Art a la carte

Ever wonder how museums came to be? An exhibition opening Saturday at the Spencer Museum of Art looks back on how early collecting evolved into the institutions we visit today to view art, cultural artifacts and objects of modern science. Pieces from the art museum, the Spencer Research Library, KU's anthropology collection and the Natural History Museum come together to form "Cabinets of Curiosity," which remains on view through Sept. 24 in the South Balcony Gallery.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Lawrence Public Library is co-hosting a series of film and book discussions on Thursdays in July focusing on movies that feature the practice of collecting - and the books that inspired those movies. 2002's "About Schmidt" kicks off the series July 6, and it continues with "Slave in a Box," "Everything is Illuminated" and "The Collector."

Also at the Spencer this summer, the museum brings the outside in. "Summer in the Central Court" assembles items from the permanent collection, including quilts inspired by the flora of the season, prints and photographs showcasing Midwestern harvest scenes, and a 15-foot-wide Japanese kite. Beat the heat by checking it out before it closes on Aug. 6.

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