 Sundays feature one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In September, get to know "Monument Odessa" by Christian Boltanski.

September 27

Talk

Senior Session Ancient Chinese Religion and History: The Wu Liang Shrine

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Art historian Amy McNair discusses a collection of ink rubbings taken from a second-century stone mortuary shrine for a local official named Wu Liang. The shrine's relief carvings illustrate important deities such as the Queen Mother of the West and historical episodes including the attempted assassination of the King of Qin. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to all.

October 05

Talk

Up Close Soundings

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

Consider the depths and strengths of the Spencer Museum’s American art collections with guest curator Charles C. Eldredge, KU’s Hall Family Foundation Distinguished Professor emeritus and former Spencer Museum Director. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

October 05

Talk

Red Hot Graduate Research Graduate Edition

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

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together graduate students 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

October 07

Talk

Up Close Art in the Grove

2PM – 3PM
MARVIN GROVE, DIRECTLY BEHIND SPENCER MUSEUM, 1301 MISSISSIPPI

Gain insights into the inaugural installation of "Art in the Grove" with Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy and the artists behind a series of new works nestled within historic Marvin Grove. Judith G. Levy, Jason Zeh, and David Ross’s "Chipko" is a sculpture and sound installation of benches encircling trees. Choreographer Maya Tillman-Rayton’s "Groove in the Grove" is a hip-hop performance rooted in the wooded landscape. Up Close talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions and projects.

October 09

Talk

Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series In the Spirit of Dunhuang

5PM – 6PM
309 AUDITORIUM

Zhang Hongtu is a leading figure in the Chinese “Political Pop” movement. Zhang will discuss how the Buddhist cave temples in Dunhuang changed his ideas about art history and influenced his work, including the 39-piece Van Gogh/Boghidharma (2007–2014). This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Culture Mixmaster Zhang Hongtu", on view September 25–December 22, 2018 at the Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

October 09

Talk

Zhang Hongtu: Silk Road

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

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

October 11

Talk

Senior Session Seeing Soundings

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

Join Samantha Lyons, PhD candidate in art history, for a closer look at the artists and artworks in Soundings, an exhibition curated by Hall Family Foundation Distinguished Professor emeritus and former director of the Spencer Museum Dr. Charles Eldredge. Learn more about the Spencer's deep holdings of American art through a surprising selection of objects unearthed from storage. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to all.

October 17

Talk

Art as Social History: Ulrick Jean-Pierre in conversation with co-curators Cécile Accilien and Casey Mesick Braun

10:30AM – 12PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316

New Orleans–based Haitian artist Ulrick Jean-Pierre is joined by co-curators of The Ties that Bind, Cassandra Mesick Braun and Cécile Accilien, for a discussion that addresses artmaking as social history. This discussion is presented in conjunction with the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) Social Histories series. Ulrick Jean-Pierre is the fall 2018 IARI Creative Specialist.

October 18

Talk

The Work of Social History

1:30PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RECEPTION ROOM, 307

Join us for an open discussion on hybrid notions of social history. Participants include visiting artists and scholars Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Adrian Stimson, and Tina Takemoto, as well as Museum staff and KU scholars. Presented in conjunction with the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) Social Histories series.

October 18

Talk

Krik? Krak! Art, History, Politics & Creativity: A Conversation with Ulrick Jean-Pierre & Krista Thompson

5:30PM – 8PM
309 AUDITORIUM

Join painter Ulrick Jean-Pierre and art historian Krista Thompson for a lively dialogue to open the Unexpected Caribbean symposium. Reception immediately following. For details on the symposium and to register, visit ucs.ku.edu or email haitianstudies@ku.edu. Jean-Pierre’s visit is organized through the Integrated Arts Research Initative.

Sponsored By: Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Institute of Haitian Studies, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

October 21

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Asefi (enough daughters)

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316

Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sundays feature one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In October, get to know "Asefi (enough daughters)" by Bernard Séjourné.

October 23

Talk

Haiti, New Orleans, and the Ties that Bind

12PM – 1PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, ESTELLE S. AND ROBERT A. LONG ELLIS FOUNDATION GALLERY, 315, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316

Join artist Ulrick Jean-Pierre for a discussion of his work in the exhibition "The Ties that Bind" and how his identity as a Haitian immigrant shapes his artistic practice.

Sponsored By: KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of African and African of American Studies, Hall Center for the Humanities, Institute for Haitian Studies, Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

October 23

Talk

Rena Detrixhe: Red Dirt Rug

7PM – 8PM
THE COMMONS, SPOONER HALL, 1340 JAYHAWK BLVD

Oklahoma-based artist and KU alumna Rena Detrixhe speaks about her installation "Red Dirt Rug" made from red Oklahoma soil imprinted with patterns from modified shoe soles. The public is invited to observe Detrixhe create the installation on site beginning October 17. Visit www.thecommons.ku.edu for viewing times.

Sponsored By: The Commons, Department of Visual Art

October 25

Talk

Senior Session Women as Liberty and Women as Leaders in Haitian Art

10:15AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY, 316, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, ESTELLE S. AND ROBERT A. LONG ELLIS FOUNDATION GALLERY, 315

Join Curator Cassandra Mesick Braun for an exploration of the role that women have played in shaping the history, culture, religion, and everyday life in Haiti. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to all.

October 26

Talk

Red Hot Research 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

October 28

Talk

Up Close The Ties that Bind

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Delve into the ideas behind the exhibition "The Ties that Bind: Haiti, the United States, and the Art of Ulrick Jean-Pierre in Comparitive Perspective" with co-curators Cassandra Mesick Braun and Cécile Accilien. Accilien served as the fall 2017 Integrated Arts Research Initiative faculty research fellow.

November 08

Talk

Senior Session Between Faith and Function: A 16th-Century Maiolica Pilgrim Bottle

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

What, exactly, is a pilgrim bottle? Ashley Offill, PhD candidate in art history, discusses the Museum's 16th-century pilgrim bottle created by Orazio Fontana and explores the history of pilgrim bottles in the West and their reinterpretation as decorative domestic objects during the Renaissance. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to all.

November 08

Talk

Franklin D. Murphy Distinguished Alumni Lecture: The Yellow Brick Road to The Met: Reflections on Kansas, Art History, Then, and Now

5:15PM – 6:15PM
309 AUDITORIUM

Dr. Randall Griffey reflects on his tenure at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, key professional turning points that paved the way, and the roles of KU and Kansas on his journey. This lecture opens the symposium "Homecoming: Five Decades of American Art Studies at KU", organized in celebration of KU’s graduate program in American art history and honoring the career of Dr. Charles C. Eldredge, Hall Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Art and Culture. For details, visit https://arthistory.ku.edu/homecoming-symposium.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

November 09

Talk

Homecoming: Five Decades of American Art Studies at the University of Kansas, Session I

3:30PM – 5PM
KANSAS UNION, ALDERSON AUDITORIUM, 1301 JAYHAWK BLVD

This symposium celebrates KU’s nationally recognized graduate program in American art history and honors the career of Dr. Charles C. Eldredge, Hall Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Art and Culture, who retired in 2018 after 42 years at KU. Dr. Eldredge served as Director of the Spencer Museum of Art from 1971-82. Over 20 KU art history PhD alumni will present talks on their research in American art. The symposium continues on Saturday, November 10. For details, visit https://arthistory.ku.edu/homecoming-symposium

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History

November 09

Talk

Red Hot Graduate Research Graduate Edition

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

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together graduate students 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

Sponsored By: The Commons

November 09

Talk

Charles Eldredge: Action Figure on the Potomac

5:15PM – 6:15PM
KANSAS UNION, ALDERSON AUDITORIUM, 1301 JAYHAWK BLVD

This keynote lecture by Dr. Elizabeth C. Broun, director emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), focuses on Eldredge’s transformative leadership of that institution. Broun earned her PhD in art history at KU under Eldredge’s direction and succeeded him as director of the SAAM. Reception immediately following.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art

November 10

Talk

Homecoming: Five Decades of American Art Studies at the University of Kansas, Sessions II-V

8:30AM – 5PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, ROOM 211

More than 20 KU PhD alumni present their research at this symposium celebrating KU’s graduate program in American art history and honoring the career of Dr. Charles C. Eldredge, Hall Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Art and Culture. Lunch will be provided for all symposium attendees. For details and to register for Saturday’s sessions, visit http://arthistory.ku.edu/. Co-sponsored by the Kress Foundation Department of Art History

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History

November 16

Talk

Red Hot Research 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

November 18

Talk

Slow Art Sunday A Shipwreck

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

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 November, get to know "A Shipwreck" by Philip James de Loutherbourg.

December 13

Talk

Senior Session A Precious Historical Jewelry Collection

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LESTER "DUSTY" LOO GALLERY, 401

Curator Susan Earle discusses a sparkling new installation featuring Faberge jewelry, pill boxes, picture frames, miniature pendant eggs crafted in Russia, European cut steel necklaces, and Gothic revival bracelets. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to all.

December 16

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Medicine Buddha

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 December, get to know the "Medicine Buddha" from China.

December 30

Talk

Director's Tour Gifts to KU, Gifts to You

1PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Every year, Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy spends an afternoon in the galleries welcoming visitors and leading informal tours to celebrate the holiday season. This year's tour features works of art that have come as gifts to the Museum. Focusing on the motivations for gifting and their continued impact on creativity and education at KU, conversations will include the ways that gifts continue to contribute to what makes our university art museum a treasure for all. Tours take place from 1:00-2:00PM and 2:30-3:30PM and free refreshments are available before and after each tour. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own.