Activity Science, Art, Optics & Illusion

02/04/2015 | 3:30–4:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Create your own camera obscura as you explore the science of art, optics, and illusion. Presented in conjunction with the 2015 Read Across Lawrence for Kids book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. For ages 7-11.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Art Detectives and Thieves

02/14/2015 | 3:00–4:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Be a super sleuth and find clues to uncover the secret stories of art! Presented in conjunction with the 2015 Read Across Lawrence for Kids 2015 book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. For ages 7-11.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Saturday Art Adventure Containing Collections

04/25/2015 | 10:30–11:30am

The Panorama, Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd

Join SMA instructor Rachel Brown and travel to KU’s Natural History Museum. We will explore museum objects that were once part of personal collections, and then create your own traveling trunk for collecting. Ideal for children ages 5-8 and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Reception Book Release: Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia

05/12/2015 | 5:30–7:00pm

The Commons

A volume of scholarly essays published this spring by the Spencer Museum and Yale University Press is the first inclusive study of color in East Asia. Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia, a project of the Spencer’s Arts Research Collaboration initiative, comprises groundbreaking scholarship and a stunning array of images. Editor Mary M. Dusenbury, Spencer Museum research curator, will give a brief talk about the development of this interdisciplinary project and sign copies of the book. Dusenbury was awarded a Seed Grant from The Commons in 2010. This event is by invitation only; to learn more about the publication and request an invitation, please email rblocksome@ku.edu. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program.

Sponsored by: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The Mirror with a Memory: Daguerreotype in Nineteenth Century America

05/14/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Friess leads the discussion. Join us at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence for this Spencer Museum At Large program.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Hybrid Practices in the Arts, Sciences, and Technology from the 1960s to Today Hybrid Practices Colloquium

05/14/2015 | 2:30–5:00pm

The Commons

The Arts Research Collaboration initiative (ARC) at the Spencer Museum of Art continues its investigation of collaborative research bridging the arts and sciences with a colloquium follow-up to the Museum’s recent international conference. The colloquium begins at 2:30 pm with a talk by Shepherd Steiner, assistant professor of contemporary art history and theory in the School of Art, University of Manitoba, Canada, which examines the notion of scientific objectivity in the work of German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. At 4:00 pm the program continues with a roundtable on hybrid research practices moderated by Steiner, KU Professor of Art History David Cateforis, and ARC Researcher Steven Duval. The Hybrid Practices project is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the KU Research Investment Council. The colloquium is free and open to the public, and will be livestreamed at http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices/. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session Tea

05/28/2015 | 9:30–10:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Celebrate 10 years of the SMA Senior Session program. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program.

Sponsored by: Brandon Woods, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session What Makes that Art?!

05/28/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone. David Cateforis, KU professor of American and modern and contemporary art, will address the question "What makes that art?" Join us at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at 1515 St. Andrews Drive in Lawrence for this Spencer Museum At Large program.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Activity Summer Reading Kickoff: Every Hero Has a Story! Summer Reading Kickoff: Every Hero Has a Story!

05/30/2015 | 10:00–12:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

It’s Summer Reading time! Join us on the library lawn and Vermont St as we kickoff the summer with a party featuring community partners, games, crafts, and snacks!

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library


Saturday Art Adventure Splat!

06/06/2015 | 10:30–11:30am

SMA instructor Scott Barber will lead this class on abstract art. Create your own splatter painting to take home. Ideal for children ages 5-8 and their grown-ups. No registration necessary. This class will take place on the plaza located on the west side of the Kansas Union, just across the street from the Spencer Museum of Art. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Student Union Activities


Activity Exploratorium: Art Heroes

06/08/2015 | 2:00–3:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Artists know how to make every day extraordinary! The Spencer Museum of Art will join us to talk about art and artists who are powerful. An Exploratorium program for 7-11 year olds at the Lawrence Public Library. Register at 843-3833. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program. You can also pick up our new hero-inspired Spencer Museum of Art Collection Cards at the event.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Art Cart The Art of the Book

06/13/2015 | 1:30–4:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection. Today, learn about bookmaking and illustration and create your own handmade book. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program. You can also pick up our new hero-inspired Spencer Museum of Art Collection Cards at the event.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Public Library


Free State Festival KU Research: Speed Dating Edition

06/22/2015 | 6:30–8:30pm

Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania

Bring your curiosity for a night of rapid research conversations with KU experts. Participants at this event will have 10 minutes each round to get a snapshot of each researcher’s area of expertise, ask questions and move to the next table - and the next topic. Meet a librarian who knows all about bumper sticker culture and a science fiction writer who also happens to be an amateur astronomer and back-yard engineer. Talk to a herpetologist who just returned from studying reptiles in Madagascar, an anthropologist who knows about Neanderthals and their jewelry, plus a curator of art who seeks marriages of art to physics, religious studies, history and psychology. Round out the evening with a scientist who studies brain-computer interfaces, and an expert in technology that helps people who have speech-language disorders. Beer, wine and appetizers provided. Experts include: Whitney Baker, Kate Meyer, David W. Frayer, Richard Glor, Chris McKitterick, Sara H. Sack and Jonathan Brumberg. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance at http://bit.ly/1LYsgJq or at the door, pending availibility. Presented in partnership with Nerd Nite Lawrence.

Sponsored by: The University of Kansas: Life Span Institute, KU Libraries, KU Biodiversity Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Free State Festival The NuPenny Home Office

06/27/2015 | 9:00–5:00pm

Artist Randy Regier, hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art, will work from The NuPenny Home Office outside the Lawrence Arts Center from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, June 27. The improvised office space, reminiscent of a bygone era, will intrigue visitors by conjuring hazy memories through the almost-but not quite-familiar sights and sounds of yesteryear. Passersby will have the opportunity to interact with Regier, who will draw maps to the art installation NuPenny’s Last Stand, a toy store located in an unexpected place somewhere in Lawrence…

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Art Cart Constructing Characters

07/25/2015 | 1:30–4:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection. Today, learn about characters from around the world and create your own from clay or decorative paper. This is a Spencer Museum At Large program. You can also pick up our new hero-inspired Spencer Museum of Art Collection Cards at the event.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Public Library


Activity Final Friday

07/31/2015 | 6:00–8:00pm

Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 E 9th Street

The Spencer Museum of Art teams up with Lawrence Creates Makerspace for a special Final Fridays edition of the Art Cart for adults.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Creates Makerspace, Spencer Museum of Art,


Hawk Week Create Your Space

08/26/2015 | 11:00–1:00pm

Daisy Hill Commons, 1620 Engel Rd

Whether you are moving into a new space in the residence halls or just readying yourself for new opportunities, you can find your place through art. KU students are invited to collect posters and postcards from the Spencer Museum of Art and participate in art-making activities. There will also be KU trivia and prizes.

Sponsored by: Spencer Student Advisory Board, KU Housing, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

08/31/2015 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. In August, learn about basketry.

Sponsored by: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The Reconstruction of an Italian Renaissance Tempera Painting

09/10/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

This session explores the working methods of Early Italian tempera painters through the process of creating a small-scale reconstruction of a 15th-century Italian egg tempera painting. Celka Straughn, SMA director of academic programs, will share the reconstruction she made during a five-day, hands-on technical art history workshop sponsored by the Kress Foundation. This series of informal talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Lecture Rohini Devasher

09/10/2015 | 5:30–7:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Delhi-based artist Rohini Devasher discusses her multi-disciplinary practice, which explores the interface between science and the visual arts. In late 2016, Devasher will return to the Spencer Museum to complete a commission for the exhibition Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia.

Sponsored by: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Artful Conversations

09/12/2015 | 11:00–11:30am

The Merc Co-op, 901 Iowa

Join Spencer staff for an art-making activity related to health and wellbeing during this day-long celebration of the Merc Co-op’s Grand Reveal. Take a fresh new look at The Merc while enjoying outdoor grilling, live music, bounce house, meeting alpacas from a local farm, and more.

Sponsored by: The Merc Co-op


Art Cart Bead Blitz

09/12/2015 | 1:30–4:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Learn about beaded jewelry from Africa in our Classroom Collection and create a beaded treasure of your own. The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Performance Naaxiin Textiles: Evelyn Vanderhoop, accompanied by Delores Churchill and Gloria Burns

09/15/2015 | 7:00–8:30pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Haida artist Evelyn Vanderhoop speaks about an indigenous weaving tradition of the Pacific Northwest Coast, followed by a formal unveiling and traditional dancing of a naaxiin robe. Basket maker Delores Churchill joins the performance wearing another of Vanderhoop’s robes, and Gloria Burns accompanies with Haida drumming and singing.

Sponsored by: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art


Print Week The Once and Future Print Room

09/16/2015 | 6:00–7:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Did you know there are Rembrandts in your midst? Spencer Museum of Art Curators Steve Goddard and Kate Meyer discuss the rich history of the Spencer Museum’s print collection and reveal a few details about the renovations underway at the Museum including new and improved access to the print collection. Highlights range from the founding gift from Sallie Casey Thayer to art from the Works Progress Administration, the Max Kade Collection of old master prints, the Gene Swenson Collection of Pop Art, gifts from the Warhol Foundation, and a recent gift of World War One prints. This program is presented in conjunction with Print Week.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Arts Center, Wonder Fair, Department of Visual Art, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Backyard Bash

09/19/2015 | 4:00–7:00pm

Marvin Grove

Kick back with your friends and neighbors in the biggest backyard on campus-historic Marvin Grove behind the Spencer Museum of Art. Celebrate our surroundings with an afternoon of fun for all ages! Bring a blanket and stretch out in the grove to enjoy live music by A la Poupée & the Chine-Collés, Beep Goes the Weasel, and CS Luxem. Take part in a variety of art and science activities: marvel at giant bubbles, play yard games, explore the art of relief printing, make your own collage masterpiece, and set off on an art and science trek through the Grove. Enjoy free snacks or pack your own picnic. Learn about the Museum's renovations and earn a free prize. Free parking available behind the Museum.

Sponsored by: Natural History Museum, KU Print Club, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The Unveiling of Persian Architecture

09/24/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Nilou Vakil, lecturer in the Department of Architecture, traces the roots of contemporary Iranian architecture from the height of the Persian Empire to present day and explores issues of cultural identity, political transformation, and globalization.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series Word as Image: Chinese Calligraphy in Modern and Contemporary Art

09/24/2015 | 5:15–6:15pm

Department of Art History, Room 211, Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St

Zaixin Hong, professor of art at the University of Puget Sound, considers the language of Chinese art history as inseperable from calligraphic writing. In his Writing and the Ancient State: Early China in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge, 2014), Haicheng Wang observes that writing--the most important profession in the early civilizations--is a universal phenomenon. However, in the Western narrative of world art, word as image has yet to become acknowledged among the major art practices worldwide. Before and after the European concept of “fine art” (which excluded calligraphy and seal-engraving) was introduced to China in 1897, Chinese artists took various approaches to reexamining the word-image relation in their art innovation. In so doing, calligraphy in modern and contemporary art not only contributes to modernizing the extant Chinese cultural heritage, but also to revealing universal significance of non-representational visual tradition in the history of world art from its beginning to our times.

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


Slow Art Sunday

09/27/2015 | 2:00–3:00pm

Smith Hall, 1300 Oread Ave

NEW DATE: Slow down and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sundays features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with SMA staff. Get to know "Moses" by Elden Tefft on the grounds of Smith Hall.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Art Cart Days Gone By

10/03/2015 | 1:30–4:30pm

Marvin Grove

Create a diorama filled with your favorite things and wildest dreams. The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. Meet at the west entrance of the Museum. Free parking is available behind the Museum. In the event of inclement weather please check the Museum website for cancellations.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Lecture Art History on the Rocks: Thomas Hart Benton and Bourbon

10/06/2015 | 7:00–8:30pm

Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St

On December 24, 1934, a self-portrait of painter Thomas Hart Benton graced the cover of TIME magazine. He became the most famous artist in America, as notorious for his hard-drinking and ramblings in the backwoods country of Missouri as his virile and uncompromising paintings of the “U.S. Scene.” The same year, Benton painted the Spencer Museum of Art’s iconic painting, The Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley. Join Spencer Museum Curator Kate Meyer for drinks and a discussion about the painting and the legend who produced it. This series of immersive introductory courses pairs art and libations. Space is limited. Enrollment is $20 per person and includes one drink and light hors d’oeuvres. Register at http://bit.ly/1MAIMln. Email fam@ku.edu or call 785.864.4710 for additional information.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The Gilded Age in American Art

10/08/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Susan Earle, Spencer curator of European and American Art, discusses late nineteenth-century America when ambitious artists tried imitating their European peers. Learn what made the work of Winslow Homer, Thomas Wilmer Dewing, and John Singer Sargent among others, so dazzling. This series of informal talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Slow Art Sunday

10/18/2015 | 2:00–3:00pm

Marvin Grove

Slow down and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sundays feature one work for visitors to contemplate and discuss with Spencer staff. In October, get to know a new installation in Marvin Grove. Meet at the west entrance of the Museum adjacent to the Grove. Park for free behind the Museum in lot 91. In the event of inclement weather, please check back for the status of the program.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

10/19/2015 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. In October, learn about objects related to Día de los Muertos.

Sponsored by: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session Outside of What?: Outsider Art in Twentieth-Century America

10/22/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Laura Minton, PhD student in art history, discusses the history of Outsider Art during the twentieth century as well as works from the permanent collection by Joseph Yoakum, one of the most famous Outsider artists in the United States. This series of informal talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Coffee @ The Commons Rania Matar

10/30/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Rania Matar is a highly awarded photographer whose work focuses on girls and women. She was born in Lebanon and moved to the U.S. in 1984. She has since returned to Lebanon to teach photography workshops to teenage girls in refugee camps. Matar currently teaches Personal Documentary Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is a visiting artist and critic at the University of South Florida. Join her for coffee and conversation about her work and issues related to immigration.

Sponsored by: The Commons, Department of Design, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Shared Sprits: Exploring Dia de Los Muertos

10/30/2015 | 5:00–8:00pm

Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St

Join us at the Watkins Community Museum during Final Fridays for art activities related to Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Decorate sugar skulls and try your hand at intricate Day of the Dead coloring pages. You can also view Día de los Muertos objects from the Spencer's Global and Indigenous collection.

Sponsored by: Watkins Community Museum of History


Lecture Contemporary Indigenous Art

11/03/2015 | 7:00–9:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Sandra Laronde, artistic director of Red Sky Dance Theatre and director of indigenous art at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada, discusses contemporary issues in the creation and presentation of indigenous works of art. She also presents a short video of her most recent dance work, Backbone. The evening concludes with a panel discussion featuring Laronde, Cassandra Mesick, curator of global indigenous art at the Spencer Museum of Art; Jancita Warrington, director of Haskell Cultural Center and Museum; and Norman Akers, associate professor in the KU Visual Art Department.

Sponsored by: Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, The Commons, Kansas Humanities Council


Art Cart Nature In Print

11/07/2015 | 1:30–4:30pm

The Panorama, Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd

The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection. Learn about plants and animals featured in The Panorama and create a nature print of your own.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Natural History Museum


Slow Art Sunday

11/08/2015 | 2:00–3:00pm

African American Museum and Textile Academy, 2001 Haskell Ave, Ste 206

Slow down and spend time getting to know one work of art. Slow Art Sundays features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with SMA staff. Get to know a quilt by the artist Marla Jackson at her African American Museum and Textile Academy.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The Spencer Museum of Art Classroom Collection: Part II

11/12/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Amanda Martin-Hamon, associate director of community engagement, leads a talk on objects collected for the Museum’s classroom collection, including objects from Africa donated by African Studies Professor Beverly Mack. This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Current Perspectives Lecture Series Sahej Rahal

11/12/2015 | 7:00–8:00pm

Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall, Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO

Mumbai-based artist Sahej Rahal’s installations, performances, and films are elaborate extensions of his personal mythology drawing from sources that include local legends and science fiction. In addition to discussing his practice, Rahal also introduces the work of a range of contemporary Indian artists. In late 2016, Rahal will return to install a commission for the exhibition Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia at the Spencer Museum of Art.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

11/16/2015 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. In November, learn about the educational experiences of Native American students in the late 19th and early 20th centuries through works of art they made at boarding, industrial, and residential schools throughout the United States. Materials will be supplemented with photographs of boarding schools in the Northern Great Plains region.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons


Lecture Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

11/16/2015 | 6:00–7:00pm

The Forum, Marvin Hall, 1465 Jayhawk Blvd

How do people experience art and why does it matter? Drawing on research from his new book Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature, philosopher and cognitive scientist Alva Noë makes the case for thinking of works of art as tools for investigating and reorganizing ourselves. Citing provocative examples from philosophy, art history, and cognitive science, Noë offers new answers to questions about the nature of art and its capacity as a philosophical practice. Noë works on the nature of the mind and human experience. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Center for New Media. Noë is a 2012 recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and has served as philosopher-in-residence with the Forsythe Dance Company in Dresden, Germany. He is the author of several books and is a weekly contributor to National Public Radio's science blog 13.7: Cosmos and Culture. Book-signing and reception immediately following.

Sponsored by: School of Architecture, Design & Planning, Spencer Museum of Art


Lecture Konoike Tomoko

12/03/2015 | 2:30–3:30pm

KU Center for Design Research, 2544 Westbrooke Cir

Konoike Tomoko (born 1960 Akita, Japan; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan) earned her BFA in Japanese Painting at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 1985, and over the past decade has created a multi-disciplinary body of work encompassing drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, video animation, and painted screens. Inspired by a range of indigenous and modern Japanese sources, from Shinto animism, and noh drama to manga and pop culture, Konoike’s artwork offers metaphysically charged and compelling narratives that transport viewers to a surreal, mythical world. In late 2016, Konoike will return to the Spencer Museum of Art to install a commission for the exhibition "Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia".

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Tails and Traditions Family Festival

12/05/2015 | 10:00–3:00pm

Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St

Visit the Watkins Museum after the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade for a free festival celebrating winter holiday traditions from around the world. Spencer staff will lead an art-making activity for all ages to enjoy.

Sponsored by: Watkins Community Museum of History


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

12/07/2015 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. In December, learn about the art of gifting.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons


Senior Session Provenance: How Objects Entered the Collection of the Spencer Museum of Art

12/10/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Kate Meyer, Spencer assistant curator for works on paper, leads a lively discussion of how certain objects came into the Museum’s collection. This series of informal talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Art Cart Woven Worlds

12/12/2015 | 1:30–4:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection. Get inspired by the patterns and colors found on woven food covers from Africa and create a weaving with yarn and straws. You can also pick up our new hero-inspired Spencer Museum of Art Collection Cards at the event.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Public Library


Discussion Home for the Holidays: A Look at Children’s Art Books with Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy

12/29/2015 | 10:00–11:00am

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

During this season of togetherness and cheer, Spencer Museum of Art Director Saralyn Reece Hardy invites you and yours to gather around for a look at her favorite children’s art books and to sharSe some of your own. From beloved classics to contemporary wonders, the selected masterpieces capture the imagination of book lovers at any age.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Public Library


Art Cart At Large Behind the Mask

01/30/2016 | 1:30–4:30pm

Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr

Find inspiration in Theatre Lawrence’s international Woodyard mask collection and create a decorative mask in mixed media, just in time for Mardi Gras! The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station designed for families and other groups to enjoy hands-on art projects together.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Theatre Lawrence


Read Across Lawrence Capturing Time

02/03/2016 | 4:00–5:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

What would you choose to preserve for generations to come? Create and decorate objects for the Library time capsule. Presented in conjunction with the 2016 Read Across Lawrence for Kids book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. For ages 7–11.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Lecture The Path of Thought

02/17/2016 | 6:00–7:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Mexican artist Nacho Rodriguez Bach discusses his newly installed interactive project "The Path of Thought" as a tool for fostering free-thinking and combatting the negativity and violence prevalent in contemporary society. Bach’s multidisciplinary practice merges games, electronic media, and music to produce philosophical propositions and scientific speculations. "The Path of Thought" will be on view at The Commons during the talk and on weekdays February 18-25 from 10AM-2PM. Following its run at The Commons, it will move to other sites on campus and in the community.

Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Commons, KU Student Housing, and the Spencer Museum of Art


Discussion Career Close-Ups: Developing a Career in the Museum World

02/18/2016 | 2:30–4:30pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

KU students are invited to explore how any major can lead to a career in a cultural organization. A panel of museum professionals will share how they got their jobs, followed by a behind-the-scenes tour of the inner-workings of museums. Advance registration is required. To register, visit http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/education/university/career-close-ups.shtml.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, University Career Center, KU Natural History Museum, Museum Studies Program


Art Cart At Large Making Music

02/20/2016 | 1:00–3:30pm

Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St

Learn about musical instruments in the Watkins Museum’s collection and create your own musical work of art. The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station designed for children and grown-ups to enjoy hands-on art projects together.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Watkins Museum of History


Read Across Lawrence Art Out of This World

02/26/2016 | 2:00–3:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Explore outer space, constellations, and planets and create art that is out of this world! Presented in conjunction with the 2016 Read Across Lawrence for Kids book The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. For ages 7–11.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Discussion 2016 Rocket Grants Info Session

02/27/2016 | 4:30–6:00pm

Wonder Fair, 841 Massachusetts St

Rocket Grants provide direct support for innovative, artist-driven projects in surprising places. The call for proposals for the 7th round of Rocket Grants is now open; the deadline to apply is March 21, 2016. Artists are invited to this info session to gain a clearer understanding of the types of projects the program funds and to learn about the application process. Bring your questions and discover the resources and assistance available to you to make a strong application for a 2016 Rocket Grant. Julia Cole, Rocket Grants Program Coordinator, will provide an overview of the process and Bryon Darby, a 2015 Rocket Grants Award winner, will talk about his team’s experience applying for the grant and how it helped them create the interactive project "Rest Assured, You Are Under Video Surveillance" now in progress in public spaces around Lawrence. Special Project Award recipient Meredith Moore and Research and Development Award recipient George Mayfield also will be available to share their experiences. Rocket Grants support projects that happen outside of traditional or established arts venues, challenge mainstream methods of production or presentation, add energy and diversity to arts activity in our area, and provide opportunities for creative growth. The program awards grants of up to $6,000 to individuals or groups working across all disciplines and media. The Rocket Grants program is a partnership of the Spencer Museum of Art and the Charlotte Street Foundation with funding provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For more information, visit http://rocketgrants.org.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Charlotte Street Foundation


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

02/29/2016 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. In February, learn about ceremony and ritual through African art.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons


Film Heart of a Dog

03/02/2016 | 6:30–8:30pm

Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St

Topping the list of The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott’s “Best Movies of 2015”, Heart of a Dog is a poetic and personal essay on love, loss and the passage of time by pioneering multi-media artist Laurie Anderson. Centering on a beloved terrier companion, Heart of a Dog fuses Anderson’s own witty, inquisitive narration with original violin compositions, hand-drawn animation, 8mm home movies, video diaries, and philosophical musings on data collection, surveillance culture and the Buddhist conception of the afterlife. The result is a hypnotic collage created from the raw materials of her life and art, examining how stories are constructed and told —and how we use them to make sense of our lives. This exclusive Lawrence screening is followed by a discussion with distinguished panelists Peter Luckey, senior pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church; Christie Dobson, drama therapist, co-founder of WOLF (Women of Lawrence Film), and director of Ballard Center; and Raven Rajani, founder and director of Loving Paws Animal-Assisted Therapy, the only program of its kind serving Douglas County. Running time: 75 min. Official trailer: http://www.heartofadogfilm.com/. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at http://bit.ly/1PD6z6g or at the door.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Arts Center


Senior Session Costume Design for the Ziegfeld Follies 1900-1930

03/10/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

KU Professor Delbert Unruh, Department of Theatre, discusses the costumes used in a series of elaborate theatrical productions in New York City in the early 20th century.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Lecture Diego Romero: Contemporary Pueblo Potter

03/10/2016 | 6:30–7:30pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Santa Fe-based artist Diego Romero merges autobiography with contemporary narratives and stories of colonial violence to investigate cross-sections between Indian life and the absurdity of human nature. Organized in conjunction with the 50th anniversary conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Romero’s talk traces the arc of his practice over the past 20 years. During the talk, enjoy works from the Museum’s collection including two pieces by Romero and a range of Pueblo pottery selected for display. Romero’s visit is possible through the Judith M. Cooke Native American Art Fund and gifts made in memory of Joni Lisa Thompson.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons, KU Office of Multicultural Affairs


Art Cart At Large Landscape Transformations

03/12/2016 | 1:30–4:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station designed for families and other groups to enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection. Learn how to create a landscape pencil drawing and watch it transform by adding water.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Public Library


Lecture Hybrid Bodies

03/22/2016 | 6:00–7:00pm

UMKC Gallery of Art, Fine Arts Building, 5100 Rockhill Rd, Kansas City, MO

Few organs are as charged as the human heart. Seen as both the seat of human identity and the archetypal symbol of love, it is an organ that has been ascribed qualities and associations far beyond its anatomical functions. So, what transpires when a heart is transplanted from one person to another? A team of scientists, medical researchers, and artists sought to uncover the psychological and ontological effects of heart transplantation from the perspective of organ recipients. The result is Hybrid Bodies, an interdisciplinary research study and series of artworks that connects organ recipients’ experiences and cultural views about transplantation to the notion of embodiment. Join members of the Hybrid Bodies team—Montreal-based artist Ingrid Bachmann and Toronto-based sociologist Jennifer Poole—for a discussion of their collaborative process and discoveries, as well as their preliminary research for Hybrid Bodies II, now underway, which approaches issues of transplantation from the perspective of donor families. Visitor parking is available on the UMKC campus at coin meters in lot 4OS, and dollar/coin meters in lot 43, and on level 5 of the Cherry Street Garage at an hourly rate of $1.25.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Missouri-Kansas City Gallery of Art


Senior Session Contemporary Art of the Haida people of Alaska and British Columbia

03/24/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

KU Distinguished Professor Valentino Stella, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, discusses objects in his private collection of indigenous works of art.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

03/28/2016 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. In March, learn about Native American ceramics of the Southwest.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons


Discussion Arts and Leadership

03/29/2016 | 3:30–4:30pm

Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union

What kind of leadership qualities do you admire or would you like to adopt? What trends, themes or issues do you see that current leaders are not addressing? What qualities and skills do you think will be needed in the future for those in arts leadership roles? KU students are invited to a conversation on leadership in the arts with Saralyn Reece Hardy, Marilyn Stokstad Director at the Spencer Museum of Art and Derek Kwan, Executive Director at the Lied Center. Saralyn and Derek will each share about their leadership role and how they have come to define leadership in the arts. This event is an open dialogue between all in attendance on what leadership in the arts can mean and entail. Enjoy free refreshments and bring a friend, your questions, and your ideas because Saralyn and Derek would like to hear from you, as well.

Sponsored by: KU Arts Engagement and Leadership Certificate Programs, Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art


At Large Lecture Series Land(un)locked

03/31/2016 | 6:00–7:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Los Angeles-based artist, curator, and researcher Steve Rowell explores the intersection of technology and culture, and society’s interventions on, beneath, and above the landscape. Appropriating the methods and tools of the geographer, he contextualizes the built environment with the surrounding medium of nature through still and moving images, maps, and sound installations. Join Rowell for a discussion of current and recent sites under investigation—from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to remote sensing labs, to sites of water extraction in California—and the ways that artistic research can reveal their stories. Taking the long view, Rowell offers a meditation on the tangled relationship between advancement of society and environmental sustainability. Before the talk, between noon and 6 PM, grab a bag of free popcorn and view a series of Rowell's short films in the mini-cinema set up inside the KU Mobile Collaboratory (moCOLAB), a modified airstream trailer parked in front of the Kansas Union. Films range between 6 and 30 minutes.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons


Activity Festival of Art

04/09/2016 | 12:00–5:00pm

Kansas Union

Immerse yourself in an afternoon of art on the grounds of the Kansas Union. Enjoy free performances, visual art, and hands-on demonstrations by students and local Lawrence talent along with refreshments from KU Dining.

Sponsored by: Student Advisory Board, Student Union Activities


Art Cart At Large Playing with Patterns

04/09/2016 | 1:30–4:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Learn about colorful geometric and organic patterns in art and paint a decorative tile inspired by works in our Classroom Collection. The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station designed for families and other groups to enjoy hands-on art projects together.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Public Library


Senior Session More Objects from the Wilcox Classical Museum: Hands on Antiquity

04/14/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

KU Professor John Younger, Department of Classics, presents a program where participants can explore objects from the Wilcox Classical Collection.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

04/18/2016 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. In April, learn about flutes of the world.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons


Performance The Crumbling

04/21/2016 | 6:00–7:00pm

Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St

Set in a dream-like, mythic town, "The Crumbling" is a live cinema opera that follows the trials of an apprentice librarian as she tries to save her city from crumbling down around her. Drawing on ancient mystical texts, artist and composer Alexis Gideon weaves together a contemporary cautionary tale about the significance of words and symbols in a decaying culture. Gideon performs the narration, dialogue, and music live on stage, alongside his stop-motion animation on screen. The free 21-minute performance is followed by a discussion with the artist.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art and KU Department of Visual Art


Activity Day of Creativity

04/24/2016 | 12:00–3:00pm

Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd

Explore creativity with more than 20 demonstrations, hands-on activities, and performances inspired by the arts, sciences, and humanities. Activities will take place at the Natural History Museum and The Commons, as well as along Jayhawk Boulevard. Local food trucks will be onsite selling refreshments. This event is free and fun for all ages.

Sponsored by: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons


Senior Session CANCELED: The Living History of Maria Rogers Martin

04/28/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

This event has been canceled. Maria Jackson, textile artist and founder of The African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy, is the featured speaker.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Collections Open House: Global Indigenous Art

05/02/2016 | 1:00–4:00pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Stop by The Commons to view and learn about a selection of objects in the Spencer’s Global Indigenous Collections. This program occurs once a month with a different theme. This month, learn about animals and art.

Sponsored by: The Commons, Spencer Museum of Art


Discussion Big Pictures: Designing for Civic Engagement

05/05/2016 | 6:00–7:30pm

The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Los Angeles-based designer and Rocket Grants juror Rosten Woo leads a roundtable discussion about design as social practice and the discourse, dialogue, and negotiations involved in working with the public sphere. Woo is best known for his civic-scale artworks and collaborations with grass-roots organizations that help people understand complex systems, re-orient themselves to places, and participate in group decision-making. Woo will provide a brief introduction to his practice then use examples from his work to launch the discussion. Participants are invited to read about Woo’s work in advance at http://rostenwoo.biz/ and bring questions and ideas as they relate to the Lawrence community. RSVP requested by Monday, May 1 to spencerart@ku.edu.

Sponsored by: Charlotte Street Foundation, The Commons, and the Spencer Museum of Art


Art Cart At Large Travel the World

05/07/2016 | 1:00–4:00pm

Union Pacific Depot, 402 N 2nd St

Create a mini travel tote, taking inspiration from works of art in the Museum's Classroom Collection. The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station designed for children and grown-ups to enjoy hands-on art projects together.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Parks & Recreation, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session Howard Finster: Stranger with a Vision

05/12/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Spencer Education Intern Rachel Schreck discusses salvation-themed art environments with particular focus on the artist Reverend Howard Finster, a man of painting and sculpture.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Lecture Art History on the Rocks: Thomas Hart Benton and Bourbon

05/12/2016 | 5:30–7:30pm

Tom's Town Distilling Co., 1701 Main St, Kansas City, MO

Join Spencer Curator Kate Meyer at Kansas City’s first legal distillery since Prohibition to enjoy drinks and a spirited discussion about the life and work of Thomas Hart Benton, notorious for his hard-drinking and ramblings in the backwoods country of Missouri as his virile and uncompromising paintings of the “U.S. Scene.” Art History on the Rocks is a freewheeling art history course pairing art and spirits. Join us for cocktails at 5:30 PM. The program takes place from 6:15-7:30 PM. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration is $25 per person and includes one drink and light hors d’oeuvres. Call 785-864-4760 or register at http://www.kualumni.net/cgi-bin/kuaa_transactions.cgi?action=displayecommerceevent&itemid=13016.

Sponsored by: KU Alumni Association, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The "Holding Perspective" Controversy: Art and Censorship in Postwar Japan

05/26/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Spencer Intern of European and American Art Samantha Lyons talks about artist Oura Nabuyuki's controversial series of prints in the Spencer collection, and other provocative works that tap into postwar Japanese memory and history.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Splat!

06/07/2016 | 2:30–3:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Make beautiful, gigantic, and messy art with the Spencer Museum of Art. Try your hand at splattery Pollock-style painting, or create giant blocks of color like Rothko. You don’t have to know who they are to have a great time! For teens entering 6-12th grades.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Exploratorium: Action Art!

06/13/2016 | 2:00–3:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

The Spencer Museum of Art will lead this athletic artmaking session. We’ll channel painter Jackson Pollock and other artists in this creative program. An Exploratorium program for ages 7-11.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Activity Kidsapalooza: Action Art!

06/15/2016 | 2:00–3:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Get moving and be prepared to get messy while we explore action painting. A Kidsapalooza program for ages 5 and 6.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Free State Festival Art History on the Rocks: Art of Noise

06/23/2016 | 5:00–7:00pm

Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St

Join art historian Maria Elena Buszek for a spirited discussion of contemporary artists whose work exists at the intersection of art, music, and activism. In the 1970s, artists like Barbara Kruger and Jean-Michel Basquiat started bands, while Devo, Talking Heads, and Kraftwerk treated their music like performance art, blurring the lines between popular music and high art in ways that profoundly influenced the art of our time and paved the way for the art/music hybrid performers that followed like Peaches, Tracy and the Plastics, and Mykki Blanco. Guided by music writers such as Lester Bangs, Ellen Willis, and Greil Marcus, Buszek will also address their deeply personal approach to criticism that claims a kind of kinship with the artists they write about, and propose the need for scholarly voices in art history that admit (and risk) collusion with the artists we study. Art History on the Rocks is a freewheeling art history course pairing art and spirits. From 5-6PM, enjoy specialty cocktails and an exclusive DJ set by Love Garden owner Kelly Corcoran, highlighting and complementing the sounds explored in the program. The program takes place 6-7PM. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration is $20 per person and includes one drink and light appetizers. Register online at http://bit.ly/1T8Oi4p.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, KU Alumni Association


Hawk Week Create Your Space

08/23/2016 | 3:00–5:00pm

Daisy Hill Commons, 1620 Engel Rd

Whether you are moving into a new space in the residence halls or just readying yourself for new opportunities, you can find your place through art. KU students are invited to collect posters and postcards from the Spencer Museum of Art and participate in art-making activities. There will also be KU trivia and prizes.

Sponsored by: Spencer Museum of Art, Spencer Student Advisory Board, KU Student Housing


Senior Session Visual Devices for the Creative Photographer

09/08/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Photographer Mike Yoder shares his experiences from behind the lens. This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Outreach Hello, Space Station?

09/09/2016 | 10:30–12:30pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

The Lawrence Public Library has invited the Spencer to participate in the Hello, Space Station program. A live chat with the International Space Station and astronaut Takuya Onishi will take place on Friday, September 9 at 11:25 AM. A radio ground station, constructed by the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club, will radio up to the Space Station as it passes overhead at 17,150 miles per hour. During contact, middle school students will get the opportunity to ask the astronauts questions while everyone else from the community listens in. Community partners will be on hand sharing their radio, space, artistic, and science career expertise.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The Path to Pop: Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg

09/22/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Professor Ann Wiklund, Johnson County Community College, discusses the collaborations between Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, two artists who redefined the boundaries of art in the 1950s and 60s.This series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Art Cart At Large Collagraph Prints

09/24/2016 | 1:00–4:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection. Spend an afternoon with Spencer Museum staff and explore the technique of Collagraph printmaking. Create colorful collage designs, coat with paint, then transfer to paper.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Art Cart At Large The Art of Gesture

10/08/2016 | 1:00–4:00pm

Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Dr

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station designed for families and other groups to enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original artworks in our Classroom Collection. Discover the appeal of gesture in the visual and theater arts and create 3-D wire figures.

Sponsored by: Theatre Lawrence, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

10/13/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

KU Professor of Chinese Art Amy McNair discusses works of calligraphy by 94-year-old Suzhou master Li Heyun and how to appreciate this ancient artform.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session Photography Now: Why it Matters

10/27/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Retired lawyer and art historian Don Sloan presents work by leading contemporary photographers and discusses how it differs from photography of eras gone by.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session Theatrical Scenic Design: An Historical Perspective

11/10/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

KU Professor of Theatre and head of the scenography program Mark Reaney traces the origins and evolution of theatrical scenic design.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


Outreach Tails and Traditions Family Festival

12/03/2016 | 12:00–3:00pm

Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St

Visit the Watkins Museum to create and celebrate holiday traditions with your family at this free annual event. The Spencer Museum will be on hand to lead a special art activity.

Sponsored by: Watkins Community Museum of History, Spencer Museum of Art


Senior Session German Artistic Identity During and After World War II

12/08/2016 | 10:00–11:00am

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, St. Andrews Office Facility, 1515 St. Andrews Dr

Spencer Museum Collections Intern Shannon Sweeney examines how German and Austrian artists were forced to abandon their work or flee their homes during WWII and also how artists emerging after the war responded to a fractured Germany.

Sponsored by: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Spencer Museum of Art


↓ Our next At Large event ↓

Outreach Exploratorium: Recycled Art!

07/17/2017 | 2:00–3:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Give bottle caps, cardboard, milk jugs, and more a second life! Join Spencer Museum of Art staff for this inventive program. An Exploratorium program for 7-11 year olds at the Lawrence Public Library.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art


Outreach Kidsapalooza: Recycled Art!

07/19/2017 | 2:00–3:00pm

Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Join Spencer Museum of Art staff as we turn trash to treasure! A Kidsapalooza program for 5 and 6 year olds at the Lawrence Public Library.

Sponsored by: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art