Spencer Museum of Art

Spencer Museum of Art The Spencer Museum of Art houses an internationally known collection of more than 45,000 objects. Admission is always free. The Museum is temporarily closed until February 2021.
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Robert Blackburn was an artist, commercial printer, and teacher who grew up in Harlem in the 1930s. Throughout his proli...
02/16/2021

Robert Blackburn was an artist, commercial printer, and teacher who grew up in Harlem in the 1930s. Throughout his prolific career, Blackburn pioneered new print techniques, collaborated with dozens of artists and print studios, and established his own printing workshop in 1948.

This homage to Blackburn by regional artist Ron Adams—made at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop—is evidence of the lasting impact of Blackburn as an artist and educator. #BlackHistoryMonth

Ron Adams
"Blackburn," 2002
color lithograph, wove paper
Lawrence Lithography Workshop Archive, 2003.0010

On February 23 & 24, join panelists for illuminating discussions on the rich history of Black and Jewish relations in po...
02/15/2021

On February 23 & 24, join panelists for illuminating discussions on the rich history of Black and Jewish relations in post-WWII America. These events explore civil rights activism through the work of Jewish-German scholars who taught at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the south after emigrating to the United States.

➡️ 2/23, panelists from a variety of disciplines discuss the documentary “From Swastika to Jim Crow.”
➡️ 2/24, civil rights icon Dr. Joyce Ladner speaks about her mentor, sociologist Ernst Borinski.

💻 Learn more & register for these free events: https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/calendar/date/2021-02-23

Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 Distant from your loved ones this year? Send them a virtual valentine from our collection. The ...
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕 Distant from your loved ones this year? Send them a virtual valentine from our collection. The message on this vintage card reads “What my tongue dares not that my heart shall say!” 💌

"Valentine card," circa 1890
England, United Kingdom
chromolithograph
William Bridges Thayer Memorial, 1928.7105

02/13/2021

It’s a great day to huddle up at home and play a new game from our #SpencerArtAtHome portal. “Treevial” Pursuit will test your knowledge of tree-themed trivia with educational questions from four different categories. 🌲🤔🌳

⬇️ Download & print:https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/sites/default/files/athome/docs/2021-02/Treevial_Pursuit_Web.pdf

Happy Lunar New Year! Today is the first day of the new year in the lunisolar calendar, celebrated in many East and Sout...
02/12/2021

Happy Lunar New Year! Today is the first day of the new year in the lunisolar calendar, celebrated in many East and Southeast Asian cultures. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2021 is the Year of the Ox.

"woman, ox and man carving," 1800s
China
boxwood
William Bridges Thayer Memorial, 1929.0044.b

How have you been coping with the freezing temperatures? 🥶When KU naturalist Lewis Lindsay Dyche found his wool clothing...
02/11/2021

How have you been coping with the freezing temperatures? 🥶

When KU naturalist Lewis Lindsay Dyche found his wool clothing insufficient for an Arctic expedition in Greenland, he commissioned an Inuit craftswoman to make him a suit of polar bear fur. However you bundle up, we hope everyone is staying warm!

Davis Garber
"Lewis Lindsay Dyche," 1895
albumen print
Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche, 2007.0576

Join fellow art museum supporters across Kansas tomorrow for a virtual Valentine's event that blends art, language, baki...
02/11/2021

Join fellow art museum supporters across Kansas tomorrow for a virtual Valentine's event that blends art, language, baking, and storytelling. Follow along as artist Eames Demetrios and Chef Steve Couch bake and decorate cookies that bring to life the edible shape-words of Demetrios’s imaginary land and art project. 🍪💝

📅 February 11, 5:30PM CST
💻 Register for this free Zoom event: https://ksu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvfuurpjMjE9S_goRU1efz9DtEXdbJUom2

This print by Jacob Lawrence draws an interesting connection between the builders in the background and the family in th...
02/09/2021

This print by Jacob Lawrence draws an interesting connection between the builders in the background and the family in the foreground. Lawrence grew up during the Harlem Renaissance, which strongly influenced his own artistic practice. His modernist style—represented in prints and paintings—depicts both important historical events and everyday Black life in bold colors and striking compositions. #BlackHistoryMonth

Jacob Lawrence
"The Builders: The Family," 1974
screen print, wove paper
Museum purchase: Friends of the Art Museum, 1991.0009

Our galleries open to the public February 20 with two new exhibitions exploring the human body through time and across c...
02/08/2021
Spencer Museum of Art reopens Feb. 20

Our galleries open to the public February 20 with two new exhibitions exploring the human body through time and across cultures. Make a free reservation to visit!

Spring exhibitions explore the human body

Happy #SuperbOwl Sunday! 🦉 We couldn't let the day pass without sharing a few superb owls from our collection. We hope y...
02/07/2021

Happy #SuperbOwl Sunday! 🦉 We couldn't let the day pass without sharing a few superb owls from our collection. We hope you get a hoot out of them!

Happy Friday! Things are happening at the Spencer Museum...Here's a sneak peek. 🩺💭👁️
02/05/2021

Happy Friday! Things are happening at the Spencer Museum...Here's a sneak peek. 🩺💭👁️

This print represents a collaboration between two of the most prominent artists of the Harlem Renaissance: visual artist...
02/02/2021

This print represents a collaboration between two of the most prominent artists of the Harlem Renaissance: visual artist Aaron Douglas and poet Langston Hughes. The rhythmic lines of the print create a visual mirror to the poem, and both evoke blues music. The print was part of a series included in the African American journal “Opportunity Magazine.” #BlackHistoryMonth

Aaron Douglas, artist
Langston Hughes, author
"Weary as I Can Be," 1926
relief print, letterpress, wove paper
Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund, Lucy Shaw Schultz Fund, and Office of the Chancellor, 2003.0012.02

Happy first day of the semester, Jayhawks! The Spencer Museum extends a warm welcome to students, whether remote or on c...
02/01/2021

Happy first day of the semester, Jayhawks! The Spencer Museum extends a warm welcome to students, whether remote or on campus. ❤️💙

Roger Shimomura
"Fraser Hall 1966," 1970
color screen print, wove paper
Gift of the artist, 2005.0035.a,b

January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day! ☕ The Spencer’s collection includes dozens of mugs that represent a diverse ra...
01/31/2021

January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day! ☕ The Spencer’s collection includes dozens of mugs that represent a diverse range of materials, shapes, and decorations. Regardless of your choice of mug, we hope you enjoy a comforting cup of hot chocolate today.

mug, early 1800s, England
transferware, earthenware, black transferware
William Bridges Thayer Memorial, 1928.6778

Have you ever had a religious experience in an art gallery? That’s the idea that underpins the Nevelson Chapel, a small ...
01/31/2021
A Little-Known New York Gem, Louise Nevelson's Chapel, Is Launching a $6 Million Fundraising Campaign to Refurbish Its Sculptural Interior

Have you ever had a religious experience in an art gallery? That’s the idea that underpins the Nevelson Chapel, a small chapel in St. Peter’s Church in New York City. Take a moment to learn more about the chapel and its current renovation effort.

New York's St. Peter's Church is launching a fundraising effort to complete restorations on Louise Nevelson's Nevelson Chapel.

Happy Kansas Day! 🌻🌾🌠C.A. Seward was a Wichita-based artist, draftsman, and arts advocate. Seward was commissioned to cr...
01/29/2021

Happy Kansas Day! 🌻🌾🌠

C.A. Seward was a Wichita-based artist, draftsman, and arts advocate. Seward was commissioned to create this postcard promoting Kansas and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the state's entry into the Union on January 29, 1861.

Coy Avon Seward, designer
"Official Kansas Day postcard," 1911
offset color lithograph
Gift in memory of Mildred Seward Pierce, 2006.0176

Happy birthday to Claes Oldenburg, born on this day in 1929. #Oldenburg is known for representing everyday objects in hi...
01/28/2021

Happy birthday to Claes Oldenburg, born on this day in 1929. #Oldenburg is known for representing everyday objects in his work, often in public installations or sculptures, but also in prints like this one of a typewriter eraser.
Claes Oldenburg, artist
Paul Bianchini, publisher,
Imprimeries Réunies, printer
“Typewriter Eraser,” 1970
four color offset lithograph
Gift of Dr. Mary Jean Nelson, 2013.0197

We're hiring! Visit our website for more info on the following positions:➡️ Curator for Public Practice➡️ Digital Resour...
01/25/2021

We're hiring! Visit our website for more info on the following positions:
➡️ Curator for Public Practice
➡️ Digital Resources & Social Media Consultant
➡️ Graduate interns for 2021-2022
🔗 https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/employment

❄️ In Gerd Ludwig’s photograph, the industrial cityscape of Magnitogorsk is foregrounded by an expanse of ice dotted wit...
01/25/2021

❄️ In Gerd Ludwig’s photograph, the industrial cityscape of Magnitogorsk is foregrounded by an expanse of ice dotted with people walking and ice fishing. Like the harsh weather of winter, it reminds us that we are never really separate from the world. ❄️

Gerd Ludwig
"Magnitogorsk, Russia," 1993
chromogenic color print (Fujicolor), printed 2002
Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund, 2003.0090

Another round of Rocket Relief is on the way for artists in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. 🚀 Applications open Janua...
01/21/2021

Another round of Rocket Relief is on the way for artists in the Lawrence and Kansas City area. 🚀 Applications open January 29, and grants of $1,000 will be distributed through a lottery system beginning February 19.

➡️ Learn more: https://charlottestreet.org/awards/rocket-relief-fund/

Happy birthday to Paul Cézanne, born on this day in 1839. Cézanne's paintings, drawings, and prints helped usher in the ...
01/19/2021

Happy birthday to Paul Cézanne, born on this day in 1839. Cézanne's paintings, drawings, and prints helped usher in the Post-Impressionist and Cubist movements.

Paul Cézanne
"Portrait of a Young Girl," 1873
soft-ground etching, roulette
Gift of Mr. W.M. Ittmann Jr., 1964.0104

Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote is from his 1958 book "Stride Toward Freedom.""True ...
01/18/2021

Today we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This quote is from his 1958 book "Stride Toward Freedom."

"True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice."

Charles Moore
"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested for loitering outside a courtroom where his friend and associate Ralph Abernathy is appearing for a trial, Montgomery, Alabama," 1958
gelatin silver print
Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund, 2008.0326

If you’ve visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, you’ve probably seen one of El Anatsui’s cascading metal tape...
01/17/2021
How El Anatsui Broke the Seal on Contemporary Art

If you’ve visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, you’ve probably seen one of El Anatsui’s cascading metal tapestries. Take a moment to learn how this powerhouse of contemporary sculpture is forging a new place for African artists in the global art scene.

His runaway success began with castaway junk: a bag of bottle caps along the road. Now the Ghanaian sculptor is redefining Africa’s place in the global art scene.

Enjoy the slow winter days with some seasonal art from the Spencer’s collection. ❄️ Take a break to listen to an "Art Mi...
01/15/2021

Enjoy the slow winter days with some seasonal art from the Spencer’s collection. ❄️ Take a break to listen to an "Art Minute" about this peaceful winter landscape by Kansas-born painter and former KU professor Robert Sudlow.

🔊 https://spencerartapps.ku.edu/collection-search#/audio/49099

Robert Sudlow
"From Lemasany Hill," 1995
oil, canvas
Museum purchase: Gift of Scottie Lingelbach, Tom Brokaw, Beverly and Bob Billings and donors to the Greatest Generation Fund, 2002.0120

Happy International Kite Day! 🪁 In addition to sometimes being art objects themselves, kites are the subject of several ...
01/14/2021

Happy International Kite Day! 🪁 In addition to sometimes being art objects themselves, kites are the subject of several Japanese prints in the Spencer’s collection.

Utagawa Hiroshige
"#28 Fukuroi Meibutsu enshū tako (Fukuroi-Flying Totomi Kites)," 1855
color woodcut
Gift from the Dean and Mary Beth Kipp Hiroshige Wood Block Print Collection, 1999.0015

Play the Spencer's Gambit, a DIY chess set featuring works from our collection! ♟️ Download & print from home or pick up...
01/12/2021

Play the Spencer's Gambit, a DIY chess set featuring works from our collection! ♟️ Download & print from home or pick up a kit from our Little Free Museum located in front of the Spencer.
⬇️https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/sites/default/files/athome/docs/2021-01/Spencers_Gambit_Printable_Chess_0.pdf

Happy birthday to Barbara Hepworth, born on this day in 1903. Hepworth pioneered Modernism in her sculpture, which combi...
01/10/2021

Happy birthday to Barbara Hepworth, born on this day in 1903. Hepworth pioneered Modernism in her sculpture, which combined geometric and organic forms and made innovative use of negative space.

➡️ Experience all the angles of Hepworth's "Three Hemispheres" in our 20/21 gallery through our virtual gallery tour: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=6ruGW9BhmCw

Barbara Hepworth
"Three Hemispheres," 1967
bronze
Gift of Mrs. Lois Sosland, 1977.0081

Join our Director Saralyn Reece Hardy for an outdoor exploration of art around this Sunday to ring in the new year!🔔 At ...
01/08/2021

Join our Director Saralyn Reece Hardy for an outdoor exploration of art around this Sunday to ring in the new year!
🔔 At 4:30PM meet at the Campanile to enjoy music by KU's Carillonneur Elizabeth Berghout and a discussion of the tower's bronze reliefs by local author Craig Voorhees.
✨ At 5:15PM meet in front of the Spencer Museum to view a special lighting of our sculpture by Louise Nevelson, designed by Museum board member Clint Paugh.
👉 Details: https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/calendar/event/13976
📷: Cortney McKay

Happy birthday to Albert Bierstadt, born on this day in 1830. Bierstadt’s oil paintings frequently represent an idealize...
01/08/2021

Happy birthday to Albert Bierstadt, born on this day in 1830. Bierstadt’s oil paintings frequently represent an idealized Western landscape intended to fill viewers with a sense of the sublime. 🌄 To produce these paintings, he made numerous trips west from his New York studio.

Albert Bierstadt
"A Western Landscape," late 1860s or 1870s
oil, preprimed linen
Gift from the Collection of David L. Barber, Sr., 2009.0176

January 5 is #NationalBirdDay 🐦! UK-based artist Paul Harfleet has been drawing and gently referencing birds through pho...
01/05/2021

January 5 is #NationalBirdDay 🐦! UK-based artist Paul Harfleet has been drawing and gently referencing birds through photographs during the pandemic. What began as a simple exercise has since transformed into a way to connect with viewers and share stories of different birds.

🦜 Learn more about Harfleet’s "Birds Can Fly" project in the Spencer’s virtual exhibition "Artists Respond": https://spencerart.ku.edu/artists-respond/paul-harfleet

The Spencer Museum sends you happiness and warm wishes as we begin a new year. After a restful week away from social med...
01/04/2021

The Spencer Museum sends you happiness and warm wishes as we begin a new year. After a restful week away from social media, we’re excited to return to explore new ideas and uplift new voices through art in 2021.

David Bull
"First Sunrise of the New Year," 1999
color woodcut
Gift of BarenForum.org, 2001.0083.07

Announcement! 📣The Spencer Museum's offices will be closed through the end of the year along with all of KU. We're takin...
12/27/2020

Announcement! 📣
The Spencer Museum's offices will be closed through the end of the year along with all of KU. We're taking this opportunity for our staff who run social media to fully unplug 🔌, so our channels will be quiet until we return to work on January 4. 📅 In the meantime, browse our website for ways to engage with art at home, and keep sending us your winter tree images!🌲

We'll see you in the new year! ❤️

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I want to watch R Shimomura's videos of some of his performance art pieces. Give me instructions please
Chilon Crenshaw had fun at the museum today. Thank you!!!
Expressions Art Exhibition Opening Night Reception | Friday, April 5, 6-10pm | Held at Kansas City Young Audiences, 3732 Main Street, KCMO | Opening night activities include entertainment, refreshments, silent auction, artist meet-and-greet, and a live painting demonstration by Nicholas Clark. www.thewholeperson.org/expressions The Whole Person 9th Annual Expressions Art Exhibition showcases artists with disabilities, celebrating their abilities and unique talents. The annual exhibition adds diversity to the Kansas City arts community exposing audiences to art that otherwise might not be seen, and an art gallery experience that is accessible to people of all abilities. Expressions strives to promote artists with disabilities by featuring their work in professionally organized art exhibitions and offering innovative (educational and/or networking) workshops that connect them to the broad regional creative community.
Tea time with SMA mugs!
KU researchers investigated the site in Idaho. Great place to visit. It’s on BLM land.
It is very concerning when a museum uninstalls art and caves to objections made by people who dislike a work of art.
Thank you for being brave enough to fly an artistic representation of the American flag... A symbol of patriotism but also a symbol of an individuals right to express themselves. God forbid it brings about dialogue and helps create action to fix the divide that that particular artists flag represented so aptly. If the flag had an elephant squashing illegal immigrants on it, then Kobach probably would have loved it!
Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas was named a Most Astounding University Museum by EDsmart!
While the Spencer Museum states that the flag "art" is privately funded, the Spencer Museum itself is a publicly-funded institution that's part of a publicly-funded university campus. Your defending the offensive exhibit is indefensible! It should be immediately removed and an apology issued.
ATTENTION CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENTS! If you have 15 minutes or so, I would REALLY appreciate your help. Please consider taking my master's thesis survey about flow, creativity, and suicidality. Share it with all of your college friends, ESPECIALLY ART MAJORS too. Thank you!!
Check out the newest film from KU Filmworks Club! Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (Captain What Remix)
National/International Topeka Artist NEW PIECE On display this Oct. first Friday!:) (907 North Kansas Ave.