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. Please note the Museum is temporarily closed through May 15, 2020, in the interest of public health due to the coronavirus.
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PSST...An art mystery was just discovered and we need your help! πŸ•΅οΈIt can only be solved remotely, without visiting the ...
05/02/2020

PSST...An art mystery was just discovered and we need your help! πŸ•΅οΈ
It can only be solved remotely, without visiting the Museum in person. Kids, and kids at heart, are you up for the challenge?
If so, follow this link to begin your mission ‡️
https://www.psstmission.com/

05/01/2020
Staging the Incarceration: Roger Shimomura’s Seven Kabuki Plays

▢️ Join us LIVE NOW on YouTube for a talk by Hiroko Ikegami of Kobe University about Roger Shimomura's "Seven Kabuki Plays" performance and his "Diary" paintings. #StagingShimomura #SpencerArtAtHome

Hiroko Ikegami (Associate Professor, Kobe University) examines Roger Shimomura’s Seven Kabuki Plays (1985–1987) against the backdrop of his Diary paintings (...

UPDATE: Thanks for all the creative prompts today folks! Join us again next week, same time, same place, and tell your f...
05/01/2020

UPDATE: Thanks for all the creative prompts today folks! Join us again next week, same time, same place, and tell your friends! πŸ‘

✨ Art Me Anything is happening NOW! ✨
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 (Rembrandt), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs πŸ“Έ), or even a gif or emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 1-2PM CDT today, and then will check in throughout the day to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome #MuseumFromHome

Congrats to this year's Brosseau Creativity Award Recipients! πŸ‘ ✍🏾 Kayla Cook received the award in the writing category...
04/30/2020
Spencer Museum announces 2020 Brosseau Creativity Awards

Congrats to this year's Brosseau Creativity Award Recipients! πŸ‘
✍🏾 Kayla Cook received the award in the writing category for her poetry collection "Black Country."
πŸ“Ί Nicholas Monroe received the award in the diverse media category for his multimedia installation "e-carnage."

Spencer Museum announces 2020 Brosseau Creativity Award recipients Thu, 04/30/2020 LAWRENCE β€” The Spencer Museum of Art announces the 2020 recipients of the Jack & Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards. Established by benefactor Lavon Brosseau in 2011, the awards honor thought-provoking creative work i...

Join us this Friday, May 1, at 7PM CDT for a talk by Hiroko Ikegami of Kobe University about Roger Shimomura's "Seven Ka...
04/29/2020

Join us this Friday, May 1, at 7PM CDT for a talk by Hiroko Ikegami of Kobe University about Roger Shimomura's "Seven Kabuki Plays" performance and his "Diary" paintings. She will be joined by Spencer Curator Kris Ercums and KU Professor of Japanese Art Maki Kaneko.

▢️ This event will be livestreamed on YouTube:
youtu.be/tsy7uG8HnCE

Spencer Educator Rachel Straughn-Navarro usually uses the Museum's 3D printer to create copies of artworks for teaching....
04/27/2020

Spencer Educator Rachel Straughn-Navarro usually uses the Museum's 3D printer to create copies of artworks for teaching. Recently, she's been printing headbands for face shields that are a critical piece of personal protective equipment. Plastic donated from the Spencer Research Library's conservation lab is used for the shield that attaches to the headbands. So far 75 face shields have been distributed to medical and emergency workers across Kansas. πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ

04/26/2020
AMPlify Episode 1

We're excited to introduce AMPlify, a series of short videos that crank up connections among art πŸ–ΌοΈ, music 🎡, and poetry πŸ“ƒ. This first video features Spencer Museum Global & Indigenous Art Intern Alex Kimball Williams, who connects a work of art in the Spencer's collection to an original song about perennials. 🌱

UPDATE: Thanks for participating this week folks! Some great art prompts for a rainy Friday in Kansas. Join us next week...
04/24/2020

UPDATE: Thanks for participating this week folks! Some great art prompts for a rainy Friday in Kansas. Join us next week. Same time, same place.

✨ Art Me Anything is happening NOW! ✨
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 (Rembrandt), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs πŸ“Έ), or even a gif or emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 1-2PM CDT today, and then will check in throughout the day to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome #MuseumFromHome

We're here to spread cheer with some #MuseumSunshine 🌞. John Steuart Curry created this stage backdrop for a ballet set ...
04/21/2020

We're here to spread cheer with some #MuseumSunshine 🌞. John Steuart Curry created this stage backdrop for a ballet set on the prairie. Those from Kansas know that sometimes the sun really feels this big!

John Steuart Curry
"Design for Stage Set," 1941–1942
gouache
Gift of Daniel Bradley Schuster in memory of Ellen Curry Schuster, 1992.0168

04/20/2020

It's Volunteer Appreciation week, so we'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to all our volunteers for their passion, curiosity, and generosity. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ From serving on advisory boards to leading tours as docents to staffing the Welcome Desk and helping with events, these individuals help keep the Museum running smoothly and ensure that our visitors have a welcoming and enjoyable experience.

Wendell Castle's sculpture "Hanging in the Balance" toys with expectations. In this gravity-defying work nothing is hang...
04/18/2020

Wendell Castle's sculpture "Hanging in the Balance" toys with expectations. In this gravity-defying work nothing is hanging, but the chair does appear to balance. The pillow underneath the bronze chair is crafted from jelutong wood. Nothing here is quite what it appears to be. #SpencerArtAtHome

🎬 Watch an interview with the artist about this work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q02n7cfmDNM
πŸ‘‰ Browse additional photos and audio content: https://spencerartapps.ku.edu/collection-search#/object/22281

πŸ“£ Calling all artists in the Lawrence/Kansas City area! This year's Rocket Grants cycle has shifted to provide emergency...
04/18/2020

πŸ“£ Calling all artists in the Lawrence/Kansas City area! This year's Rocket Grants cycle has shifted to provide emergency aid for artists. πŸš€ Applications for Rocket Relief will be accepted on an ongoing basis effective immediately.
➑️ Learn more & apply:
https://charlottestreet.org/awards/rocket-relief-fund/

UPDATE: That's is for today, folks. Thanks for your great prompts! Be sure to join us again next week, same time, same p...
04/17/2020

UPDATE: That's is for today, folks. Thanks for your great prompts! Be sure to join us again next week, same time, same place. πŸ’•

Art Me Anything is happening NOW! 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 (Rembrandt), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs πŸ“Έ), or even a gif or emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 1-2PM CDT today, and then will check in throughout the day to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome #MuseumFromHome

Happy Birthday to Thomas Hart Benton, born on this day in 1889. Many of you have seen Benton's painting "The Ballad of t...
04/15/2020

Happy Birthday to Thomas Hart Benton, born on this day in 1889. Many of you have seen Benton's painting "The Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley," but have you ever listened to the song that inspired it?

πŸ”Š Here's a recording by the Stanley Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Xwej9XsBmC4&feature=emb_logo
πŸ–ΌοΈ Learn more about Benton and this painting with our collection online: https://spencerartapps.ku.edu/collection-search#/object/9953

04/14/2020
The Art Teacher in Quarantine; Episode 1, The Dream

If you need some art-related humor and creative prompts for your days at home, we HIGHLY recommend this video series by Lawrence art teacher and president of our Friends of the Art Museum Board Hannah Hurst! πŸ‘©β€πŸ«πŸŽ¨πŸ’­

The Art Teacher in Quarantine has a dream about riding her bicycle to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. When she awakes, a sadness washes over her as she real...

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate.In Stetson’s California nocturne we encounter a profusion of calla lilies, exoti...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate.

In Stetson’s California nocturne we encounter a profusion of calla lilies, exotic flowers often associated with Easter. The Southern California cut flower industry dates to the late 19th century, but Stetson emphasizes the mystical rather than commercial value of these Pasadena blooms bathed in moonlight.

Charles Walter Stetson
"An Easter Offering," 1896
oil on canvas
Museum purchase, 1982.0051

UPDATE: Thanks for another fun round of Art Me Anything! Join us again next week, same time, same place! πŸ‘Art Me Anythin...
04/10/2020

UPDATE: Thanks for another fun round of Art Me Anything! Join us again next week, same time, same place! πŸ‘

Art Me Anything is happening NOW! 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 (Rembrandt), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs πŸ“Έ), or even a gif or emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 1-2PM CDT today, and then will check in throughout the day to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome #MuseumFromHome

Tonight we join the national campaign to #LightItBlue in honor of all the healthcare professionals and essential workers...
04/10/2020

Tonight we join the national campaign to #LightItBlue in honor of all the healthcare professionals and essential workers taking care of us in this challenging time. Thank you for your service and sacrifices to keep us safe and healthy! πŸ’™

04/08/2020

Calling all University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University students: Submit your work for the Spencer Student Advisory Board's Juried Student Art Show! This year's show will take place virtually on the Museum's website and $1,000 in prizes is available.
πŸ“… Submission Deadline: April 27
➑️ Details: https://deptsec.ku.edu/~spencerart/forms/form/12

Does social distancing make you feel a bit like this? In this black-and-white photograph, Robert Adams captures a sense ...
04/07/2020

Does social distancing make you feel a bit like this? In this black-and-white photograph, Robert Adams captures a sense of suburban isolation by framing a woman between two windows in her home. Fortunately, we have a new web portal where you can connect with us and find inspiration and comfort through art, all without leaving the comfort of home.
πŸ‘‰ https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/athome
Robert Adams, "Newly Occupied Tract Houses, Colorado," 1968, Gift of Connie and Jack Glenn, 1986.0232

Thanks to the Warhol Foundation, the Spencer Museum and Charlotte Street will be realigning this year’s Rocket Grants pr...
04/06/2020
Warhol Foundation offers $1.6m in emergency relief grants to artists affected by the coronavirus crisis

Thanks to the Warhol Foundation, the Spencer Museum and Charlotte Street will be realigning this year’s Rocket Grants program to provide direct emergency relief for artists in our area affected by Covid-19. We are in active development of this opportunity, and will share more details soon about how to apply for funds via Rocket Relief. πŸš€

Grants will be allocated to artists in 16 US cities through the foundation's regional regranting partners and can be used to cover expenses like food and rent

We offer our sincerest thanks to all the healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. Thes...
04/05/2020

We offer our sincerest thanks to all the healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to keep us safe and healthy. These drawings by nurse Olga Bing document her firsthand experiences caring for patients during WWI. πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes

UPDATE: Thanks for everyone who participated today! Kate will keep responding this afternoon if any more prompts come in...
04/03/2020

UPDATE: Thanks for everyone who participated today! Kate will keep responding this afternoon if any more prompts come in. Good news: We're doing this EVERY Friday for the next several weeks, so be sure to tune in.

Art Me Anything is happening NOW! 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 (Rembrandt), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs πŸ“Έ), or even an emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 1-2PM CDT today, and then will check in throughout the day to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome #MuseumFromHome

Some art for your evening, friends. 🧑And don't forget to join us live on Facebook tomorrow at 1PM for Art Me Anything wi...
04/03/2020

Some art for your evening, friends. 🧑

And don't forget to join us live on Facebook tomorrow at 1PM for Art Me Anything with Curator Kate Meyer! Link with more info in the comments.

Carolus-Duran, "Landscape (Barbizon)," 1800s, oil, panel, Gift of Friends of Margaret Berger, 1975.0012

Good morning from team Spencer Museum! πŸ‘‹ We miss you guys, but we're cooking up some creative ways to keep you engaged w...
04/01/2020

Good morning from team Spencer Museum! πŸ‘‹ We miss you guys, but we're cooking up some creative ways to keep you engaged with art. Check out our new web portal to #SpencerArtAtHome! πŸ‘‰ spencerart.ku.edu/athome

Introducing #SpencerArtAtHome! This new web portal shares ways to create 🎨, learn πŸ“–, watch πŸ“Ί, listen 🎧, and explore πŸ” wi...
03/31/2020

Introducing #SpencerArtAtHome! This new web portal shares ways to create 🎨, learn πŸ“–, watch πŸ“Ί, listen 🎧, and explore πŸ” with us from the comfort of home! Check back often for new content!
πŸ‘‰ https://www.spencerart.ku.edu/athome

Happy Birthday to Vincent van Gogh! This article will help you separate fact from fiction. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸ’”πŸ‘‚
03/30/2020
Ten myths about Vincent van Gogh

Happy Birthday to Vincent van Gogh! This article will help you separate fact from fiction. πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ¨πŸ’”πŸ‘‚

Why storiesβ€”from the mutilated ear to the eventual suicideβ€”can distort our view of the art

"Antarctic Flower," made by Kansas City native and KU alum Rockne Krebs, is an abstract plexiglass form standing around ...
03/29/2020

"Antarctic Flower," made by Kansas City native and KU alum Rockne Krebs, is an abstract plexiglass form standing around six feet tall. Do you see a flower in this work? πŸ’  If you were to give this piece a title, what would you call it?

➑️ View this artwork from different angles online: https://spencerartapps.ku.edu/collection-search#/object/43374

Rockne Krebs
"Antarctic Flower," 1970
Plexiglas
Gift of Philip M. Smith, 2010.0233.a,b,c

03/28/2020
VOYAGER | for percussion ensemble

Take a trip out of this world and into the mind of KU graduate and composer Ben Justis. His composition "Voyager," performed by the KU Percussion Group at the Museum in November, is inspired by the NASA Voyager mission. πŸš€πŸŒŒ

Performed by the KU Percussion Group at the Spencer Museum of Art on The University of Kansas campus November 21, 2019. Composed by Ben Justis. Filmed and ed...

UPDATE: SO FUN! Thanks everyone. We're signing off, but feel free to keep posting prompts and Kate will go back and resp...
03/27/2020

UPDATE: SO FUN! Thanks everyone. We're signing off, but feel free to keep posting prompts and Kate will go back and respond as she has time. Also, do you want to do this again? Does this time work? Let us know!

Art Me Anything is happening NOW! 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 (Rembrandt), a subject (dogs 🐩), a medium (photographs πŸ“Έ), or even an emoji 🌊. Kate will respond to as many prompts as she can between 1-2PM CDT today, and then will check in throughout the day to continue fulfilling your art requests. #SpencerArtAtHome #MuseumFromHome

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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.