Events Calendar

Events are virtual and free unless otherwise noted. The Museum is committed to accessibility for all visitors. Our efforts are ongoing. To request an accommodation for an upcoming event, please contact the Museum in advance at spencerart@ku.edu or 785.864.4710.

April 22

Talk

SPOTLIGHT ON CARE EARTH DAY, EARTH LESSONS: PRAIRIE DIVINATION AS CLIMATE COUNSELING

11AM – 12PM
Register here to join us via Zoom: kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkceyrrT8tH90G7MVJ4Zg68DeRfgt…

How might thinking with plants and animals allow us a different lens through which to see our present world and histories—and help to imagine futures? What do we learn when we seek alternative sources of wisdom, ones that resist narratives of productivity, accumulation, and disposability? How can we practice listening to our intuition, to our own heart? This session will explore and inspire the cultivation of personal and creative practices that deepen our relationships with the more-than-human persons who live with and around us. We’ll explore possibilities for collaboration through a look at the prairie divination project, a brief introduction to divination, as well as a shared practice. Led by poet and associate professor of English, Megan Kaminski.

Sponsored By: The Commons, IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, The Spencer Museum of Art

April 26

Talk

TENDING TO THE BODY

4PM – 5PM
Access the livestream at spencerart.ku.edu/iari/inquiries/tending-to-the-body

Join a conversation among artists and researchers about how to better understand and connect to our bodies through multiple perspectives. The event features MacArthur Fellows Janine Antoni, who has explored the body through sculpture, movement, and photography; and John Rich, whose work in public health focuses on violence toward African American men. They will be joined in conversation by artists Ingrid Bachmann and Dario Robleto, whose work is featured in the Museum’s exhibition “Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body.” This event is part of the Museum’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative inquiry for 2020–2021.

Sponsored By: Integrated Arts Research Initiative (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation), Spencer Museum of Art

April 27

Talk

FRANKLIN D. MURPHY LECTURE SERIES DALI'S DREAM OF VENUS: SEX, SURREALISM, AND EUGENICS AT THE 1939 NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR

7PM – 8:30PM
Join us via YouTube youtube.com/channel/UCRJOPyODK_5UQpxza7HBAjg

Join art historian Keri Watson (University of Central Florida) for a discussion of Salvador Dalí’s pavilion “Dream of Venus” in the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The 2020–2021 Murphy Lecture Series “Intersections of Identity” series seeks to amplify the voices of scholars and artists whose work explores individual and collective identities as those intersect with notions of the body, dis/ability, gender, heritage, and race.

Sponsored By: Franklin Murphy Lecture Fund of the Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art, KU Department of Visual Art, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Public Library, Raven Bookstore, BLACK Lawrence

April 29

Talk

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: HEALING THE BODY THROUGH ART AND OPERA

6PM – 7:15PM
Register to join us via Zoom: kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvc-isqTsjHtQJn3Oc1v36KJzg70s…

This community conversation explores themes in the operas “Snow Angel” and “As One” as they relate to ideas in the Spencer Museum’s exhibition “Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body.” You can stream a performance of these operas for free on April 27 from 7:30-10PM CST at at https://vimeo.com/509026820. Panelists include opera co-directors Neal Long and Lily DeSett, composer Bonnie McLarty, KU Orchestra conductor Carolyn Watson, KU Associate Professor of Law Kyle Velte, and artist Dylan Mortimer. The event will include excerpts from both operas and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

Sponsored By: KU School of Music, Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art

May 01

Talk

BODY MATTERS A CONVERSATION WITH ARTISTS ANDREW CARNIE, JUAN JOSÉ CASTAÑO-MÁRQUEZ, MARY ANNE JORDAN, NAZANIN AMIRI MEERS, AND SYDNEY PURSEL

11AM – 12:15PM
Register to join us via Zoom: kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvcO6gqT8iEtbXl3acx5FgdMmgxdK…

Moderated by Curator Cassandra Mesick Braun, this is the fourth in a series of conversations with artists in the exhibition "Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body." This final session will focus on artist Andrew Carnie's collaborative work with four regional artists that examines the non-medical effects of organ transplants and explores notions of anonymity, consent, and responsibility. In the first half, the artists introduce their work. In the second half, we invite you to join the conversation. To experience the exhibition before it closes on May 16, make a reservation to visit the galleries at https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/plan-your-visit#reservation or explore the virtual version at https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/virtual-exhibition/healing-knowing-seeing-body. This event includes live closed captions in English.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 06

Talk

SPOTLIGHT ON CARE ART & WELL-BEING

11AM – 12PM
Register here to join us via Zoom: kansas.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkceyrrT8tH90G7MVJ4Zg68DeRfgt…

Casey Mesick Braun (Curator of Global Indigenous Art at the Spencer Museum of Art), and Cara Weeks Neuburger (ATR, LCPC at Sunflower Art Therapy), will co-facilitate a session that explores how art can promote well-being, adaptability, and self-care. Casey will lead a slow exploration of a newly commissioned artwork currently on view in the exhibition Healing, Knowing, Seeing the Body at the Spencer Museum of Art, offering an opportunity for pause, reflection, and contemplation. Cara will then guide us through an art-making activity to promote creative ways for self-care. No special materials are required.

Sponsored By: The Commons, the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, and the Spencer Museum of Art;