Events Calendar

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

February 27

Talk

They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. With Big Lucks, Hanif released a limited edition chapbook, Vintage Sadness, in Summer 2017. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow and previously worked for MTV News, where he wrote about the intersections of music, culture, and identity. Hanif also wrote the 2016 live shows: MTV Video Music Awards and VH1’s Unsilent Night. His first full length collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was one of 2016's best-selling poetry books and was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book prize. Hanif's debut collection of essays titled, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was published in November 2017 via Two Dollar Radio. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve L. Ewing. Reserve tickets at: https://www.universe.com/events/hanif-abdurraqib-reading-signing-tickets-lawrence-FLH123?ref=uniiverse-transactional_emailer-host_posted_listing

Sponsored By: Department of English, Department of American Studies, Department of African and African-American Studies, Hall Center for the Humanities, The Commons, Raven Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Langston Hughes Center

March 02

Talk

Red Hot Research People, Land, Power

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different 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

March 04

Talk

Power Clashing

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

See the exhibition Power Clashing through the eyes of guest curator and history of art PhD candidate Samantha Lyons and discover how contemporary artists employ clothing and collage to construct identities and convey diverse cultural meanings. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

March 06

Talk

Visiting Artist Lecture Series Eco-Art

3PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Delve into the genre of Eco-Art with visiting artist Linda Weintraub. This informal talk introduces Weintraub’s practices as an ecologically responsible artist and opens her week-long visit to KU that includes an exhibition at the Student Union Activities Gallery and a series of interactive art workshops.

Sponsored By: Department of Visual Art, Environmental Studies, The Commons, KU Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, The Land Institute/Ecosphere Studies, Center for Sustainability, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office/School of the Arts, Student Union Activities Gallery, Student Senate, Department of Geology/Earth Energy and Environment Center

March 06

Talk

An Evening with Alexandra Bell

5:30PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Alexandra Bell turns her practices of editing and commenting on racial bias found in her daily newspaper into large-scale, public murals. Her murals have addressed such topics as the death of Michael Brown, gender bias in sports reporting, and the recent violence in Charlottesville. Bell delivers this lecture in conversation with KU's 2017-2018 Common Book, Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art, Office of First Year Experience, and other campus partners

March 08

Talk

Senior Session Race, Gender, and the “Decorative” in 20th- Century African Art: Re-imagining Boundaries

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

Sallie Casey Thayer’s gift of her collection to KU in 1917 largely excluded African art. The exhibition Race, Gender, and the “Decorative” in 20th-Century African Art seeks to rectify this omission by displaying African artworks contemporary with Thayer’s gift. Co-curator and KU Assistant Professor in African and African-American Studies Jessica Gerschultz presents this talk. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

March 15

Talk

Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series Blood, Tar, and Sharpies: Memorial Mania and the Materiality
of Cultural Vandalism

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

When memorials, monuments, and other forms of public art are deemed reprehensible, oppressive, or intolerable, they may become targets of cultural vandalism. Visiting scholar Erika Doss (American Studies, University of Notre Dame) considers the materials used to deface and destroy public art and what these acts suggest about dissent in contemporary America.

Sponsored By: Kress Department of Art History, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art

March 22

Talk

Senior Session A Coat of Many Colors: Central Asian Ikat Garments

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

Join the Museum’s affiliate research curator Mary Dusenbury for a discussion about a 19th century ikat coat from Bukhara and several 21st century Central Asian ikat textiles, and the trajectory between them, as well as contemporary production of these boldly patterned and colorful textiles. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

March 27

Talk

Big Botany Lecture Series What a Plant Knows

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

The opening of the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World and the associated symposium and lecture series begins with a keynote by renowned biologist Dr. Daniel Chamovitz (Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University.) Illuminating the science and romance of plant biology and demonstrating how plants are acutely aware of the world around them, Dr. Chamovitz’s investigations lead to the question, how similar are we to plants?

March 28

Talk

Big Botany

10AM – 5PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World, this interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars and researchers to share their work on plant studies. Details and registration will be available on the Museum’s website in early February.

March 29

Talk

Above Ground: Young Feminist Activists in China

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

This lecture by renowned Chinese feminist activist Lu Pin explores the public activism of Young Feminist Activist in China since 2012 that is documented in the accompanying exhibition Above Ground–40 Moments of Transformation.

Sponsored By: The Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas; The Department of History, University of Kansas; The Department of East Asian Languages & Culture, University of Kansas; The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

March 30

Talk

Red Hot Research Graduate Edition

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different 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. This session features graduate student research.

Sponsored By: The Commons

April 06

Talk

Red Hot Research Fear & Response

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different 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. This edition of Red Hot Research connects to the ongoing public art project Pledges of Allegiance.

April 08

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Zen Temple of Techno

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAMUEL H. KRESS FOUNDATION GALLERY, 407

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 Zen Temple of Techno by Du Kun.

April 11

Talk

Big Botany Lecture Series PLANT-CAPITAL: Objectification and Agency in a Consumerist World

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

New conceptions of vegetal life are emerging. Groundbreaking scientific research and new philosophical perspectives are raising botanical challenges to our anthropocentric cultural background assumptions. As climate change threatens all forms of life on the planet, considering ecological interconnectedness and human/plant relationships from new perspectives is essential to addressing urgent issues of mutual sustainability. Through a discussion of contemporary artworks, Giovanni Aloi (Art History, Theory, and Criticism; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and editor-in-chief, Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture) maps the paradoxes and contradictions that characterize our relationships with plants as defined by capitalism.

April 12

Talk

Senior Session Crimes Against Art

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

Professor Ann Wiklund discusses issues of theft, forgery, and the destruction of art and architecture that abound from antiquity to the modern world. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

April 22

Talk

Up Close Big Botany

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, 408, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, H.W. (BILL) AND MARYNELL D. REECE MEMORIAL PLAZA

Explore the exhibition Big Botany: Conversations with the Plant World with curator Stephen Goddard and discover how artists untangle humankind’s historic, contemporary, and future relationships with the plant kingdom.

April 26

Talk

Senior Session Two Robed Women: LaMonte's glass Chado and a painted Mrs.Pelham

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

Explore the pairing of Karen LaMonte’s Chado sculpture with an alluring and highly unusual painted portrait of a woman with Susan Earle, curator of European and American art. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

April 27

Talk

Red Hot Research Science & Fiction

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

Red Hot Research brings together scholars from different 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

May 02

Talk

Big Botany Lecture Series Inside Big Botany

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Ground-breaking philosopher Timothy Morton (Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, Rice University) fuses the arts, humanities, and scientific scholarship to radically reconceptualize humankind’s relationship with the natural world. Morton introduces his concept of hyperobjects—entities of vast temporal and spatial dimensions, like the phenomena of climate change—and how they imply powerful consequences for how we understand and relate to them. Blown up as if in a gigantic microscope, hyperobjects reveal the paradoxical qualities of things in general, which are well exemplified by what we’re calling Big Botany and the human place within it.

May 10

Talk

Senior Session Mary Huntoon

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

Join Museum docent Sharyn Brooks Katzman for a discussion about Topeka’s own Renaissance woman, Mary Huntoon. Learn about her life and work as a painter, printmaker, art therapist, author, administrator, and teacher. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

May 20

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Metamorphoses

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. In May, get to know Metamorphoses by Wenda Gu.

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.