SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART
Newsletter SPR I N G + SU MME R 2013
ABOVE: Artist Cynthia Schira works with Spencer Museum staff to install textile works for An Errant Line (see page 12). In the bottom right photograph, she works with collaborator Ann Hamilton to curate a selection of objects from the Spencerâ€™s collection.
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Calendar of Events
The Spencer in Brief
Objects on Loan
Friends & Contributors
DIR E C TORâ€˜S R E MA RKS Convergence of Legacies
The Spencer is a place where legacies converge. As a museum, our legacy is uniquely entwined with the artists, scholars, and materials we nurture at the University of Kansas. The Spencer Museum provides one of the regionâ€™s most lively forums for artists, historians, and cultural critics. Their combined insights infuse our legacy with powerful arguments delivered visually, materially, and through scholarly activity. This spring and summer, we celebrate those who pioneer new expressive forms, make visible the unspoken, and rigorously investigate and interpret the context and meaning of art. Cynthia Schira is one of the preeminent textile artists of our time. Some of her most transformative work uses the textures and imagery of cloth to create new possibilities for the translation of codes from our collections. That Schira has now turned her formidable practice to the underlying patterns discernible in our collection is truly an honor.
In a delightfully immersive convergence of legacy, the work of internationally renowned artist Ann Hamilton—who came to the University of Kansas to be Cynthia’s student— fills the Museum’s Central Court, adjacent to the galleries housing Schira’s textiles. Her installation of lines, scans, and captured gestures helps us all see the Spencer Museum’s galleries and collections anew, with work that reimagines not only the spaces and objects themselves, but also the places they occupy in the artist’s inner life, and perhaps our own. An especially profound legacy that we hold dear at the Spencer has taken on a significant new dimension. In December, 2012, our esteemed colleague Dr. Marilyn Stokstad gifted the Museum with an endowed directorship. This far-reaching endowment aligns the Spencer Museum of Art with such peer institutions as the Princeton University Art Museum and Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. The seeds Dr. Stokstad has planted with this gift are beginning to take root this spring, and will continue to reach fruition for years to come. Dr. Stokstad’s scholarship and dedication embody the very meaning of legacy. Over her tenure, she has directly taught thousands of students about art and architecture, reaching countless more through her textbooks. Moreover, her belief in the importance of the university art museum has remained steadfast, unwavering. We honor Dr. Stokstad’s stalwart commitment to bring art to life and life to art with humor, knowledge, and incisive critical inquiry. Her singular vision, dedication, and legacy will continue to enrich the university community well into the future. — Saralyn Reece Hardy
HLY MONTRAMS PROG FAMILY ACTIVITIES May 25, June 29, July 27 10:30–11:30 AM
The Spencer hosts a family activity designed especially for children ages 5–8 (but open to all families) the last Saturday of every month. Family activities are free, and registration is not required. Just stop by and join in the fun! MAY JUNE JULY
What a Wonderful World Reverse Glass Painting Art on the Edge
LY W E E KR A M S PROG ART CART The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station available during gallery hours every Saturday and Sunday. Designed for children and families but open to everyone, the Art Cart changes monthly. Each stop highlights a different gallery and features a new, self-guided art activity, taking inspiration from the works on view and keeping repeat visits fresh and engaging for art lovers of all ages. MAY
Cabinets of Curiosity / Gallery 405 JUNE Totem Tales / Gallery 404 JULY Lay of the Land / Gallery 401 AUGUST It Figures! / Gallery 406
WALK-INS WELCOME FRIDAYS Fridays, 10 AM–12 PM & 1–4 PM Print Room
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Want to take a look at the Spencer’s etchings by Kiki Smith or photographs by Aaron Siskind? Each Friday the Spencer opens its Print Room for drop-in visits. Simply visit the Print Room—located just down the hall from the main Museum entrance—and enjoy the Spencer’s world class works-on-paper collection.
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Desert of Forbidden Art / 5 PM / SMA
Night at the Museum / 5:30–7:30 PM /
Auditorium The Desert of Forbidden Art tells the story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars was stashed in a afar-off desert of Uzbekistan, exploring the larger question of how art survives periods of oppression. A discussion with director Tchavdar Georgiev follows the screening. Directed by Georgiev and Amanda Pope. Running time: 80 minutes. Co-sponsored by
Central Court The Lawrence community is invited to celebrate the partnership between the Spencer Museum and the Lawrence USD497 school district. In addition to being a celebration of the 40-year collaboration on memorable programs for elementary school students, the evening will include an unveiling of the newest educational initiatives for third graders and the launch of the 2013 Bulldog Podcasts—audioguides researched and narrated by local middle school students. Come enjoy the Spencer’s exhibitions, as well as refreshments and activities, at this community affair.
the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center; the Center for Global and International Studies; the Dole Institute of Politics; the Department of Film and Media Studies; and the Spencer Museum of Art
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Spring Arts & Culture Festival / 1–3 PM / Front Lawn, Central Court & Galleries The Spencer Student Advisory Board (SSAB) hosts its sixth annual Arts and Culture Festival. The free event is a celebration of spring and features art for sale by local and student artists, art-making activities for all ages, live music, and eclectic performances. Co-sponsored by the Spencer Student Advisory Board, the KU Student Senate, and the Spencer Museum of Art
Senior Session: Wenda Gu's Metamorphoses / 10–11 AM / Gallery 405 For this installment of Senior Sessions, David Cateforis, professor of art history and the voice behind the Spencer Art Minute on Kansas Public Radio, focuses on a provocative work by a cutting-edge contemporary artist. This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.
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Mother’s Day at the Museum / 12–4 PM Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon of art and music in the galleries.
What a Wonderful World / 10:30–11:30 AM /
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 ACTIVITY Midnight at the Museum (Student Study Night) / 5 PM–12 AM / Central Court The SMA Student Advisory Board hosts a finals study night for KU students. Prepare for final exams, absorb the genius of art, and enjoy free refreshments and Wi-Fi in an energizing setting. Sponsored by the Spencer Student Advisory Board
Central Court Explore water, plants, and animals in art. Learn about art and the environment on a family-friendly tour through the Museum with Director of Education Kristina Walker, then create your own sun art print. This program is best suited for families with children ages 5–8. No registration necessary. The Spencer hosts a family activity the last Saturday of every month.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 CONFERENCE
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ACTIVITY International Art Museum Day / 10 AM–4 PM The Spencer Museum is participating in International Art Museum Day with other art museums far and wide. International Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities. The Spencer will show episodes of Art21 featuring artists in the Spencer's collection throughout the day.
Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Tenth Biennial Conference: Changing Nature: Migrations, Energies, Limits Conference details and registration information can be found online at asle.ku.edu. The Water exhibition in the Spencer’s conversation alcove has been created to foster dialogue with this conference and other local research opportunities. Sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) and The Commons
Thursday, May 23, 2013 GALLERY TALK Senior Session: Coptic Textiles / 10–11 AM / Central Court University of Kansas graduate student Tashia Dare discusses a collection of well preserved textiles from ancient Egypt. This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.
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Mini College: Creating a Major Art Museum Exhibition: A Case Study at the Spencer Museum of Art / 2:15-03:30 PM Register for Mini College to join curator Susan Earle for the inside scoop. This talk will feature an in-depth look at An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton / Cynthia Schira. Learn how two major artists with KU ties utilized the collections of the Spencer Museum of Art to create new, large-scale works of art. Come discover how this KU story now has international ramifications. Registration closes Friday, May 17. To register, contact 785-8641767 or email@example.com. Sponsored by
Traditions in Transformation / 12–1 PM / Gallery 404 Cassandra Mesick, curator of global indigenous art, leads a discussion of the Roots & Journeys exhibition, with a focus on the transformation of indigenous artistic practices in global contexts.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Saturday, June 08, 2013 GALLERY TALK Walking on Water: An Exhibition Walkthrough with the Curator / 1–2 PM / Gallery 405 Curator Kate Meyer leads a tour of works on view in the Conversation XIV: Water exhibition and discusses how the art taps into larger conversations about water.
Sunday, June 16, 2013 FAMILY DAY Ties that Bind / 1–3 PM / Central Court It’s Father’s Day at the Spencer Museum of Art, and activities will focus on ties of all kinds: family ties, neck ties, and ties that bind threads in textiles. The day’s festivities include artmaking stations and a self-guided tour of the galleries for families to enjoy together.
Saturday, June 29, 2013 FAMILY ACTIVITY Reverse Glass Painting / 10:30–11:30 AM Learn how contemporary African artists use reverse glass painting and make a reverse glass painting of your own.
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Annual Meeting and Purchase Party / 5:30–8 PM / SMA Auditorium, Central Court This annual celebration for Friends of the Art Museum members includes the Director’s year-in-review and member voting on the annual Friends’ purchase of a work of art for the Spencer’s permanent collection.
Art on the Edge / 10:30–11:30 AM Frames usually let the art have all the attention, but they often tell fascinating stories of their own. Explore the untold stories of frames on a tour with SMA staff and then create your own frame in mixedmedia. The Spencer Museum hosts a family activity the last Saturday of every month.
Sponsored by Friends of the Art Museum
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An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton / Cynthia Schira
An Errant Line: Ann Hamilton / Cynthia Schira
March 2–August 11, 2013 Central Court & Adjacent Galleries
For An Errant Line, internationally recognized artists Ann Hamilton and Cynthia Schira have mined the Spencer Museum’s encyclopedic holdings to create new works of art for the Central Court and adjoining galleries. The results reflect their distinctive contemplations of the Museum’s legacy of collection, exhibition, and preservation, as well as the relation of the handmade to a world increasingly structured by digital codes of zeros and ones. The exhibition title is inspired by a weaving technique using a supplementary weft, an element in the development of Schira’s practice that she passed to Hamilton, her student at the University of Kansas in the late 1970s. The technique introduces flexibility and improvisational possibility. For Schira and Hamilton, the technique extends beyond the cloth’s surface to articulate a way of thinking about the relationship of part to whole, field to line, chaos to order. They have chosen to call their path through the collection “an errant line.” Hamilton’s prints fill the Museum’s Central Court with the haunting presence of the Spencer’s 18th-century Italian Presepio figures. In a large adjacent gallery, Schira’s labyrinth of monumental black-and-white textiles draws its imagery from the clothing on the Presepio figures, as well as prints and paintings from the SMA collections. The installations explore and exploit, historically and metaphorically, the reciprocal relationship between weaving and today’s ubiquitous digital encoding of nearly everything. Schira uses abstracted digital elements woven on computer-controlled looms, and Hamilton creates ghostly images of dimensional objects seen through the eyes of an obsolete flatbed scanner. Just as the Jacquard loom, invented in 1800, pointed toward the first mechanical computer, so the modern computer, with its screen acting as a membrane between the user and another realm, points back to the loom, to clothing, to products of thread. Throughout the run of the exhibition, the Spencer’s Bechstein piano— once played by Franz Liszt—will ring with the sound of teacher and student pairs engaged in music lessons.
E XH IB IT IO N S
ABOUT ANN HAMILTON
ABOUT CYNTHIA SCHIRA
Ann Hamilton is widely recognized for largescale, multi-media installations that respond directly to the sites they occupy. Currently a Distinguished Professor of Art at The Ohio State University, she received a BFA in textile design from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University before going on to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, among others. Her installations have appeared in major museums worldwide.
Cynthia Schira is one of the contemporary textile world’s most influential figures. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Kansas, where she taught from 1976 to 1999. She is the recipient of two Craftsman Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2000, she was awarded a Gold Medal from the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council. Her work has been collected and exhibited internationally for more than forty years.
Organized by SMA curator Susan Earle, An Errant Line is open from March 2–August 11, 2013. A schedule of performances and other events that accompany the exhibition is available at spencerart.ku.edu. A multi-author book documenting the project will follow.
An Errant Line is supported by Art Works grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support comes from Emprise Financial Corporation, Linda Bailey, Dave & Gunda Hiebert, the Kress Foundation Department of Art History, the KU Department of Visual Art, and the Loomis family.
Conversation XIV: Water March 23–July 28, 2013 20/21 Gallery Conversation Wall
Water is timeless… or is it? This installation of works from the Spencer’s permanent collection explores contemporary artists’ perspectives on the elixir of life: H20. Many of the works assembled for this installation take an eco-critical approach to the subject matter, exploring pollution and scarcity, whereas others address water less literally and more symbolically, as a cleansing or destructive force. From this selection of 20th- and 21st-century works, a subtle visual dialogue emerges between the Kaw River of Kansas and the Yangtze of China.
Vija Celmins, Ocean Surface, 2006 screen print, Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund, 2010.0127
ABOVE: Chesley K. Bonestell Yangtze Dam in China, circa 1949 paint on illustration board Gift of Esquire, Inc., 1980.0719
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Empire of Things
Project Redefine: Phase 3, Opened January, 2013
“I have collected various things on my journeys abroad… samples…that I conserve well with the goal of… being able to present my audience with the things themselves…so that they may themselves judge how that which is said fits with the things, and can acquire a more intimate knowledge of them all.” —Ole Worm, 1588–1655, Danish physician, antiquarian, and collector
From the 15th through 19th centuries, a thriving circuit of global exchange brought amazing objects to prospering Europe, facilitating—through the transport of materials and commodities—a revolutionary quest for knowledge. Europeans sought mastery of the world through exploration of classical antiquity, natural phenomena, and perceived oddities from far off lands. a self-conscious investigation of the Empire of Things explores the relationships collecting impulse without which museums between objects, the people who made could not exist. The lives of objects take on them, and the people who collected, studied, particular relevance in Empire of Things, and displayed them. The exhibition includes which asks where things come from, why works of art ranging from architectural they look the way they do, what they have fragments to blue-and-white ceramics, meant to their collectors and inheritors, from paintings depicting coveted objects and what, finally, earned them their places to the coveted objects themselves: Persian within the walls of a museum, the ultimate rugs and Spanish tiles, as well as items “Empire of Things.” This is the latest in a made of ivory, coral, and gold. Empire of series of gallery transformations known as Things inspires conversations about the Project Redefine, which takes an innovative, history of colonial expansion, encounters thematic approach to the display of objects with “the Other,” the complexity of from the Museum’s vast collections. international commerce, and the dialogue between art and science during the ABOVE: Bernardino Ludovisi, Mary Magdalene, circa modern era. At the heart of the exhibition 1735–1740, marble, Museum purchase, 1958.0097 is an institutional critique that encourages
S PE NCE R IN BR I E F
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The Commons is a partnership between the Biodiversity Institute, the Hall Center for the Humanities, and the Spencer Museum of Art. This January, The Commons integrated an artist residency into its extensive programming. The first artist to participate in the program was Emilio Chapela Pérez, who lives in Mexico City and works internationally. His work addresses how contemporary cultures interact with technology. Recurring themes in his work include communication, interpretation, translation, power structures, and conceptualism, and much of his work constitutes an ongoing attempt to index and archive human activity on the Internet, drawing attention to online behaviors, revealing surprising facets of the collective consciousness. Chapela Pérez made much of his short time on campus, delivering talks, creating and installing a new work in Spooner Hall, and staging an original performance at the Spencer Museum with participation from current KU students.
Artist Residencies Bring International Perspective Also in January, the Spencer Museum of Art and the H&R Block Artspace brought three Asian artists known as the Xijing Men to Lawrence and Kansas City. Their ten-day residency included the creation and installation of a new work called Xijing Men — I Love Xijing, which was on view through April 2 at the H&R Block Artspace, and the first ever Xijing Summit, moderated by Kris Ercums, curator of Asian and global contemporary art. The summit was well attended by University of Kansas students. I Love Xijing—Xijing School received funding from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Kansas City, Missouri, the William T. Kemper Foundation, Kansas City, Missouri, the Japan Foundation, New York, New York, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
“It is a great honor and privilege to receive this generous gift from Dr. Marilyn Stokstad.” — Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy
S P E N CE R IN B RIEF
Dr. Marilyn Stokstad Makes Generous Lead Gift in Endowed Directorship In December, 2012, renowned art historian Dr. Marilyn Stokstad made a lead gift to create an endowed directorship at the Spencer Museum of Art. Her gift establishes the Marilyn Stokstad Director, which will support and strengthen the Spencer Museum of Art’s innovative programming and initiatives, including research and travel opportunities for the director, internships for students, research and publishing projects involving students and faculty, and the engagement of scholars from across the humanities and other disciplines. An expert in medieval art and Spanish art, Dr. Stokstad is the author of art history textbooks used widely by universities, including multiple volumes and editions of Art History and Art: A Brief History as well as Medieval Art. Dr. Stokstad has undertaken a number of major research endeavors, pioneering an interdisciplinary scholarly approach through her widely lauded project, Humanist in the Art Museum. She directed the KU Museum of Art (now named the Spencer Museum of Art) from 1961 to 1968, served as president of the College Art Association and the International Center of Medieval Art, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the National Women’s Caucus for Art, Kansas Arts Commission Governor’s Arts Award as the Kansas Art Educator of the Year, Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award, and an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters by Carleton College. Stokstad is the Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History. “It is a great honor and privilege to receive this generous gift from Dr. Marilyn Stokstad,” says Spencer Museum Director Saralyn Reece Hardy. “The endowed directorship represents her enduring commitment to the field of art history as well as her unwavering belief in the university art museum as an essential part of higher education. She has been an inspirational leader to so many of us throughout her career.”
Association of Art Museum Directors Visits Spencer Museum On January 28, nearly 200 art museum directors from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico convened in Lawrence for a festive celebration. The extravaganza was part of the Association of Art Museum Directors' Mid-Winter Meeting, held this year in Kansas City. The Spencer co-hosted the meeting with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Upon arriving from Kansas City by bus, the art museum directors were greeted by a rousing fanfare performed by the KU Trumpet Ensemble. Art museum directors gathered in Central Court to experience Mary Sibande's Sophie-Ntombikayise while taking in inspiring opening remarks delivered by Director Saralyn Reece Hardy and Chancellor Bernadette GrayLittle. Doctoral student Zhao Yangmingtian delighted guests with a performance on the Museum’s famed Bechstein piano once used by Franz Liszt. Sporadically throughout the evening, performance artists Mark Southerland, Laura Frank, and Peregrine Honig created live tableaus and played artfully constructed instruments for guests’ enjoyment. Curators and other Museum staff were stationed throughout the galleries to discuss the art on display and to answer questions. The entire four-day meeting culminated in a wellattended panel discussion addressing the subject Thriving Arts, Thriving Cities. Members of the Association of Art Museum Directors accomplished a great deal in their time together, including naming new board members, bringing an official end to Saralyn Reece Hardy’s term as Treasurer of the organization.
S P E N CE R IN B RIEF
New Curator Joins the Spencer Staff
Cassandra Mesick, curator of global indigenous art, reported for duty in Lawrence, Kansas on October 29, 2012. With a PhD in Anthropology from Brown University and a veritable constellation of relevant research interests, Dr. Mesick participated in archaeological research and field work in Guatemala from 2004–2009, and served as an intern, research associate and board member at Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum from 2006–2010. During her time at the Haffenreffer, she guest curated a number of exhibitions, including Facing Mesoamerica and Reimagining the Americas. She went on to conduct object research on ancient art of the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art while completing her dissertation.
New Staff Member Focuses on Visitor Experience Amy Duke
joined the staff of the Spencer Museum of Art in November, 2012, as the public programs and visitor services coordinator. She brings twelve years of diverse museum experience to the Spencer. Most recently, she designed and facilitated adult education programs at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, where she previously served as collections manager and registrar. Before moving to the Midwest, she was director of special exhibitions at the Holocaust Museum in Houston. Amy now oversees special events at the Spencer in addition to orchestrating the varied components of a positive Spencer Museum experience. She is a cofounder of the Kansas City Emerging Museum Professionals Network and serves on the American Alliance of Museums’ National Program Committee.
S P E N CE R IN B RIEF
Petrovsky flux Continues to Win Accolades The complex organic architecture named “a Petrovsky flux,” which currently occupies the Spencer Museum's island in the virtual environment known as Second Life, features the work of a talented international team including script writer blotto Epsilon and designer Cutea Benelli.
“If you’ve never experienced the wonders of Petrovsky Flux, you really must!” — author Honour McMillan
Steve Goddard, the Spencer’s associate director and senior curator of prints and drawings, leads the Museum’s initiative in Second Life. As described by its creators, "a Petrovsky flux" is a cluster of devices that grow, assembling themselves from modular units, only to blow apart and rebuild themselves. Each time they rebuild differently. The project takes its name in part from a previous project, the "Bogon flux," and in part from the last name of Russian mathematician Ivan Petrovsky. This online environment, made possible by a 2008 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, continues to engage visitors and generate favorable reviews. Recently, in a review titled Some Good Things Last in Second Life, Honour McMillan wrote, “No world, physical or virtual, owes it to us to remain unchanged. I suspect, though, that our lack of control over things in real life contributes to our desire for more permanence in the virtual. Having said that, I’m very pleased when I can return again and again to a magical place. If you’ve never experienced the wonders of Petrovsky Flux, you really must!” Past recognition for "a Petrovsky flux" includes a citation in Italian Vogue, and being named a top Second Life destination by Linden Labs. 25
LOA N S Recent & Current Spencer Museum Objects on Loan to Other Institutions
Fashioning Traditions of Japan Through Indigo-Dyed Textiles Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign August 31, 2012–May 26, 2013 Woman’s jacket, Japan, mid–late 1800s (Meiji or Taisho period), hemp, cotton and tree-bast fiber katazome on indigo plain weave ground, Museum purchase: Barbara Benton Wescoe Fund, 1993.0010 Yukata panel fragment, Japan, 1800s–1900s, cotton, katazome on plain weave ground, Museum purchase, 1992.0084 Futonji panel fragment, Japan, 1800s or 1900s, cotton, bast fiber, katazome on indigo plain weave ground, Museum purchase, 1992.0083 Stencil for a Yukata, Japan, 1800s or 1900s (Meiji or Taisho period), stencil paper with silk mesh, tsukibori, hikibori with applied dots, attributed to William Bridges Thayer Memorial, 0000.2962 Stencil for a Yukata, Japan, ca. 1826–1834 (Edo period), stencil paper with silk mesh hikibori, do¯gubori, tsukibori, attributed to William Bridges Thayer Memorial, 0000.2959
Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL (Organized by the Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburg, PA) January 29–April 21, 2013 Walter Gay, The Sculptor’s Studio, 1885, oil on panel, 0000.0647 Walter Gay, Ranston House, Dorset, 1884, oil on panel, Museum purchase, 1952.0006
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, La Pia de’Tolomei, oil on canvas (1956.0031)
Prints of Pop (& War) Asian/Pacific/American Institute New York University, New York, NY February 13–May 9, 2013 Roger Shimomura, Untitled #1, 1987, color screen print, Gift of the artist, 1999.0036 Roger Shimomura, Oriental Masterprint (#1 in a series of 25), 1973, color screen print, Gift of the artist, 1999.0046
Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Art and Design National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (Organized in conjunction with Tate Gallery, London) February 17–May 28, 2013 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, La Pia de’Tolomei, oil on canvas, Museum purchase, 1956.0031
F R IE N DS & C O N TR I BUTORS
THE 2012–2013 EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED IN PART BY THE FOLLOWING FOUNDATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS: AAMD Educational Foundation Anonymous Adair/Dyer Fund Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts The Anschutz Family Foundation Art Mentor Lucerne Foundation Barbara Benton Wescoe Fund Black Hills Energy Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation Brooking Fund for Interdisciplinary Research Daura Foundation Docent Scholarship Fund Donald E. Sloan Intern Fund Douglas County Community Foundation E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation E. F. Pierson Fund el dorado, inc. Emprise Financial Corporation Enid & Crosby Kemper Foundation Ethel & Raymond F. Rice Foundation ExxonMobil Foundation Esquire Collection Fund Estelle S. and Robert A. Long Ellis Foundation The Helen Foresman Spencer Acquisition Endowment The Henry Luce Foundation International Artist-in-Residence Fund Joseph D. and Esther G. Berkley Fund Judith M. Cooke Native American Art Fund Lavon Brosseau Creativity Award Fund Letha Churchill Walker Memorial Art
Kaw Valley Quilters Guild Kress Foundation Conservation Fund KU Coca Cola Program Fund KU Endowment Association KU Research Investment Council KU Student Senate Mary Margaret Brett Fund Mary P. Lipman Children’s Education Fund Mary Ruth Petefish Charitable Lead Trust Mitchell Art Museum Education Fund National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities Olin K. and Mary Ruth Petefish Charitable Trust Piersol Foundation Price R. and Flora A. Reid Foundation R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts Samuel H. Kress Foundation Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Art Acquisition Endowment Shumaker Family Foundation Spencer Museum of Art Acquisitions Fund Spencer Museum of Art Collection Catalog Fund Stokstad Student Award Fund Target Foundation Terra Foundation for American Art Terry and Sam Evans Fund Turkish Cultural Foundation William T. Kemper Foundation
AMBASSADOR Michael and Dee Michaelis John and Ann Prosser Dick and Jeannette Sias Dolph and Pam Simons Marilyn Stokstad BENEFACTOR Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne The Henry Luce Foundation Arthur V. Neis Marynell D. Reece Elizabeth Schultz FELLOW Linda Bailey Mark and Lauren Booth M. Lavon Brosseau Kay, Tom, Tyler and Jeff Carmody Saralyn Reece Hardy David and Gunda Hiebert The Estate of Alice E. and Jim Gerstner Scott and Carol Ritchie SPONSOR Cathy L. Daicoff Margaret M. Daicoff Reed and Stacey Dillon Douglas County Community Foundation Charles and Jane Eldredge Randy Gordon and Lori Shannon Kathleen M. Hall David C. Henry and Matt Taylor Burdett and Michel Loomis Ethel & Raymond F. Rice Foundation Alicia and John Salisbury John T. and Linda Stewart COLLECTOR'S SOCIETY Colette and Jeff Bangert Jean K. Francisco Thomas and Dru Fritzel Carolie and Bill Hougland Larry and Barbara Marshall Price R. and Flora A. Reid Foundation DIRECTOR'S CIRCLE Black Hills Energy Breidenthal-Snyder Foundation Brad and Bev Burnside Charlotte Street Foundation
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Randall Griffey Don and Sandra Hazlett Nancy Lindsey Helmstadter Robert Hiller Janet Howard Jessica Lea Johnson David M. and Sharyn Brooks Katzman Stacie and David Lambertson Chuck and Mary Loveland John and Linda Lungstrum James and Virginia Moffett Richard S. Paegelow Margaret Perkins-McGuinness and Nathan Benjamin Charles Edward Persinger John Poertner and Edith Black Piersol Foundation, Inc. Frank and Judith Sabatini W. Propst and Carol Schmitt Mr. and Mrs. Dolph C. Simons III Morton I. and Estelle Sosland Marjorie Swann and William Tsutsui Scott and Robin Ward Jeff and Mary Weinberg Richard and Amy Wendt Sue Grosjean Wilcox DONOR Leonard and Deborah Alfano Dave and Mary Kate Ambler Ellen B. Avril Grace H. Beam Barbara and Frank J. Becker Janet and Robert Benz Mike and Debra Berkley Beverly Smith Billings Bob and Dottie Bowline Jack H. Brier Carol Ann and Clifton Brown Bill and Barbara Carswell Catherine Crice Carter Theodore and Sumie Childers Richard Crank Candice Davis Sally K. Davis Paul and Stephanie Davis Mary Elizabeth Debicki John and Debbie Divine Jerry and Mary Dusenbury Ronald C. Eiler Sam and Terry Evans Charles and Diane Frickey William* and Nancy Hambleton Randall Hardy
Richard and Nancy Hernandez John and Nancy Hiebert Marcia and Stephen Hill David Hughes Raymond and Mary Lee Hummert Louise M. Jarvis Donald and Alice Ann Johnston Forrest and Patricia Euhus Junod Michael Kelley John and Sangeetha Kelly Julianne Kelly Richard and Laura Klocke The Krishtalka Family Ted and Jane Kuwana Carol and Dave Kyner Mark and Jill Lapoint Susan and Stuart Levine Dr. Janey Levy Dee Anne and Forest Link Jane W. Malin George and Marilyn McCleary J. David and Roxie S. McGee Patrick and Mary Beth Musick JoAnn Myers Lori Norwood George and Judy Paley Nancy and John Parker John and Ardith Pierce Mabel L. Rice Mrs. L. J. Rose Gladys N. and Robert B. Sanders Janet M. Satz Ron Schorr and Georgann Eglinski Dick and Barbara Schowen Bryan Scrivner Todd and Jeannot Seymour Tim and Julie Shaftel The Hon. Fred and Lilian Six Eric N. Smith and Pat Roach Smith Charles Stansifer and Mary Miller John and Deanell Tacha Edith L. Taylor Judith and Peter Thompson Glenda and Andy Tompkins Kevan and Gail Vick Jeff and Sharon Vitter A. Bret and Mary Lou Waller Steven F. Warren and Eva Horn Arnold Weiss Beth and David Wittig Jack and Judy Wright FRIEND Conrad Altenbernd Deena Amont Carol Anderson and John Fowler
Marnie Argersinger Tom and Francie Arnold Gretchen Day Atwater Janet Perkins and Jeff Aube Mara Aubel Michael L. Aurbach Robert and Jean Ayres Erick W. Axcell Victor and Kathryn Bailey Price and Marge Banks Peg Baradi Richard Barohn Frank and Betty Baron Rebecca Barton Mary Cole Benson and Todd Benson Lisa A. and Gerald W. Beran Chuck and Beth Berg David Bergeron and Geraldo Sousa Doug Bergstrom and Julie Battaglia Darcy Berline Dan Bernstein Carolyn and Gordon Berry Judy Berry Marlene and Greg Bien Judy Billings Nancy and Gary Bjorge Chuck and Dee Blaser Sally G. Bloom Rolf and Laura Borchert David Brackett and David Quinn Amy Brennan Dr. Mark J. Brodkey Mark and Susie Brooks Patricia M. Brooks Elizabeth Broun Robert and Sharon Brown Rex Buchanan and Mindy James Dr. and Mrs. Henry W. Buck Tim and Rachel Epp Buller Cord Burk George W. Byers Kit Carlsen Janet Carpenter Peter and Rosalea Carttar Judith Childs Linda Chubbuck and Stan Slaughter Lois Clark Brigid Murphy and Jackson Clark Bob and Janice Cobb Steven Cohen Ardis J. Comfort Fred P. Conboy Warren and Mary Corman Sally Cornelison and Dan DePardo Jane A. Cotitta Alex T. Cox
Susan V. Craig Sarah and Doug Crawford-Parker William J. Crowe Ann Cudd and Neal Becker Judy Culley Hal M. Davison Bill Dentler and Kathy Suprenant Dorothy Devlin Beth Ann Dillon Nan Doljac Patrick and Mary Dooley Gay and Michael Doudoroff Guy and Dede Dresser Patricia Dubose Duncan James and Nancy Dunn Katy Eddy Michael Ediger Edmund and Pamela Eglinski Susan Elkins and Jack Winerock Hilda Enoch Michael and Susan Epstein Tim and Margot Evans Stephen Fawcett and Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Sarah Fayman Jeanne Fletcher Diane Fourny Sherry Fowler and Dale Slusser Marci Francisco Hank and Paula Frankel Robert J. Friauf SuEllen and Harvey Fried Victor and Linda Frost Larry and Jacqueline Gadt Ligia Galarza Norman and Helen Gee George E. and Ruth B. Gibbs Web and Joan Golden Janet G. Goldsberry Marquis Cap and Kitty Gray Pat Graham and David Dunfield Lynne Green Roy and Marilyn Gridley Brenda Groskinsky George and Susan Gurley Ted and Nancy Haggart Kay and Gary Hale Julie and Greg Hamel Rex and Cathy Hamilton Louise and Allan Hanson Katie Ryan and Stephen Hardy Thomas Hardy Brooke and William Hardy Tom Harper Donald and Carol Hatton Lori Heasty
F R IE N D S & CON T R IB U TOR S Anne and John Hedeman Matt and Diane Henk Dean Henrichs M.D. and Barbara Henrichs Joe and Kathy Heppert Charles and Laurie McLane Higginson Dick and Sue Himes Ronald L. and Barbara J. Hinton Carol Hintz Nancy Hope Dave and Linda Howard Matt and Heather Hoy John and Janet Huchingson Harry and Mary Lou Hughes Kenneth Irby Wes and Joan Jackson John and Reinhild Janzen Lori K. Johns and Barry Fitzgerald Dan and Jeannette Johnson Ted and Mary Johnson Kent Johnson and Yvonne Gibbons Stephen T. Johnson Linda and Topper Johntz Nancy Jorn Dr. Howard and Shirley Joseph G. J. and Katherine Kallos Megan Kaminski Vaun and Sydnie Kampschroeder Mike and Elaine Kautsch W. Bradley M. Kemp J. Patrick and Jean Grosjean Kerich Kim Kern Lesley T. Ketzel Karen L. Koehler Karen and Ed Komp Liz Kowalchuk John and Margie Kuhn Betty A. Laird Tom and Jennifer Laming Alice A. Lieberman Richard and Karen Lind Loraine H. Lindenbaum Dr. Loretta Loftus Stan Lombardo and Judy Roitman Jim and Larissa Long Juliette Loring Lila Borgman Lothson R.W. and Cathy Lucas Judith Major Robert and Anita Markley Mrs. Robert Marshall Alan Martin Sarah and Jack Martin Norman L. and Shirley J. Martin Cyd Matthey
Stephen Mazza Paul J. and L. Jean McCarthy Barbara B. McCorkle B. Kent* and Janette McCullough Sally McGee Mary and William McGuinness Ross and Margaret McKinney Dr. and Mrs. Sidney A McKnight Jr. Genevieve McMahon Rosalie McMaster Mr. and Mrs. Nation Meyer Susan C. Meyer Allan and Sandi Miller Elizabeth Miller and William L. Eakin Mary Miller Ross Richard W. Mitchell Eva Durand Reiber and Marty Moore Mary Mortensen Ruth B. Moss Herman and Phyllis Munczek John and Carol Nalbandian Art and Connie Neuburger Marge Newmark Virginia Ann Nichols Jerry and Judy Niebaum SanDee and Jerry Nossaman Harolyn O'Brien Robert and Lisa O'Connor Dr. and Mrs. W. Ronald Olin Dick and Georgia Orchard Dean and Doris Owens Ann Carlin Ozegovic Stephen N. Paige Dalton Paley Stephen and Marie-Luce Parker Fred and Cathie Pawlicki Jane B. Pearce Mr. William E. Pfeiffer Jr. Carolyn and Lew Phillips Austin and Karley Ast Porter Riz Preena Laurance and Johanna Price Vickie Randel Tom and Ann Raney Sue Ann Reeder Jeanne Ritter W. Stitt and Connie Robinson Patricia and Lance Rodewald Steven Ramberg and Margaret Rose Beverly and Howard Rosenfeld Pat Roth James K. Rowland Tom and Janette Rudkin Jeannette Runyan
Henry and Lynn Russell Bob and Ann Russell Dan and Nicole Sabatini Fred Sack Neil and Leni Salkind Catherine Schwoerer Virginia Seaver Dana R. Self Will and Margaret Severson Catherine Schwoerer Del and Carol Shankel Larry E. Shankles Carolyn and Bob Shelton Lebert Shultz Bob Sigman Diane Simpson Geraldine Slater and James A. Slater, II Boyd and Heather Smith Glee and Jerry Smith Marjorie A. Smith Terry and George Smith Lucy Smith Mary Smith Karen Smoot Paul and Debbie Sokoloff Gary and Constance Sollars Gail Spaits Robert L. Speer Emily Stamey John Staniunas Barbara Starrett Clare E. Statham Tammy and Don Steeples Keith and Georgia Stevens Celka Straughn Patrick Suzeau and Muriel Cohan Jennifer and Ryan Talbott Cherie Tapahonso James B. and Thelma Taylor Deborah and Ron Teeter Tom and Dixie Telander Lawrence Tenopir Georgiana and Andrew Torres Mrs. Ruth A. Turney Kathryn and Bill Tuttle Tim and Jerrye Van Leer Lorie Vanchena Mary Ventura David and Wendy Vertacnik Nancy Wakefield Washburn Rural Middle School Graham and Anne Walker Chuck and Karen Warner Marion Warriner Rob and Betsy Weaver
Alice Weis Robert Hickerson and Gina Westergard Darin and Shannon White Ann and Pete Wiklund Teresa Wilke Betty Wilkin Sheila Wilkins and Kim Kern Tom and Jan Wilson William Woods Judy Wright Norm and Anne Yetman Robert and Marilyn Zerwekh SENIOR Debora Ackerman Betty W. Alderson Patricia M. Balsamo Lillian M. Barker Susan Barr Maynard and Virginia Bauleke Lynne C. Bodle Jean-Pierre Boon John and Sally Brandt Jeanie Bundy Dennis Capps Ann and James Church Karen and Dennis Christilles Anna Cienciala Ann Kuckelman Cobb Carladyne Conyers Judy Greer Davis Ray and Kathy Davis Douglas H. Dean Richard T. and Fernande M. DeGeorge Gloria Donohue Kathe Dougherty Leola R. Doyen Marjorie Dozier and Frances L. Fischer Doris Eagleman Clark and Helen Fisher Jane Fortun Elizabeth Fowler Drs. Brenda and Mark Frei Dorothy H. Fritzel Katherine Carr Giele Leo R. Goertz Marrillie C. Good Margaret S. Gordon James and Jane Gunn Cindy Gustafson Susan Haley and Jason Franchuk Reeze Hanson Jim and Kay Henry
Betty Austin Hensley Anita Herzfeld Richard C. Hite and Edith Olson David and Diana Ice Jeanene Johnson Ferrol Lattin Ruth Lawson R. Keith and Phyllis Lawton Paula and Rusty Leffel Alice Leonard Pamela Loewenstein Josephine A. Lutz Ruth Matthey Bill and Beverly Mayer Grace Angel Marion Tim McElhenie Linda and Doug McKay Nancy S. Mitchell C. M. S. and Janet Mody Brenda Offutt Mary Alice Pacey Pamela and John Peck Ken and Rowena* Pine Thomas E. Pott Jane Pronko Ronald J. Rhoads Richard and Joan Ring Mel Riggs Letha Robertson Jane Rogers Dr. Rosemary Schrepfer Brilla Scott Al and Jane Sellen Ted L. Sexton Jr. Michael and Margaret Anne Shaw Betty Sisk Esther M. Smith Bill and Dona Snead Rita and Joe Spradlin Haskell Springer Katherine E. Stannard Denise L. Stone Susan Suhler Luella G. Vaccaro Deborah West George and Carol Worth Morgan Wright STUDENT Antonette C. Acosta-Dickson Abby and Matt Anderson Deneige Barr Emily Bullard Ashley Caldwell Alex Case-Cohen
Laura Cook Molly Fister Matthew Hobart Colleen Ireland Colleen Jones Katie Jones Sean Kramer Kirsten Marples Johanna McSweeney Ellen McGivern Melissa Melling Lauren Miller Kayla Mitchell Colleen Murbach Sarah Padilla Rachel Roth Chloe Seim Richard Shie May Simpson Vicky Stadler Sandra Tickles Bailey Wells Mallory Wiegers CORPORATE CORNERSTONE Emprise Financial Corporation Exxon-Mobil Foundation CORPORATE ASSOCIATE Black Hills Energy el dorado, inc. Kaw Valley Quilters Guild KU Endowment Assn. CORPORATE DONOR Piersol Foundation US Bancorp Foundation CORPORATE FRIEND The Bank of America Foundation Conoco-Phillips Company First State Bank and Trust Golf Course Superintendents Association Intrust Bank Landmark National Bank Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Salina Public Library St. John's Catholic Church and School Washburn Rural Middle School Weaver's, Inc. Wellsville High School Wilkerson, Saunders & Anderson DDS, LLC
DONORS OF ART Anne Bretz-Aronoff in honor of Lynn Marion Bretz and Janet Hamburg Clare Calder and Rachel Austin W. S. Cheng Ted (T. L.) and Sumie Childers Sara P. Denby in memory of Harold Eads Ernie and Debra Cummings Gus Foster Thomas D. Galloway Family Jay Gates
Dean and Ginny Graves Gina and Jim Lloyd Robert Alexander Hiller Jeff and Colette Bangert Luke and Mary Anne Jordan E. Mark Adams and Beth Van Hoesen Adams Trust Michael Parkes c/o Mark L. Eaker KU Art Department, Intaglio Area Ke-Sook Lee Cary Leibowitz Malcolm Lodwick Beverly Mack
Pat Darish and David Binkley in honor of Marilyn Stokstad Joe Price and M. Lee Stone Fine Prints Ernesto Pujol, in gratitude to the people of Kansas David J. and Rita Sloan Gottlieb Martha Rose Takako Tomita Ginny and Dick DeVore University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. Anonymous (5)
* we mourn the loss of these friends
F R IE N D S & CON T R IB U TOR S
Friends of the Art Museum Board Vickie Otten, President Brad Burnside Laura Gregory Cathy Hamilton Nancy Jackson Stephen Johnson Nora Kaschube, Docent Rep.
Dakota Loomis Linda Lungstrum Vickie Otten Reggie Robinson Chloe Seim, Student Rep. Josh Shelton Robin Ward
SMA Advisory Board Mike Michaelis, Chair Linda Bailey James K. Ballinger Carol Ann Brown Rose Bryant Randy Gordon David Hiebert Emily Hill Burdett Loomis Larry Marshall
Virginia Nadeau Arthur Neis Phyllis Nolan Melissa Padgett A.Scott Ritchie Beth Schultz Linda B. Stewart Marilyn Stokstad Jeff Weinberg
SPRING & SUMMER 2013 vol. XXXIII, no. 11
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BELOW: Artist Ann Hamilton installs works in the Spencerâ€™s Central Court in preparation for An Errant Line (see page 12). The completed installation is pictured at top left.
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