Events Calendar

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

September 28

Talk

Senior Session Separate and Not Equal: A History of Race and Education in America

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 408, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY

Curator of Global Indigenous Art Cassandra Mesick-Braun uses works of art and visual culture to explore the U.S. history of racial disparity in education during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

October 12

Talk

Senior Session Heroic Legacies: How two armored Heraldic Figures embody Lineage and Memory in the Northern Renaissance

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

Chassica Kirchoff, PhD candidate in the Kress Department of Art History, discusses two bearded figures in the Museum’s collection that once guarded the tomb of a wealthy couple from the Belgian city of Leuven. Her talk explores the ways that these 16th-century sculptures and the tomb they once adorned proclaimed their patrons’ identities and tied them to illustrious classical and medieval pasts, as well as to the courtly fashions of their time. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

October 26

Talk

Senior Session Lilla Cabot Perry in Japan

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

Sara Anne Stepp, a PhD student in the Kress Department of Art History, discusses American Impressionist Lilla Cabot Perry’s three years in Japan and the impact of her travels on her later work. The talk highlights Young Caretaker, a painting in the Spencer’s collection created during Perry’s time in Japan. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

November 09

Talk

Senior Session Around the Cake: A Visual Confection by Wayne Thiebaud

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

Lauren R. Erickson, interim director for KU Marketing Communications, discusses Wayne Thiebaud’s delectable painting Around the Cake. Her talk considers the painting’s cultural context, including issues of domesticity, women's roles in mid-century homes, and American tastes for consumer culture whipped into its white-frosted layers. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

December 14

Talk

Senior Session Civic Leader and Art Collector: Sallie Casey Thayer and an Art Museum for KU

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

A hundred years ago, Kansas City philanthropist Sallie Casey Thayer donated her extensive collection to the KU, forming the basis for what is today the Spencer Museum of Art’s collection. Celka Straughn, Director of Academic Programs, discusses this eclectic collection, from Japanese prints and American paintings to sumptuous textiles, ancient artifacts, and even valentines. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art