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 open to the public during November 2020 by reservation.
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That's it for the November Art Me Anything! We hope to see you in December! Post a comment below with a request or promp...
11/10/2020

That's it for the November Art Me Anything! We hope to see you in December!

Post a comment below with a request or prompt and Curator Kate Meyer will respond with a link to a work from our collection online! Your prompt could be an artist (Georgia O'Keeffe), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs 📸), or even a gif or emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 7-8PM CST today, and will check later to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome

Happy #NationalBisonDay from your friends at the Spencer! The American bison has long been an important resource for cer...
11/07/2020

Happy #NationalBisonDay from your friends at the Spencer! The American bison has long been an important resource for certain Native peoples, as well as a cultural icon for our continent. In 2016 it was named the national mammal of the United states.

Patricia DuBose Duncan
"American Bison," 1977
chromogenic color print
Gift of Patricia DuBose Duncan, 1987.0120

🌳 Visit Marvin Grove this week to discover new Backyard Bash happenings!🐦 Download an Art Cart activity to learn about b...
11/04/2020

🌳 Visit Marvin Grove this week to discover new Backyard Bash happenings!
🐦 Download an Art Cart activity to learn about birds and "build" a bird of your own: https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/backyard-bash-2020
🎨 On Friday join KU's Painting Club in the Grove to paint in the great outdoors between 4 and 5PM.
🍂 On Sunday at 2PM, join the student artists in the Grove for an informal conversation about their nest designs.

Margot Lockwood, "Anthropocene Nest," 2020, repurposed waste stream materials

We’re honoring #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth by highlighting works in our collection by contemporary Native artists. Norm...
11/03/2020

We’re honoring #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth by highlighting works in our collection by contemporary Native artists. Norman Akers is an associate professor of visual art at KU. In this print, he explores ideas of Osage identity and origins by layering images: a map of Kansas, native Kansas birds, a depiction of the Osage creation story, and a portrait of an Osage Chief originally painted by George Catlin. By connecting these concepts across cultures and through time, Akers represents the survival of Native peoples and the ongoing effects of colonization and removal.

Norman Akers, Osage
"The Wait," 2010
reduction gum rollup, stenciling, wove paper
Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund
2012.0034

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday observed on November 1-2 to celebrate the lives and spir...
11/02/2020

¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday observed on November 1-2 to celebrate the lives and spirits of the dead. The Catrina figure was originally shown in a print by José Guadalupe Posada circa 1910, and over time this well-dressed caricature of Death has come to be an icon of the holiday.

"Catrina figure," 1998
Mexico
ceramic, glaze, metal
Gift of Lee Mann, 2007.1506.a,b

We’re teaming up with Just Food to apply for John Oliver's contest to host his unique art collection and help stop hunge...
11/02/2020

We’re teaming up with Just Food to apply for John Oliver's contest to host his unique art collection and help stop hunger in Douglas County. 🖼️ 🥗 🍞

➡️ Learn more about the contest and let John Oliver know you think the Spencer Museum and Just Food should be selected! https://news.artnet.com/art-world/john-oliver-museum-loan-1913434

The Spencer Museum of Art celebrates the life of arts educator, leader, and visionary Dolores (Dolo) Brooking. As the Sp...
11/01/2020
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The Spencer Museum of Art celebrates the life of arts educator, leader, and visionary Dolores (Dolo) Brooking. As the Spencer's Director of Museum Education and Professor of Arts Administration at California State University, Dominguez Hills, she created programs and curricula combining her love of art and education and shaping the foundation of current art education practice. A fund has been generously established at the Museum in her honor to help endow projects reflective of her legacy.

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We're open! Starting today through November 29 we will be open to the public Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays from 1 to 5P...
11/01/2020

We're open! Starting today through November 29 we will be open to the public Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays from 1 to 5PM. Go to our website to review visitor guidelines and make a reservation!
👉 https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/plan-your-visit

Did you know this year’s #Halloween falls on a full moon? 🌕 🦇 This print by Hans Windisch depicts a werewolf stalking a ...
11/01/2020

Did you know this year’s #Halloween falls on a full moon? 🌕 🦇 This print by Hans Windisch depicts a werewolf stalking a graveyard.

Hans Windisch
"Blatt 2: Der Werwolf (The Werewolf)," 1920
lithograph
Transfer from Art and Architecture Library, 1991.0434.03

Start your Hallo-weekend with the Spencer Museum! Stop by today between 7-8PM for an outdoor slideshow of artwork featur...
10/30/2020

Start your Hallo-weekend with the Spencer Museum! Stop by today between 7-8PM for an outdoor slideshow of artwork featuring Japanese ghosts and supernatural figures. 👻👹 Please wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others. Happy #Halloween! 🎃

Shunbaisai Hokuei
"Iemon Nyōbō Oiwa (Lantern Ghost of Oiwa)," circa 1831
color woodcut
Gift of H. Lee Turner, 1968.0001.163

Tune in today at 7PM for a talk by artist and activist M. Carmen Lane on the KU Art History YouTube page. Lane's work ex...
10/29/2020

Tune in today at 7PM for a talk by artist and activist M. Carmen Lane on the KU Art History YouTube page. Lane's work explores identity politics, intersectionality, and the paradoxes of socially engaged practices in contemporary art.
▶️ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJOPyODK_5UQpxza7HBAjg

🍂 There are new things to discover each week during our Backyard Bash!🐦Our friends at the KU Natural History Museum crea...
10/28/2020

🍂 There are new things to discover each week during our Backyard Bash!

🐦Our friends at the KU Natural History Museum created a guide to birds in Marvin Grove! You can download it and other free activities from our event page: https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/backyard-bash-2020

🎨 On Friday join KU's Painting Club in the Grove to paint in the great outdoors between 4 and 5PM.

🎃 Don't forget to trick-or-tree through the Grove to find treats hidden by Wonder Fair each day this week through Halloween!

Arianna McCue, "Slalom Ribbon," 2020, wood, fabric

We are thrilled to be among the partners welcoming disability rights leader and activist Judith Heumann to KU this week ...
10/25/2020

We are thrilled to be among the partners welcoming disability rights leader and activist Judith Heumann to KU this week to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
💻 Check out the schedule and register to attend virtual events for free: https://accessibility.ku.edu/judith-heumann-2020

Trick or tree! 🍬 Get ready for Halloween with tricks and treats hidden among the trees of Marvin Grove. 🌳 Today through ...
10/24/2020

Trick or tree! 🍬 Get ready for Halloween with tricks and treats hidden among the trees of Marvin Grove. 🌳 Today through October 31 you can go in search of an artful treat from Wonder Fair while exploring "Conference of the Birds," an installation of sculptural nests created by KU students and commissioned by the Museum.
🐦 Learn more: https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/backyard-bash-2020

Bundle up and join us outside at 7PM today for an art projection on our building featuring bird-themed pottery, painting...
10/23/2020

Bundle up and join us outside at 7PM today for an art projection on our building featuring bird-themed pottery, paintings, prints, and feathered objects. 🧣🐦 Afterward, take a flashlight tour of "Conference of the Birds," a series of 13 sculptural nests created by KU students installed in Marvin Grove. 🔦 Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

John Talleur, "Pit Pat, well-a-day...," 1976, color woodcut, Gift of John and Ann Talleur, 1997.0405.07

Whether you've read "The Round House"—or not—join us today at 7PM for an event with Lawrence Public Library. We'll discu...
10/20/2020

Whether you've read "The Round House"—or not—join us today at 7PM for an event with Lawrence Public Library. We'll discuss themes in the book through artwork in our collection.
💻 Register for free: https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index/event/5f669c812cb8826401be96f0

Gina Adams, "Broken Treaty Quilt #5," 2014, cotton, calico, quilting, dyeing, Museum purchase: Gift of Roger Ward, B.A. 1976 in memory of Ralph E. (“Ted”) Coe; Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund and Judith M. Cooke Native American Art Fund, 2015.0069

Today’s spooky Spencer object is a haunting photograph by artist Terry Evans. Evocative textures and stark shadows bring...
10/19/2020

Today’s spooky Spencer object is a haunting photograph by artist Terry Evans. Evocative textures and stark shadows bring a surreal, melancholy quality to this aerial photograph of a cemetery. Is this image peaceful, or unsettling? ⚰️ #Halloween

Terry Evans
"Cemetery, February 1991," 1991
gelatin silver print
Museum purchase: Helen Foresman Spencer Art Acquisition Fund, 1992.0032

We loved this in-depth look at Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Gentileschi’s paintings captured the figure with a...
10/17/2020
A Fuller Picture of Artemisia Gentileschi

We loved this in-depth look at Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Gentileschi’s paintings captured the figure with a rare naturalism, but her life and work were often overlooked by scholars until the 20th century.

The pioneering painter survived a rape, but scholars are pushing against the idea that her work was defined by it—and celebrating her rich harnessing of motherhood, passion, and ambition.

Happy birthday to photographer Paul Strand, born on this day in 1890. Along with his contemporaries, Strand helped estab...
10/16/2020

Happy birthday to photographer Paul Strand, born on this day in 1890. Along with his contemporaries, Strand helped establish #photography as an art form. He was best known for his striking portraits and urban scenes. 📷

Paul Strand, photographer
Richard Benson, printer
"Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France," 1951
Anonymous gift, © Aperture Foundation Inc., Paul Strand Archive, 1987.0278.08

October is #NationalArchivesMonth! The Spencer’s archives are a valuable repository of information about artists, collec...
10/15/2020

October is #NationalArchivesMonth! The Spencer’s archives are a valuable repository of information about artists, collectors, and the histories of our objects. This letter to Sallie Casey Thayer from Chicago-based collector Judson D. Metzgar reveals not only the friendship between the two, but also the extraordinary collecting accomplishments of Thayer. Metzgar writes, "I am going to see your room and would like to have you with me," referring to a display of Thayer's collection on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. Thayer later went on to donate much of her collection to become the Museum’s founding gift.

Early #voting begins today in Kansas, and has already begun in many other states! 🗳️ This 1934 print by Donald Freeman c...
10/14/2020

Early #voting begins today in Kansas, and has already begun in many other states! 🗳️ This 1934 print by Donald Freeman captures a frantic election night in New York City.

Donald Freeman
"Election Night, Times Square," 1932
lithograph
Gift of the WPA Arts Project, 0000.0247

In 1843, Edgar Allan Poe penned “The Conqueror Worm,” a macabre poem about angels attending a play in which Madness, Sin...
10/13/2020

In 1843, Edgar Allan Poe penned “The Conqueror Worm,” a macabre poem about angels attending a play in which Madness, Sin, and Horror feature heavily. Since its publication, the poem has served as the inspiration for numerous works of art and music, including this striking painting by Claude Buck. The painting received mixed reviews, with some praising its commanding presence and others denigrating it as “wacko.” On one thing, critics agreed: The Conqueror Worm was memorable indeed. 🐛💀

Claude Buck
"The Conqueror Worm," 1920
tempera on plywood
Gift of Mrs. Claude Buck, 1979.0154

That's a wrap for today! Join us next month on November 9!Post a comment below with a request or prompt and Curator Kate...
10/12/2020

That's a wrap for today! Join us next month on November 9!

Post a comment below with a request or prompt and Curator Kate Meyer will respond with a link to a work from our collection online! Your prompt could be an artist (Georgia O'Keeffe), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs 📸), or even a gif or emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 7-8PM CDT today, and will check later to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome

As the pandemic has transformed life as we know it, career artists have gotten creative with their jobs, studio practice...
10/10/2020
The Story So Far In Kansas City: How The Pandemic Put Two Career Artists Back Where They Started

As the pandemic has transformed life as we know it, career artists have gotten creative with their jobs, studio practices, and daily lives. Read how regional artists and past Spencer collaborators Dave Lowenstein and Randy Regier have adapted to the new normal.

A sculptor has gone back to fixing cars. A well-known public muralist is trying to figure out how to make it as an artist, just like when he was in his twenties. These are their stories.

Did you know October is #NationalArchivesMonth? The Spencer has a considerable archive of materials related to our art c...
10/09/2020

Did you know October is #NationalArchivesMonth? The Spencer has a considerable archive of materials related to our art collection. By reviewing receipts and notes from collector Sallie Casey Thayer—whose generous gift of art to KU in 1917 started our collection—we've been able to learn about her collecting habits and interests over time. This research is presented in a forthcoming publication this fall. 🧾 📘

Happy birthday to artist Faith Ringgold, born on this day in 1930. Ringgold is best known for her narrative quilts, whic...
10/08/2020

Happy birthday to artist Faith Ringgold, born on this day in 1930. Ringgold is best known for her narrative quilts, which incorporate painting and quilting techniques to explore themes of American and African American history. This image shows Ringgold at the Spencer Museum with her "Flag Story Quilt" during the National African American Quilt Convention in 2017.

Faith Ringgold, "Flag Story Quilt," 1985, acrylic on canvas dyed, painted and pieced fabric borders, 57 x 78 inches, Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund, Faith Ringgold © 1985, 1991.0040

Today’s #Halloween post captures a classic: #Frankenstein’s monster, pictured in Tony Fitzpatrick’s etching with a strip...
10/08/2020

Today’s #Halloween post captures a classic: #Frankenstein’s monster, pictured in Tony Fitzpatrick’s etching with a striped bow tie. Monster, or just misunderstood? 🔩

Tony Fitzpatrick
"Frank," 1992
etching
Museum purchase: Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art Fund, 1994.0046.16

Self-portraits are so common and important in visual culture today that we have special tools for capturing ourselves: s...
10/05/2020
Seeing Our Own Reflection in the Birth of the Self-Portrait

Self-portraits are so common and important in visual culture today that we have special tools for capturing ourselves: selfie sticks and front facing cameras. 🤳 Online, we represent ourselves with icons and avatars. But this hasn’t always been the case. Take a deep dive into the history of the self-portrait through this in-depth exploration of Albrecht Dürer’s iconic oil painting of himself.​ ‍🎨

Now it seems self-evident that pictures can represent who you “really” are. That conviction began with Albrecht Dürer, five centuries ago.

Happy October 1st! We’re getting into the #Halloween spirit this month by sharing the spookiest, most blood-curdling wor...
10/01/2020

Happy October 1st! We’re getting into the #Halloween spirit this month by sharing the spookiest, most blood-curdling works from our collection. This print of a rural landscape uses dark shadows and strange, warped shapes to create a spooky feeling. What stories do you imagine taking place in this scene? Who or what might lurk in the shadows? 🧟

J. Jay McVicker
"Nocturnal Sequence," 1942
aquatint, line etching
Gift of Hal M. Davison, Class of 1949, 1998.0471

Happy #NationalCoffeeDay from us to you! ☕ What if you could take your coffee with cream, sugar, and a bit of good luck?...
09/29/2020

Happy #NationalCoffeeDay from us to you! ☕ What if you could take your coffee with cream, sugar, and a bit of good luck? Nancy Marshall’s vibrant lithograph depicts just that in a strange-but-peaceful scene: two cups of coffee and a royal flush—the best hand in poker. However you take your coffee, we hope you spend some extra time enjoying a cup today.

Nancy Marshall
"Your Luck Just Changed," 1995
color lithograph
Museum purchase: Friends of the Art Museum, Lawrence Lithography Workshop Archive, 1997.0197

A new documentary by Chilean-American filmmakers Lorena Manríquez and Miguel Picker explores the work of artist and acti...
09/26/2020
A new documentary chronicles the revolutionary power of Mexican artist and activist David Siqueiro's murals

A new documentary by Chilean-American filmmakers Lorena Manríquez and Miguel Picker explores the work of artist and activist David Siqueiros. In Siqueiros’s work, art and activism were inseparable; he was a co-founder of the Syndicate of Revolutionary Mexican Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers as well as a leader in the Chicano muralist movement. “Siqueiros: Walls of Passion” details the restoration of his iconic mural, “América Tropical.”

"Siqueiros: Walls of Passion" includes voice work by actor Cheech Marin and explores the restoration of the artist's iconic and controversial LA mural "América Tropical"

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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.