Located in the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, faculty work closely with curators at both the Spencer Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, giving students firsthand access to an exceptional range of American, Asian, European, Latin American and African objects. Graduate students have opportunities to work as curatorial, educational, and collections interns within the Spencer Museum.
 

The History of Art department offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in European, American, East Asian, Islamic, and African art on a regular basis.

All of the works of art reproduced on this site are in the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art. For information about these works you may visit the Spencer Museum collection page on their website.

 


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Congratulations to Sooa Im McCormick (PhD ’14) who has accepted the position as Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art!
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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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