Events Calendar

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

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.