Events Calendar

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

August 25

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY STILL LIFE 02 - ORCHID

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY, 406

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. In August, get to know "Still Life 02 - Orchid" by Wu Chi-Tsung

September 06

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 56 CARE & WELL-BEING

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 current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one another during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

September 12

Talk

SENIOR SESSION KNOWLEDGES

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Spencer Curator Joey Orr discusses ways of knowing and understanding through four major works created by artists-in-residence for the exhibition knowledges. Areas of focus include data visualization, immigration, social histories, and the natural sciences. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

September 12

Talk

FRANKLIN D. MURPHY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LECTURE CLAUDIA BROWN

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

Claudia Brown’s research and teaching interests center on later Chinese painting and decorative arts, museums, and exhibitions. She serves on the art history faculty at Arizona State University and recently served a four-year term as director of the ASU Center for Asian Studies. Brown previously served as curator of Asian Art at the Phoenix Art Museum where she is a consultant research curator. Brown earned all three of her art history degrees from KU.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History

September 15

Talk

UP CLOSE: COMMON BONDS

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

Consider connections between art and literature in this talk about KU’s 7th annual Common Book and Common Work of Art program. Spencer Curator Kate Meyer shares how themes of social, racial, and economic inequity in this year’s book Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation resonate with works in the Museum’s collection. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

September 19

Talk

MEGAN RYE AND HALEY VELLINGA

5:30PM – 7PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY, 404

Korean-born, Minneapolis-based artist Megan Rye discusses her installation of 100 portraits of children adopted from overseas by American parents. Joining her in conversation about issues facing adoptees and adoptive families is Dr. Haley Vellinga.

September 20

Talk

RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH NO. 12

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

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together student scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

September 25

Talk

KENNETH A. SPENCER LECTURE JONNY SUN

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

Jonny Sun is the best-selling author and illustrator of “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” and the illustrator of “Gmorning, Gnight!” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is a writer for the sixth season of “BoJack Horseman,” and is writing a movie for 20th Century Fox. Tweeting as @jonnysun, he was named one of TIME Magazine's 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017. As a doctoral candidate at MIT, he studies social media, virtual place, and online community. His latest art installation, The Laughing Room, was exhibited at MIT in 2018 and TED in 2019. Recently, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2019, and is a 2019 TED Talks speaker. Jonny Sun's presentation will feature a talk and an on-stage interview with KU Associate Professor of Journalism, Yvonnes Chen, followed by a book-signing. Tickets are free and available here: https://www.universe.com/events/kenneth-a-spencer-lecture-jonny-sun-tickets-lawrence-4WYC0J.

Sponsored By: The Commons

September 26

Talk

SENIOR SESSION ART ON CAMPUS

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

Join Director Saralyn Reece Hardy to discover the history and role of art across the KU Lawrence campus. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

September 29

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.

October 10

Talk

SENIOR SESSION COMMON WORK OF ART

10:15AM – 11:15AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Learn about KU’s Common Book and Common Work of Art program, a campus-wide initiative to build community and foster shared experiences and intellectual engagement. Spencer Curator Kate Meyer discusses this year’s Common Work of Art and related works that complement themes in this year’s Common Book, Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

October 10

Talk

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY AN EVENING WITH REPRESENTATIVE SHARICE DAVIDS

6PM – 8PM
LIED CENTER OF KANSAS, 1600 STEWART DR

The University of Kansas is pleased to welcome Representative Sharice Davids to campus as part of our celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. When Rep. Davids was sworn in to the 116th Congress, she became one of the first two Native American women to serve in the United States Congress. An Army veteran, first-generation college student, lawyer, and former White House Fellow, Rep. Davids has dedicated her career to equity, advocacy, and economic and community development.

October 18

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 57 PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP

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 current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one another during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

October 20

Talk

UP CLOSE: KNOWLEDGES

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, SIMONS GALLERY, LONG ELLIS GALLERY

Delve into the exhibition knowledges with Spencer Curator Joey Orr and discover how works by four featured artists challenge and expand ideas about knowledge creation. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

October 24

Talk

SENIOR SESSION FOUNDLING

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

PhD candidate in art history and former Spencer intern Pinyan Zhu discusses Foundling, a series of 100 portraits of children adopted from overseas created by artist Megan Rye, and related works of art from the Museum’s collection. The exhibition prompts questions about the meanings of home and immigrants’ civil rights. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

October 27

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.

November 05

Talk

KNOWLEDGES COLLOQUIUM MONIQUE RENEE SCOTT: EXHIBITING AFRICA: ANTHROPOLOGY MUSEUMS AND THE PERISTENT WESTERN IMAGINATION

3:30PM – 5PM
HALL CENTER FOR THE HUMANITIES CONFERENCE HALL, 900 SUNNYSIDE AVE

Museums have long reduced Africa to a seemingly static, dark, and dusty prehistory. Through the pernicious lens of early race science, many African people were bestialized in the Western imagination, and this stigmatization has left persistent residues in museums as well as in popular culture and national politics. This talk rethinks the representation of race in museums and our national monuments to combat anti-Black racism, reimagining new possibilities for people of the African Diaspora. Registration for the colloquium is free: https://deptsec.ku.edu/~spencerart/forms/form/22

November 06

Talk

KNOWLEDGES COLLOQUIUM SARAH HUNT LECTURE

9AM – 10:30AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, AUDITORIUM, 309

Sarah Hunt is professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She will be giving the inaugural lecture for the IARI knowledges colloquium. Registration for the colloquium is free: https://deptsec.ku.edu/~spencerart/forms/form/22

November 06

Talk

KNOWLEDGES COLLOQUIUM DANIELLE RONEY AND ANDREW S. YANG: ARTISTS AND RESEARCHERS TALK

11AM – 12:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Exhibiting artists in knowledges will be in conversation with researchers working in the same field to discuss how different methods reveal different opportunities and challenges. Registration for the colloquium is free: https://deptsec.ku.edu/~spencerart/forms/form/22

November 06

Talk

KNOWLEDGES COLLOQUIUM ASSAF EVRON AND FATIMAH TUGGAR: ARTISTS AND RESEARCHERS TALK

2PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Exhibiting artists in knowledges will be in conversation with researchers working in the same field to discuss how different methods reveal different opportunities and challenges. Registration for the colloquium is free: https://deptsec.ku.edu/~spencerart/forms/form/22

November 06

Talk

KNOWLEDGES COLLOQUIUM RON MORRISSON: BLACK GEOGRAPHIES + THE POLITICS OF DATA

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

Artist and designer Ron Morrison discusses mapping strategies. Registration for the colloquium is free: https://deptsec.ku.edu/~spencerart/forms/form/22

November 07

Talk

KNOWLEDGES COLLOQUIUM, A2RU WHITENESS: WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

10AM – 11:30AM
KANSAS UNION, WOODRUFF AUDITORIUM

This keynote by visual culture scholar Nicholas Mirzoeff investigates whether art spaces can serve as sites to decenter whiteness and stimulate social justice. In the context of highly visible social symbols, such as colonial monuments and border walls, Mirzoeff prompts us to consider how we can understand and engage with issues of race, hierarchy, and political power. He urges white people to recognize their complicity within current power structures, and asks: What can white people and predominantly white institutions do to foster mutual and productive exchange?

November 14

Talk

SENIOR SESSION JAPANESE PAPER AS OBJECT AND TOOL IN ART CONSERVATION

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

Join Associate Conservator Jacinta Johnson for a discussion about the treatment of the iconic Japanese woodblock print The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. Johnson will share how Japanese paper is made and discuss its important role in the field of art conservation. Senior Sessions are designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

November 15

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 58 ANTHROPOCENE

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 current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one another during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

November 16

Talk

UP CLOSE FOUNDLING

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

Experience the exhibition Foundling through the eyes of PhD candidate in art history and former Spencer intern Pinyan Zhu. Foundling features 100 portraits of children adopted by American parents by artist Megan Rye and explores ideas about home and immigrants’ rights. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

November 22

Talk

RED HOT GRADUATE RESEARCH NO. 13

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

Red Hot Graduate Research brings together student scholars from different disciplines to deliver six-minute flash presentations about current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one other during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

November 24

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

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.

December 06

Talk

RED HOT RESEARCH NO. 59 ACROSS BORDERS

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 current research. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and one another during breaks.

Sponsored By: The Commons

December 29

Talk

DIRECTOR’S HOLIDAY TOUR

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

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. Tours are offered at 1:00PM and 2:30PM. Join us and make this Spencer Museum tradition your own.