Events Calendar

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

January 24

Talk

KENNETH A. SPENCER LECTURE JOSE ANTONIO VARGAS

7PM – 8:30PM
LIBERTY HALL, 644 MASSACHUSETTS ST

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, Jose Antonio Vargas shares his own story and the struggles of countless other undocumented immigrants in America to explore one of the most divisive questions facing our country today: how do you define “American”? Vargas is a founder and chief executive officer of Define American, the nation’s leading nonprofit media organization that fights injustice and anti-immigrant hate through the power of storytelling. A book-signing for his new memoir "Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen" (HarperCollins, 2018) follows the program. Reserve free tickets at www.thecommons.ku.edu. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: The Commons

January 27

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY JULY

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. For January, get to know "July" by Fairfield Porter. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

January 29

Talk

KU COMMON BOOK: CREATE DANGEROUSLY

3:30PM – 4:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY, 406

This program is primarily geared towards new, mid-year students, but the University community is welcome to join us and explore ideas about art and exile in the 2018-19 KU Common Book "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work" by Edwidge Danticat and through the KU Common Work of Art "Marie Laveau" by Ulrick Jean-Pierre. The program is designed for those students and faculty who were not able to participate in fall discussions and for those who want to carry-on the conversations that began in the fall. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Office of First-Year Experience

February 15

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

February 21

Talk

VISUALIZING PLACE: A CONVERSATION WITH VISITING ARTISTS FEATURED IN THE POWER OF PLACE

10:30AM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Moderated by Curator Susan Earle, these are the first two in a series of dialogues with artists featured in the exhibition "The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists." The first dialogue takes place from 10:30 to noon. The second dialogue takes place from 1:30 to 3:00. Participating artists include Gina Adams, Cris Bruch, Rena Detrixhe, Terry Evans, Emily Hanako Momohara, John L Newman, and Catherine Reinhart. Please check back for additional artists. Join us for the third and final dialogue on Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30PM. These programs are qualifying events for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

February 24

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM

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. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

February 28

Talk

READ ACROSS LAWRENCE BOOK DISCUSSION AND TOUR: SOURDOUGH

5:30PM – 6:45PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Join staff from the Lawrence Public Library and Spencer Museum to explore ideas in this year’s Read Across Lawrence book, "Sourdough" by Robin Sloan, through works of art on view in the galleries, then continue the conversation over complimentary soup and sourdough. Call 785.864.0126 or email aduke@ku.edu to RSVP or request an alternate date to bring your own book club. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

March 01

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

March 02

Talk

UP CLOSE CAMOUFLAGE AND OTHER HIDDEN TREASURES FROM THE ERIC GUSTAV CARLSON WWI COLLECTION

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408

Get to know the history of the Eric Gustav Carlson WWI Collection and explore the surprising selection of works concerning camouflage with Curator Steve Goddard. 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

March 14

Talk

SENIOR SESSION WORLD WAR I IN ART AND SONG

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

Neal Long, DMA candidate in vocal performance and Spencer Museum tour coordinator, illuminates the art of World War I on view with a recital of wartime songs. 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 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 27

Talk

PLACE AS PORTAL: A CONVERSION 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, and Stephen Johnson. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History

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 31

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM

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. This is a qualifying program for students pursuing an Arts Engagement certificate.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

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 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 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 28

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM

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. 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 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.

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.