The Spencer @ Work


  • Ongoing: until Sunday, December 11, 2005
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Monday: 10:00am
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Welding. Sculpting. Dancing. This fall, you'll notice some fresh paint and distinctive changes at the Spencer. The Spencer @ Work incorporates both the inside and the outside of the building, featuring art and activities that focus on the theme of work. The project is offered in conjunction with the fall exhibition Lee Friedlander At Work, a series of black-and-white photographs that explore how American employment has changed over the last 25 years, highlighting the shift from farm and factory labor to desk jobs in finance, telemarketing, and related industries.The Spencer @ Work, which opens Sept. 23, is supported in part by the H. Neil Mecaskey Jr. Foundation. The project interweaves components spanning from the exterior of the building into museum lobby, main hallway and Central Court.Outside:The columns on the building façade will be wrapped with eye-catching graphic panels that feature quotes regarding work.A large, wooden frame will enclose the grass plot near the museum's main entrance. In this framework, volunteers from the community will perform a broad spectrum of actual labor activities. The work performed outside the building is intended to forge a link to the labor represented photographically in the Friedlander exhibition. The outdoor performance of work will occur Tuesday through Thursday for approximately four weeks after the Friedlander exhibition opens.Inside:Labor-themed quotes will hang in the entryway, linking the inside of the museum to the exterior columns.Work-themed photography by University of Kansas students will hang in the hallway immediately adjacent to the entrance.*In the Central Court, the Spencer commissioned two faculty members from the Department of Art & Design, professor Earl Iversen and lecturer Luke Jordan, to create an original "new media" artwork. Their video/DVD installation, Feeding Lawrence/ Work + Workplace, supported by the Sam and Terry Evans Fund and the KU School of Fine Arts, will portray people working for Lawrence business entities that actively "feed" the local community in terms of food and drink (Free State Brewing Company and Wheatfields Bakery) as well as information and entertainment (The World Company). By focusing on edible and intellectual sustenance, the artists will address work that provides the essential human needs of a contemporary community.

This event was posted Sept. 15, 2005 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014


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