Events Calendar

Events are free and take place in a variety of locations and formats. 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.

February 03

Talk

FRANKLIN D. MURPHY LECTURE SERIES - INTERSECTIONS OF IDENTITY: EXPRESSION, EXCHANGE, AND HYBRIDITY THINKING THROUGH COLOR: F.N. SOUZA'S BLACK PAINTINGS WITH DR. ATREYEE GUPTA

7PM – 8:30PM
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What constitutes identity and how do people navigate, form, and reform their sense of self? How can the study of art and its history help us to consider the diverse identities expressed by visual culture and its creators? Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art Atreyee Gupta (University of California Berkeley) explores these questions and more. This 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: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art, Department of Visual Art

February 11

Talk

FRANKLIN D. MURPHY LECTURE SERIES RETHINKING GUO XI’S “MOUNTAINS HAVE THREE DISTANCES” WITH DR. ALFREDA MURCK

5:30PM – 7PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm 211, 1301 Mississippi St

The “Three Distances” concept in landscape painting was first described in “Lofty Message of Forest and Streams,” a text attributed to the 11th-century painter Guo Xi. Alfreda Murck, historian of Chinese visual culture currently teaching at Columbia University, explores why Northern Song painters used “level” distance, as well as the wide range of meanings that different distances provide.

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

March 10

Talk

FRANKLIN D. MURPHY LECTURE SERIES - INTERSECTIONS OF IDENTITY: EXPRESSION, EXCHANGE, AND HYBRIDITY BLUE LIKE ME: THE ART OF SIONA BENJAMIN

7PM – 8:30PM
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What constitutes identity and how do people navigate, form, and reform their sense of self? How can the study of art and its history help us to consider the diverse identities expressed by visual culture and its creators? NYC based artist, speaker, and educator explores these questions and more. This 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: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art, Department of Visual Art

March 24

Talk

SENIOR SESSION PASSPORT TO ART

10:15AM – 11:15AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Brosseau Learning Center, 318, Dolph Simons Family Gallery, 316

Journey to Germany and France with Spencer Museum Intern Sara Johnson to consider two of the Spencer’s paintings in a new way using Google Earth software. Explore how this technology can help researchers learn more about the real locations of landscape paintings. Senior sessions are designed for older adults but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 14

Talk

FRANKLIN D. MURPHY LECTURE SERIES - INTERSECTIONS OF IDENTITY: EXPRESSION, EXCHANGE, AND HYBRIDITY LAURA KINA

7PM – 8:30PM
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What constitutes identity and how do people navigate, form, and reform their sense of self? How can the study of art and its history help us to consider the diverse identities expressed by visual culture and its creators? Vincent de Paul Professor of Art, Media, & Design; Director of Critical Ethnic Studies Laura Kina explores these questions and more. This 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: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Spencer Museum of Art, Department of Visual Art

April 28

Talk

SENIOR SESSION AMAZING ART COLLECTIONS AT THE SPENCER

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Dolph Simons Family Gallery, 316

Spencer Curator Susan Earle discusses transformative gifts of art to the Spencer’s collection, focusing on objects from the recent Perkins Collection gift that are featured in the exhibition Debut. Senior sessions are designed for older adults but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 26

Talk

SENIOR SESSION THE LEOPARD HUNT AND RELATED TAPESTRIES

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Brosseau Learning Center, 318

Embrace the Renaissance love of collecting and the pursuit of knowledge through a richly woven tapestry in the Museum’s collection. Spencer Intern Sadie Arft unravels the density of details within The Leopard Hunt, from architecture and ruins to plants, animals, and figures, and discusses other examples of hunting and game park tapestries like the Met’s famed Hunt for the Unicorn. Senior sessions are designed for older adults but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art